Published in 2015
Back from the dead…and back on the case!
Even being murdered doesn’t keep a good detective down, and in the Unnatural Quarter—inhabited by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and all sorts of creatures that go bump (or thud!) in the night—a zombie P.I. fits right in. Dan Chambeaux, a.k.a. “Shamble”, solves a string of madcap cases with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his firebrand lawyer partner Robin Deyer.
WORKING STIFF contains seven cases from the files of Chambeaux & Deyer Investigations. Dan Shamble has to solve the mystery of a stolen deck of fortune-telling cards and the undeath-defying feats of a vampire trapeze artist, finds himself sealed in a coffin in the back of a truck with no idea where he’s being taken, and is even hired by Santa Claus to find his lost “naughty and nice” list. Being trapped in an unbreakable monster-proof crypt, deciphering a string of mysterious zombie graffiti, investigating the murder of a costumed fan at a science fiction convention where the monsters are the normal attendees, or tracking down a kidnapped hellhound for legendary vigilante werewolf cop Hairy Harry—it’s all in a day’s work for Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.
Both editions contain an all-new story not included in the original edition of Working Stiff, an introduction by the author, and an Afterword by Jonathan Maberry.
Both editions also include the only print appearance of the original 42-page comic script of the Dan Shamble and Kolchak the Night Stalker crossover story from Moonstone Comics, written by Kevin J. Anderson and Richard Dean Starr. Kolchak is used to people skeptical about his newspaper stories about monsters. How does he handle a case with a real zombie PI?
The lettered edition also includes the never-before-published pitch and treatment optioned for a Dan Shamble television series.