Saturday, March 31, 2012

Angels and Demons

Today, DEAD HARVEST gets a little left-coast love, courtesy the Los Angeles Review of Books. (Well, sorta. I mean, the reviewer's Brooklyn-based. But still.) Here's a taste:

"Chris F. Holm’s genre-transmogrifying debut, Dead Harvest, is among the most adventurous crime titles to appear this year. It’s sort of a supernatural hit-man story, with a wrong-guy, lovers-on-the-run, end-of-the-world, action sci-fi twist — an ambitious mash-up that twists, contorts, recasts, and revives umpteen different archetypes. The only thing crazier than Holm’s vision is the fact that he actually pulls it off."

Thanks, Cullen, for the kind words. Click through to read the rest, and be sure to check out their reviews of Hilary Davidson's tremendous THE NEXT ONE TO FALL, as well as the latest from Alison Gaylin, Joe Lansdale, and many more!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More DH Love (Now with Auras!)

Some folks who see rainbows when they close their eyes do so on purpose, through the dubious miracle of modern recreational pharmaceuticals. I am not one of those folks. No, when I see rainbows with my eyes closed, it means something else entirely: namely, a migraine. Which is to say I'm typing this squinty-eyed and queasy, but the fact I'm upright is a tremendous improvement over this morning.

So forgive me for not getting all pull-quotey here, but two new reviews of DEAD HARVEST went up today: one from Vampires, Witches, and Demons, Oh My!, and the other courtesy of Micah, Please! Both seemed to really like it. Both contain exclamation points in their blog titles. Coincidence? I think not. Perhaps my tale appeals to such excitable folk as they.

Anyways, thanks to both for their kind reviews. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time to retreat to a dark room and wait for the pretty, pretty colors to go away...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome to the Jungle

Today, at the behest of the ever-charming Julia Spencer-Fleming, I'm over at Jungle Red Writers, talking genre labels. Pop by and check it out!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grift #1, Featuring "The Putdown," Now Available!

The first issue of Grift Magazine, edited by John Kenyon and featuring the likes of Ken Bruen, Lawrence Block, Scott Phillips, and a brand new short story by yours truly, is now available!

You can read about the issue here. You can buy your copy or twelve here.

Thanks, John, for including me, and congrats for all your hard work putting Grift together. Looks to me like it paid off in spades.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My mind, it is criminal.

So a couple weeks back, I joined a group blog. Criminal Minds, it's called, and don't let the fact they let me in fool you; they're a damned talented group of writers, who count the likes of Hilary Davidson, Stephen Blackmoore, and Michael Wiley among their number (to name but a few.)

Today is my first official post. (Yes, I've written one other, but at the time, I thought I was just a guest poster. That Ms. Davidson is a sneaky, sneaky hoodwinker if ever there was one.) The question of the week is, "Who do you trust?" You can read my answer here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Morning o' Me

Happy St. Patrick's Day, all. May your day bring you a heaping helping of corned beef, and maybe even a tasty Emerald Isle libation or two along the way. (Just do this half-Irish guy a favor, okay? Have some Guinness, or some Jameson, or heck, even a Bailey's, but steer clear of the lime-green Bud Light, would you? That's amateur hour, right there.)

Anyways, I don't know if it's the luck o' the Irish or what, but today brings all kinds of interwebby goodness for yours truly.

First up, the lovely and talented Julia Spencer-Fleming (and her doubtless equally lovely and talented husband, Ross) asked me to stop by Maine Crime Writers for a guest post. Those who know what a crazy-insane cheerleader I am for Maine (but, you know, in a manly way) won't be surprised to discover I leapt at the chance.

Second, it would seem I've got a guest post up at The Qwillery! In it, I talk about the rules I set for myself before beginning DEAD HARVEST. Sally Janin, guardian angel of all things fictiony, was smart enough to realize y'all would need a goodly carrot to wade through my inane ramblings, so as a reward for doing so, she's giving away a copy of DEAD HARVEST! Pop over and register today.

Third, Jeff VanderMeer had some kind words for DEAD HARVEST over at Omnivoracious:

"From the clever packaging to the devilishly clever cross-pollination of urban fantasy and noir crime, this first novel bodes well for a long career."

