James Malcolm Rymer

A Mystery in Scarlet: Editorial Introduction

Robert Louis Stevenson, lifelong connoisseur of "penny dreadfuls," was haunted by one in particular: A Mystery in Scarlet, by “Malcolm J. Errym” (pseudonym of James Malcolm Rymer, 1814-84).

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A Mystery in Scarlet

Robert Louis Stevenson cherished the 1866 penny dreadful A Mystery in Scarlet, written by his "genuine influence" Malcolm J. Errym, the pseudonym of "Sweeney Todd" creator James Malcolm Rymer (1814-84) and illustrated by the celebrated "Phiz" (Hablot K. Browne, 1815-82).

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