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Dey, Frederick Van Rensselaer

Entry updated 23 October 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1861-1922) US lawyer and author who began to write fiction as early as 1881 under various names, and as Chickering Carter – see under that name for further details – was a central contributor to, and almost certainly the best author to be involved in, the Nick Carter series (see Nick Carter), writing at least 400 stories of varying length for the sequence. He also wrote stories, of various kinds, as by Rose Beckman, Marmaduke Dey, Frederick Ormund, Dirck Van Doren, Varick Venardy, and under many other names, including the House Name Bertha M Clay. It is highly unlikely that his bibliography will ever be fully established, so that his importance for the nineteenth-century American literature of the fantastic is more a matter of assertion than sure knowledge. After his career collapsed with the demise of the dime-novel market (see Dime-Novel SF), he committed Suicide.

Dey also wrote under his own name, his most famous signed title being The Magic Story (1900 Success Magazine; 1900 chap), in which the eponymous Story magically transforms a writer's life for the better. [JC]

see also: "Noname".

Frederick [also given as Frederic] Van Rensselaer Dey

born Watkins Glen, New York: 10 February 1861

died New York: 26 April 1922


as by Chickering Carter


Nick Carter

Highly selected; most Nick Carter stories are non-fantastic.

individual titles

  • The Magic Story (New York: Frank E Morrison, Publisher, 1900) [story: chap: hb/]


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