Henderson is a solid and original writer who brings a great deal of variety as well as a twist-in-the-tail irony to his stories. In the glutted private-eye field, some follow conventions slavishly while others like Henderson bring a fresh slant.
ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE
Edited by David Conyers, David Kernot and Konstantine Paradias
C.J. Henderson is widely regarded as the father of hardboiled occult detective fiction. His private eyes went head-to-head with the horrors of the Lovecraftian mindscape. Their weapons were fist cuffs, .45s, wise-cracks and harsh language. On occasions they got knocked down by a tentacle or two, but they got back up again, bruised and battered perhaps, and they kept on fighting. They were the first Cthulhu Detectives…
In July 2014, C.J. Henderson tragically lost his battle with cancer, but his influence has not dwindled, and many writers today have followed in his tradition. Cthulhu Detective brings together 12 tales of the new occult investigators written by many of today’s best known Cthulhu Mythos authors. Spies, soldiers, private eyes, bounty-hunters, thieves, adventurers and police officers, all taking on the monsters and madmen in an uncaring universe.
Cthulhu Detective features fiction from C.J. Henderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, David Conyers, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Cody Goodfellow, David Kernot, William Meikle, Konstantine Paradias, Robert M. Price, Peter Rawlik, Brian M. Sammons, Ron Shiflet, and Jeffrey Thomas, with an introduction from Robert M. Price. All earns from this anthology go to support C.J.’s family.
Included in this collection is a never before published C.J. novella, “The Temporal Deception” co-written with David Conyers.