Writing the Crime Scene: Gunshot Wounds

Column by Repo Kempt
A guide to writing realistic depictions of gunshot wounds, as well as their treatment and recovery, in crime and horror fiction.

Writing the Crime Scene: Cops Don't Talk Like That!

Column by Repo Kempt October 18, 2016 (2) comments
A guide to researching and writing dialogue for law enforcement characters in crime fiction.
Bracken MacLeod

A Conversation With Bracken MacLeod About Work-For-Hire, Horror Versus Crime, and His New Novel 'Stranded'

Interview by Rob Hart October 5, 2016 (1) comments
Bracken MacLeod talks making the move from crime to horror, and the process of working on a novel that Macmillan pitched to him.
Bookshots: 'Triggerman' by Walter Hill and Matz

Bookshots: 'Triggerman' by Walter Hill and Matz

Review by Bart Bishop
A Review of Walter Hill's new comic book, 'Triggerman', from Titan Comics, in collaboration with crime novel publisher Hard Case Crime, with art by Matz.
Chris Holm

A Conversation With Chris Holm About Editing, Redemption, and His New Novel 'Red Right Hand'

Interview by Rob Hart September 12, 2016 (2) comments
Michael Hendricks, the hitman who hits hitters, is back. To mark the occasion Chris Holm talks a little shop. Specifically, what goes into writing propulsive narratives about bad men.

Writing the Crime Scene: Guns

Column by Repo Kempt September 8, 2016 (7) comments
An article about myths, misconceptions and common mistakes when crime authors write about guns.

Writing the Crime Scene: Dead Bodies

Column by Repo Kempt August 16, 2016 (2) comments
This is a basic guide for crime fiction writers including research tips and links. This months topic is 'dead bodies'.
Bookshots: 'Cannibals' by Jen Conley

Bookshots: 'Cannibals' by Jen Conley

Review by Leah Rhyne August 4, 2016 (2) comments
Jen Conley's Cannibals takes me back to a place I don't want to go...the Pine Barrens.
Interview with Hard Case Crime Founder, Charles Ardai

"I don’t need a second-rate Chandler. I need a first-rate you": An Interview with Hard Case Crime Founder, Charles Ardai

Interview by Max Booth III
Writing a novel in 27 days. Comparing novelizations to novels. What to consider before submitting to Hard Case Crime. Plus - Lawrence Block's lost debut novel rediscovered!

Wanted: 8 of Literature's Most Dangerous Couples

Column by Leah Dearborn
“Dangerous” depends on your point of view, but these characters generally fit the bill if you're a law-abiding human being with a sliver of common sense.

Blood and Cigarettes: Charlie Huston's Use of Time in the Joe Pitt Casebooks

Column by Bart Bishop
An analysis of Charlie Huston's stylistic handling of time in the Joe Pitt Casebooks.

4 Storytelling Lessons We Can Learn from the Giant Fuckup that was True Detective Season 2

Column by Cath Murphy September 8, 2015 (16) comments
Even Colin Farrell's moustache couldn't save TD2 from being a giant disappointment. We can learn. We can do better.

The Butler Did It: Why We Always Blame the Servants

Column by Leah Dearborn August 19, 2015 (1) comments
The guilty butler trope appears to damn servants by their employment status alone. After all, they know everything about the victim’s daily routine, and they’re always suspiciously nearby.
Bookshots: 'Rubbernecker' by Belinda Bauer

Bookshots: 'Rubbernecker' by Belinda Bauer

Review by Cath Murphy
Bauer's latest novel might have a tabloidy true crime feel, but this is tabloid with the weirdness dial turned all the way up to eleven.
"The Disassembled Man" by Jon Bassoff

Bookshots: "The Disassembled Man" by Jon Bassoff

Review by Christine J. Schmidt
You've never read gross like this.

5 Crime Short Story Writers You Should Be Reading Right Now

Column by Keith Rawson
No, seriously, you should be reading these crime writers RIGHT NOW!
Busted: Highway Book Dumper Identified

Busted: Highway Book Dumper Identified

News by Peter Derk
The man dumping books along a Colorado highway has been identified.
10 Questions With Lynn Kostoff

10 Questions With Lynn Kostoff

Interview by Keith Rawson April 15, 2015 (1) comments
LitReactor goes 10 rounds with legendary crime novelist, Lynn Kostoff.
Bookshots: ‘Knuckleball’ by Tom Pitts

Bookshots: ‘Knuckleball’ by Tom Pitts

Review by Keith Rawson April 3, 2015 (2) comments
A brief review of San Francisco based crime writer Tom Pitts latest novella, ‘Knuckleball’.
Bookshots: ‘Werewolf Cop’ By Andrew Klavan

Bookshots: ‘Werewolf Cop’ By Andrew Klavan

Review by Keith Rawson March 16, 2015 (1) comments
A brief review of Andrew Klavan's latest novel, 'Werewolf Cop.'
The Pencil is Mightier Than The Sword

The Pencil is Mightier Than The Sword

News by Peter Derk
Three stabbings and one new art form. A pretty big week for the pencil.
Colorado Highway Becomes Book Dump

Colorado Highway Becomes Book Dump

News by Peter Derk February 27, 2015 (1) comments
Someone has been dumping books on a Colorado highway. Who is this mysterious critic/lazy jerk?
The Black Hood Returns: An Interview with Duane Swierczynski

The Black Hood Returns: An Interview with Duane Swierczynski

Interview by Nik Korpon
We sat down to talk with writer Duane Swierczynski about relaunching the Black Hood comic line this month.
Bookshots: 'Formerly Fingerman' by Joe Nelms

Bookshots: 'Formerly Fingerman' by Joe Nelms

Review by Leah Rhyne January 12, 2015 (11) comments
In Joe Nelms' 'Formerly Fingerman', the classic Mafia tale gets a silly, giggly, heartbreaking makeover.