We’re all prone to speculate at times about how wonderful it would be to discover a previously-unpublished work by a beloved Golden Age author, and for today’s podcast episode Tony Medawar rejoins me to tempt you with two forthcoming collections of hard-to-find material from two of the genre’s titans — John Dickson Carr and Freeman Wills Crofts.
The Island of Coffins collects Carr’s scripts from the radio show Cabin B-13 and The 9.50 Up Express is a smorgasbord of obscure and unusual stories — one very unusual — that span the career of Crofts, and, since there’s been so much disruption to all normal services this year, it’s fair to assume that Crippen & Landru will be publishing these two collections in the opening months of 2021.
Until then, allow Tony to whet your appetites as we discuss some of what you can expect to find in these two volumes, plus some hints at what the future might hold for forgotten and misplaced mystery stories from the genre’s Golden Age (the author names tagged below should give you some hints there). Also, get a possible preview on some contents of future Bodies from the Library volumes, be sure to admire the artistry Tony employs when I ask him about the difficulty of including stories that aren’t any good — evasion worthy of a politician, I think you’ll agree — see if you can help with any of the missing stories he’s still trying to track down for posthumous collections, and wonder at the legitimate connection a roller skating rink has with the topic under discussion.
Thanks are due to Tony both for his time in recording this and his continued efforts on behalf of GAD nerds everywhere, to Jonny Berliner for my eerie music, and to those of you who continue to take an interest in this podcast endeavour. Here’s hoping these final few weeks of the year are treating you all well, and that those close to you are as safe and happy as can be hoped.
More In GAD We Trust in a fortnight, but expect a podcast-related announcement tomorrow…
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