The Eyes of Southeast Asia

  Vincent "Vinee" Calvino by Christopher G. Moore (Bangkok, Thailand) Sam Callaghan by Paul Barron & Peter Andrikidis (Serangoon Road) (Singapore) Sebastian "Bass" Damon by Christopher R. Cox (Bangkok, Thailand; originally Boston, MA.) Jayne Keeney by Angela Savage (Bangkok, Thailand) Ladarat Patalung by David Cassaret (Chiang Mai, Thailand) Max Quinlan by Andrew Nette Poke Rafferty … Continue reading The Eyes of Southeast Asia

My Scrapbook: A Seasonal Greeting Card from the Charleses

My Scrapbook A Seasonal Greeting Card from the Charleses MGM publicity still for the release of Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) Above is a publicity still for the release of Shadow of the Thin Man (1941, MGM), starring William Powell and Myrna Loy and as Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles. Of course by … Continue reading My Scrapbook: A Seasonal Greeting Card from the Charleses

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Christmas Eyes on Old Time Radio Almost as ubitquious as private eyes on old time radio was the ubitquious and seemingly obligatory very special "Christmas" episodes, usually (but not always) a toned down, more family-friendly episode than the usual fare, that usually ended with an upbeat message, very earnest seasonal salutations to listeners and maybe, … Continue reading Do You Hear What I Hear?

Deck the Mean Streets with Boughs of Holly

Christmas Eyes "Christmas was coming... Brenda Lee had been rockin' round the Chritmas tree so long store cashiers were on suicide watch." -- opening to Midnight Lullaby by James D.F. Hannah "Ah, sweet Christmas!" -- Luke Cage    SHORT STORIES "A Hard-Boiled Christmas" by Stephen Reid (December 23, 1989, The Globe and Mail) A feel-good … Continue reading Deck the Mean Streets with Boughs of Holly

The Best Crime & Detective Pulps

An Honour Roll. A work in progress; highly subjective. There were countless crime and detective pulps, of course, and almost all of them would, occasionally, publish some real gem of a story featuring a private eye, but remember -- these were the pulps, and most of the stories, even in the hallowed pages of Black … Continue reading The Best Crime & Detective Pulps

The Crime & Detective Pulps

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? This list, mostly pinched from William F. Nolan's excellent The Black Mask Boys (1985), is almost certainly incomplete. Everyone knows the big names Black Mask, Dime Detective and Detective Fiction Weekly , but most of the pulps came and went with dizzying speed, switching titles and publishers and formats with gay abandon. … Continue reading The Crime & Detective Pulps

They Also Served: The Men and Women Behind the Mask

"A Magazine of Mystery, Romance and Adventure." -- The Black Mask's first slogan The Black Mask (the "the" was later dropped), founded in 1920, was aimed squarely at the cheap seats, printed on paper so rough the pages sometimes sported splinters. It intended as a quick, money-making side project by journalist H. L. Mencken and … Continue reading They Also Served: The Men and Women Behind the Mask

They Also Served: George Sutton

EDITOR OF BLACK MASK Although editor Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw gets most of the attention for making Black Mask magazine what it was, it was actually  GEORGE W. SUTTON, JR., the pulp's second editor, succeeding F.M. Osborne, who turned the boat around. And just in time, too, because in the pulp's first few years, the emphasis … Continue reading They Also Served: George Sutton

Eyes on the No-Prize

Private Eyes from the Marvel Universe  Marvel Comics, which started in 1938 as Timely Comics and by the early fifties was known as Atlas Publications, became the Marvel Comics we all know and love in 1961, the year that Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others unleashed what we now think of as the … Continue reading Eyes on the No-Prize