Neither Tarnished nor Afraid "She was the beat of my heart for thirty years. She was the music heard faintly around the edge of the sound. It was my great and now useless regret that I never wrote anything really worth her attention, no book I could dedicate to her. I planned it. I thought … Continue reading True Love
Stewart Wright Interviews the Men Behind The Adventures of Harry Nile (June 1998) Decades after the Golden Age of Radio, the radio detective still lived on in The Adventures of Harry Nile, the longest running private detective audio series in the history of American broadcasting, running from 1976 to 2019, an incredible 35-year run. It … Continue reading Talkin’ with Jim French & Phil Harper
A Tribute To Blue Murder Yeah, the New Pulp. You're soaking in it. In fact, you're holding it in your hands right now. And you're in it for a treat. The first Great Pulp Era lasted from about the early 1900's until about the mid-fifties. The pulps were cheaply-produced magazines of mostly short fiction, with … Continue reading All Hail The New Pulp!
Pseudonyms: Sam Drake, Samuel Drake, John Ryan, R.D. Torrey (1901-46) Most readers of private detective fiction have probably never heard of pulp writer ROGER TORREY. It‘s understandable, I guess. He wrote only one novel, 42 Days of Murder, and almost everything else he ever wrote has never been reprinted. And yet, over a relatively … Continue reading Roger Torrey
My Scrapbook The Scooby-Doo Doo Good Forever Stamp From the official press release from the United States Postal Service, June 14, 2018: WASHINGTON — “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” For nearly 50 years, this call has summoned the beloved animated Great Dane wherever help is needed. The U.S. Postal Service, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Scooby-Doo Goes Postal
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up... Tom Bethany by Jerome Doolittle El Borbah by Charles Burns Mike O'Dell by Roger Torrey Sonambulo by Rafael Navarro Eva Wylie by Liza Cody Preliminary list compiled by Kevin Burton Smith. Beware the tag team of Pluck and So.
A Progress Report As I write this, on November 2, 2019, I've just posted the 1000th post to our new location, still optimistically titled The (New) Thrilling Detective Web Site. The 999th post was a long-overdue entry on Scooby-Doo, and the milestone post was a My Scrapbook post on Raymond Chandler's Military Records -- as … Continue reading The 1000th Post
My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler's Attestation Papers (August 14, 1917, Victoria, British Columbia) Although he was an American citizen, Raymond Thornton Chandler enlisted with the Canadian Army in August 1917, as his attestation paper above shows. Some have suggested he chose the Canadian Army due to his fondness for all things British (Canada being part of the … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler’s Attestation Papers
The Beerhunter? For a while there, it really seemed like Robert B. Parker's Spenser had a quest. No, not some knightly search for some old cup that's been kicking around for a couple of millennium, or something so shop-worn as a lady fair or even honesty, beauty or true love. Nope, Spenser's quest was for... … Continue reading The Beers of Spenser
Not particularly a growth industry, perhaps, but the "Dark Continent" has provided more interesting eyes than you'd suspect. BOTSWANA Precious Ramotswe by Alexander McCall Smith EGYPT Makana by Parker Bilal (Cairo) KENYA Welling Waki Oloo by J.N. Catanach MALI Soulemayne "Solo" Camara by Laurent Guillaume NEW GUINEA Will Prior by Adrian McKinty SOUTH AFRICA Jade … Continue reading African Eyes