Other Words for Dark: 10 Horror, Crime, and Thriller Novels in Translation for 2021

Column by Leah Dearborn July 21, 2021
There’s a Czech proverb that says, “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”
S.A. Cosby: "Writers get stagnant the moment they don't try to push themselves."

S.A. Cosby: "Writers get stagnant the moment they don't try to push themselves."

Interview by Gabriel Hart
An interview with the author of "Razorblade Tears," out July 6th from Flatiron Books

LURID: May Gray — In A Lonely Place

Column by Karina Wilson
Fog rolls through Los Angeles in Dorothy B. Hughes' 1947 noir classic, "In A Lonely Place." This cautionary tale perfectly captures the toxicity of the postwar era and still resonates in our own.
author William R. Soldan

Interview with Grit Lit Author William R. Soldan

Interview by Gabriel Hart
Discover where the bleak American experience collides with glimmers of righteous humanity.
Cynthia Pelayo: Writing in 2021 as a Badass Woman in Horror

Cynthia Pelayo: Writing in 2021 as a Badass Woman in Horror

Interview by Andrew Fowlow
When I think about a badass woman in horror, Cynthia Pelayo is the author that comes to mind. Her dedication and fierce work-ethic in the writing community is what makes her stand out.
Now Accepting Submissions - "The Mercy Seat: Stories From Death Row"

Now Accepting Submissions - "The Mercy Seat: Stories From Death Row"

News by Max Booth III January 15, 2021
Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is seeking short stories for their new anthology.

Don’t Miss Out: A Tana French Primer

Column by Annie Neugebauer
Everything you need to know to get started reading the best author you need to know.
Cathartic Experience: A Conversation with Crime Writer Matt Fitzpatrick

Cathartic Experience: A Conversation with Crime Writer Matt Fitzpatrick

Interview by Ben Tanzer
The New England author talks autobiography and family, as well as reinventing himself as a writer.
Crime Fiction Editor Jim Thomsen

Interview: Crime Fiction Editor Jim Thomsen

Interview by Gabriel Hart October 1, 2020
Veteran crime fiction editor Jim Thomsen talks genre, cliches, and why editing matters.

10 Novels Featuring Edgar Allan Poe As A Character

Column by Christopher Shultz January 9, 2019
In honor of Poe's 210th birthday, we take a look at ten different fictional takes on the troubled literary figure.
An Interview with 'The Blue Kingfisher' author Erica Wright

Birds and Snakes and Bugs, Oh My! An Interview with 'The Blue Kingfisher' author Erica Wright

Interview by Steph Post
An Interview with Erica Wright, crime fiction writer and poet, on the debut of her latest Kat Stone private investigator novel: 'The Blue Kingfisher'.

The Psychogeography of Crime Fiction

Column by Gabino Iglesias June 28, 2018
Psychogeography may be the most important element in modern crime fiction, and the one you're paying the least attention to.

The 8 Keys To A Good Heist Story

Column by Peter Derk
With "Ocean's 8" in theaters this weekend, let's take a look at what makes a good heist story work.
Classic Crime, New York Style: An Interview with Terrence McCauley

Classic Crime, New York Style: An Interview with Terrence McCauley

Interview by Steph Post
An interview with "The Fairfax Incident" author Terrence McCauley.

Writing the Crime Scene: Winter Forensics

Column by Repo Kempt
A guide to writing realistic crime and horror fiction when your manuscript is set in the winter.

Why Coming of Age Crime Stories Work So Well

Column by Justin Hunter
The movie adaptation of 'The November Criminals' reminds us that coming of age crime stories are the best kinds of stories.
A Murder Reverberates: Eryk Pruitt on the the Valentine’s Day Murders

A Murder Reverberates: Eryk Pruitt on the Valentine’s Day Murders

Interview by Max Booth III
Eryk Pruitt discuses his upcoming true crime podcast about the murder that still haunts his home town of Durham, NC, as well as his recently released novel.

Writing the Crime Scene: Murder or Suicide?

Column by Repo Kempt
Writing a crime scene where a murder is made to look like a suicide? Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the forensic details right.

No Escape from Planet Alcatraz

Column by David James Keaton
...or Slam Dunk at the Mesoamerican Ballgame. An introduction to "Hard Sentences: Crime Fiction Inspired by Alcatraz."
Bookshots: 'She Rides Shotgun' by Jordan Harper

Bookshots: 'She Rides Shotgun' by Jordan Harper

Review by Max Booth III June 6, 2017
Prepare to cry over a gosh-dang teddy bear, folks.

Writing the Crime Scene: Mental Illness

Column by Repo Kempt May 10, 2017
Psychopathic kilers, depressed cops and neurotic detectives. Mental illness is a recurring staple of crime fiction. Here's a guide to doing your research and getting the details right.

5 Bands/Musicians Who Might Actually Write Crime Fiction

Column by Max Booth III April 27, 2017
Of course Nickelback made the list.

Writing the Crime Scene: 5 Fictional Female Detectives of Note

Column by Repo Kempt
March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.
Bookshots: 'Coin Heist' by Elisa Ludwig

Bookshots: 'Coin Heist' by Elisa Ludwig

Review by Bart Bishop
A review of Elisa Ludwig's young adult novel 'Coin Heist.'