Bio

Photo courtesy Joshua Atticks
THE SHORT VERSION

Chris Holm is fond of pie. He also writes things that aren’t true for money. That transaction makes as little sense to him as it likely does to you.

THE MEDIUM VERSION

Chris Holm is the author of the cross-genre Collector trilogy, the Michael Hendricks thrillers, and thirty-odd short stories in a variety of genres. His work has appeared on more than fifty year’s best lists, been selected for THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES, been named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and won a number of awards, including the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel. Chris lives in Portland, Maine.

THE LONG VERSION

Chris Holm is the author of the cross-genre Collector trilogy, which recasts the battle between heaven and hell as old-fashioned crime pulp; the Michael Hendricks thrillers, which feature a hitman who only kills other hitmen; and thirty-odd short stories that run the gamut from crime to horror to science fiction. He's also a former research scientist with an exceedingly boring patent to his name.

Chris was born in Syracuse, New York to a mother from a cop family and a father from a long line of fantasy and sci-fi geeks. He wrote his first story at the age of six. It got him sent to the principal's office.

Since then, Chris' work has fared better. His short fiction has appeared in such publications as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES. His Collector trilogy garnered praise from NPR and was nominated or longlisted for several awards, including a Stoker and an Anthony. His first Hendricks novel, THE KILLING KIND, was named a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book, a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015, and Strand Magazine’s Top Book of 2015. It won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel and was also nominated for a Barry, a Lefty, and a Macavity. His second Hendricks novel, RED RIGHT HAND, was named a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016 and nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Novel.

Chris and his wife, writer/editor/reviewer Katrina Niidas Holm, live in Portland, Maine. No, she hasn't reviewed his books.

SELECTED INTERVIEWS

If you've gotten this far and you're not yet sick of Chris, consider checking out the following links:

Library Journal profile
Poets of the Tabloid Murder audio interview
Los Angeles Review of Books interview
Do Some Damage interview