A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, January 8, 2016
1/8/1824 WIlkie Collins is born
January 8, 1824. Wilkie Collins was born on this day in London. His novels The Woman In White and The Moonstone bridged the gap between gothic novels and mysteries and are usually ranked among the first detective fiction.
In 1889 he disappeared into his beard and was never seen again. Sorry, I made that part up.