The Beauty of Horror Apr13

The Beauty of Horror

This article comes from issue 2. Award-winning author Kent Kreuger talks about his life-long love of horror films.   When I was a kid, during the “duck and cover” years of the 1950’s, the most common pastime in the world was contemplating its end, which we all pretty well figured would come from nuclear holocaust. The threat of the atom bomb hung over us, poised like a big shoe about to crush us all like cockroaches. In fact, it would have been better if we had been cockroaches because, myth had it, those fast, filthy bugs were among the few creatures likely to survive in an environment poisoned by radiation. One thing was for certain:...

Flashback: The Top 10 Most Memorable Moments Of My First Book Tour Apr06

Flashback: The Top 10 Most Memorable Moments Of My...

From issue one: The Top 10 Most Memorable Moments Of My First Book Tour By Blake Crouch Photos by Rebecca Crouch On January 30, 2004, I embarked on my first book tour in support of my debut novel, Desert Places. During February and March, I did eighteen appearances in South and North Carolina, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado, and in the process experienced the dizzying highs and god-awful lows known as debut-novelist-on-book-tour-hell. So, without further adieu, the top ten moments of my first book tour: 10. Sometimes They Come in Pairs February 28, 2004 2:30 p.m. Boulder, Colorado I love Boulder. The pubs, the Front...

Flashback:  Eating Well is the Best Revenge , If You Can Find It Nov10

Flashback: Eating Well is the Best Revenge , If Yo...

This originally appeared in issue 3. I’m jet-lagged. I forgot to pack my favorite perfume. Julia and I took a wrong turn a half-hour ago and now we’re lost in rush-hour traffic, wondering if we’ll make the reading on time. And what if no one shows up? At least we’ll eat well. We’re in Kansas City, Missouri, where the smell of barbeque permeates the very air. After the reading, we’ll feast like Southern royalty. I can already feel my teeth sinking into a pulled pork sandwich. Dream on, sucker! The sad truth about book tours is that it’s really hard to eat well, or healthily. Now, I’m not a foodie by any means, and trendy expensive...

Flashback: Electric Cars, Electric City, Electric People Nov03

Flashback: Electric Cars, Electric City, Electric ...

The question I most often get asked at Q & A sessions is why I chose the early electric car industry as the backdrop for my historical mystery The Detroit Electric Scheme. I spent three months researching Detroit and the business prior to beginning the novel, and every day I got more and more excited about the prospects. I wanted to write a good mystery, but I like historicals because they also give me the opportunity to learn about something interesting. I found the early electric car industry, the city of Detroit in 1910, and the historical characters in the city at the time to be fascinating. Here are a few of the facts I discovered:...

Flashback: Under The Radar by Richard Katz. Sep29

Flashback: Under The Radar by Richard Katz.

Editor’s note: This flashback comes from issue four. Mystery One bookstore owner Richard Katz offered up his thoughts on some of the more recent books: In the age when the Publishers are run by giant or mid-sized conglomerates, many top authors do not receive the recognition or the backing that they deserve. In fact, those of us who sell books are often amazed at which writers and books are backed by the publishers. The editors must sit around with Dan Brown or John Grisham clones of mediocrity and say, “this will sell” and bypass any advertising or help for the talent in the mid-list. It is very disturbing and only getting worse. I...

Flashback: THE SHADOW by Tom Jenkins Sep22

Flashback: THE SHADOW by Tom Jenkins

THE SHADOW by Tom Jenkins Originally published in Crimespree issue 5. An urbanized latter-day Scarlet Pimpernel to the rescue. Suddenly from out of the darkness, a cloaked figure begins to take shape from only a blur in the shadows to become a mysterious and dominating presence with piercing eyes,a hawk-like nose, a haunting laugh and the proverbial blazing guns. It was 1932, the appearance of a new hero in an unprecedented series of suspense novels, the beginning of the exploits of a crime fighter who rescued the doomed and subdued the evildoers and then vanished back into the darkness, leaving both baffled as to his real identity. This...