I recently posted on a new (to me) occult detective I discovered: Gees, real name Gregory George Gordon Green. Created by British author and editor Charles Henry Cannell (1882-1947), better known by one of his pseudonyms E. Charles Vivian, but these appeared under his Jack Mann pseudonym.
There are eight novels in the series, and I read the first and third. Recently I got the second, fourth, and fifth: Grey Shapes, The Kleinart Case, and Maker of Shadows. All originally appeared, so I am told, in 1938. All eight are available from Ramble House in both paperback and hardcover.
We are introduced to Gees in Gees’ First Case. We learn his background: a former policeman who has quite to form his own detective agency, to the disapproval of his father, a general. His agency is just him and a secretary, Eve Madeleine Brandon. But there is no hanky panky there. Gees investigates anything from “mumps to murder,” as his card says, and thanks to the funds he took from communist conspirators in the first story, he is free to take the cases that interest him.Read More
I am always on the lookout for new occult detectives, and I recently discovered one who is actually an old one, written in the 1930s and ’40s.
Detective Gregory George Gordon Green, or “Gees” as he prefers, was created by British author and editor Charles Henry Cannell (1882-1947), better known by one of his pseudonyms E. Charles Vivian. However, these were written under his Jack Mann pseudonym.
The series consists of:
- Gees’ First Case (1936)
- Grey Shapes (1938)
- Nightmare Farm (1938)
- The Kleinart Case (1938)
- Maker of Shadows (1938)
- The Ninth Life (1939)
- Her Ways Are Death (1940)
- The Glass Too Many (1940)
Sexton Blake, a hugely popular British character during his time, is probably the best known of the various Sherlock Holmes knockoffs, which is interesting, because he didn’t start out as such.
Created in 1893, he was published in numerous stories (some 4,000 by 200 authors!) and comics up until the 1970s, along with radio shows and movies, and even a TV show. He fell out of popularity in the ’70s, but in recent years several stories have been reprinted by various publishers.
Sexton Blake is apparently the third-most published character, with either Nick Carter or the now largely forgotten Dixon Hawke as the first two (which is which is debatable). I find it interesting that Dixon Hawke doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry!Read More