Nick Carter Biography


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Nick Carter (dime novels and pulps)

? Andrews; A. L. Armagnac; ? Babcock; ? Ball; William Perry Brown (1847-1923); George Waldo Browne (1851-1930); Frederick Russell Burton (1861-1909); O. P. Caylor; Stephen Chalmers (1880-1935); Weldon J. Cobb; William Wallace Cook (1867-1933); John Russell Coryell (1851-1924); Frederick William Davis (1858-1933); William J. de Grouchy; E. C. Derby; Frederic M. Van Rensselaer Dey (1861-1922); ? Ferguson; Graham E. Forbes; W. Bert Foster (1869-1929); Thomas W. Hanshew (1857-1914); Charles Witherle Hooke (1861-1929); ? Howard; W. C. Hudson (1843-1915); George C. Jenks (1850-1929); W. L. or Joseph Larned; ? Lincoln; Charles Agnew MacLean (1880-1928); ? Makee; St. George Rathborne (1854-1938); ? Rich; ? Russell; Eugene T. Sawyer (1846-1924); Vincent E. Scott; Samuel C. Spalding; ? Splint; Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930); Alfred B. Tozer; ? Tyson; R. F. Walsh; Charles Westbrook; ? Willard; Richard Wormser.

Nick Carter (Killmaster)

Frank Adduci, Jr.; Jerry Ahern (1946-    ); Bruce Algozin; Michael Avallone (1924-1999); W. T. Ballard (1903-1980); Jim Bowser; Nicholas Browne; Jack Canon; Bruce Cassiday (1920-2005); Ansel Chapin; Robert Colby; DeWitt S. Copp; Bill Crider (1941-    ); Jack Davis; Ron Felber; James Fritzhand; Joseph L. Gilmore (1929-    ); Marilyn Granbeck (1927-    ); David Hagberg (1942-    ); Ralph Hayes (1927-    ); Al Hine (1915-1974); Richard Hubbard (d. c. 1974); H. Edward Hunsburger; Michael Jahn (1943-    ); Bob Latona; Leon Lazarus (1920-    ); Lew Louderback (1930-    ); Dennis Lynds (1924-2005); Douglas Marland; Arnold Marmor; Jon Messmann; Valerie Moolman; Homer Morris; Craig Nova; William C. Odell; Forrest V. Perrin; Larry Powell; Daniel C. Prince; Robert J. Randisi (1951-    ); Henry Rasof; Dan Reardon; William L. Rohde; Joseph Rosenberger; Steve Simmons; Martin Cruz Smith (1942-    ); George Snyder; Robert Derek Steeley; John Stevenson; Linda Stewart; Manning Lee Stokes; Bob Stokesberry; Dee Stuart; Dwight Vreeland Swain (1915-1992); Lawrence Van Gelder; Robert E. Vardeman (1947-    ); Jeffrey M. Wallmann (1941-    ); George Warren; Saul Wernick (1921-    ); Lionel White (1905-1985); Stephen Williamson.


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Nick Carter was delivered into this world by the hands of John Russell Coryell in 1886. Street and Smith published Coryell’s first three installments of Nick Carter, and at a luncheon not long after, Carter’s fate as a serial character was sealed. Ormond G. Smith, president of the Street and Smith firm, decided to award Frederic M. Van Rensselaer Dey the opportunity of continuing the Carter saga. Dey accepted in 1891 and for the next seventeen years produced a 25,000-word story a week for a new weekly to be called the Nick Carter Detective Library, beginning with Nick Carter, Detective (1891). After the first twenty installments of the Nick Carter Library had appeared, Carter was reinstated in the New York Weekly, which was primarily a family-oriented publication.

The publications containing Carter material changed names frequently. In 1897, the Nick Carter Library became the Nick Carter Weekly and then the New Nick Carter Weekly, and then again the New Nick Carter Library. Finally, in 1912 the title changed to Nick Carter Stories. Old installments began appearing under new titles, a fact that has created headaches for those wishing to compile bibliographies of Nick Carter material. In 1897, Street and Smith had begun the Magnet Library—a kind of grandfather to the modern paperback—and used Carter stories along with those featuring other detectives, including reprints of Sherlock Holmes tales.

The majority of these books were signed by “Nicholas Carter,” and some stories that had featured Nick Carter, detective, in earlier publications were changed to incorporate other detective protagonists. The series was replaced in 1933 by the Nick Carter Magazine. Nick Carter Stories was given a pulp format and in 1915 became the influential semimonthly Detective Story...

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