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Detective Fiction in the Pulps

Phantom Detective

The Phantom Detective

The Phantom Detective pulp lasted for 170 issues from February, 1933 through Fall, 1953. Richard Curtis Van Loan -- The Phantom Detective. The greatest sleuth of all time! A worthy successor to Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Arsene Lupin and Philo Vance.

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Audio Book: Black Bat: Brand of the Black Bat (Audio CDs) by Brant House

District Attorney Tony Quinn had everything to live for. Until a craven criminal destroyed him with a splash of acid across the face. Scarred, blinded, Quinn was forced to retire, a shattered man. But when a medical miracle restored his sight, he decided to resume his crim ... read more


Dime Detective Index by James L. Traylor
Great Pulp Index of the leading detective magazine of the 1930s. Contains an Issue by Issue Index, Character Index, Author Index, Numerous Illustrations and Black and White reproductions of the great covers, Pocket Sized for easy carrying and a great research and collecting tool. ... read more


Purple Prose #13 by Purple Prose
Purple Prose returns with its latest edition featuring stories about Dime Mystery Magazine and Dime Detective Magazine

In The Days Before the Undressed Dames and Drooling Dwarves... by Shawn Danoski
Dime Mystery Magazine ... read more


100 Crooked Little Crime Stories

Filled with classic detective stories and grim tales of murder and the macabre, 100 Crooked Little Crime Stories will fascinate and thrill mystery lovers everywhere. This richly varied collection, spanning more than two hundred years, encompasses virtually every kind of ... read more


History of Mystery by Max Allan Collins

Follow the trail of the smoking gun, look for clues in the naked footprints and watch out for broken glass... the game is afoot in the bright, guilty world of detective fiction and author Max Collins knows whodunit. Peeking through the misty mythic barrier of detective stori ... read more


High Adventure #66: Suicide Squad Special Edition
When the G-Man craze hit the pulps, Kerrigan, Murdoch, and Klaw, better known as the Suicide Squad, led the way.

High Adventure brings us four classic Suicide Squad stories straight from the pages of Ace G-Man Magazine including: "The Suicide Squad Meets the R ... read more


High Adventure #67: Black Bat Detective by High Adventure
The other Black Bat returns. Not to be confused with The Black Bat from Black Book Detective. This Black Bat is the brain child of vertern pulp author Will Jenkyns writing under the pen name of Murray Leinster. The November, 1933 issue is reprinted here by Adventure House as Hi ... read more


High Adventure #89: Madame Murder by Robert Leslie Bellem and W.T. Ballard

From the pages of December, 1940 issue of Super Detective comes the Spicy version of Doc Savage from the joint writing team of Robert Leslie Bellem and W.T. Ballard.

Rado Ruric, world's master criminal, returns! Jim Anthony loses his sweetheart and finds a mysteriou ... read more


Phantom Detective: Emperor of Death by Robert Wallace
The Phantom Detective classic pulp magazine began with this very issue, which was originally published in February, 1933. The Phantom Detective continued regular publication well into the 1950s.

As the lead story, this issue features a complete novel: "The ... read more


Complete Tales of Dr. Thaddeus C. Harker by Edwin Truett Long

Written by Edwin Truett Long, Doc Harker was one of the last of the Munsey heroes who were introduced to battle the oncoming wave of the comic book industry. Dressed in a Prince Albert coat and looking like a Kentucky gentleman, Harker and his crew travel the country selli ... read more