Nick Challis

Created by William F. Nolan

NICK CHALLIS is a private eye out of LA, brought to you by the same man who brought you the sci-fi classic Logan's Run, a couple of essential Hammett biographies, Dashiell Hammett: A Casebook and Dashiell Hammett: A Life at the Edge, that wonked out sci-fi eye Sam Space and Nick's older, more famous half-brother Bart Challis.

According to Nolan himself, in the intro to the 1992 chapbook, Helle on Wheels, Nick is "less violent than Bart, who is the product of an earlier, tougher era. Nick's not so quick on the trigger, nor is he as naturally aggressive."

Hmmm... judging from the story that follows, wherein Nick shoots people, blows up various things, and drives a car in a fashion that would make Evil Knievel think twice, Bart must be a real pip.

SHORT STORIES

  • "The Pulpcon Kill" (1985, New Black Mask Quarterly #1; also 1997, The Brothers Challis: Gryphon Double Novel #13)
  • "Helle On Wheels" (1992, a signed chapbook published by Maclay & Associates)
  • "Vampire Dolls" (1995, Vampire Detectives)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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