Monday, December 29, 2014

A Word Nerds Best-of

The Word Nerds kicked off their Best of 2014 today with their Best First Book in a Series, and I'm delighted to report DEAD HARVEST tied Lyndsay Faye's THE GODS OF GOTHAM for the honor! Thanks to the titular Word Nerds, Bethany and Stacie, for the nod.

Monday, December 08, 2014

CRIMINAL WORDS, A Free Short Story Audiobook, Now Available!

A month or so ago, you may recall, my short story "Pretty Little Things" was featured on Erik Arneson's Word Crimes podcast. Today, a free (yes, free!) audiobook version of the Word Crimes podcast, CRIMINAL WORDS, is now available! CRIMINAL WORDS features my aforementioned short as well as stories from such talented writers as Erik Arneson, Joe Clifford, Jen Conley, David Cranmer, Chris Irvin, Tom Pitts, and Steve Weddle. All stories are narrated by public radio veteran Scott Detrow. Download a copy today!

Monday, December 01, 2014

TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND Out Today!

Every once and a while a project comes along that's too cool to turn down, no matter how swamped I am with other stuff. So it was with TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND, which is out today.

TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND is an anthology of crime fiction inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen. It features such talented writers as Dennis Lehane, Hilary Davidson, Todd Robinson, and Steve Weddle, to name but a few (click through to take a gander at the full list of contributors). And a portion of the proceeds benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping veterans.

I was lucky enough to get my pick of songs to use as inspiration. The song I chose was "Mansion on the Hill." It's an achingly beautiful track off one of the most haunting records of all time, and I hope I did it justice. You can check out the tune below.
Thanks to Joe Clifford, Zelmer Pulp, and Gutter Books for their hard work on this project. If you'd like a copy, or you've got a Springsteen fan on your Christmas shopping list, TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Or, if you'd prefer, ask your local independent bookstore to order you a copy.

Friday, November 07, 2014

A Would-Be Stalker's Guide to Chris' Bouchercon 2014

Bouchercon 2014 is almost upon us, and my schedule's rounded out a bit since last I posted, so I thought a new post telling y'all where to find me might be in order. (Remember, stalkers: I like pie.*)

On Thursday, 11/13 at 4 PM, I'll be appearing on the "Noir Comes in Many Flavors" panel in Regency C alongside Jon Bassoff, Steph Cha, Robert Lewis, Fuminori Nakamura, and Chantelle Aimee Osman (m). It promises to be a terrific conversation.

Then, at 5:30PM Thursday, also in Regency C, I'll be reading as part of Noir at the Bar. More than twenty authors will be participating, and each of us is bringing a book to give away, so be sure to swing by. My contribution will be a signed copy of THE BIG REAP, which is up for an Anthony this year in the category of Best Paperback Original (hint hint please vote for me).

I expect I'll spend some portion of Saturday (11/15) morning loitering around the Little, Brown/Mulholland table, if only to score some of the advertised books, coffee, and pastries (but not, it should be noted, any of the authors; publishers get tetchy when you abscond with those). It runs from 7AM to 12:30PM, but if I were a betting man, I'd say 7AM is a tad early to expect me.

Finally, on Saturday night from 6:30PM to 8PM, you can catch me looking vaguely queasy at the Anthony Awards Reception. Did I mention THE BIG REAP was up for an award? I did? Well, did I mention my insanely talented fellow nominees are Catriona McPherson, Alex Marwood, Stephen King, and Darrell James? Lists like that are why folks always (quite rightly) say it's an honor to be nominated. But if you're attending B'con and you're inclined to vote for me, I sure won't try to dissuade you.

That's it for my official schedule. But, as ever, if you see me and want to say hello, please feel free.**

*Please don't actually stalk me.
**Restrooms excluded. Lurking in my hotel room strongly discouraged, unless you bring pie.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pretty Little Word Crimes

A few years ago, I got a series of odd texts from an unfamiliar number. They led to an even odder phone call, and inspired me to write a short story called "Pretty Little Things," which wound up in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and garnered a Derringer nomination.

