Folding Real-Life Detail into a Fictional Narrative

Column by Nick Kolakowski August 13, 2018
Is there an ethical line when it comes to incorporating real-life details into fiction? And if so, where does that line exist?

Ten Harsh Truths I Learned Writing a Moderately Successful Series For A Small Press

Column by Rob Hart July 10, 2018
Rob talks about some of the stuff he learned writing a five-book private detective series for Polis Books. Buckle up and get a helmet... it's gonna get bumpy.
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.
Alex Segura and Joe Clifford on PI Fiction, Flawed Characters and Fighting Your

In Conversation: Alex Segura and Joe Clifford on PI Fiction, Flawed Characters and Fighting Your Demons

Interview by Alex Segura May 9, 2018
LitReactor instructors Joe Clifford and Alex Segura talk PI fiction to mark the latest adventures featuring their recurring characters, Jay Porter and Pete Fernandez.
Tushhog Book Cover

Sunshine Noir: An Interview with Jeffery Hess, author of 'Tushhog'

Interview by Steph Post May 7, 2018
An interview with Jeffery Hess, author of the novels 'Tushhog' and 'Beachhead'.

Adventures in the Noir Trade: Mixing Genres

Column by Jeff Noon
Part 5 of Jeff's 10 part series on the writing of his new novel, "A Man of Shadows."
Vampires Need to be Scary: An Interview with Andy Davidson

Vampires Need to be Scary: An Interview with Andy Davidson

Interview by Max Booth III July 26, 2017
Vampires, serial killers, and West Texas.

5 Bands/Musicians Who Might Actually Write Crime Fiction

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

5 Comics Every Crime Writer Needs To Read

Column by Repo Kempt
Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
Bookshots: 'Desperation Road' by Michael Farris Smith

Bookshots: 'Desperation Road' by Michael Farris Smith

Review by Max Booth III
Read it with a shotgun and liquor bottle nearby.
Bookshots: 'Kill the Next One' by Federico Axat

Bookshots: 'Kill the Next One' by Federico Axat

Review by Gabino Iglesias
Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review
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.
The Suburbs of Hell

Bookshots: 'The Suburbs of Hell' by Randolph Stow

Review by Christopher Shultz
No one is safe in this 1984 novel, re-issued for the digital age.

Wanted: 8 of Literature's Most Dangerous Couples

Column by Leah Dearborn February 11, 2016
“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.
"Black Wings Has My Angel" by Elliot Chaze

Bookshots: "Black Wings Has My Angel" by Elliot Chaze

Review by BH Shepherd January 19, 2016
A brief review of "Black Wings Has My Angel" by Elliot Chaze

Ring in the Noir Year: 2016 Edition — 8 More Promising Crime Titles

Column by Leah Dearborn
Break out the smokes and champagne, it's that time of the year again.
Bookshots: 'Wolf Winter' by Cecilia Ekbäck

Bookshots: 'Wolf Winter' by Cecilia Ekbäck

Review by Stephanie Bonjack
Swedish Lapland, 1717. A Finnish family leaves the shores of their country for a remote Swedish farm. When a body is discovered, paranoia and strange, inexplicable events soon follow.
Bookshots: ‘Safe Inside the Violence’ by Christopher Irvin

Bookshots: ‘Safe Inside the Violence’ by Christopher Irvin

Review by Dean Fetzer
A new collection by a new master of the noir short story.

Scandinavian Crime Fiction Primer: Sweden

Column by George Cotronis
You heard about that new-fangled "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" book. You hunger for more depressing Scandinavian fiction. Let a real Swede teach you his secrets.
Bookshots: 'The Castaway Lounge' by Jon Boilard

Bookshots: 'The Castaway Lounge' by Jon Boilard

Review by Cath Murphy
Titty bars, flying saucers and humour as deadpan flat as roadkill.

Why The F*ck Aren’t You Reading Pascal Garnier?

Column by Keith Rawson July 28, 2015
So Why The F*ck Aren't You Reading French Noir Master Pascal Garnier?

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Barry Gifford RIGHT NOW!

Column by Keith Rawson July 21, 2015
It's time to get your listicle on with 10 reasons why you should be reading Barry Gifford not tomorrow, not an hour from now, but right freaking NOW!
LitReactor Book Club

August Book Club Selection: 'Disintegration' by Richard Thomas

News by Joshua Chaplinsky July 2, 2015
August's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Disintegration' by Richard Thomas.