Finalists for 2015 Derringer Awards Mar02

Finalists for 2015 Derringer Awards

Occasional Crimespree contributor Gerald So and the folks at The Short Mystery Fiction Society have announced the finalists for our 2015 Derringer Awards: For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words) Joseph D’Agnese, “How Lil’ Jimmie Beat the Big C” (Shotgun Honey, May 12, 2014) Rob Hart, “Foodies” (Shotgun Honey, May 2, 2014) Jed Power, “Sweet Smells” (Shotgun Honey, July 28, 2014) Eryk Pruitt, “Knockout” (Out of the Gutter Online, August 31, 2014) Travis Richardson, “Because” (Out of the Gutter Online, May 15, 2014)* Melissa Yuan-Innes, “Because” (Fiction River:...

Bouchercon 2015: Anthony Award ballot details Feb26

Bouchercon 2015: Anthony Award ballot details

In an effort to ensure that all attendees get a chance to vote, the fine folks behind Bouchercon have asked us to pass this along: To all Bouchercon attendees: If you were registered for the Long Beach Bouchercon last year, or the one upcoming in Raleigh, you will be receiving ballots in a day or so, (Saturday, Feb 28) to nominate books and stories for the 2015 Anthonys to be awarded in Raleigh in October. They are trying something new, and testing the process for future Bouchercons, using a survey site called Survey Monkey to send and collate the nominations. Those who have attended past Bouchercons may be familiar with the surveys you...

The Kristi Belcamino Interview

Congratulations on the launch of your Gabriella Giovanni Mystery series! BLESSED ARE THE DEAD and BLESSED ARE THE MEEK were released in 2014 and your third book, BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT WEEP is slated for release in April 2015. Please tell us more about the inspiration of your heroine, Gabriella Giovanni, and her investigations. Thanks, Kate! As a writer, I write books that I would want to read. One of my favorite writers is Adriana Trigiani. Her books feature Italian-American characters and so I knew a long time ago that if I ever wrote a book I would get in touch with my heritage and write about an Italian-American character. Gabriella...

Five Movies that changed my life

1. THE WIZARD OF OZ The movie that introduced me to fear. I know I’m nowhere near alone in this sentiment. It’s become almost a time-honored tradition to scare the bejesus out of small children with this move about a girl from Kansas who gets lost. What particularly got me were the squadrons of flying monkeys leaping from the witch’s castle into the night sky. They entered my dreams, and taught me that fear can be fascinating. Why else would I anxiously await the yearly viewing of this nightmarish children’s film? 2. CHARADE I was ten years old, and watched this 1963 comedy thriller on television with my mom. I recognized its lighthearted,...

Longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award Feb17

Longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award

Craig Sisterson has announced the nine books on the longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for best Crime Novel. Three debut novelists and two established authors dipping their creative pens in the crime and mystery well for the first time help bring a fresh look to the longlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, revealed today. “It is fantastic to see more and more talented New Zealand writers bringing their unique voices, perspectives, and interests to one of the world’s most popular storytelling genres,” says Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson. “Crime fiction is a broad church nowadays, and this year’s excellent longlist...

THE Anthony Schiavino Interview

Dan Malmon: Congratulations on the release of your novel SHOTGLASS MEMORIES! Currently available in print and digital download, SHOTGLASS MEMORIES is a murder mystery set against the backdrop of post-war New Jersey. Tell us more! Anthony Schiavino: Thanks, Dan, and thank you for having me. If Fincher directed Bogie and Bacall in a Hitchcock romance you’d have SHOTGLASS MEMORIES boiled down. It’s 1956 and America has gone through two wars and an economic downturn. Sound familiar at all? Joe Sinclair is a WWII vet with PTSD just trying to get by. He’s also showing symptoms of bipolar and schizophrenia while leaning on his vices. He smokes. He...