17 Recommended Podcasts To Help You Improve As A Writer and Human Being

Column by Michael David Wilson
A selection of podcasts that will not only help you grow as a writer but as a human being.

Hail Satan! The Return Of REAL 80's Nostalgia

Column by Keith Rawson April 11, 2017
Literature is finally starting to tackle the phenomena of 'Satanic Panic' that took hold during the 80's, and with stellar results.

Writing the Crime Scene: Arson

Column by Repo Kempt
A guide to writing realistic depictions of arson and fire investigation in crime fiction.

LURID: Last Seen Wearing - Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Databases

Column by Karina Wilson August 11, 2016
LURID takes a look at the complex subculture surrounding the Missing and the Found, especially the online databases making armchair detecting easier than ever before. Is this a new form of narrative?
Patton Oswalt Plans To Finish Late Wife's Book

Patton Oswalt Plans To Finish Late Wife's Book

News by Peter Derk
Patton Oswalt has announced he will finish the book started by his late wife, Michelle McNamara.
‘Making a Murderer’ Lawyer Lands Book Deal

‘Making a Murderer’ Lawyer Lands Book Deal

News by Raine Winters March 10, 2016
The story of Steven Avery isn’t over just yet.

Making A Murderer: How Good Storytelling Made It So Damn Compelling

Column by Peter Derk
'Making A Murderer' was a fascinating story, but good storytelling made it truly excellent.

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.
5 Remembrances For Ann Rule

5 Remembrances For Ann Rule

News by Peter Derk July 29, 2015
Did you know Ann Rule was Ted Bundy's co-worker? That and other remembrances for Ann Rule, R.I.P.

Ring in the Noir Year: 8 Promising New Crime Titles For 2015

Column by Leah Dearborn
A New Year’s roundup of some promising noir, mystery, and true crime to ring in 2015.

LURID: Written On Her Body - The Black Dahlia

Column by Karina Wilson January 15, 2015
The mutilated corpse of Elizabeth Short was discovered on January 15, 1947. Her killer has never been named, yet countless fictions have been written on the only evidence there ever was — her body.

Breaking the Rules: How the Serial Podcast Achieved its Insane Popularity

Column by Cath Murphy January 14, 2015
In November last year, the 'Serial' podcast hit 5m downloads. But what explains its insane popularity? Is it because of the rules that it follows, or because of the rules that it breaks?

LURID: Get Your Motor Running — Bad Boy Bikers in Fiction and Memoir

Column by Karina Wilson
The FIFTIETH (count 'em) Lurid takes a look at America's fascination with outlaw biker gangs, from 'The Wild One' to the final season of 'Sons of Anarchy', which begins on TV this week.

The Strange Death of Eugene Izzi

Column by Max Booth III August 21, 2014
All signs were pointing toward a rather successful career as a crime novelist, so it was a pretty big surprise when Izzi was discovered hanging from his writing office on December 7th, 1996.

LURID: Gangster Paradigm - Telling the Whitey Bulger Stories

Column by Karina Wilson June 27, 2014
James Whitey Bulger's criminal career has spawned an entire sub-genre of newspaper articles, books, movies and TV shows. Lurid wonders if the man made the myth, or the myth made him?
Man Claims His Father was the Zodiac Killer in New Memoir

Paternity Test: Man Claims His Father was the Zodiac Killer in New Memoir

News by Peter Derk May 16, 2014
Man claims his father was the Zodiac Killer in new memoir.

Footnotes: The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre Love Affair

Column by Ryan Peverly February 14, 2014
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre helped re-establish the antihero in fiction, established a new genre of choice for Americans, and remembering it is the best way to celebrate a bullshit holiday.
1931 Cold Case Solved by PD James

1931 Cold Case Solved by Novelist PD James?

News by Dean Fetzer
The author believes she knows who the killer is in an unsolved murder case, declaring that "a solution to the mystery came into my mind with the strength of an absolute conviction".
Misery & Genene Jones

Nurse That Inspired Stephen King's 'Misery' Set For Early Release

News by Christopher Shultz August 15, 2013
Genene Jones is suspected of killing multiple infants, but a Texas law may set her free in five years.
‘In Cold Blood’ Killers DNA Tested in Florida Case -  Results Inconclusive

‘In Cold Blood’ Killers DNA Tested in Florida Case - Results Inconclusive

News by Dean Fetzer
Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, the killers Capote profiled in his book, were investigated in a case of a quadruple homicide in Sarasota, Florida in 1959, but their involvement has never been proven.

LURID: In Cold Blood - The Art of Murder

Column by Karina Wilson
Can violent death be art? On the anniversary of the Clutter murders, Lurid takes a look at the controversies still swirling around Truman Capote's non-fiction classic, "In Cold Blood."

Truly SINISTER - The Ten Best True Crime Books

Column by Meredith Borders October 22, 2012
Just in time for SINISTER this month, dive into the best true crime books ever written.

LURID: Saucy Jack - The Ripper In Horror Fiction

Column by Karina Wilson September 28, 2012
On the anniversary of the 'double event,' Lurid takes a look at the long shadow that Jack The Ripper, the original caped crusader, has cast on horror fiction to the present day.
Noir Magazine Kickstarter

Noir Magazine Needs Your Help On Kickstarter

News by Benoît Lelièvre September 6, 2012
L.A based publishing veterans Nancie Claire and Rip George are turning to you to help finance their digital venture into crime fiction.

LURID: Autopsy Moxie

Column by Karina Wilson
Do you read dead people? Lurid looks at our fascination with violent deaths and the fine forensic minds who make sense out of senseless killing.