THE QUEEN OF CLUBS
he West 87th Street Irregulars first saw the light in what could be considered the 'Richard Queen' part of the grand opus. In these stories friends of Inspector Queen turn up to aid the retired Inspector and delivering the goods!
In our neverending quest to revive the Ellery Queen interest 'where' needed we came up with the idea of starting this select club. Each selected member has an established interest in Ellery Queen and an established contribution to the Queen canon.
Thus helping to make the name, once again, a household name in detection, specifically in the USA.
Each inductee is asked to (re)write something on Ellery Queen, the article will get it's place here on the site and he or she is therefrom known as a genuine West 87th Street Irregular!
We will try our utmost to attract those who already have earned some estime when it comes to writing on the partnership. It is, however, our hope and intent to add some new players in the field who will help take Ellery Queen well into this century!
So let me present the West 87th Street Irregulars...
of West 87th Street Irregulars
Arthur is the publisher of the detective magazine (Give Me That) Old-Time Detection, several issues of which have been devoted to the works of Queen. In September of 2013 Arthur directed the world premier of Joseph Goodrich’s play Calamity Town, based on the first Wrightsville mystery by Queen. (click on the picture for his article "Claremont, the real Wrightsville")
Mike is without question one of the world’s leading authorities on Ellery Queen and the collaborative team that were Queen, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee. While Mike knew Lee only fleetingly, he was a close friend of Dannay, his mentor, who he has described as “the closest thing to a grandfather I have ever had.” (click on the picture for his article "A Lifetime with Ellery Queen")
oseph Goodrich (September 2012)
N.Y. author and acclaimed dramatist will have his short story “Dear Mr. Queen” included in the MWA anthology The Mystery Box, edited by Brad Meltzer (spring of 2013). He is ofcourse the editor of Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950. The book which let us have that almost intimate insight into the Lee-Dannay writing relationship (click on the picture for his article "A Kind of Triumph")
This Edgar winner officially retired in 2011. A recognized reviewer and critic who according to EQMM has written The Jury Box "...with integrity, insight, and style..." No doubt whatsoever that Jon fits the bill as next inductee. Both through his pastiches and his work as critic he keeps the legacy of Ellery Queen alive. No surprise then that at least 1 pastiche is included here (click on the picture for his article "The Expandable Calendar of Ellery Queen")
If the name 'Ellery Queen' is recognized at all in the States today this is largely due to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. It is hard to imagine a more worthy addition to the West 87th Street Irregulars than its editor. Janet has graciously allowed us to re-publish the following essay that she wrote for inclusion in The Tragedy of Errors reflecting on the history of EQMM. (click on the picture for her article "Legacy of an editor")
About one year ago Dale wrote an article on the NBC Ellery Queen series to accompany the publication of his Ellery Queen pastiche involving the filming of one of the NBC episodes, based on an Queen short story. No surprise then that Dale's entry into the West 87th Street Irregulars came with this re-worked article in light of the imminent DVD release of the series. (click on the picture for his article "When Ellery Queen met NBC")
We are honoured to present as our first member Professor emeritus of English at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas Joe R. Christopher. Not only retired himself, his essay featured here also focuses on Richard Queen's retirement novels. We couldn't have dreamed of a more befitting start to the West 87th Street Irregulars (click on picture for his essay "The Retirement of Richard Queen")