Podcast #13: “Secrets, Inc.”

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This week’s podcast features Frederick C. Davis’ 1930’s detective series, Secrets, Inc.. This was Davis’ first series for Dime Detective. It ran from 1933 to 1935. The nine stories feature a Hollywood detective named, Clay “Oke” Oakley and take place in and around Hollywood, CA. The plots features some excellent “weird menace” type plots that will keep you on the edge of your seats! Join me on Substack for this week’s ROCKETEER!

Edd Cartier’s Cramped Panels

I have been in love with black and white interior illustrations for a long time. In the late 1980’s when publishers started pushing for color wherever they could, I refuted the claim that black and white illustrations were uninteresting and uninspiring. At that point it was rare to see interior book art in anything but children’s books and graphic novels anyway. But I never gave up on interior illustrations for all types of stories. Now that they’ve begun to come back around it’s nice to see stories illustrated again. But…

From the Dark Side: Pulp Master Criminals

I must tell you, it’s a bit weird getting so deeply into detective stories. I’ve always been a fan of Ellery Queen mysteries but this recent deep dive has me wondering how I will feel about writing one. Will I like it as much as science fiction? I guess I’ll know soon. In this week’s ROCKETEER I take a look at where the Moon Man fits on the pulp master criminal spectrum. You can read it here.