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August 18. 2019 - April 18.1999
Laird R. Blackwell is a
professor emeritus at Sierra Nevada College
where he taught literature and psychology
courses for 31 years. Currently he teaches at
Tahoe Expedition Academy, a private K–12 school
in the Lake Tahoe area. He lives in Washoe
Valley, Nevada. ...
July 12. 2019
A few remarkable Ellery Queen events from the past weeks, months,...
As mentioned earlier Josh Pachter took second place in the EQMM Readers Award competition for 2018 with a story that commemorates his EQMM debut of fifty years earlier. Author of more than 100 published stories in the half century between his debut at the age of 17 and the publication of his 50th-anniversary tale, the author is equally well known to EQMM readers as a translator for our Passport to Crime department. Here he is reading his story “50” from the November/December 2018 issue of EQMM. (Click here or on the podcast icon to listen to the story)
For (much!) more information on this and other Ellery Queen pastiches click here ...
Many times over we've emphasized the seemingly unending Japanese interest in Ellery Queen. Not only in the original stories but also in EQMM or it's concept.
エラリイクイーンズミステリマガジン or EQMM was the first Japanese incarnation of the famous magazine. It was published by Tor Books between July 1956 and 1965. In July 1959 (N°37) the winner of a short-story contest was published. After this issue it became more common to include stories by Japanese authors. As of January 1966 the magazine was re-titled ハヤカワ・ミステリマガジン or Hayakawa Mystery Magazine. It held on to the contractual relation with EQMM until 1977. Despite this it did maintain a partial focus on foreign authors. In 2006 it celebrated it's 50th birthday. As of May 2015 it was published every two months.
The July 2019 edition of Hayakawa Mystery Magazine brought a fitting tribute to the writers duo that gave us Ellery Queen. The two cousins Manfred B. Lee and Fred Dannay graced the front page of the magazine that featured the article "The Reintroduction of Ellery Queen".
To read even more on EQMM foreign editions click here or on the cover above ... .
June 15. 2019
Believed in proving the speed and durability of his automobiles in competition, Fred Duesenberg cars were made for success. During the decade of the twenties, his automobiles won the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, 1925, and 1927, while finishing second or third in four of the other seven Indianapolis events. A Duesenberg was the first 500 mile race winning car to average better than 100 miles per hour, in the hands of Peter DePaolo in 1925. Tommy Milton drove a Duesenberg to a land speed record of 156.046 miles per hour for the measured-mile at Daytona Beach in 1920, and Jimmy Murphy drove a Duesenberg to victory in the 1921 French Grand Prix. During World War I, Fred Duesenberg and his brother Auggie produced a variety of aircraft engines for military use including manufacture of the famous U-16 Bugatti. Established in 1917 in Indianapolis the Duesenberg Motor Corporation developed a line of high-grade classic American passenger cars, the first to use an eight-cylinder in-line engine.
In the Ellery Queen
books Ellery was "given" such a car. The Duesenberg is only used by
Ellery when he...
May 18. 2019
West 87th Irregular Josh Pachter started a new series. Kind of.
readers should know most of the pictures used on
the website have long descriptions with
background information sometimes not included in
the text on the same page. Microsoft's Internet Explorer
used to have this feature activated as a
Firefox users wanting this can install an add-on called 'Popup ALT Attribute'. Makes a big difference, believe us.
When installed pointing at a picture results in details or additional information. The above example shows the additional information provided when you move the cursor over a picture.
April 18. 2019
Small celebration! 20 years online
March 1. 2019
the smallest splinter of information can provide
That was the case when I unearthed a small
article. It simply said that for
the TV-episode "Confidential Agent"
(8-27-52) of The Adventures of Ellery Queen
Richard Derr would be a
one time replacement for Lee Bowman who was on vacation.
February 9. 2019
Barnaby Ross was in many ways a sidekick
invented by two clever marketing men. Considered
to be among EQ's finest work and true classics
of the genre, it starred
in four novels of 1932 - 1933. With the fourth
contribution to the series the cousins stopped
publishing Ross books simply because, whilst
taking them as long to write, the sales weren't
as good. For the same reason the Drury Lane
series was republished under Ellery
Queen's own name..
Forgotten Books' Classic
Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to
regenerate facsimiles of historically important
January 26. 2019
In 1930 Fred Dannay married Mary Beck, they
stayed together until her death, July 4. 1945
(aged 37). After she died he left Great Neck,
Long Island, and moved into that two-family
house in Brooklyn with Mary's sister Shirley and
husband Murray, and their daughter Joan
(b.1939). Fred had purchased the house. Two
years later Fred remarried Hilda Wiesenthal (a
relative of Simon Wiesenthal), who was the widow
of a doctor, Isadore Silverman, who died in the
Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The
newlywed Dannays then bought and moved to a
small home in the quiet Larchmont on 29 Byron
|A challenge to the reader: if you think you could add additional information (even corrections) please do so... You can reach us by clicking the "Uncle Sam" icon (right). We've always appreciate corrections and additional information, however small the detail may be...|
January 1. 2019
Happy New Year to
everything Ellery Queen!
Aya Fukushima (Boon Fukushima) is a Japanese freelance illustrator and textile designer who surprised us with this rendition of famous photograph of Manfred B. Lee and Fred Dannay (Picture courtesy of Aya Fukishima). We've given it a fitting place in our "museum", it'll show up in the "Pastiche section" of this site. Click here ...
December 15. 2018
On June 15. 1981 Fred
Dannay and his wife Rose attended the third Crime
Writers' International Congress which was held in Stockholm. The
international jury, with Fred in it, chose the unknown Frank Sisk, a
65 year old American journalist, as winner in the short-story competition
with "A visit with Montezuma". Which not only resulted in a
publication but also a Saab Turbo. Many detective
December 1. 2018
Next March will see the publication of Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story by Laird R. Blackwell.
This critical study presents the first thorough examination of the role Queen played in the flourishing of the detective-crime short story with particular focus on the importance of Frederic Dannay as editor of EQMM and scores of short story anthologies. Many of the authors ("Old Masters," "New Masters," and "tec tyros" alike), detectives, and stories that Queen promoted and championed are listed and described, including authors who won Edgars, EQMM Contests, Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes, famous authors from other genres such as Baum, Borges, Dreiser, Whitman, Wells, and even William Butler Yeats, "lost and forgotten" stories of classic authors, and auspicious debuts of authors and detectives who were to become famous. With over 50 years as author, historian, and editor, Queen was the detective-crime short story's "guardian angel, patron saint, and publisher." Without the influence of Queen, the detective-crime short story may not have survived, for Queen was "the last bastion of short mystery fiction"; he was "the detective-crime short story."
As author of the popular Ellery Queen novels and short stories, as literary historian and critic, and especially as editor of the renowned Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine-- Ellery Queen was the single greatest force in the mid-1900s for the survival and health of the detective-crime short story. Queen's indefatigable and enthusiastic promotion of his favorite form of fiction was vital to its continuing popularity after the passing of Doyle and Chesterton and Christie and Hammett and its other famous authors of the early- and mid-20th Century. Click on the cover to pre-order!
November 4. 2018
Actor Ken Swofford died Thursday, his grandson Brandon Swofford announced. The red-headed Swofford portrayed the determined reporter Frank Flannigan on the admired but short-lived 1975-76 NBC series Ellery Queen, starring Jim Hutton, and he recurred as Lt. Catalano on several episodes of another sleuthing series, Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote. Swofford frequently played lawmen of various stripes, doing so on other shows. He was 85.
Only last December 2017 we lost actor Tom Reese after a brief illness. Tom played Sergeant Velie in the same Ellery Queen series.