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Chris "C.J." Henderson (December 26, 1951 – July 4, 2014[1]) was an American writer of horror, hardboiled crime fiction and comic books.

C. J. Henderson
Henderson at the November 2008 Big Apple Con in Manhattan
Henderson at the November 2008 Big Apple Con in Manhattan
BornDecember 26, 1951 (1951-12-26)
DiedJuly 4, 2014(2014-07-04) (aged 62)
OccupationWriter, film critic, editor
GenreHorror, hardboiled fiction, dark fantasy, science fiction
Archived copy of website


Early lifeEdit

C. J. Henderson grew up in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. His family moved around for the first few years of his life until finally settling in Bridgeville in Western Pennsylvania. After attending the California University of Pennsylvania, he moved to New York City.[2] He began telling stories when he was young. He listed his favorite authors as Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Poul Anderson, Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Alan Moore, Clifford D. Simak, John Brunner, Philip K. Dick, James Clavell, Lester Dent, Jonathan Swift, Edgar Rice Burroughs, C. J. Cherryh, Sax Rohmer, Rex Stout, Jack Vance, Brett Halliday, Jack London, C.L. Moore, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. His favorite poem was Shelley's "Ozymandias".[3]


Before he was able to make a living from writing, Henderson worked in a variety of jobs, such as cooking, waiting tables and washing dishes in the food service industry, managing a movie theater, interior painting, and working as a blackjack dealer, road crew technician, salesman and bank guard. He has worked in education as an instructor of English and creative writing, drama coach and camp counselor. Aside from fiction, his publishing work also includes working as a movie critic, magazine editor.[2]

His best-known work in the hardboiled genre is Jack Hagee detective series and his supernatural detective Teddy London series, as well as many other short stories and novels featuring many characters from Lovecraftian fiction and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, as well as his own.

Henderson wrote comic books for such companies as Marvel, Eternity, Tekno Comix, Moonstone Books, and Valiant,[4] most notably on Tekno's Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice and Moonstone's Kolchak adaptations.

Henderson also contributed to the SFWA Bulletin, the official publication of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. One of his articles, in which he praised Barbie for maintaining "quiet dignity the way a woman should", was part of the cause of a controversy about sexism in the Bulletin in 2013, leading to the resignation of the Bulletin's editor Jean Rabe.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Henderson was married to fashion designer Grace Tin Lo. They and their daughter, Erica Henderson, lived in Brooklyn, New York.[2] Erica became a comic book artist, drawing such books as The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel), and Jughead (Archie)[6]



Short story collectionsEdit

  • Where Angels Fear (Dark Quest Books, 2010, ISBN 978-0982619711)



Kolchak - Novels and NovellasEdit

  • "Kolchak: A Black and Evil Truth", Novel (2007, Moonstone)

Prose novellas with spot illustrations include:

  • "Kolchak: The Lovecraftian Horror" (with Jaime Calderon) (2007, Moonstone)
  • "Kolchak: The Lovecraftian Damnation" (with Robert Hack) (2010, Moonstone)
  • "Kolchak: The Lovecraftian Gambit" (with Robert Hack), in Kolchak: Necronomicon (2012, Moonstone)
  • "Kolchak: The Lost World" (with Douglas Klauba) (2012, Moonstone)


  1. ^ "C.J. Henderson (1951-2014)". Locus Online. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "About the Author – CJ Henderson". CJ Henderson: The Official Site. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". CJ Henderson: The Official Site. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Author biography, Punisher: The Prize (Marvel Comics, 1990).
  5. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (June 6, 2013). "The editor of SFWA's bulletin resigns over sexist articles". io9. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Erica Henderson". Comic Vine. Retrieved March 16, 2018.


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