Saturday, September 24, 2011

Post-B'con Post

I'm not one to take pictures or video, nor to write journals. I prefer the moment to any attempts to record it for future consumption. (I also, um, suck at taking pictures, which may be a more honest reason for the dearth of them here.) As such, this post isn't going to be the typical pic and link fest most B'con wrap-ups are.

Instead, I'd like to say this: if you're a writer or a reader of crime fiction, be it traditional mysteries or the bleakest noir, next year clear your calendar and go go go. I promise you, you won't regret it.

I'm not someone who likes crowds. Or public speaking. Or having my picture taken. Truth is, I'm usually happiest on my couch with my laptop, clacking away like I am right now. Bouchercon pushed me so far outside my comfort zone, I couldn't see it from where I was standing. And, God help me, I loved every minute of it.

As far as nuts and bolts, I think my panels went pretty well (feel free to ask around, since there's a chance I'm a tad deluded on that point), and for the record, the Anthony for Best Short Story went to Dana Cameron (congrats, Dana!), not me. But the nuts and bolts of B'con don't tell the tale. The story, as any good story should be, is rooted in character. And my, the characters I met.

I'm not going to list all the folks I met in St. Louis, largely because I'll no doubt fail in my attempt, and feel terrible about it when I realize that great conversation I forgot to mention. So let me instead say this: if I talked to you, hung out with you, or so much as bumped into you in the hallway, it was my pleasure. To my tweeps in particular, you're even more charming and delightful in person, and I'm glad to count you as my friends. And a special thanks go out to Jon, Ruth, and Judy, the unlikeliest set of guardian angels you'll ever meet. You're all aces in my book.

So thanks, all. Once, and I'm hooked. It's a hell of a thing to find one's tribe. Which means I guarantee I'll see you all next year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Buy the "By"

Check it out, people. From New Pulp Press and the twisted minds behind Crime Factory Magazine comes CRIME FACTORY: THE FIRST SHIFT, a killer collection chock-a-block with some of the finest names in crime fiction. Names like Bruen. Bill. McKinty. Shea. Davidson. Weddle. Wolven.

And, um, Holm.

Wanna know more? Click through and check it out. Then buy it buy it buy it.

Oh, and speaking of names, a funny thing happened on the way back from the printer. See, the story I've got in this anthology is called "Green" (as in money, weed, inexperience, envy, and nausea, all of which feature in the tale.) Or, rather, it was called "Green." Somewhere along the way, a quotation mark got moved, and now it's listed as "Green By." In the far future of my deluded fantasies where I'm rich and famous and ruling the globe with an iron fist from my gold-plated moon base, the THE COLLECTED WORKS OF OUR EXALTED LEADER CHRIS F. HOLM will once more list the tale as "Green." Which, by my estimation, makes this printing of "Green By" a collector's item. Get 'em while they're hot.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

8 POUNDS Named a Top 8 Crime Collection by Crime Fiction Lover!

"This set of dark tales has an unparalleled sense of place... Of special note here is the story 'The World Behind.' It is the best single short story I have read in years."

Click through to read what else they had to say, and to check out the rest of the list. You'll find many a friend o' the blog on it. I'd be remiss if I didn't congratulate Keith, Nigel, David, Paul, and Chris for their inclusion. Congrats, gents.

Thanks kindly to R. Thomas Brown and Crime Fiction Lover for the mention. I'm honored to be included among such fantastic company.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bouchercon 2011 Schedule

September 15-18
Renaissance St. Louis Grand
St. Louis, Missouri


BAD SEED: Sex, Violence, and Everything That Makes a Book Great
Thursday, September 15 from 9:00 to 10:00 PM
Majestic A, B, C
Moderator: Scott Montgomery
Panelists: Christa Faust, Chris F. Holm, Craig Johnson, Scott Phillips, John Rector, Benjamin Whitmer, and Jonathan Woods

DARK ANGEL: Morally Challenged Heroes
Friday, September 16 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Landmark 1, 2, 3
Moderator: Chris F. Holm
Panelists: Bill Cameron, Blake Crouch, Leighton Gage, Theresa Schwegel, and Michael Wiley


Sunday, September 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM

Sunday, September 18 from 11:00 AM to 1:00PM
Nominated for Best Short Story for "The Hitter"

(aka a shameless plug of my lovely wife's panel, which I shall doubtless be attending)

Friday, September 16 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Landmark 5,6,7
Moderator: Katrina Niidas Holm
Panelists: Donna Andrews, Shirley Damsgaard, Rosemary Harris, Julie Hyzy, and Joanna Slan