A Quiet Night in the Dark in LaPlata, Missouri, 1942 by Duane Spurlock
Approx. 7,100 words.
Published on December 14, 2012.
Lester Dent is known today as the writer of the character Doc Savage, hero of a monthly magazine published from 1933 to 1949. Doc Savage -- Clark Savage, Jr. -- was the precursor to later popular heroes like Superman, James Bond, and Dirk Pitt. Dent's prose was published under a house name: Kenneth Robeson. So he was surprised when a visitor's story leads to deadly consequences in his quiet home.