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Lucius Leffing

Created by Joseph Payne Brennan
(1918-90)

LUCIUS LEFFING is a "occult detective and psychic investigator" who starred in a series of short stories that had a good run, initially in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, but eventually morphed into a more traditional private detective, appearing in Mike Shayne and Alfred Hitchcock's mystery magazines in the mid-sixties.

But don't be misled -- the quiet, reserved Lucius definitely leaned more towards the "great detective" side of the spectrum than the hard-boiled end; a "gentleman detective," more reminescent of Sherlock Holmes or Solar Pons than a hard-charging, bourbon-slurping bruiser; a scholarly type more likely to sit in his comfortable suburban home in New Haven, Conneticutt, sipping sasperilla and mulling over his beloved collection of antique glass than to hit the mean streets and go kicking down doors.

He even had his own Watson to serve as chronicler and friend, in the guise of the author himself, Joseph Payne Brennan, who inserted himself into the action, as Lucius squared off against assorted things that go bump in the night, although supernatural elements were tamped down for the detective magazines. Still, those elements never completely disappeared.

Lucius (and Brennan) showed up in a novel in 1979, Act of Providence (in which the two ghostbusters snoop around some rather pecuiar goings-on at the very first World Fantasy Convention). And by the eighties, when horror began to sell again, the stories made a determined U-turn back into the Land of Woo-Woo -- a move that parallelled the author's own revitalized career, according to anthologist Stefan Dziemianowicz.

The author was an American short story writer and a poet. Much of his fantasy and horror fiction appeared in such periodicals as Twilight Zone, Macabre and Weird Tales.

SHORT STORIES

  • "The Haunted Housewife" (Winter 1962, Macabre XII)
  • "In The Very Stones"(1963, Scream At Midnight)
  • "Apparition in the Sun" (1963, Macabre XIII)
  • "In Death as in Life" (1963, Macabre XIV)
  • "The Strange Case of Peddler Phelps" (September 1965, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "Death Mask" (October 1965, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "Were You Searched?" (October 1965, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Mystery of Myrrh Lane" (December 1965, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "Whirlwind of Blood" (April 1966, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Intangible Threat" (May 1966, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Ransacked Room" (Septermber 1966, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "Death at Draleman's Pond" (January 1967, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "Death of a Derelict" (May 1967, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Walford Case" (May 1967, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Enemy Unknown" (January 1968, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Dismal Flats Murder" (November 1968, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "Fingers of Steel" (December 1970, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Case of the Uncut Corpse" (1973, The Casebook of Lucius Leffing)
  • "In the Very Stones" (1973, Stories of Darkness and Dread)
  • "The Mantzen Diamond Mystery" (1973, The Casebook of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Case of the Hertzell Inheritance (August 1974, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Dead of Winter Apparition (February 1975, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Apple Orchard Murder Case (July 1975, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Murder of Mr. Matthews" (July 1975, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Case of the Mystified Vendor" (1977, The Chronicles of Lucius Leffing)
  • "Mem'ries" (1977, The Chronicles of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Nightmare Factor" (1977, The Chronicles of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Possible Suspects" (1977, The Chronicles of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Nursing Home Horror (Spring #2, 1981, Weird Tales)
  • "Observations on Lorimer Street" (May 1984, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Haunting at Juniper Hill" (1985, Night Visions 2)
  • "The Butcher Knife Murder" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "Copycat Killer" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "Death on 91 (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Delivery" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "Motive for Murder" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "Murder in the Parks" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Spruce Valley Monster" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Swamp Horror" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)
  • "The Vanning Case" (1990, The Adventures of Lucius Leffing)

NOVELS

  • Act of Providence (1979; co-written with Donald Grant) ...Buy this book

COLLECTIONS

RELATED LINKS

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to John Hagman for the lead.


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