Detective Story Magazine

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Detective Story Magazine was an American magazine published by Street & Smith from October 15, 1915 to Summer, 1949 (1,057 issues). It was one of the first pulp magazines devoted to detective fiction and consisted of short stories and serials.[1] While the publication was the publishing house's first detective-fiction pulp magazine in a format resembling a modern paperback (a "thick book" in dime-novel parlance), Street & Smith had only recently ceased publication of the dime-novel series Nick Carter Weekly, which concerned the adventures of a young detective.

From February 21, 1931 to its demise, the magazine was titled Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine. During half of its 34-year life, the magazine was popular enough to support weekly issues.[2] Ludwig Wittgenstein, the eminent philosopher, was among the magazine's readership. [3]


Stories from the magazine were first heard on the radio on July 31, 1930. The Street and Smith radio program Detective Story Hour was narrated by a mysterious character named "The Shadow."[4] Confused listeners would ask for copies of "The Shadow" magazine. As a result Street & Smith debuted The Shadow Magazine on April 1, 1931, a pulp series created and primarily written by the prolific Walter B. Gibson.

The success of The Shadow and Doc Savage also prompted Street & Smith to revive Nick Carter as a hero pulp that ran from 1933 to 1936. A popular radio show, Nick Carter, Master Detective, aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System network from 1943 to 1955.


Authors published in Detective Story include:


  • Frank E. Blackwell (1915-1938)
  • Anthony M. Rud (1938)
  • Hazlett Kessler (1939-1940)
  • R.B. Miller (1941)
  • Ronald Oliphant (1942)
  • Daisy Bacon (May 1942-Summer 1949)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cox, J. Randolph (2000). The dime novel companion: a source book. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 79–80. 
  2. ^ "Galactic Central". Galactic Central Publications. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Hard-boiled Wit: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Norbert Davis Retrieved 27th December 2011.
  4. ^ "The Shadow: A Short Radio History". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

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