CHILD ZERO Cover Reveal, Release Date, and More!

Greetings, Earthlings! I come bearing a veritable cornucopia of CHILD ZERO news. First, as you can plainly see, the book now has a cover—and a mighty fine one, at that. (Three cheers for  Mulholland 's art department!) It's also got an official release date—May 10, 2022—so kindly mark your calendars. Hmm... what else? Well, after five excruciating years of secrecy, I'm finally ready to give y'all a taste of what CHILD ZERO is about . Lastly, I'm happy to report that CHILD ZERO is now available for preorder! If you'd like to make my day by picking up a copy or twelve, you can do so via the links below. Amazon  /  Apple Books  /  Barnes & Noble  /  Google Play  /  Indiebound

(Virtual) Appearance: Friends of Mystery, 3/25

Say, do you have plans on Thursday, March 25, at 9PM Eastern (6PM Pacific)? No? Then why not join my wife and I (virtually, of course) for a little booklife chat? For those of you who don't know, Katrina Niidas Holm is a prolific writer, editor, and critic. Her work has appeared in such publications as Kirkus , Publishers Weekly , The Life Sentence, and the Los Angeles Review of Books . As if that weren't enough, she's also the small and independent press columnist for Mystery Scene Magazine —so, between the two of us, we know a thing or two about the world of publishing, and crime fiction specifically. The Zoom event , which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Portland, Oregon nonprofit Friends of Mystery . Care to attend? You can sign up here.  The event kicks off with a casual hangout at 8:30PM Eastern (5:30PM Pacific). Our song and dance routine* kicks off 9PM Eastern (6PM Pacific), and we'll leave time to answer questions, so be thinking. Hope to

An Announcement

It's official: the countdown to CHILD ZERO has begun.

Virtual Reality

Are you busy on Sunday, September 13th, at 8PM Eastern? Trick question. Of course you 're not! It's 2020! Now that we've established you're available, howsabout you join me and a kickass lineup of fellow readers for a Virtual Noir at the Bar? There'll be cocktails, music, stories, and almost certainly not pants! Best of all, it's safe as houses—specifically, yours—and doesn't cost a dime. All you've gotta do is pour a drink and  click the link . Hope to see ya then.

An Overdue Update

Hey, guys! It's been a while. Seven months since my last post, to be exact—but, to be fair, it's been a nutty seven months. You may notice I've updated my site since you last visited, with an eye toward greater compatibility and ease of navigation on a variety of devices. If you're wondering where the sidebar (which features news, contact information, and links to social media, among other things) went, give the icon at the top-left of the home page a click. My archives date back fifteen years, and as such, were plagued with link rot . If you happen across an old post that seems like it's missing a link, I probably excised it because it was nonfunctional. "But Chris," you might be thinking, "that sounds like a preposterous waste of time! Shouldn't you be writing?" To which I reply, "Oh, did I fail to mention? THE INSANELY AMBITIOUS SCIENTIFIC THRILLER THAT HAS CONSUMED MY EVERY WAKING HOUR FOR NEARLY FOUR YEARS IS FINALLY, GLORIOUSLY DO