Gus Candle

Created by Andy Oerman

If you've ever wondered what would happen if you tossed your typical hard-boiled private eye from the fortes into a Universal monster flick, you oughtta meet GUS CANDLE.

He's a P.I. who's as tough as a fifty cent steak; a straight shooter who takes no guff. He doesn't do divorce work. Maybe that's because somewhere underneath all the tarnish, he's got some class. Maybe it's because messy break-ups hit too close to home. At any rate, he doesn't believe in the supernatural. No monsters, ghosts or anything else that goes bump in the night.

So it's a bit of shot to the head when he finds himself in his debut novel, The Big Wrap-Up (2012), pitted against a horny mummy and his reincarnated queen. Not to mention some crooked cops, a nasty gangster or too, a sleazy blackmailer and a DA with an axe to grind.

As the BSP goes, "It's mystery. It's horror. And it stays true to both, in one pulp-tastic package."

The Big Wrap-Up was supposed to be the first in an ongoing series that would, according to the author, "jump around in time, to various eras in the 20th Century, each melding different aspects of the crime canon with parts of the horror gestalt. A lot of the fun will be picking up on familiar references, and gradually filling in the gaps of elaborate cases Gus refers to along the way."

Unfortunately, no sequels have reared their ugly heads yet, but the author keeps threatening to darken our doorstep with one very... very... soon.

The author was born on a small farm in Nebraska, and grew up loving Scooby Doo, Spider-Man and Three Investigators novels. Soybeans? Not so much. Fortunately, in college, he discovered Raymond Chandler.



Fantasy and Occult Eyes

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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