Detective Story Magazine

Detective Story Magazine

Detective Story Magazine was an American magazine published by Street & Smith from October 15, 1915 to Summer, 1949 (1,057 issues). The first pulp magazine devoted to detective fiction, it consisted of short stories and serials.[1]

It was the publishing house's first pulp magazine and was originally a dime novel entitled Nick Carter Weekly.

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."[2] 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.

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.[3] Ludwig Wittgenstein, the eminent philosopher, was among the fanatic readership.



Authors published in Detective Story include:

See also


  1. ^ Cox, J. Randolph (2000). The dime novel companion: a source book. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 79–80. 
  2. ^ "The Shadow: A Short Radio History". Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Galactic Central". Galactic Central Publications. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 

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