Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan

Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan (本格ミステリ作家クラブ Honkaku Misuteri Sakka Kurabu) is a Japan-based organization for mystery writers who write honkaku (i.e. authentic, orthodox) mystery.

The organization was founded on 3 November 2000 by Yukito Ayatsuji, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Hiroko Minagawa, Kaoru Kitamura, Tetsuya Ayukawa and other mystery writers. It is currently chaired by Rintaro Norizuki and claims about 170 members.

It presents the Honkaku Mystery Awards to writers every year and produces the annual anthology.

Honkaku mystery

Honkaku (i.e. authentic, orthodox) mystery is one of subgenres of mystery fiction that focuses on "fair play". Mystery novels written during the "Golden Age" of the mystery novel (e.g., the Ellery Queen novels) are regarded as examples of honkaku mystery.


  1. Alice Arisugawa (2000–2005) (ja:有栖川有栖) [1]
  2. Kaoru Kitamura (2005–2009)
  3. Masaki Tsuji (2009–2013)
  4. Rintaro Norizuki (2013– )


The HMC started producing the annual anthology in 2001.

See also


  1. J'Lit | Authors : Arisu Arisugawa | Books from Japan (English)

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