Meet Me In Darkness: An Imitation Detective Novel

  Not all detective novels are created equal.  Though the genre was at the heights of its popularity in the mid-20th century, it did not mean all novels sold well or were well written.  Raymond Bank’s foray into detective fiction is an excellent case and point.  Meet Me In Darkness was the first ‘Sam King’ […]

Pulp Fiction: Quentin Tarantino’s Deconstructions Of The American Mythos

  It’s been twenty years since I first saw Pulp Fiction.  I was so enamoured with the film I saw it three times in the theatre.  As a teen, I was draw in by the bizarre and entertaining plotting, the stylistic characters, and the juxtaposition seemingly trivial pop-culture references and hyper-violence.  Having recently heard about […]

William Ard’s The Diary: The Libertarian Detective Novel

  William Ard tragically died of cancer at a young age, but before he did, he shared his talents with the world.  As one of the more popular writers of pulp fiction during the 50’s, he penned more than thirty novels in ten years.  Among the prolific author’s most endearing characters is Timothy Dane, a […]

Honey In His Mouth: Misogyny in Crime Fiction

    Lester Dent was a fiction writer during the golden age of the pulp era and wrote over a hundred novels during his career before passing away in his 55th year.  He was most famous for his character ‘Doc Savage’, who, according to Wiki, was a ‘superhuman scientist and adventurer’.  But given that I am […]

The Mistress, by Carter Brown: The Media and Murder

  The Mistress fits the mould of a typical Carter Brown novel.  It is peppered with the male gaze, crime, sex, mystery and intrigue, and most especially, beautiful, voluptuous, vivacious and curvaceous woman, all of whom are dressed provocatively.  One might assume that in reading one such novel, one has ‘read them all’, but Brown […]

Torture, Tort Law and the Harm Principle in Carter Brown’s Tomorrow Is Murder

  Tomorrow Is Murder is a Carter Brown novel featuring his female detective Mavis Seidlitz.  In 1960, when it was published, the concept of a female detective was still a relatively new one, though Agatha Christie had already introduced the very popular Miss Marple.  Mavis, unlike Christie’s famous heroine, is no spinster, but lacks the […]

Patriarchy and Misogyny in Carter Brown’s The Loving and the Dead

  Carter Brown’s career started in the early 50’s, and though his most famous detectives, Al Wheeler and Danny Boyd, he often portrayed a variety of women in his novels that sometimes challenged patriarchal constructs, and sometimes reinforced them, depending of course on whether or not they are read as descriptive or prescriptive narratives.  His […]

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 […]

Gender, Race, Capitalism and the Environment in Carter Brown’s Wheeler, Dealer!

Carter Brown’s novel Wheeler, Dealer! (yes, there is an exclamation mark in the title) is one of the last novels featuring Brown’s detective Al Wheeler (yes, the title is a pun on the protagonist’s name).  Most of the Al Wheeler novels came out in the 50’s and 60’s.  This title was published in 1975, under […]

Carter Brown’s The Phantom Lady: A Misamatorist Test?

Books poured out of ‘Carter Brown’ like vomit from the mouth of a Japanese porn star water from a faucet during the peak years of his career, though some literary critics might suggest the outpouring was more akin to defecation.  In his later years the sheer volume of work subsided into a trickle, but work […]