A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
8/8/1891 Nick Carter Library opens
August 8, 1891. This was the cover date of the first Nick Carter Library, the dime novel series featuring America's most popular detective, Nick Carter. They were supposedly written by Nicholas Carter, a house name that covered Frederic Van Rensselaer Day, George Waldo Browne, and Edward Streetmayer (of Nancy Drew fame) among others.
Carter went on to movies, magazines, radio, and even became a spy-assassin in 1960s paperbacks.