A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
7/1/1892 The Baby not in the icebox
July 1, 1892. Happy birthday to James M. Cain, one of the noiriest of the noir writers. He was greatly admired for The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity, among other grim stories of bad things happening to bad people.
Many of them were made into movies. Supposedly when a friend tried to sympathize with him about what Hollywood had done to his books, Cain replied "They haven't done anything with them They're right over there on the shelf."