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Carter Monk

Created by Frederic Brown (1906-72)

He only appeared in a handful of short stories but newspaper reporter CARTER MONK was a fine example of pulp master Brown's breezy, off-kilter style, full of outlandish situations, wordplay and engaging characterizations.

In "The Cheese on Stilts," for example, the intrepid newshawk for The Daily Blade has to confront... cheese on stilts. In "Footprints on the Ceiling," he looks into a backstage murder that may involve a killer who leaves his footrints on walls and ceilings, while "The Little Green Men" has him dealing with, well, little green men. "The Monkey Angle" has him pondering how a runaway monkey ties into a kidnapping case.

Yeah, a runaway monkey.

I'll tell ya, they just don't write 'em like that anymore.

TRIVIA

  • The private detective in "The Little Green Men" is actually "Cartert Ronk," but it seems such an obvious typo/misunderstanding that we're giving the story to Monk.

SHORT STORIES

  • "The Cheese on Stilts" (January 1939, Thrilling Detective)
  • "Footprints on the Ceiling" (September 1940, Ten Detective Aces)
  • "The Little Green Men" (Fall 1940, The Masked Detective)
  • "The Monkey Angle" (November 1942, Thrilling Detective)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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