The Detective Story Club was launched in 1929, with the expressed purpose of publishing the best detective and mystery novels as selected by a committee of experts. Each volume was marked with a distinctive "Man with a Gun" stamp on the cover.
In 2015, HarperCollins began reprinting the series, with new introductions. Some of the books lean over towards the supernatural genre, even if they don't embrace it. Some of the new introductions are by noted genre authorities like Richard Dalby and Hugh Lamb. Some of the novels are by authors well-known to genre readers, like Robert Louis Stevenson and Bernard Capes.
Here I'd like to call attention to four of the titles published so far that might be of interest to readers of Wormwoodiana.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, contains more than just the classic story. Introduced by Richard Dalby, there are two additional stories by Stevenson ("The Body Snatcher" and "Markheim") and two additional stories by other hands (the anonymous 1890 "Untold Sequel of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", later attributed to one Francis H. Little, and a pastiche "Dr. Jekyl" [sic] by Robert J. McLaughlin).
Called Back, by Hugh Conway, with an introduction by Martin Edwards
The Mystery of the Skeleton Key, by Bernard Capes, with an introduction by Hugh Lamb
The Noose, by Philip Macdonald, son of Ronald Macdonald and the grandson of George Macdonald. Introduction by H.R.F. Keating
The whole series is well worth looking into.
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