Created by Jack Ritchie (1922-1983)
Pseudonyms John George Reitci, Steve Harbor, Steve OíConnell & Steve O'Donnell

Private eye CARDULA is, if not the only, at least the first P.I. who's also a vampire. Bet he really enjoys sinking his teeth into a good mystery.

"Cardula" is, of course, "Dracula" spelled sorta sideways, which just about sets the tone for these goofy but enjoyable yarns.

But actually, at least one of the stories, "Cardula and the Locked Room," impressed enough people to get it nominated for a Shamus in 1984 for Best Short Story.


  • "Kid Cardula" (June 1976, AHMM)
  • "The Cardula Detective Agency" (Mar 1977, AHMM)
  • "Cardula to the Rescue" (December 1977, AHMM)
  • "Cardula and the Kleptomaniac" (April 1978, AHMM) AHMM
  • "Cardula's Revenge" (November 1978, AHMM)
  • "The Return of Cardula" (February 3, 1982, )
  • "Cardula and the Locked Room" (March 31, 1982, AHMM)
  • "Cardula and the Briefcase" (June1983, MSMM)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Mario for the help.

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