Charles Dickens Was Obsessed with Detectives, Too

In 1851, detectives were new to the London police force. The most famous novelist in the world figured he'd go on some ridealongs.

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Why Doctors Make for the Most Terrifying Villains in Fiction

To be stripped down, doped up, cut open, stitched shut—to be held in a cold room, waiting, waiting: such are the makings...