Lackland Ask

Created by Colin Deerwood
Pseudonym of Pat Nolan

“Lackland Ask is the name.  ‘Lack’ to my friends, ‘Don’t’ to those who think they’re funny. You might have seen my portrait on the cover of Black Mask, the crime friction magazine. This is my story.  It starts with a blonde.  This kind of story always starts with a blonde.”

If you’re not getting enough pulp fibre in your diet, may I suggest Dime Pulp, an online fiction magazine posting original crime fiction on a monthly basis. It started up in 2021 and, as you may have guessed, pledges its allegiance to the crime and detective magazines of the thirties and forties.

There you’ll find the serialized likes of 1940s private eye LACKLAND ASK, whose business card promises “Confidential Matters Investigated.” His turf is Raleigh, North Carolina, and in his first serialized novel, A Detective Story, he’s a “battered wise-crackin’ tough guy looking to get revenge for a double-cross.”

I can verify that he cracks wise (and often), slinging slang and similes all over the place, and peppering it with loads of alleged tough talk, although your mileage may vary.

Like, I thought his response when his nationality was challenged (“No, pal, I’m as American as a sawed-off shotgun. What of it?”) was a hoot, but sometimes the avalanche of adjectives and argot–at least for me–gets to be a little much.

Still, I love the concept, and once you fall into the rhythm of the author’s style, the action may carry you away. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next… for both Lackland and Dime Pulp.


According to Dime Pulp, Colin Deerwood is an amateur historian who claims to have been inspired to write his period piece after contemplating the cover of an issue of Black Mask. He claims to be from Montreal, but all the cool kids say that. 🙂


  • A Detective Story (January 2021–, Dime Pulp)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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