Darkworld Detective

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Darkworld Detective
Darkworld Detective.jpg
Cover of 1982 edition (paperback)
Author J. Michael Reaves
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Bantam
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 257 pp
Followed by The Black Hole of Carcosa

Darkworld Detective is a collection of science fantasy stories written by J. Michael Reaves, published as a paperback original by Bantam Books in 1982. The linked stories feature protagonist, a detective on the planet Ja-Lur. An authorized sequel, The Black Hole of Carcosa, was written by John Shirley and published by Pocket Books in 1988.[1]


  • "The Big Spell" (reprinted from Weird Heroes #8)
  • "The Maltese Vulcan" (reprinted from Weird Heroes #8)
  • "Murder on the Galactic Express"
  • "The Man with the Golden Raygun"


Writing in F&SF, John Clute described the volume as "dim but decent," faulting Reaves's narrative style as "about as close to Raymond Chandler as Kai Lung is to Confucius" but concluding that the stories are nevertheless "mostly straightforward fun."[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  2. ^ Clute, John (December 1982), The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, pp. 46–47 

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