The idea that our imaginary friends are real is not new. Just ask Big Bird. But the idea that our imaginary friend has, in his retirement, become a detective who lives in a world with other imaginary friends who’ve also been forgotten…well, that’s just crazy enough to work. Hence we have The Imaginary Corpse (paperback, Kindle), a new fantasy mystery tale from writer Tyler Hayes. In the following email interview, Hayes talks about what inspired and influenced this tale of “howdunit,” and why he didn’t give it a cheeky name like Dinotown.