Today, that short story is featured in Erik Arneson's Word Crimes podcast. It's read by public radio reporter Scott Detrow, and I think he (and Erik!) did a bang-up job bringing this story to life. Go give it a listen! And if you want to read more about the inspiration for this story, I wrote a post about it a while back.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Simple Art of Reaping

University Book Store, Seattle's oldest and largest independent bookseller, wrote a terrific piece about my Collector books as part of their recommended Halloween reading series. (The title, which I've appropriated for this post, made my Chandler-geek heart soar.) Here's a taste (click through to read the rest):

"Imagine Philip Marlowe on permanent retainer with the Grim Reaper... Slick, witty, and inventive, The Collector series are supernatural thrillers, par excellence."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Upcoming Appearances

November is shaping up to be action-packed, appearance-wise. Here's where you can catch me in the coming weeks:

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee
Saturday, November 1
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Anybody lucky enough to have attended Murder and Mayhem in Muskego, whether writer or reader, will tell you it was one of the finest book events around. I've been to two, and was heartbroken to hear that they'd lost their venue this year. But apparently, you can't keep a good event down, because from its ashes rose Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee! Boasting a slew of terrific authors including Sean Chercover, Julie Hyzy, Dana Cameron, and Marcus Sakey, just to name a few, Murder and Mayhem looks as though it's back and better than ever. And at a mere $35, the price can't be beat. Here are the panels I'll be participating in:

Psycho Started Here
w/ Jessie Chandler, Matthew Clemens, Todd Robinson, and Jeremy Lynch (moderator)

Schlitz, The Breakfast of Champions
w/ Dana Cameron, Julie Hyzy, Tom Schreck, Patricia Skalka, and (the lovely, talented, and also married-to-me) Katrina Niidas Holm (moderator)

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Bouchercon 2014
Thursday, November 13 to Sunday, November 16
Long Beach, California

There's no two ways about it: If you're a fan of mysteries, Bouchercon is the big show. It's Comic Con for crime-fic geeks. My first was back in 2011, and I haven't missed one since. I'll be around all weekend, but to make things easy for any potential stalkers (remember, stalkers, I like pie!), here are two places you're sure to find me:

"Noir Comes in Many Flavors"
Thursday, 11/13 at 4 PM
w/ Jon Bassoff, Steph Cha, Robert Lewis, Fuminori Nakamura, and Chantelle Aimee Osman (moderator)

Noir at the Bar
Thursday, 11/13 at 5:30 PM
Tons of authors, me included, will be reading and giving away free books!

Oh, and I should mention THE BIG REAP is up for an Anthony Award in the category of Best Paperback Original, so if you're attending B'con this year and dug the book, I'd love your vote!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Interview

Josh, the titular guy at Just A Guy That Likes To Read, shot me some questions the other day about the Collector series; pop by his blog to check out the results!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Interview with Fantasy Book Review

I'm over at Fantasy Book Review today, chatting about (other people's) books with Fergus McCartan. If you wanna know my thoughts on everything from DUNE to TWILIGHT, swing by and give it a gander.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Free Online Fiction!

I've written a bit about the Beat to a Pulp anthology THE LIZARD'S ARDENT UNIFORM, and what it means to editor David Cranmer. It's a unique project that honors his nephew Kyle's memory, and I'm honored to have contributed to it.

Today, my story from it, "The Lizard's Ardent Uniform," is free to read online at The Fall Creek Review! Pop by and check it out. And if you dig it, don't hesitate to pick up the whole collection. It's chock-a-block with terrific writers at the top of their games.

Monday, July 07, 2014

"An Open Door" Redux

Rough day back after the long weekend? Here's some online fiction for your work-weary eyeballs. "An Open Door" first appeared in the BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND TWO anthology way back in May of 2012. It's a (horror) sequel (of sorts) to my Spinetingler-Award-winning crime story "Seven Days of Rain." As of ten minutes ago, it's free to read at Beat to a Pulp. Pop on over and check it out!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Books in Boothbay

This Saturday, July 12, I'm delighted to be participating in the tenth annual installment of Books in Boothbay, a book fair featuring Maine authors of all stripes, from children's to thriller. It's free and open to the public, so if you're in the area, swing by and say hello! I'll be hanging out and signing books alongside Tess Gerritsen, Paul Doiron, Kate Flora, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Barbara Ross, and many more. See the above flier or visit the Books in Boothbay blog for details.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Noir at the Bar

Like kickass crime fic? Hanging out with crazy talented wordslingers? How 'bout beer? Can you find Boston on a map? If you said yes to any of the above, you owe it to yourself to come to The Pour House on Boylston Street this Sunday, June 29, at 6PM for Noir at the Bar, New-England-style. (Noiah at the Baah?) I'll be reading alongside the likes of Todd Robinson, Dana Cameron, Rob Hart, Chris Irvin, Bracken MacLeod, Jen Conley, Dave Zeltserman, Paul Tremblay, and Toni L.P. Kelner. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Four Questions

Writer/editor Erik Arneson was kind enough to have me by his blog today, to take part in his Four Questions series. We talk tattoos, THE KILLING KIND, and the future of the Collector series. Click through to give it a read!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Dreaded Query Letter

The following is adapted from a handout I put together for a recent writing workshop. I thought folks might get some use out of it, so I figured I'd post it here.

Query letters probably cause authors more angst than any other piece of writing (save, possibly, synopses), and yet they’re a necessity for anyone who wants to land an agent. Now, I can’t claim any special expertise in the realm of query letters, but I’ve had two agents in my career, both of whom I approached via blind query (meaning no client reference or invitation to submit.)

The fact is, you don’t need a long list of publishing credits to woo an agent. You just need a decent one-paragraph “elevator pitch” for your book, some manners, and common sense enough to follow the agent’s stated guidelines. Below is a version of the query I used to land my current agent, the insanely awesome and talented David Gernert. Is it any good? I couldn’t say. But I can tell you it worked.

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To [agent’s name; DO NOT MASS EMAIL and for Cthulhu’s sake double-check your spelling]:

[If you’re approaching the agent because you’re a fan of a client of theirs, feel free to open with a sentence saying so. It’s not expected/required, though, so don’t lie. Heck, even if it were expected/required, you still shouldn't lie.] I'm seeking representation for my mainstream thriller, THE KILLING KIND, complete at 80,000 words.

THE KILLING KIND is the story of Michael Hendricks. Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. Now he makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts who only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living – but an even better way to make himself a target.

[If you’ve got prior relevant publishing credits or expertise relevant to your book, say so here. “My short fiction has appeared in such publications as…” or “As a former Navy Seal…” will do just fine. But if you have no prior credits and/or your background is irrelevant, skip this paragraph entirely. It’s better to be brief than boring.]

I've included [whatever their submission guidelines ask for, and NOTHING ELSE]. I'd be delighted to send along more, should you prove interested.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Chris F. Holm
[website URL, Twitter handle, phone number, etc.]

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So there you have it. Short, polite, and to the point. If you’d like to learn more about crafting a quality query, I recommend checking out agent Janet Reid’s Query Shark blog, on which she invites fledgling writers to submit their query letters for critique; it's an invaluable resource, and gives authors a rare glimpse into how agents think about submissions.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Lizard's Ardent Uniform

Today marks the release of Beat to a Pulp's latest anthology, THE LIZARD'S ARDENT UNIFORM & OTHER STORIES. My short story "The Lizard's Ardent Uniform" is featured alongside stories by such talented writers as Hilary Davidson, Steve Weddle, and Patti Abbott. This project has a special significance for me because it honors my good friend David Cranmer's nephew Kyle J. Knapp, a writer who passed away far too young. His dream journals provided the prompts for each of the stories in this collection, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated in his name.

If you'd like to learn more about the project, check out this post on David's blog. If you've got a Kindle, you can get your copy here. And if you'd prefer a print copy, David's got you covered there, as well.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

EVENT: Friday, June 6 at Hamilton College

Fellow Hamiltonians/People of the Greater Utica, NY Area: I'm hosting a book event called "A Dispatch From the Genre Trenches" at Hamilton College's Sadove Student Center this Friday, June 6 at 2PM. Here's the full description:
Think you’ve got a book in you? Or have you typed THE END already, and now you’re wondering what comes next? Chris F. Holm is an award-winning author of crime, horror, and dark fantasy. His Collector trilogy is a fantastical take on the classic crime pulp of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Join Chris for a reading, signing, and discussion about what it’s like to be a working author in the digital age.
While the event is part of Hamilton's Alumni College program, it's free and open to the public. The college bookstore will have copies of my novels on hand, but I'd be happy to sign any you bring along, as well.

