Sorry for the delay in announcing the killers! But without further ado.... The fearsome duo that killed Lenny Glow was
DAMIEN created by Ben Chiles
ARIADNE created by Jessa Russo
There were many more fearsome suspects, and author Michael Panush selected some of his favorites:
My favorite: Damien from Story Multiverse. I definitely like the great way this combined the Noir archetype of the loser used car salesman who romances his female customers and gets no pleasure from it (very much in the style of Richard 'Junk' Junkins from Brian Azzarello's graphic Novel Filthy Rich) with a supernatural twist of a down-on-his-luck incubus. Some humorous asides in the interview (and Mort calling Weatherby 'kiddo') made Damien an appealing character. I'm happy to say that he's my favorite out of a great line-up of cool characters.
Most Fitting of the Period: Miss Eva Ray, from Courtney Young. Torch singers fit perfectly into the Noir World of Los Angles in the Fifties. This reminded me of James Ellroy's great short story 'Torch Song.' Also, the Frolic Pad sounds like the perfect post-war nightclub name.
Sleaziest: Ariadne from Jessa Russo. She appears to be a very nasty variant of the femme fatale -- more than willing to use her body to get what she wants and with a distinct lack of morals. She even tries flirting with fourteen-year-old Weatherby! I can easily imagine her as the villain in a Mickey Spillane story, or even as a close cousin to Frank Miller's 'Dame to Kill For' from Sin City. That puts her over the top in this category.
Weirdest: Karlie Spoonfest of Ink the Book. Despite the presence of gods and occult deities, Karlie Spoonfest still wins because she apparently owns a spider farm and she seems to think that's a normal business to own. That alone makes her the weirdest of the suspects.
The winners of the Rafflecopter drawing are:
As a special treat for being so devious, rafflecopter winners can choose from any TWO of the following prizes:
And because all your villains were so delightfully evil, ALL participants who created a character for this blogfest will be given a free digital copy of Stein & Candle Detective Agency Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 (your choice).
Everyone - to collect your prize, please comment below with your preferences (and email if I don't have it) or you may email me directly.
Thank you all for playing!