Peter Proctor

Created by John H. Knox (1905-83) The son of a preacher man, and probably the most successful pulp writer to ever come out of Abilene, Texas, John H. Knox specialized in both weird menace and crime & detective stories… and sometimes a combination of both. Like “Dead Man’s Shadow,” which appeared in the December 1934 issue … Continue reading Peter Proctor

Gillian Hazeltine

Created by George F. Worts Pseudonyms include Loring Brent (1892-1967) Was GILLIAN HAZELTINE the inspiration for Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason? He was once one of the more popular lawyer/sleuth series characters from the pulps; but now almost totally forgotten. He was a long-running series character, a criminal attorney and investigator who appeared in almost thirty … Continue reading Gillian Hazeltine

“Corpus Delicti” Mort

Created by Julius W. Long (1907-1955) Defense attorney and notorious barfly CLARENCE DARROW MORT, better known by his nickname "CORPUS DELECTI," liked to drink and hang out in dive bars and dubious nightclubs--and what's wrong with that? He was a regular in the pages of Dime Detective in the mid-forties, staggering from case to case, slightly … Continue reading “Corpus Delicti” Mort

Ben Corbett

Created by Julius W. Long (1907-1955) "The D.A.'s bundler carrier, that's me. I crack the cases, and Keever gets the headlines." -- "Blind Bogey" Prolific pulpster Long--he seemed to be everywhere in the forties, with his name frequently splashed on pulp covers-- had two ongoing series. He wrote  about Clarence Darrow "Corpus Delecti" Mort, a … Continue reading Ben Corbett

Grace Culver

Created by Roswell Brown Pseudonym of Jean Francis Webb (1910-91)  One of the first female private eyes from the pulps, young, attractive, red-haired GRACE "REDSIE" CULVER was a secretary for Big Tim, who ran the Noonan Detective Agency. But don't let that fool you--Grace was a "fast action girl," Big Tim's "aider-and-abetter," and she was usually … Continue reading Grace Culver

Leander & Horatio Jones (The Jones Brothers)

Created by Maxwell Hawkins (1895-1962) LEANDER JONES and HORATIO JONES were twins (identical as the two "proverbial peas"), the sole operatives of Manhattan's Jones and Jones Detective Agency (with offices in the Flatiron Building, no less), who didn't just stumble into cases that involved murder--it was their speciality. Not that they needed the work--"their private inherited … Continue reading Leander & Horatio Jones (The Jones Brothers)

“Bookie” Barnes

Created by Robert Reeves (1912-45) Reminescent at times of Frank Gruber and Norbert Davis, Robert Reeves is best known for creating private eye Cellini Smith, but he also created another memorable (if short-lived) hard-boiled hero: trucker and "highway detective" "BOOKIE" BARNES, who appeared in just three short stories (the first in Black Mask, and the … Continue reading “Bookie” Barnes

Cash Wale

Created by Peter Paige Pseudonym of Morton Wolson (1913-2003) "It all began with the dog who liked beer..." -- the opening of "A Corpse for Cinderella" Yet another hard-boiled private eye from the pulps, Peter Paige's CASH WALE was a New York City dick very much in the Race Williams vein, full of gunplay and fisticuffs, … Continue reading Cash Wale

Candid Jones

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) "I was never afraid of any man, and I always figured that if a guy was going to get rough with you, the best thing to do was to get rough with him first." -- "Long Shot" Weegee-like freelance photographer/investigator TERRENCE "CANDID" JONES … Continue reading Candid Jones

Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris

Created by T.T. Flynn Pseudonym of (Thomas Theodore Flynn (1902-78) "Pert and sweet, soft and cuddly, harmless as a kitten and luscious-looking to all big strong men—that's Trixie if you don't know her." Nuts about each other, or just nuts? One of those hard-boiled dames from the pulps, cute, gun-toting TRIXIE MEEHAN was, along with her … Continue reading Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris