These days you can’t swing a dead (or cursed, or possessed…) cat without hitting yet another series about some shady gumshoe type getting mixed up in supernatural shenanigans on the reg. There’s always someone in a trench coat delving into the shadows, battling vampires, werewolves, ghosts, aliens, or some other critter hauled from the rich depths of the collective unconscious.
We can trace this back to stone cold spooky ’90s classic The X-Files, the most prominent of a glut of supernatural procedurals that hit the airwaves nearly 30 years back. But X-Files creator Chris Carter didn’t create his cult series in a vacuum. The X Files’ honcho has been quite vocal about his series owing a lot to the early ’70s adventures of down-on-his-luck wire journalist, Carl Kolchak.