Dirk Slade

Created by Bruce Golden

"...it wasn't show business, it was just a job...
and that was jake with me."

Got a monster problem? Forget the wretched attempt by Hollywood to kickstart their crass, soulless, monster-filled, CGI-laden Dark Universe franchise -- Bruce Golden's offering up the real deal. And it's a lot more fun.

Private eye DIRK SLADE is just your average, run-of-the-mill private dick. Drives an old Packard. Drinks too much. Cracks wise at all the wrong times. Wears a trenchcoat and a fedora. Has more hangovers than friends. And one of the few he has has just been killed. You could almost see the author's checklist.

Except... Dirk works the mean streets of Monster Town, a dubious Los Angeles neighbourhood just south of Beverly Hills of the mid-sixties, populated by former movie monsters and "the hopeful, the star-struck, the dregs of the Earth who weren’t quite monstrous enough. Its avenues are peppered with the gimps, the geeks, the oddballs, and the mutants who never got their shot at fame and fortune."

It's also where his latest client, Vladimir Prince, who just happens to be the son of Dracula, lives, in Dirk's first recorded case, Monster Town (2017). Prince wants dirk to find his missing teenage son, but along the way he runs into a full roster of Hollywood monsters, mostly but not exclusively from the Universal roster: the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster (plus his bride), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Leech Woman, the Invisible Man, Wasp Woman, and a slew of other black-and-white movie monsters. They weren't actors, you see--they were just playing themselves. And now that monster movies have gone out of fashion, they're having to take whatever work they can find.

San Diego-born Bruce Golden is a novelist, journalist and satirist whose science fiction and fantasy short fiction been published all over the place.


  • "Normally I never let my work interfere with my drinking, but the rent was due."


  • "It would certainly be jake with me."

-- Bruce Golden, when asked if we'd be seeing more of Dirk



Fantasy and Occult Eyes

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Bruce for the heads up.

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