Thursday, August 29, 2013

Out of Order

Today at Book Chick City, Collector-series newbie Jane takes a look at THE BIG REAP. Was she lost? Confused? Betrayed? Bewildered? Click here to find out!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Post-Con Catchup

This past weekend at Killer Nashville was a whirlwind tour of food, fun, and friends both old and new, with a little book-work thrown in for good measure. I managed to cram in three panels, a podcast, and more writer-nerd hallway conversations than you could shake a red pen at. To all I met/talked/broke bread/shared panels with, it was truly my pleasure.

And as an added bonus, THE WRONG GOODBYE was a finalist for Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion Award, alongside works by such talented authors as Hilary Davidson, Molly McCrae, and Sara Henry! In the end, Sara took home the prize, but we'll try not to hold that against her.

As I make my way, dazed and confused, back to the real world, I've got a couple links to catch up on from the Land of Me. First up is Gef Fox's review of THE BIG REAP. Here's a taste:

And Brandon Sears has posted reviews of both my short collections, 8 POUNDS and DEAD LETTERS, at Shelf Inflicted. See what he thought about 'em here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Qwillery Interview

Today, I have the great pleasure of returning to The Qwillery for a chat with Sally Janin. You can read it here. Thanks for having me by, Sally!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Killer Nashville

Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25, anybody who feels like stalking me and maybe hanging out a bit will find me at Killer Nashville. If you see me there, feel free to say hey whenever, and be sure to swing by my panels, too! The details of each are below. Bear in mind, times are subject to change slightly, so be sure to check the official schedule when you arrive.

My first panel is 10AM Friday, and centers on writing short fiction. Attendees will get loads of practical advice from the likes of Phil Bowie, Suzanne Berube Rorhus, Kaye George, Robert Mangeot, and myself. Between us, we've been published darn near everyplace that accepts short fiction, so we must be doing something right.

My second panel at 3PM Friday is focused on bringing settings to life. In addition to me, it features Philip Cioffari, Debra Gaskill, Sara J. Henry, and Molly MacRae. Our settings are as far flung as the Bronx and the Blue Ridge mountains, so I think it'll be a lively discussion.

And my third (!) panel, which is scheduled for 8:30AM Sunday, is on cross-genre fiction. I'll be joined by Karen McCullough, Kourtney Heintz, and Alex Hughes. It'll be fun to geek out with folks who, like me, play in more than one sandbox. So if boundry-smashing is your cuppa, drag your butt outta bed, mainline some espresso, and be there.

Oh, and while you're at it, be sure to seek out Hilary Davidson's panel Friday at 1PM about writing on the dark side, and Linda Rodriguez's panel on fiction from the fringes, Sunday at 11:20AM. They're both terrific writers, and the discussions are bound to be fantastic.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Three Thumbs Up!

Today, at Snobbery, Amy Durant looks at all three books in the Collector series, and gives them an unqualified rave! Thanks, Amy!

The Functional Nerds, Part Deux

Recently, I sat down with The Functional Nerds to tape two podcasts (Editor's note: podcasts are not, in fact, "taped"; Chris is simply an old man with a limited understanding of modern technology). The first of them, on horror movies, went up last week. The second (and no doubt more contentious) one, on art versus commerce, is up today. On it, John Anealio and I gnash teeth and rend fabric over balancing artistic fulfillment against careerism, and the dangers of creeping jealousy to creative endeavors, while Patrick Hester rolls his eyes and calls us babies. (Editor's note: Chris is exaggerating for dramatic effect. A little. In truth it was a great, and frank, conversation, so you should go listen to it and stuff.)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Crime Fiction with a Twist

Today, I've got a guest post up at MysteryPeople's blog, in which I explain how a guy known for crime fiction shorts winds up writing a fantasy series. (Disclaimer: I'm not bagging on fantasy. I love fantasy. I read fantasy. I just never thought I'd write fantasy. Shows what I know.)

Friday, August 09, 2013

Feeling the Love

One of my favorite sites for all things pop culture is The A.V. Club. They're a daily read for me, on account of their killer coverage of books, movies, music, and TV. So imagine my surprise when I woke up today to discover I got name-dropped in the latest installment of their weekly AVQ&A feature.

The question posed to their staff today was this: "What book or series of books should be made into a TV show?" And here's what Jason Heller (a kickass fantasy writer and Hugo-nominated editor in his own right) had to say:

"Chris F. Holm’s series The Collector—comprising Dead Harvest, The Wrong Goodbye, and The Big Reap—is something I’d love to see come to the small screen. [...] Technically it’s urban fantasy, but Holm has a great ear for crime-fiction grit and rich yet dialed-in prose. And Thornton is one of the most quietly gripping characters I’ve run across in a long time."

In other news of interwebby kindness, Scott Montgomery of Austin's BookPeople featured me on their MysteryPeople blog today, saying "Chris is a stand out among the new crop of rising crime fiction writers. His mix of hard boiled, humor, and poignant heart that you wouldn’t think would come out of the stories he’s telling set him apart."

Thanks to Jason and Scott both!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Five Foxy Things

Forgive the brevity of this post, y'all, but I'm either in the throes of an epic allergy-induced sinus headache, or one of you is trying to pop my melon Scanners-style (in which case STOP IT)(ow I should not have shouted that).

Today, I'm talking five movies that inspired THE BIG REAP over at Crimespree. And a couple days back, Gef Fox took a peek at THE WRONG GOODBYE. Here's a glimpse of what he had to say:

"The blend of hard-boiled mystery and high-octane fantasy make THE WRONG GOODBYE a tremendous novel that surpasses DEAD HARVEST and sets a pretty high bar for the third book in the series, THE BIG REAP. If you like urban fantasy with touches of noir and pugnacity, you really need to check this series out."

Pugnacity. I like that. Thanks, Gef!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013

A brief transmission from the whiskeybunker...

So THE BIG REAP is out, and people are reading it. Which means I've retreated to the steel-reinforced fallout shelter buried deep beneath my backyard, where I will subsist entirely on ramen, whiskey, and the occasional nerve-induced crying jag until such time as the world decides I'm either brilliant, or a fraud, or possibly a brilliant fraud.

I am, however, dimly aware the world outside my whiskeybunker continues to spin on its axis. One bit of evidence for this fact is that the inimitable Scott Montgomery has gone live with his New Authors on Old Favorites feature on the MysteryPeople blog, in which I took part. The idea is, we writer-types pick a contemporary we'd like to see tackle a classic series character. To see my pick, click the link above. And while you're there, be sure to read Hilary Davidson's choice, as well!