Forged in war, The Phantom Detective wages a one-man battle on crime! Solving impossible mysteries and delivering his own justice, he is the underworld’s masked nightmare!
The Phantom Detective takes to the trail of an infamous masked menace who directs an evil crew dedicated to destruction of America’s bastions of war production! A modern master of murder imitates the grisly crime pattern of the Middle Ages!
It is common knowledge that multiple authors wrote The Phantom Detective stories over twenty years. It’s also part of pulp history that many of them rewrote stories originally meant for other characters to feature The Phantom Detective. What isn’t as well-known are the reasons this seemed to happen so much in regards to this particular character. This may simply have been dictated by necessity. In order to keep a series going that did not have a regular author behind it, Thrilling Publications may very well have taken rejected tales written for other characters and accepted the reworked stories or even encouraged authors to do a few rewrites to make said tale fit The Phantom Detective. Regardless, this practice, according to most fans and experts, does account for the few times that more fantastical, less street level elements enter into The Phantom Detective canon. Simply put, some of the rewrites did little more than change the name of the previous characters to fit those found in a Phantom Detective story and, based on some of the tales, very little editing followed accepting some of the stories. The stories that don’t seem to fit could have benefited from a little more attention, according to many fans. Regardless, overall, The Phantom Detective remains a relatable, consistent character, with a few side trips into the slightly weird and evocative along the way.
The Red Bishop Murders was originally published in the August 1943 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
Chapter 1: Unholy Alliance
Chapter 2: A Doctor’s Ruse
Chapter 3: The Phantom Gets a Lead
Chapter 4: Black-Bearded Intruder
Chapter 5: Private Detective
Chapter 6: A Line on Kent
Chapter 7: A “Patriot” Dies
Chapter 8: Off to Pennsylvania
Chapter 9: The Red Bishop’s Victim
Chapter 10: Secret Meeting
Chapter 11: Tongue-Lashing
Chapter 12: “Four Men Will Die!”
Chapter 13: Explosion
Chapter 14: Death Comes First
Chapter 15: Cross Questions
Chapter 16: A Barrel of Oil
Chapter 17: Killers Near!
Chapter 18: Challenge of the Red Bishop
Chapter 19: The Bottom of the Well
Chapter 20: Molloy Cracks Down
Chapter 21: Gun Test
Chapter 22: Double Double-cross