And last, Bitesize Books has posted a very kind review of DEAD HARVEST. Here's a nibble:

 "...this page turner will rivet fans of the thriller/crime genre as well as those whose normal staple is fantasy/horror giving both an expanded reading horizon that is sorely lacking in genre fiction..."

Click through to read the rest.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shotgun Honey and Library Journal (Now with BONUS: Unsquare Dance!)

Today, I'm over at Shotgun Honey, talking all things Sam Thornton and beyond with the hella-talented Ron Earl Phillips. I was wracked with fever-chills the whole interview long, so there's an even chance I mighta said some crazy shit. Go on and find out now!

Also, Library Journal just took a peek at DEAD HARVEST. Their verdict? "Blending urban fantasy with noir mystery, Holm's debut is a dark, moody tale of fallen heroes in the modern world. Fans of Jim Butcher's 'Dresden Files' books, Tanya Huff's 'Blood' novels, and Larry Correia's 'Monster Hunter' series should enjoy discovering a promising new author." Not too shabby, that.

UPDATE: Unsquare Dance also weighed in on DEAD HARVEST, and declared it, "Highly recommended." Check out the rest of the review here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Debut Review Interview

Today, I'm interviewed over at The Debut Review! Check it out here. Thanks to James Powell for making me look good.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Sci-Fi Bulletin Interview

Paul Simpson of the Sci-Fi Bulletin recently took the time to float me some questions on DEAD HARVEST. You can check out the results here. Thanks making me look good, Paul!

Post-Book-Launch Post

Photos courtesy Katrina Niidas Holm
 So last night was surreal. I couldn't tell you if it went well. I couldn't tell you how I sounded, or how the reading was received. But I can say the house was packed. That we gave away some cool stuff (books, lucky cat figurines, an angry robot full of candy, and custom DEAD HARVEST M&Ms courtesy of the missus to those brave enough to ask a question.) That we sold every copy of the book Longfellow had, beating expectations by a damn sight and blowing past THE HUNGER GAMES to snag their number one sales spot. (Until then, DEAD HARVEST sat at lucky number 13, which seemed fitting as the full moon rose overhead.)

And I can say I had a blast. I thought it would be strange, seeing a crowd of people from all aspects of my life, together under one roof. But it wasn't. It was just seven kinds of awesome, for the same reason my first Bouchercon was seven kinds of awesome. The fact is, a milestone ain't a milestone if you can't celebrate it with family and friends. I'm fortunate enough in life to be surrounded by both.

Thanks to all who came, and to all who were there in spirit. Thanks to Longfellow Books for putting on such a cool event. Thanks to those who asked questions. And most of all, thanks to my wife, Katrina, who played the parts of Crowd Wrangler and Lovely Assistant, ensuring all went smoothly, and all who came had fun.

Sorry to those who went away bookless. I'm assured more will be coming in shortly, and I'll be popping in to sign them when they do. In the meantime, if you couldn't get one at the party and manage to track a copy down elsewhere, just let me know, and I'll be happy to personalize it for you.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

In which I bloviate on the topic of noir...

Rodney at The Sci-Fi Guys was kind enough to cede his blog for a post, so's I could prattle on inanely on the topic of noir. Feel free to point and laugh at the fruits of my dubious mind-labor here.

MysteryPeople Profile

Scott Montgomery, the scholar and gentleman behind BookPeople's MysteryPeople blog, posted an incredibly nice profile on yours truly today, with a possibly hyperbolic assist from a certain Ms. Davidson. Thanks to both for their staggering awesomnity.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Preternatura Interview and DEAD HARVEST Giveaway

Today, fellow '12 debut author (and gracious blog-host) Suzanne Johnson posted her interview with yours truly. You can read it here. She's also running a DEAD HARVEST giveaway: all you have to do is stop by and leave a comment about what book you've faked reading, and you're entered!

Two new reviews...

...coming right at you! (Sorry: when faced with the prospect of writing a post headline, Joel Hodgson singing "It's the new zoo review..." leapt unbidden into my head.)

