Garry Dean

Created by Paul Whelton "You dig me up a good yarn, brother, and I'll kiss you." -- Dean chats up a source in Call the Lady Indiscreet. GARRY DEAN is the hard-nosed big city newshawk for Belle City's Press-Bulletin who'll do anything for a story, in these delightful slices of American cheese. And I do … Continue reading Garry Dean

Katie “The Duchess” Blayne

Created by Whitman Chambers (1896-1968) You want a speed-rapping, wise-cracking, cocky female reporter from the pulps who can run rings around her male counterparts? Then KATIE BLAYNE, aka "The Duchess," might be your gal. Invariably lumped in with Torchy Blane, with whom she shares a gift for mile-a-minute yammering, hard-charging competitivness, and a knack for getting … Continue reading Katie “The Duchess” Blayne

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

Hank Janson

Created by Hank Janson Pseudonym of Stephen D. Frances "I had to kinda peel her off me. Her pointed nails seared across my back, tore skin through my thin shirt. A piece of my lip went with her and, as I gripped her bare shoulders, she was panting uncontrollably, eyes swimmy and semi-conscious. A little … Continue reading Hank Janson

Harrigan

Created by Ed Lybeck Pseudonym of Charles Edward Widegren (1905-1965) "Well, who's dead now?" -- Harrigan answers the phone, in "Kick Back" There were plenty of hard-boiled newsmen in the detective pulps of the thirties and forties, but Ed Lybeck's FRANCIS ST. XAVIER HARRIGAN, "star reporter" for The New York Leader, may have been the only … Continue reading Harrigan

Bart Hardin

Created by David Alexander (1907-1973) Broadway is his beat. BART HARDIN was the rambling, gambling two-fisted editor of The Broadway Times, who starred in eight novels back in the fifties, fondly remembered these days for, among other things, living above a flea circus in a Times Square tenement. The Broadway Times was essentially a throwaway … Continue reading Bart Hardin

Gail and Dwight “Di” Berke

Created by Carl G. Hodges (1902-64) Sports editor of The Journal, DWIGHT "DI" BERKE could always be counted on to dig into the crimonious aspects of sports, be it horse racing, bowling or whatever. Fortunately his wife (and photog for the same rag) GAIL BERKE, armed with "her four-by-five Grafix slung over her tailored shoulder," … Continue reading Gail and Dwight “Di” Berke

Johnny Castle

Created by C.S. Montanye (1892-1948) Don't believe the title of the only collection to feature his stories -- JOHNNY CASTLE was not a P.I. Nope, he was a sports writer. But he sure acted like a gumshoe (or at least to be included on this site). And a pretty tough one at that. No matter … Continue reading Johnny Castle

Rebekah Roberts

Created by Julia Dahl Frustrated by her work at the New York Tribune, arguably the city's sleaziest tabloid (Boy! That's sleazy!), ambitious rookie reporter REBEKAH ROBERTS is more than willing to stick her nose into places other people (including the police and occasionally, her editor) would rather she didn't. But she never thought things would … Continue reading Rebekah Roberts

Carl Kolchak

Created by Jeff Rice "I promised I'd show up with a haircut, a new hat, and a pressed suit... but I lie a lot." -- Carl Kolchak Poor CARL KOLCHAK. A wise-cracking, would-be hard-bitten newsman in a battered seersucker suit and straw boater hat, Kolchak would have been right at home in a 1940's newspaper flick. … Continue reading Carl Kolchak