Here's the address, so's your magic GPS devices can get you there:

Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

The Sadove Student Center (formerly ELS, for those of you attending the reunion) is the first building on the left after the main crosswalk on campus as you're driving up the hill. Hamilton's a small school; you'd be hard-pressed to miss it. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

An Experiment's End

Some of you may not know this about me, but by day, I am a scientist. No, really. I wear a lab coat and safety glasses and do calculations and stuff, occasionally all at the same time. Take my word for it: it's very impressive.

Years ago, when e-readers first transitioned from the early-adopter fringes to the mainstream and debate in the book-world turned to the artistic and commercial viability of self-publishing, I had no idea where I stood on the topic. So, ever the science-nerd, I decided to conduct an experiment. At the time, I had a number of short story credits to my name, and many of those shorts were out of print. I decided to bundle eight of them into a collection and put it out dirt-cheap, just to see what happened. That collection was 8 POUNDS.


I was fortunate. 8 POUNDS was well-received. It got some great reviews from critics and readers both, and was even nominated for a Spinetingler Award. And while I didn't get rich off of it, it sold well, too. So a few years later, when I'd amassed a set of new short stories, I put out a second collection, this one called DEAD LETTERS.


Folks seemed to like DEAD LETTERS, too. In fact, it won The House of Crime and Mystery's Reader's Choice Award for Best Short Fiction Collection. It sold a little less than its predecessor, in part no doubt because it cost more (it was longer and contained a previously unreleased tale, so the price seemed warranted to me), and in part because e-publishing had exploded in the years since 8 POUNDS was released, so it had a lot more competition. Still, between the two collections, I'd count my experiment a success.

I never intended, when I released these books, to put them out solely for Kindle. At the time I published 8 POUNDS, iBooks wasn't a thing, and Nook's upload interface was too buggy for this technological idiot to wrangle. And when I put out DEAD LETTERS, it seemed easiest to simply stick with what I knew. Credit where credit's due: a few formatting hiccups aside, Amazon really does make it easy to put out e-books, and the fact is they sell way more of them than does their competition.

Lately, though, I've been thinking a lot about the ramifications (whether intended or not) of publishing my short story collections with Amazon and Amazon alone, and what it means now that I'm an author with a few books under my belt and more coming (the latter from a subsidiary of Hachette, no less.) I've come to the conclusion that providing what amounts to preferential treatment to Amazon is disrespectful to the other vendors who peddle my traditionally published wares, be they big box booksellers or scrappy indies, as well as to readers who choose not to do business with Amazon.

That's why I've removed both 8 POUNDS and DEAD LETTERS from Amazon. As of today, both are officially out of print. (Uh, e-print?)

Understand, this isn't me taking a stand against The Evil Empire Amazon. Like most people these days, I buy stuff from Amazon. I've also profited from others doing the same, and hope to continue to in the future. But when I pondered reformatting my aging e-books such that I could sell them elsewhere, it just didn't seem worth the effort. The internet is a Great Content Machine after all; without adding anything new to them or sprucing them up a bit, they'd likely be lost to the noise, and rightly so. I don't want to insult my audience by half-assing a wide release.

Perhaps these collections will surface again sometime, in one form or another: updated, reformatted, and bursting with bonus materials. Perhaps not. But in the meantime, if you'd like a copy of either, drop me a line at chris[at]chrisfholm[dot]com, and I'll send you a PDF copy, free of charge. Consider it an experiment in marketing.

EDIT (5/24/2015): All good things must end. After a year of sending copies of 8 POUNDS and DEAD LETTERS to anyone who asked, so too must my e-book giveaway. If you're interested in the short stories featured in these collections, stay tuned. I'm sure they'll resurface in one form or another.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An Anthony Nomination!

I'm honored, delighted, and not just a little stunned to report THE BIG REAP has been nominated for an Anthony Award in the category of Best Paperback Original Novel. Many thanks to all who nominated it, and congratulations to my fellow nominees!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Scenes and Sequels

Dave Kearney of the podcast Scenes and Sequels was kind enough to have me by for his fifth episode, in which we chat about technique, influences, and my post-Collector writing life. You can listen to our conversation at the Scenes and Sequels site, iTunes, or Stitcher.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Whole Bunch of Big News

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about one of the most difficult decisions of my writing career: that of leaving my longtime agent. In it, I said the following:
...the difficulty with blogging about one's writing life is, the farther one progresses, the more complicated it becomes to decide what can, or should, be shared. Back in '05, the only person affected by my blogging was me. Now what I say can affect contracts, publishers, editors, booksellers, agents, and what have you. That can, and should, and does, give a blogger pause.
As it turns out, those words would prove prophetic. Because the months since have proven one hell of a wild ride, and for various reasons, I've shared exactly none of it with y'all. Until today.

