Saturday, October 7, 2017

"You Look Scared to Death"

"The Man in the Taxi."
By Leslie Gordon Barnard (1890-1961).
First appearance: Weird Tales, November 1937.
Short short short story (3 pages).
Online at SFFAudio (HERE) (PDF).

"Enderby had to live with his conscience, for there were no witnesses of his crime—but who was the man who sat beside him in the taxicab?"
We're told that the dead are beyond our influence, but who's to say the dead might regard us as not beyond theirs . . .

- Since he was born in Montréal, the Canadian Encyclopedia would naturally have an article about prolific pulpster Leslie Gordon Barnard (HERE).
- Barnard generated dozens of pulp stories in the Western, detective, and romance genres over a span of forty-four years, but "The Man in the Taxi" seems to be his sole contribution

to Weird Tales; FictionMags has a list of the 17 stories featuring his only series character,
Mr. Philibus, in Detective Fiction Weekly and Detective Story Magazine  (1928-1935). One of his other stories saw republication in EQMM, "Shooting a Line," 1963 (from 1946); while two original ones appeared in AHMM, "The Last Voyage" and "The Talkative Stranger," both 1957.
- Also see "My God, What Have I Done?" at TV Tropes (HERE).

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