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Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Storytelling

This cheesy 2009 documentary offers a brief but fascinating overview of the writers who sweated out stories for the pulps from the 20s right through to the early 50s, across all genres, although it leans heavily towards sci-fi and fantasy -- in fact, its alternate title is "Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Sci Fi, Fantasy … Continue reading Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Storytelling

Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares

This 2005 documentary by filmmaker Jamie McDonald is the first documentary I've heard of dedicated exclusively to the world of pulp art: those gloriously tawdry two-fisted illustrations of sneezing roscoes, hulking ghouls, granite-jawed dicks, slimy space monsters, scantily clad babes in distress and other wild and wonderful miscreants that graced the covers of the pulps … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares

Harry Moseby

Created by Alan Sharp "Ain't it funny how the night moves/When you just don't seem to have that much to lose? Ain't it funny how the night moves/With autumn closing in?" -- Bob Seger, who says he'd never heard of the film when he wrote the song. (Yeah, right, Bob...) One of the great private eye … Continue reading Harry Moseby

Stanley Hastings

Created by Parnell Hall "Not to disparage the work I do, but most of it requires no intelligence whatsoever.'' -- Stanley Hastings to a would-be client in Suspense. ...and now, for your consideration, your entertainment and your amusement, may we present... STANLEY HASTINGS, a P.I. as tough as his name! Our man Stan's a hopelessly … Continue reading Stanley Hastings

Gwenn Ramadge

Created by Lillian O'Donnell (1926-2005) GWENN RAMADGE is a private detective working for Hart Security and Investigations who teams up with handsome (of course) homicide detective Lew Sackler to investigate an apparent serial murderer, whose victims include two recent brides in A Wreath for the Bride (1990). Gwenn and Lew must have hit it off, because … Continue reading Gwenn Ramadge

Mici Anhalt

Created by Lillian O'Donnell (1926-2005) Not really a P.I., MICI ANHALT is an investigator, though. For the New York City Crime Victim's Compensation Board, and in her three book-length cases, she comes off more like a private eye than some paper-packing social worker, even if she is, tangentially, a government worker. An ex-ballerina and a former … Continue reading Mici Anhalt

Bill Crane

Created by Jonathan Latimer (1906-1983) Jonathan Latimer's first book, 1935's Headed For a Hearse, was one of the first hard-boiled screwball comedies, following closely on the heels of the previous year's The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. But where Hammett only toyed with the idea, contenting himself with cocktails and banter, Latimer went whole hog. … Continue reading Bill Crane

Garrison Gage

Created by Jack Nolte Pseudonym of Scott William Carter Beat up, knocked down and pretty much totally physically and emotionally shredded after the murder of his wife, New York private eye GARRISON GAGE leaves it all behind, and settles in the small coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon, intent on nothing more than recuperating from … Continue reading Garrison Gage

Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys

Contemporary Cowboy Eyes Sometimes an eye's just gotta do what an eye's gotta do... Dan Roman by Edward Mathis Rafferty by W. Glenn Duncan Cody by James M. Reasoner RELATED LINKS My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Cowboy Eyes The Dangers of Dime Westerns From Mark Twain's "bloodthirstily interesting" favorites to first-person shooters, Westerns were the first … Continue reading Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys