Reading bunches of Golden Age mysteries means occasionally encountering words and phrases which have mutated or fallen out of fashion. One of these is "dope fiend", which is a vastly more interesting term than "drug addict", conjuring all manner of pharmacological daemons - hallucinatory mists, possession in a pill, creatures with syringes for teeth.
Chalk up another idea for an urban fantasy I will never write.
05 January 2011
Demon of the Pharmacy
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