REVIEW OF BIRTHDAY GIRL by MATTHEW IDEN

BIRTHDAY GIRL MATTHEW IDEN March 20, 2018 Thomas & Mercer A good thriller is only as good as it’s hook, and with BIRTHDAY GIRL, Matthew Iden hooks the reader right in the heart. Iden introduces us to Sister, one of the most chilling villains I’ve yet come across. Sister is collecting children. She’s plucking them from broken homes in the DC area. She brings them home and locks them in her rundown house. The one on the edge of the woods with the boarded up windows and locked doors. She dresses them in old time-y, Howdy Doody-style clothes. And almost worse of all, she renames them. She gives them the names of her lost family. And then...

A LOOK INTO “NIGHT OF THE FLOOD” Mar05

A LOOK INTO “NIGHT OF THE FLOOD”

A NIGHT OF THE FLOOD co-edited by Sarah M. Chen and E.A. Aymar March 2017 Down and Out Books     An hour ago, I opened a box of ten copies of THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD. I held the print version in my hand. I can’t stop staring at it. I just love the cover. The stark darkness, mixed with the sense of cinema noir, the bold red letters at the top like some sort of dire billboard on the outskirts of the novel’s fictional town of Everton…it’s pretty. Down and Out Books did a great job with this one. And, weirdly, I feel a different sense of pride than I normally do with something I’ve published. Maybe that’s because I’ve never co-edited...

CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE HITS PLANET COMICON

This past weekend (February 16-18) saw the 19th annual Planet Comicon descend upon Kansas City, MO. Last year, Kate and I made an impromptu trip (we are crazy like that) from our home in the Twin Cities down to check out the show. Jim Steranko was scheduled to appear, and who knows how much longer he’ll be making appearances? The con was great. The city drips BBQ sauce. We had a blast. So, when the guest list for this year’s show was announced, we said to hell with the impromptu stuff, let’s plan it right. This year’s show pulled in creators from across the publishing landscape, as well as a slew of DC Comics’ heaviest-hitters. DC has had...

Review of JACK WATERS BY SCOTT ADLERBERG

JACK WATERS Scott Adlerberg Broken River Books January 17, 2018   Sometimes, you become a hero without really meaning to. At the turn of the last century, Jack Waters is living his best life. A resident of New Orleans, Waters spends his days making his living playing high-stakes poker. He lives a life of comfort in his family estate, having dismissed almost all the servants and letting the grounds become overgrown. He is known as an honest, even-tempered man who lives only to play an honest game of cards. This was the life that Jack had always wanted, and it was good. Jack’s life turns on a dime when, in a blinding rage, he kills a man...

Fight Choreography – How I Develop Fight Scenes that Pass Muster with Actual Martial Artists Jan17

Fight Choreography – How I Develop Fight Sce...

Write what you know. Maybe that works for crime fiction writers who are former cops or prosecutors. I was a professional statistician. People won’t chat with you at a party longer than two minutes when that crap comes up so they’re not going to stick around for a whole book of it. I solved that problem pretty handily by making my protagonist a newbie. She’s a former uniform cop who quit and is now apprenticing as a private investigator with her father – a father who is out of the country for the entire book. She knew how to pull people over and write them tickets or respond to domestic violence calls but tracking down a murderer from...