Ruination Street cannot be found on any map - it might be anywhere, or nowhere. 

You may stroll down it as down any normal street, wholly unaware.

Or, traversing the city in the hours just before dawn, you may turn down a random cross-street to get home a bit more quickly, only to find yourself strangely uneasy. This isn't a street you've seen before, yet you know this city well. The air seems colder, and thin; the yellow lamps, few and far between, expel feeble gasps of light amid the strangling dark; the shop windows return no reflection. 

Headlights materialize in the night, and a car glides past with no sound. Its passing seems drawn out, as though it were just a bit too long - and you are not relieved to realize that it is a hearse.

Something is distinctly wrong. You turn back, hastily retracing your steps, feeling your anxiety lifting as you near the street you turned from. It is a main road, well-known and mapped. You shouldn't have left it. 

But just as you are about to reach it you look up, and stop dead in your tracks. 

Before you stands a wall of unbroken brick - a wall where no wall was. A shadow cast upon it assumes a strange form - a gallows. Below, painted or perhaps smeared with a hasty hand, four red letters spell out: DOOM. 

The silent hearse idles beside...

Who's driving?

I'm Anthony. I'm a bookish sort of person with a taste for horror and mystery. 

I conceived of Ruination Street primarily as a forum to document my reading of all of John Dickson Carr's seventy-odd works, in publication order (some two dozen being re-reads). The name is borrowed from JDC's The Lost Gallows and, besides alluding to the main subject of the blog, is intended as a physical metaphor for the mental experience of encountering the thing which is, but should not be - the impossibility that defies all reason, exposing the chinks in our armor of understanding. It also alludes to one of the more audacious sorts of impossibilities, that of the vanishing location. Plus, I think it sounds cool. 

The blog will also discuss works by other authors which feature locked-room murders, impossible crimes and miracle problems (impossible situations not involving crime), with an allowance for the occasional well-plotted puzzler which may not strictly fall under these categories. There may also be other material of interest to genre enthusiasts.

Posts may occasionally contain analysis of plot structure and solutions, inevitably including spoilers. In this case, the reader will be warned. 

I am also a Polish-language enthusiast, and I enjoy studying and translating from that language. If this interests you, please check out my other blog: The Polish Student

Contact: ruinationstreet@gmail.com

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