A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9/13/1916 Roald Dahl arrives
September 13, 1913. Ask any fan of Alfred hItchcock's TV show about their favorite episodes and they are very likely to recall "Lamb to the Slaughter," based on a short story by Roald Dahl. Another Dahl/Hitchcock favorite was "The Man From the South," starring Peter Lorre as a gambler with a strnage obsession.
Today Dahl is best remembered for his children's books (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, etc. ) but he was a master of the suspenseful, sardonic short story.