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The Man Who Knew Too Much E-Book

John D. Swain

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John D. Swain (1870-1952) was a prolific pulp author, playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and movie script writer. He won the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1931.


His story “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is a fantastic tale originally published in Black Mask magazine. Although it became known as the home of hardboiled mystery writers, in its early years Black Mask published all manner of tales, including this one, which—had in been written in later years—would have been at home in either Weird Tales or Amazing Stories.


Includes an introduction by John Betancourt.

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Table of Contents

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION

The Man Who Knew Too Much

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

Copyright © 2021 by Wildside Press LLC.

Introduction copyright © 2021 by John Betancourt

Language and punctuation has been modernized when necessary.

Originally published in Black Mask, December 1921.

INTRODUCTION

John D. Swain (1870-1952) was a prolific pulp author, playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and movie script writer. He won the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1931. Many of his stories and novels were made into movies, including The Last Man on Earth (1924), White and Unmarried (1921), and It’s Great to Be Alive (1933). His novels included Wisteria and Enchanted Tearoom. In the last year of his life, he published “Letter from Father to Son,” which would prove to be his most enduring work.

He was born in Norfold, Connecticut, attended Worcester Academy, Robbins Academy, and graduated from Yale (class of 1895). He also attended Harvard Graduate School and the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He remained a New England author most of his life, living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticutt, and Rhode Island, and for a time in Georgia. He died in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 19, 1952.

“The Man Who Knew Too Much” is a fantastic story originally published in Black Mask magazine. Although it became known as the home of hardboiled mystery writers, in its early years Black Mask published all manner of tales, including this one, which—had in been written in later years—would have been at home in either Weird Tales or Amazing Stories.

Enjoy!

—John Betancourt

Cabin John, Maryland

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

JOHN D. SWAIN

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“THE trouble with me,” said the last patient of the day, “is that I know too much.”

The statement did not surprise Arbuthnot, the consulting alienist. The patient who had just left his office had assured him that he was perfectly all right save for a glass heart, which he lived in constant terror of cracking by colliding with somebody, or by slipping on a wet pavement.