I'm delighted to report I'm now represented by David Gernert of The Gernert Company. Formerly Editor-in-Chief at Doubleday, David now represents some of the most talented authors in the business, including John Grisham, Peter Straub, Stewart O'Nan, and Chris Pavone. In addition to being a joy to work with, his keen editorial eye has pushed me to up my game, and my writing is better for it.

Which (with an assist from Publishers Marketplace, who broke this news yesterday) brings me to part two of this announcement-slash-confessional: Mulholland Books just bought world rights to my thriller THE KILLING KIND in a pre-empt two-book deal.

All authors claim they're huge fans of their publisher's books, and most of 'em ain't blowing smoke. But I will swear upon a stack of Raymond Chandler novels I literally couldn't imagine a better home for THE KILLING KIND than Mulholland. They published A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, the latest of Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder novels, which I count among my favorite series of all time. They publish Charlie Huston and Duane Swierczynski, both of whom push pulp in exciting new directions, and Marcia Clark, whose terrific Rachel Knight series is soon headed to a TV near you. They made headlines with J.K. Rowling's Robert Galbraith novel, THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, and the astonishing S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams. And then there's Woodrell's Bayou Trilogy. Anthony Horowitz's Holmes novel THE HOUSE OF SILK. James Lee Burke. David Morrell. Believe me, I could go on.

Point is, I'm a fan. Have been for years. Which is why it's incredibly gratifying to be counted among their authors. Even more gratifying is the fact that my editor, Josh Kendall, is crazy passionate about THE KILLING KIND. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Maine Calling

Northern New Englanders: Tune in to MPBN's Maine Calling this Tuesday, April 8, from 12PM-1PM to hear me chat about crime writing with fellow Maine scribes Paul Doiron and Julia Spencer-Fleming (as well as host Jennifer Rooks)! For those outside the listening radius, you can stream the show live on MPBN's website, or check it out at your leisure once it's archived.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Knock Knock

E.A. Aymar, author of I'LL SLEEP WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, was nice enough to have me by his blog today, where we chatted about everything from self-publishing to knock knock jokes. You can check out the interview here. Thanks, Ed, for having me by!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bookended

The new book blog Craig's Book-ends was kind (or crazy) enough to dedicate their first three posts to yours truly. And while I'm aware I'm posting this on April Fools' Day, I swear none of these links lead to Rick Astley videos.

The first is a review of the Collector trilogy, which the titular Craig declares "There is no limit to the amount of praise that I could bestow on these novels. They are among my very favorites." The second is a peek at my first short story collection, 8 POUNDS. And last, but hopefully not least, Craig and I chatted about all things Collector-y and beyond.

Many thanks, Craig, for letting me sully up your brand new blog!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maine Crime Wave


On Saturday, April 19, two of my favorite things on this planet will intersect: talking crime fic with crazy talented authors, and my adopted hometown of Portland, Maine.

The first annual Maine Crime Wave features appearances by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Paul Doiron, Tess Gerritsen, me, and many more! Fans and writers both will find a lot to love in this event, because there are panels and workshops galore. The full schedule can be found here. And if you'd like to read some early coverage courtesy of the Morning Sentinel, I've got you covered there, too.

