Fatale-istic: An Essay about Dan Marlowe

I’ve done an essay–actually a short biographical sketch–of the late hardboiled mystery writer Dan J. Marlowe that will appear in Fatale, a graphic novel by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips in March.  Brubaker is fascinated by the life and work of Marlowe and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, so he has incorporated elements of those stories in the storyline of Fatale.  Brubaker was especially struck by Marlowe’s experience of loss, first losing his wife, then–in his early sixties–losing his memory, a blow to his writing career from which he never really recovered.