The Unorthodox Corpse: The Detective’s Blazon vs. Female Autonomy

The detective novels penned by Alan Geoffrey Yates under the pseudonym Carter Brown offer a descriptive approach as to how women were viewed in sexual terms during the mid-20th century. His novel The Unorthodox Corpse is no exception.  In it, he employs the detective-era blazon, which catalogues a woman’s physical attributes like a traditional sonnet, […]

Carter Brown’s Play Now… Kill Later: The Existentialist Detective Novel

  As is the case with most Carter Brown novels, Play Now… Kill Later is a template of pulp era detective fiction.  It is filled with titillating women, each peered at through the male gaze, has an androcentric perspective, and follows a private eye as he unravels a mystery in which everybody is lying about […]

The Moving Finger: A Feminist Detective Novel

  Agatha Christie is not only the most famous detective novelist of all time, she is arguably the most famous novelist of all time, having sold more novels, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, than any other writer (over 2 billion according to her estate).  Though her celebrity has waned in the decades following […]

Murder Is My Business: Pulp Fiction vs. Capitalism

Just as Alan Geoffrey Yates wrote detective fiction under the name Carter Brown, Davis Dresser wrote under the pen name Brett Halliday to create the popular private detective Michael Shayne.  The character proved popular enough to warrant film series that included seven motion pictures from Twentieth Century Fox starring Lloyd Nolan, four low-budget films, a […]

William Ard’s You Can’t Stop Me: Determinism and Existentialism in Pulp Fiction

William Ard was an author from the pulp era, producing as many as 30 novels in a 10-year span.  Born in 1922, Ard passed away of cancer in 1960.  During his writing career, Ard created several memorable characters: western frontier man Tom Buchanan, Floridian detective Lou Largo, and New York detective Timothy Dane.  It is […]

Stamped For Murder: Bad Puns and Arthurian Detectives

I have been unable to find much information about Ben Benson, the author of Stamped For Murder, and I’m not even sure if that is his real name as pseudonyms were very common for the authors of pulp fiction.  Pennant Books seemed more interested in touting other titles than sharing any biographical information about the […]