Obviously, if you live in Southern Maine, this event's a can't miss. But for those of you from farther-flung locales who're on the fence about making the trip, let me say this: Portland is home to some of the best food and drink you'll ever find, and our working waterfront's a sight to see. The fact that you'd also get to hang with some luminaries of the crime-fic world makes this event too good to pass up. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Left Coast Crime Schedule

Folks, Left Coast Crime is soon upon us, and I for one am psyched*. If you'll also be in Monterey March 20-23, here's where you can find me:

FRIDAY 10:15-11:00
Don’t Kill the Messenger: Reviewers Discuss Mysteries**
Ted Hertel (Moderator)
Jordan Foster 
Terry Jacobsen
Maggie Mason
Katrina Niidas Holm

SATURDAY 11:30-12:15
Pulp Fiction & Beyond: Very Untraditional Mysteries
Juliet Blackwell (Moderator)
Dale Berry
Chris F. Holm
Richard Kadrey
Gary Phillips

I'll also be co-hosting a table at the awards banquet Saturday evening with my good friend Sara J. Henry, so if you plan on attending, we'd love to have you at our table. We'll hang out, eat some tasty food, and send you on your way with snazzy freebies.

And I'm always happy to grab a drink at the bar***, or chat pretty much wherever****, so if you see me and feel like saying hello, please feel free.

*To escape the frozen hellscape that is the Northeast. And for my first trip to California. And also for the con.

**Okay, fine, I'm not on this panel, but my lovely wife is, so I'll be front and center cheering her on.

***Although I reserve the right for said drink to be nonalcoholic/heavily caffeinated, depending on time, mood, and level of jet-lag/sleep deprivation.

****Restrooms excluded.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Derringer Nom!

I'm thrilled to report my short story "Pretty Little Things," which appeared in the July 2013 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, is a finalist for a 2014 Derringer Award! The story was inspired by a phone call my wife and I received one Saturday morning a few years back; you can read about it here.

Thanks to this year's judges for choosing my story, as well as ace editor Janet Hutchings for publishing it in the first place. And congrats to my fellow nominees!

Oh, and if any of y'all reading this are members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, I'd love to have your vote.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Kind Mention

I'm delighted to discover that Charlaine Harris (of Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood fame, as if I even need to tell you that) mentioned DEAD HARVEST in her "Books of the Week" blog feature!

I was lucky enough to see Ms. Harris speak at Bouchercon St. Louis a few years back. It was nothing short of riveting; the lady can command a room. And afterward, she was quite gracious, signing books for anyone who asked (this guy included.) It's an honor to think that three years later, my debut novel's made its way onto her bookshelf.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Looking for a good book?

Daniel at Looking For A Good Book took a peek at THE BIG REAP today, having never read DEAD HARVEST or THE WRONG GOODBYE. So, what'd this Collectorverse newbie have to say? "This is top-notch, high quality adventure/dark fantasy at its finest." Many thanks, Daniel!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Readers' Choice!

This morning, I woke to the news that my short story collection DEAD LETTERS won the House of Crime and Mystery Readers' Choice Award for Best Short Fiction Collection! And as an added bonus, THE BIG REAP was a runner-up in its category as well! I'm honored to be counted among the likes of John Connolly, Dennis Lehane, and Michael Connelly, to name but a few of the winners. Many thanks to Jacques Filippi, and to the scores of voters who took the time to weigh in. Extra-special thanks if you voted for me.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Bookish Best!

Woohoo! Kristin at My Bookish Ways included THE BIG REAP in her Best Books of 2013 post! I can't tell you what an honor it is to be chosen alongside the likes of Donna Tartt and Stephen King. Many thanks, Kristin!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Crimespree and Founding Fields Best Ofs

I'm delighted to report the Collector series continues to rack up the year-end love, well into the new year! First off, Milo of The Founding Fields listed THE BIG REAP among his Top 25 Books of 2013. And second through fourth, the Collector series made three appearances on Crimespree Magazine's staff favorites list! Dan Malmon chose THE BIG REAP as one of his faves; Erica Ruth Neubauer picked DEAD HARVEST; and okay the third nod came from Katrina Niidas Holm to whom I may or may not be married. But still. That's a guarantee she's biased, not a guarantee she's biased in my favor.

Many thanks to Milo, Dan, Erica, and Katrina.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Year! New Lists!

Happy new year, all! This morning, as I caffeinate away my headache from last night's festivities, I bring news of three new lists. First off, Amy at Burning the Bridges listed DEAD HARVEST among her top ten reads of 2013! Second, Jen Forbus declared DEAD HARVEST one of her favorite debuts read in 2013 over at Jen's Book Thoughts! And third, Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves listed THE BIG REAP as one of her favorite reads of 2013! Thanks to Amy, Jen, and Jenn all. Now would you all please stop talking so loudly? And where the heck did I set down that coffee?