The first is from the Sci-Fi Bulletin. Here's a snippet:

"Chris F. Holm’s first novel in The Collector series hits the ground running, and keeps the reader engrossed throughout all three hundred pages... A clever urban fantasy that deserves a wide audience. 8/10"

The second comes courtesy of Owlcat Mountain:

"I found this novel difficult to put down (and frustrated when I needed to recharge my Nook in order to keep reading it), and that’s one of the best compliments that I can give a book. For those who are tired of the same old thing in urban fantasy, Dead Harvest should be the next title on your reading list. It is engaging, original, and sets a high standard for storytelling. I’ll be waiting eagerly for the next installment."

Thanks to both for taking the time, and for such fantastic reviews!

Monday, March 05, 2012

REMINDER: DEAD HARVEST Book Launch 3/8, 7PM

For those of you in the greater Portland, Maine area, be sure to stop by Longfellow Books this Thursday, May 8 at 7PM for the official DEAD HARVEST book launch! There'll be reading, signing, food, spirits, and the chance to win free stuff! You can find details and a map here.

And for those looking to make a night of it, my launch party falls smack in the middle of Maine Restaurant Week, which means good, cheap eats Portland-wide! Details here.

Hope to see y'all there!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Where in the world...

...am I today? Why, making my inaugural post at Criminal Minds, of which I am apparently now a part! (That Hilary Davidson can be very persuasive. Also sneaky. Also sweet. Thanks for having me, Hilary!)

Today, I'm talking Carmen Sandiego. No, really. Pop on over and check it out!

Friday, March 02, 2012

A review... from the future!

Okay, fine: not technically. But it is a review from New Zealand, and was therefore posted a calendar-day ahead of this post. It comes courtesy of J.C. Hart, who had this to say:

"This is an action packed book with a story line that powers along... Well written, and well paced, this was a book it was easy to lose myself in."

Thanks, J.C.!

Another great review, plus why good covers matter...

Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves took a look at DEAD HARVEST today, as part of her Frightful Fridays review series. Here's a taste of what she had to say:

"I found it nearly impossible to believe that this is Holm’s debut novel. It is a perfect marriage between urban fantasy and crime fiction... I’m thrilled that this book isn’t the last we’ll read of Sam, for Holm has created a completely engaging and addictive character. I simply cannot wait for more. Highly, Highly recommended."

Thanks, Jenn!

And over at Intentionally Written and Occasionally Interesting, there's a great piece about the power of a good cover, featuring the covers of yours truly. Go check it out!

Dark Central Station reviews DEAD HARVEST!

There's a bunch of fantastic potential pull-quotes in this review (I'm particularly fond of being compared to Mickey Spillane), but I just had to go with this one:

"DEAD HARVEST by Chris F. Holm is a shit storm of soul-ripping, chain smoking, anti-hero bad-assedness. From the gritty looking pulp fiction style cover right to the very last page, Holm delivers a knuckle-dusting blow to the solar plexus in his protagonist Sam Thornton."

Thanks to Sean and the folks at Dark Central.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Qwillery interview, and another chance to win DEAD HARVEST!

Today, I'm interviewed by Sally at The Qwillery (thanks for putting up with my ramblings, Sally), and guess what: two lucky commenters will walk away with copies of DEAD HARVEST! So what're you waiting for? Get over there now!

What ho, old bean? DEAD HARVEST is now out in the UK (and elsewhere)!

Okay, fine, so all my Britishisms were lifted from Bertie Wooster and The Doctor (as my poor, long-suffering editor Marc Gascoigne can attest.) But still, DEAD HARVEST has officially gone international!

Look around. Are people speaking English? (If it takes a sec to figure that out, you may well be in Scotland. Sorry, Papa.) Then you should be able to walk into your finest book emporium (it's probably the place with all the CDs and greeting cards) and buy my book!

Why should you buy my book? Well, howsabout I let Jed Ayres of Barnes and Noble's Ransom Notes blog tackle that one:

"Can you afford to get lost in a good book this week? No? Then I strongly suggest you avoid Chris F. Holm’s debut DEAD HARVEST. Seriously, back away from the book, 'cause it’ll grab you."

Thanks, Jed.

Oh, and as an added bonus, ace editor David Cranmer has unveiled the cover for BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND TWO (in which I appear, with a cracking ghost-story that may also be a sequel to "Seven Days of Rain"). I won't spoil his fun by posting it here, so stop by his blog and check it out! (Spoiler alert: it's freakin' beautiful.)