Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time, I felt, for The Passing Tramp to do a bit of stocktaking of recent and forthcoming work:
I have written introductions to forthcoming editions by Coachwhip Publications (about which see All Hail Max! my review of Coachwhip's Ernest Bramah Max Carrados short story collection) of three J. J. Connington (Alfred Walter Stewart) Sir Clinton Driffield detective novels: Murder in the Maze (1927), The Castleford Conundrum (1932) and The Tau Cross Mystery/In Whose Dim Shadow (1935). These are limited to American distribution. If sales are good more titles may be made available and the distribution widened, I hope. These titles should be available in a few weeks.
I also have a short book on another mystery author that will appear by April, I hope. I will have more details in a few weeks.
My recent essays "J. J. Connington on Detective Fiction: The Gould-Stewart Correspondence, September 1935-December 1936" and "T. S. Eliot: Detective Fiction Critic" appear in volumes 61 and 62 respectively of CADS (Crime and Detective Stories). These issues can be ordered from the editor, Geoff Bradley, through his email address, Geoffcads@aol.com.
My fifty-four page CADS Supplement, Was Corinne's Murder Clued? The Detection Club and Fair Play, 1930-1953, also can be ordered through the above email address. I believe the individual issues and the pamphlet each cost about 10-12 U.S. dollars with air mail. Corinne is, I believe, the longest piece ever published on England's venerable Detection Club.
Finally, May 31 is the listed publication date for my book with McFarland Press, Masters of the "Humdrum" Mystery: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-1961. See here for my book's McFarland page. I plan to blog a bit more on these authors as we get nearer to the actual publication date. In addition to the material on these three authors, there is a great deal of detail on the English detective novel in general. Nearly ten years of research and reading when into this book, so that should give you some idea!
Busy weeks ahead for The Passing Tramp! I hope you enjoy the stuff I bring back from my travels.