Del Farmer (aka Del Winter)

Created by Duane Swierczynski He's hot, he's hip, he's dead. Meet DEL WINTER, hard-boiled dick. But Winter isn't like the other shamuses you may find on this site. For one thing, he's shuffled off this mortal coil and assumed permanent room temperature. Really. He's dead, Jim. Or at least, he was. For a while. And … Continue reading Del Farmer (aka Del Winter)

Sig Dreyer

Created by F. Paul Wilson Another gloomy future. Most of the Earth's population has got while the getting's good, abandoning the ol' home planet for the safety of outer space. The few that have stuck around in horror and sci-fi writer  F. Paul Wilson's Dydeetown World (1989) have to make do with a world where, … Continue reading Sig Dreyer

Joe Fury

Created by Paul Anthony Long Yikes! Another mash-up of trans-genre tropes! In his one and only appearance, Joe Fury and the Hard Death (2009), hard-boiled private-eye JOE FURY takes on a kitchen sink's worth of mix-and-match stereotypes and clichés from both the crime and fantasy fiction aisles, and in fact, the whole pulp spectrum. Naturally, … Continue reading Joe Fury

John Justin Mallory

Created by Mike Resnick (1942-2020) Dragons? Vampires? Unicorns? Mallory's your man. Down on his luck (naturally) Big Apple gumshoe JOHN JUSTIN MALLORY needs a bit of sunshine in his life when we first meet him in 1987's Stalking the Unicorn. His wife has has run off with his partner, who's--surprise, surpise-- also taken a powder. … Continue reading John Justin Mallory

Quintilian Dalrymple

Created by Paul Johnston How can you not love a PI named QUINTILIAN DALRYMPLE? But this series by Scottish author Paul Johnston has way more going for it than just a protagonist with a peculiar monicker. Imagine Edinburgh as an Orwellian, totalitarian independent city-state in 2020 and that's where you'll find this fellow. A blues-haunted … Continue reading Quintilian Dalrymple

Apocalypse Al (aka Allison Carter)

Created by J. Michael Straczynski "The name's Al. Short for Allison Carter. Private investigator, specializing in the end of the world. More specifically, preventing the same." It's pretty much the end of the world as we know it, unless Hollywood private eye ALLISON "APOCALYPSE AL" CARTER can put a stop to it. Mind you, what … Continue reading Apocalypse Al (aka Allison Carter)