Thursday, April 20, 2006

Happy Detective Story Day!

One hundred and sixty-five years ago today, Graham's Magazine published the first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allen Poe.

In today's Writer's Almanac, Garrison Keillor notes that "the story introduced many of the elements of mysteries that are still popular today: the genius detective, the not-so-smart sidekick, the plodding policeman and the use of the red herring to lead readers off the track."

Happy Birthday, Detective Story!

2 comments:

Bookgasm said...

And still one of the best short stories to date.

I'm working on a feature for my site of the best genre short stories ever written (according to me), and this is one of them.

Michael May said...

I'll be looking forward to that post.

Bookgasm has become indespinsable reading to me.

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