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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.

Featured Detective Authors

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 ... 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


Dime Detective Companion by James L. Traylor

Dime Detective Magazine was second only to Black Mask as the dean of detective/P.I./hard-boiled pulp magazines, and was the home of Carroll John Daly, Frederick Nebel, John D. MacDonald, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many other top-notch scribes.

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G Stands For Glory by Norvell Page

Known best for his work on Popular Publications' The Spider, pulp scribe Norvell Page proved he was no slouch when it came to penning gangster and G-man epics! This book collects all eleven stories Page wrote for "Ace ... read more


More Tales of the Defective Detective

Edited by Gary Hoppenstand, Garyn G. Roberts & Ray B. Browne

From the pages of Dime Mystery and the editors who brought us the first anthology, The Defective Detective is this follow up anthology which brings us great classic pulp fiction featuring the ... read more


When The Death Bat Flies: The Detective Stories of Norvell Page by Norvell Page

Best known for his Spider pulp stories, scribe Norvell Page was a master mystery writer as well. This 800 page book collects over 30 of Page's detective stories from the pages of DETECTIVE TALES, THE SPIDER, DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY and STRANGE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES, most of wh ... read more


Detective Short Stories November 1937 by Detective Short Stories

Featuring "Master of Living Death" by E. Hoffman Price. Barret evades living torture by the skin of his teeth!

Plus, 11 other complete thrilling stories.

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Detective Yarns: April 1939 by Detective Yarns

DEATH HITS THE JACKPOT by H. M. Appel. They dealt in machines and they dealt in death -- and the lucky guy who hit the jackpot could take his nickels with him -- covered in blood to his grave!

THE DEVIL DEALS TO G-MEN by Wyatt Blassingame. "The man who murders a G-Ma ... read more


Gangland Detective Stories Sept. 1940 by Gangland Detective

A LODGER FOR THE MORGUE by Paul Selonke. For a $100 fee and a dark-eyed cutie's dazzling smile, tough dick Jim Rowan held a hot-slug tete-a-tete with a cokehead killer . . . until his pistol repartee made Rowan overdue at the morgue!

THE MAN WHO FRAMED HIMSELF by Cal ... read more