Created by Robert Morgan (pseud. of C. J. Henderson)
The X-Files meets the detective novel!
Actually, occult private eye TEDDY LONDON predates the TV debut of the X-Files by at least a year (and similar occult-tinged P.I. shows such as Angel, Haunted and Brimstone by several) though the success of those show probably contributed to the books' popularity back in the early nineties.
This is good old-fashioned pulp, affectionately harkening back to the bloody days of the old weird menace pulps, abounding with all the stock elements one expects of this sort of thing: deals with the devil gone bad, vengeful vampires, winged demons; you know, the regular stuff. A few nice touches, including the fact he calls his gun Betty and his knife Veronica, betraying Morgan's (actually C.J. Henderson's) affection for comic books. And his sometime sidekick, chubby janitor Paul Morcey, is a hoot.
Morgan says these books are his reaction to the typical Lovecraftian horror story where nobody, no matter what the hell is happening, ever seems to go for help. Well, he wondered, what if someone did go for help? And more particularly, what if they went to a P.I. for help?
Lord knows (or, I suppose, Beezlebub), someone likes this stuff. A good attempt, certainly a lot of fun, but not really my favourite cup of blood. I much prefer author Henderson's Jack Hagee series, an equally pulpy, but much more down-to-earth eye. Still, this stuff can be a lot of fun, and C.J. sure knows how to spin a tale.
In 2002 several of the Teddy stories (including one featuring Paul), which had appeared in various horror magazines and anthologies, were collected in The Occult Detectives of C. J. Henderson.
-- Mean Streets (Australia)
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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