It Walks by Night by John Dickson Carr

It Walks by Night by John Dickson Carr

Originally published in 1930, It Walks By Night is the first novel by Golden Age mystery writer John Dickson Carr. It also the first story to feature fictional detective Henri Bencolin. Bencolin appears in nine stories in total.

Like many of Carr’s tales, this novel revolves around a seemingly impossible crime. The occupants of heavily guarded room are brutally murdered, and the killer has seemingly escaped without a trace. Bencolin, an examining magistrate, must investigate the case and find the culprit.

It Walks by Night by John Dickson Carr

The novel includes many literary illusions, including references to Edgar Allan Poe’s revenge tale “The Cask of Amontillado.” This book helped to launch a long and successful career for Carr; he published more than 60 novels, as well as numerous short stories, plays, and non-fiction works.

This edition of the book was published by Avon Books in 1970 as part of their Classic Crime Collection. Other titles in the collection include Death in a Bowl by Raoul Whitfield and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell.

Sadly, the delightfully creepy cover art is uncredited, and no signature is visible. We were unable to find out who created it.