Fred Fox

Created by James Thurber (1894-1961) A parody of the tough guy P.I. story, in which all the characters are animals in the forest? Seriously? It's a wandering rabbit job, with hard-boiled, rye-drinking FRED FOX called in by old Mrs. Rabbit to find Daphne, one of her descendants. As you might guess, old Mrs. Rabbit has a … Continue reading Fred Fox

John Swan

Created by John Swan Pseudonym of Kerry J. Schooley Other pseudonyms include Slim Volumes (1949-2010) "The next day's news said (a former client) had survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Yeah, well, he would. Maybe if I'd hung in there long enough I could have prevented it. But I didn't give a shit." -Swan gets all … Continue reading John Swan

Roman Dalton

Created by Paul D. Brazill A bloody, sleazy and often nifty blend of detective fiction and supernatural horror, Paul D. Brazill's werewolf private eye ROMAN DALTON made his debut in a 2012 short story, "Drunk on the Moon," for the late, lamented horror mag Dark Valentine. He used to be a cop in The City, but now … Continue reading Roman Dalton

Leonard Shelby (Memento)

Created by Jonathan Nolan Adapted for the screen by Christopher Nolan ''I can't make new memories.'' Seen Memento yet? It's a truly mind-blowing film that should get as much exposure as possible. The main character, LEONARD SHELBY, is (or at least was) a P.I. (well, actually, an insurance investigator). But I think this qualifies him … Continue reading Leonard Shelby (Memento)

Rod Case

Created by John K. Butler (1908-64) Hoo-boy! They sure had some peculiar occupations, those hard-boiled dicks of the pulps. ROD CASE was--I kid you not!--a hard-nosed "special agent" for the Los Angeles-based General Pacific Telephone Company in a handful of short stories that ran in Black Mask in the early 40's. He was somewhat of … Continue reading Rod Case

Al Darlan (aka Al Diamond)

Created by Edward D. Hoch Pseudonymsinclude Stephen Dentinger, Ellery Queen, R.L. Stevens, Anthony Circus, R. E. Porter and Pat McMahon (1930-2008) AL DARLAN is the legendary short story writer Edward D. Hoch's contribution to private eyedom. Al's a California eye with a good rep, who has been in the biz a long time, appearing in … Continue reading Al Darlan (aka Al Diamond)

Lin Melchan

Created by Warren Lucas Pseudonym of John Kobler (1910-2000) He's usually lumped in with the infamous "defective detectives" of the "weird menace" pulps of the 1930s, but private eye LIN MELCHAN's "affliction" is pretty much the opposite of that of Leon Byrne's deaf detective Dan Holden. Lin was blessed (or was it cursed?) with a … Continue reading Lin Melchan

Miles Standish Rice

Created by Baynard H. Kendrick Pseudonyms include Richard Hayward (1894-1977) Miami-based MILES STANDISH RICE was Baynard Kendrick's other private investigator--you know, the one who wasn't blind. Now completely overshadowed by Captain Duncan Maclain, the sightless insurance investigator of numerous short stories, novels and even film, Rice nonetheless had a good run of his own back in … Continue reading Miles Standish Rice

Pete Chambers

Created by Henry Kane Pseudonyms include Anthony McCall, Kenneth R. McKay & Mario J. Sagola (1918-88) PETER CHAMBERS is a swingin' kinda guy, who started life referring to himself as a "private richard" and ended up the head gumshoe in a handful of soft porn novels. What a dick! Originally, Pete was a man with … Continue reading Pete Chambers

Calvin Kane

Created by Russell Gray Pseudonym of Bruno Fischer Other pseudonyms include Harrison Storm) (1908-1992) Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and behold the infamous Crab Detective! CALVIN KANE was a pulp-era private eye from the thirties whose "severely deformed body made him look like a refugee from a side-show attraction," according to Don Hutchison, pulp historian. … Continue reading Calvin Kane