By David Skene-Melvin
The interval from the early Eighteen Eighties in the course of the First international warfare has been known as "The Golden Age of the Storytellers." those have been the writers who sought to not write nice literature, yet to entertain, spinning yarns to be revealed and skim, simply as their predecessors, the minstrels and bards, recited and have been listened to. via their numerous stories of event and derring-do they introduced romance and color to the lives of these who may do not more than dream. This was once the age of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H.G. Wells. Canadian writers contributed in no small option to the cornucopia of romance and event the studying public may well locate on the newsstands and bookstores. this is often the interval of which Messrs Roper, Beharriell, and Scheider in Literary historical past of Canada: Canadian Literature in English (2d ed., 1976) say "the Canadian fiction-writers among 1880 and 1920 have been learn extra commonly through their contemporaries, in and out Canada, than were the Canadian fiction-writers - jointly - since." Literary historian David Skene-Melvin, the prime authority on Canadian criminous literature, has garnered from among the collections and magazines of the interval a moment anthology of stirring stories by way of furnish Allen, Robert Barr, Algernon Blackwood, W. H. Blake, Susan Carleton, William Henry Drummond, William Fraser, Harvey O'Higgins, Sir Gilbert Parker, Hesketh Pearson, Alan Sullivan, and others, a few by no means prior to anthologized, sure to set the blood a-racing and stimulate the imagination.