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THE DUEL OF SHADOWS, by Vincent Cornier

Duel of Shadows Vincent Cornier (1898 - 1976) (pronounced Corn-ee-ay), born William Vincent Corner in Coatham, North Yorkshire on January 22, 1898, wrote many short stories for Cassell's Magazine and The Story-teller with a couple of series characters. He created a new character, Barnabas HIldreth, a British Secret Service agent known as "The Black Monk," who solves bizarre cases. In Cornier's letter to Fred Dannay, then the editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, there were fifteen Hildreth stories, but THE DUEL OF SHADOWS (Crippen & Landru, 2011), subtitled "The Extraordinary Cases of Barnabas Hildreth," edited by Mike Ashley, contains 11 of them. Editor Ashley only knows of 12, and "The Space-Time Masterpiece" (first published in the April 1936 issue of The Story-teller) is a short novel too long to include in this collection. The eleven stories in this collection are as follows:

"The Stone Ear," first published in the September 1933 issue of Pearson's Magazine, and reprinted in the March 1948 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine [=EQMM]
"The Brother of Heaven," first published in the October 1933 issue of Pearson's Magazine, and reprinted in the December 1948 issue of EQMM
"The Silver Quarrel," first published in the November 1933 issue of Pearson's Magazine, and reprinted in the September 1950 issue of EQMM
"The Throat of Green Jasper," first published in the March 1934 issue of Pearson's Magazine
"The Duel of Shadows," first published in the April 1934 issue of Pearson's Magazine, and revised for the September 1947 issue of EQMM as "The Shot That Waited"
"The Catastrophe in Clay," first published in the February 1935 issue of Pearson's Magazine, and revised for the the December 1946 issue of EQMM as "The Smell That Kills"
"The Mantle That Laughed," first published in the December 1935 issue of Pearson's Magazine, and revised for the July 1947 issue of EQMM as "The Cload That Laughed"
"The Tabasheeran Pearls," first published in the July 1937 issue of Pearson's Magazine
"The Gilt Lily," first published in the April 1938 issue of Pearson's Magazine
"The Monster," first published in the February 1951 of EQMM
"O Time, In Your Flight" (a revised version of the non-Hildreth story, "The Time Test," in the November 1935 issue of Pearson's Magazine), first published in the August 16, 1951 issue of The Evening Standard as "The Masterpiece," and reprinted and retitled in the September 1951 issue of EQMM

Incidentally, Editor Ashley's Introduction is very informative.

This is the 33rd (not the 31st) in the Crippen & Landru "Lost Classics" series. There are two editions of this book: clothbound ($28) and trade softcover ($18). Order from Crippen & Landru by e-mailing to info@crippenlandru.com, or by sending a letter to Crippen & Landru, Dept. G, P. O. Box 9315, Norfolk, Virginia 23505, USA. They honor Visa, MasterCard and Amex.

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