Johnny Merak

Created by A.J. MerakPseudonym of John S. GlasbyOther pseudonyms include include Chuck Adams, Tex Bradley, A. D. Brent, Randall Conway, Manning K. RobertsonHouse pseudonyms include James T. Elton(1928-2011)  "Somebody has to go out there and do the dirty work, Dawn, or the world will never be a clean place to live in."-- The Savage City JOHNNY … Continue reading Johnny Merak

Max Strong

Created by Robert Dudgeon Pseudonym of seudonym of Frank S. Greenop Straight up? I don't know much about MAX STRONG. He was apparently a series character who appeared in twenty or so novels put out in the fifties by Cleveland Publishing of Sydney, Australia, trying to duplicate the success of Carter Brown by promising “excitement … Continue reading Max Strong

Johnny Dekker

Created by Johnny Dekker Pseudonym of Maurice Anglowitz Other pseudonyms include Mick Anglo (1916-2011)   Another denizen of the Mushroom Jungle, private eye JOHNNY DEKKER appeared in perhaps as many as twenty or so pulp paperbacks in the late 40s.  Though the paperbacks were published in Britain, they were written very much in the “American … Continue reading Johnny Dekker

Nick Cranley

Created by Michael Storme Pseudonym of George H. Dawson Other pseudonyms include Michael Storm (1918-1979) The very first book featuring NICK CRANLEY, Make Mine a Shroud (1949), promised “a never-ending vortex of excitement ... tough mobs ... police that mean business; and gals that mean business too – but not the same kind," while the second suggested we'd find … Continue reading Nick Cranley

The Mushroom Jungle

The Private Eye Denizens Immediately following World War II, there was a boom in England, as a swarm of hungry writers and publishers, inspired by the success of Peter Cheyney and James Hadley Chase, sprang up seemingly overnight to meet the British public's apparently insatiable demand for "American-style" hard-boiled fiction. Steve Holland pretty much nailed the … Continue reading The Mushroom Jungle

Bill Truscott

Created by Griff Pseudonym of Ernest Lionel MacKeag (1896-1974) Known only as "Griff" to his many readers, this British writer was perhaps the biggest challenge to Hank Janson and Ben Sarto in the Mushroom Jungle. Too bad he didn't really exist. Turns out "Griff" was the house name used by Modern Fiction, a British publisher … Continue reading Bill Truscott

Al Rankin

Created by Bevis Winter Peseudonyms include Al Bocca, Peter Cagney, Sammy Coburn, Bennet Hill & Gordon Shayne; and the house pseudonym Hyman Zore (1918-1985) I don't know much about Bevis Winters’s 1948 novel, Redheads Are Poison, except that is starred hard-boiled gumshoe AL RANKIN, who at one point encounters the red-headed hottie Maisie Tewnham: “Her … Continue reading Al Rankin

Steve Craig

Created by Bevis Winter Pseudonyms include Al Bocca, Peter Cagney, Sammy Coburn, Bennet Hill & Gordon Shayne; and the house pseudonym Hyman Zore (1918-1985) A Los Angeles (possibly Santa Monica?) private eye from the pen of prolific British pulpster Bevis Winter, from the Mushroom Jungle era--in other words, one of those Brits pumping out cheap, … Continue reading Steve Craig

Mike Strang

Created by Peter Cagney Pseudonym of Bevis Winter Other pseudonyms include Al Bocca, Peter Cagney, Sammy Coburn, Bennet Hill & Gordon Shayne; and the house pseudonym Hyman Zore (1918-1985) "A new slant on an age-old racket! Mike Strang strikes a fresh note in tough investigators" -- the front cover blurb for Hear the Stripper Scream … Continue reading Mike Strang

Major Martin Myers

Created by Bevis Winter Pseudonyms include Al Bocca, Peter Cagney, Sammy Coburn, Bennet Hill & Gordon Shayne; and the house pseudonym Hyman Zore (1918-1985) In a small town in England, ex-Corporal Philip Denton, just back from World War II, discovers the body of his wife in the basement of their farmhouse, and is promptly arrested by … Continue reading Major Martin Myers