Robert Arthur, Jr.

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Robert Arthur, Jr.
Robert Arthur, Jr. at work during 1940.
Born Robert A. Arthur, Jr.
(1909-11-10)November 10, 1909
Corregidor, Philippines
Died May 2, 1969(1969-05-02) (aged 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Writer
Alma mater University of Michigan
Genre Crime fiction, speculative fiction, mystery fiction
Arthur's novelette "The Mirror of Cagliostro " was the cover story for the June 1963 issue of Fantastic Stories, illustrated by Lee Brown Coye
Arthur as pictured in Wonder Stories in 1931

Robert A. Arthur, Jr.[1] (November 10, 1909 – May 2, 1969) was a mystery and speculative fiction writer[2] known for The Mysterious Traveler radio series and his Three Investigators series of novels.

Arthur was a graduate of the University of Michigan. Between 1930 and 1940, his stories were published in Amazing Stories, Argosy All-Story Weekly, Black Mask, Collier's, Detective Fiction Weekly, Detective Tales, Double Detective, The Illustrated Detective Magazine, Mystery, The Phantom Detective, The Shadow, Startling Stories, Street & Smith Mystery Reader, Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine, Thrilling Detective, Unknown Worlds and Wonder Stories. He wrote a number of mystery books for children.


Arthur, along with his writing partner David Kogan, was twice honored by the Mystery Writers of America with an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama: During 1950, for Murder by Experts, and during 1953 for The Mysterious Traveler.

Other radio credits include: Dark Destiny (1942), Adventure Into Fear (1945), The Sealed Book (1945), The Teller of Tales (1950) and Mystery Time (1952).[3]

Robert Arthur, Jr. died in Philadelphia during 1969.


"Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators" novels written by Robert Arthur:

Three Investigator novels numbered 10 and 12 to 43 were written by other authors.

Short story collections by Robert Arthur, Jr.

  • Ghosts and More Ghosts (1963)
  • Mystery and More Mystery (1966)

Short story collections edited by Robert Arthur, Jr.

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night (1961)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful (1961)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery (1962)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Solve-them-yourselve-Mysteries (1963) (All stories written by Robert Arthur with the exception of "The Mystery of the Sinister Theft")
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents Storys that my mother never told me (1963)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum (1965)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents Storys not for the nervous (1965)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Sinister Spies (1966)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents Storys that scared even me (1967)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense (1967)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents Storys they wouldn't let me do on TV (1968)
  • Davy Jones Haunted Locker (1965)
  • Spies and More Spies (1967)
  • Thrillers and More Thrillers (1968)
  • Monster Mix (1968)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Daring Detectives (1969)

Television writing credits

  • The Unforeseen (1960)
  • Matinee Theatre (1955) (episode: "The Babylonian Heart")
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents (episode: "The Jokester")
  • Thriller (1961–1962) (episodes: "An Attractive Family", "Dialogues with Death", "The Prisoner in the Mirror")


  1. "Air Checks; Production Notes and Personal Intelligence," Billboard (May 5, 1951), p. 6. "Shows are 'Murder by Experts' and 'Mysterious Traveler,' both produced and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan."
  2. Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 19. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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