Morton Candle is a tough guy.
He grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, dodging from mobster-ruled neighborhoods to reform school before the army snapped him up and sent him to Europe to fight Hitler. That’s where he met Weatherby Stein, the scion to one of the greatest occult families of Europe. Weatherby and his parents were being held prisoner by the Nazis, forced to use their supernatural knowledge to aid the Third Reich’s war effort.
Morton Candle got Weatherby to safety, but the kid’s parents didn’t make it.
Now it’s the 1950s.
Weatherby’s a teenager, with his father’s knowledge and a chip on his shoulder from the indignities of the modern world. Morton bumps into him again and they decide to go into the only business they can – paranormal private detectives.
This time, Weatherby and Mort have cases that will take them from a vampire’s decaying mansion to the mob-controlled streets of Havana. They’ll take on roadside attractions gone wrong, hordes of the living dead, and ride against the devil in a high speed car race to the death.
Between them, Weatherby and Mort have a small arsenal and a deep knowledge of matters arcane and bizarre. They’ll need brains and brawn to survive in a world where horror, action and hardboiled noir come together in a cataclysmic mix.
- Theme: Hardboiled Detective / Urban Fantasy
- Type: Curiosity Quills Press Novel
- Length: 254 Pages
- Pub. Date: March 9, 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-62007-028-4 (ebook)
- ISBN: 978-1-62007-029-1 (paperback)
Included in Anthology:
- The Bloodsucker’s Goodbye: Weatherby and Mort take a job for Baron Edwin Exham, a powerful vampire with some dark secrets. His wife Lenora is looking to exploit those secrets – and bring Weatherby and Mort along for the ride.
- Black Havana: A high-rolling gambler hires Weatherby and Mort to find his kidnapped son, in mobster-controlled Havana. But when Cuban rebels, a rogue CIA operative, ruthless mob hitmen and flesh-hungry zombies are involved, Havana becomes less of a tropical getaway – and more of a death trap.
- I Rode in the Devil’s Hot Rod: When Weatherby’s older sister is kidnapped, he and Mort are forced in a deadly automobile race along the Pacific Coast Highway – and their competitor is the Devil himself.
- Monsters of Mallet: England’s Mallet Films have made millions with their lurid monster movies, but their latest photo shoot is experiencing some monstrous problems of its own. Weatherby and Mort are hired to travel to Mallet’s studios where they discover that the real horror is happening off-camera.
- Zombies in Paradise: Weatherby and Mort head to a booming resort town for a friend’s birthday. But the outbreak of a zombie plague and a brutal mob hitman’s arrival means that Paradise City is about to become the most dangerous place on earth – and they’ll be lucky to get out alive.
- War Stories: the story of how Mort and Weatherby met. In the dark days of the Second World War, Weatherby and his parents are being held prisoner by the Nazis for their supernatural knowledge. Weatherby’s father decides to risk everything on a hasty escape – but only tragedy awaits them.
- Roadside Rampage: While traveling cross-country, Mort and Weatherby find themselves wrapped up in a mystery dealing with a sleazy cluster of reptile houses, cheap zoos, gift shops and museums called the Roadside Line – and facing off against a monster called the Rout ’66 Wild Man.
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