“Ten stars. Also, I want to have your babies.” – Review of The Most Epicly Awesomest Story! Ever!! (additional reviews below).
Interviews and Speeches
Acceptance Speech for Writers of the Future 1st Place Award: In which I give my thanks, and speak on the power of stories and the value of diversity in our genre:
Clarion West On-Air Interview: I answer questions about my writing growth, my Writers of the Future win, writing comedy, my forthcoming novel Finn Fancy Necromancy, and future plans:
REVIEWS OF MY WORK
Finn Fancy Necromancy
(Contemporary Fantasy novel from TOR, release date February 10, 2015)
“Absolutely marvelous. A funny, quirky, and compelling tale full of fantastic twists and dire conspiracies, featuring a charmingly awkward hero you’ll root for every step of the way. Henderson’s voice is unique and delightful and this is, hands down, the best fantasy debut novel of the year.”—Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker series
“Mix one cup humor, two cups homage to the 80s, and three cups imagination run wild and you get Randy Henderson’s debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy…. Any lover of fun, funny fantasy is going to love Henderson’s first shuffle onto the storyteller’s stage…and demand an immediate encore.”—Ken Scholes, author of the Psalms of Isaak series
“A fast-paced fantasy mystery…. Henderson’s debut novel is somehow lighthearted despite the doom and gloom inherent in its premise…. The quick turns of the mystery plot make this a speedy and enjoyable read, and Finn’s world is a lively one, packed with all manner of weird and wonderful ghosts and goblins…. Genre fans looking for a fix will enjoy the gleefully ghoulish setting and engaging, suspenseful plot.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A Witch’s Heart”
(in Realms of Fantasy, April 2011 issue).
“A Witch’s Heart” by Randy Henderson is a Hansel and Gretel story… Henderson’s version is a study in nuance. Even Hansel, whose blood appears more in the story than he does, is still made complex through the layers of interpretation provided by Gretel and the witch….The larger world the story hints at feels every bit as complex and haunting as the kindnesses of Granny Bab.”
“The Most Epicly Awesomest Story! Ever!!”
(story and all comments may be found at Every Day Fiction)
“Randy and I shared a panel on Bad Writing at Norwescon where he read out [his parody story]. The audience was rolling in the aisles, so I bought this piece on the spot!” — Jordan Ellinger (Managing Editor at Urban Fantasy Magazine, former Executive Editor at Every Day Publishing, author and award-winning screenplay writer).
“It’s obvious you know how (and how not) to write. Parody at its very best, IMHO. Nicely done, Randy!”
“With all the grace of a drunken master, this excellent example of satire had me laughing from start to finish!”
“Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask”
(Golden Pen grand prize winner 2014, for Writers of the Future):
Five Star Review on Barnes & Noble: “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask by Randy Henderson is one of those stories where I hope (please please please!) the author will someday expand the short story into a full novel, or even a series of novels (sort of like Orson Scott Card did with Ender’s Game). An amazing story”.
Book Review Blog by Stephanie Lorée: “In a few short pages this story presents a world where memories are transferred as part of a dying person’s estate. It’s a powerful tale about a boy and his grandfather and a world where justice isn’t always just. I wanted so much more at the end; I needed to know what happened next.”