Goodbye, Mad Magazine Jul25

Goodbye, Mad Magazine

Founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, Mad Magazine has been a source of wonderfully subversive humor for generations. After 67 year they will be shutting down. Two new issues and then reprints until the current subscriptions run out. My memories of Mad magazine go back to the late ’60s. I would see it on magazine racks at the store and paperback collections were everywhere. As of today, I have over 40 of the paperbacks in my possession and a huge box full of issues. Spy Vs Spy always made me laugh. The little comics doodeled along the sides of pages by Sergio Aragonés were funny as hell. The parodies...

Shortlist Announced for Crime Novel of the Year 20...

THEAKSTON FESTIVAL ROUNDS UP SIX SUSPECTS ON CRIME NOVEL AWARD SHORTLIST The shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. As usual, it’s spectacular! Belinda Bauer – Snap Steve Cavanagh – Thirteen (will be released in the US on August 13) Mick Herron – London Rules (will be released in the US on June 5) Val McDermid – Broken Ground Liam McIlvanney – The Quaker (will be released in the US on September 17) Khurrum Rahman – East of Hounslow Belinda Bauer, a previous winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for her...

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 67 Mar05

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 67

Crimespree issue 67 featuring Bill Crider, Mickey Spillane   In our next issue we’ve got Bill Crider on the cover, we celebrate Mickey Spillane’s 100th birthday and two articles from Eryk Pruit along with our regular features.   If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE    

Bill Crider 1941-2018 Feb12

Bill Crider 1941-2018

The ending we all knew was coming has finally arrived: Author, reviewer, genre-friend Bill Crider has passed away. He was a fine author, but above that, he was a good man that loved the written word and promoted everything that touched him. His death came after a length battle with cancer.   On December 5th, he delivered his final post:   Things could change, but I suspect this will be my final post on the blog.  I met with some doctors at M. D. Anderson today, and they suggested that I enter hospice care.  A few weeks, a few months is about all I have left.  The blog has been a tremendous source of pleasure to me over the years,...

Crime Wave Heads to Harrogate

It’s one of the biggest celebrations of the crime genre in the world. The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival begins on Thursday 20 July featuring a veritable Who’s Who of crime authors. The Festival runs until Sunday at the Old Swan Hotel. Special Guests this year  include Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Peter May, Stuart MacBride, Joseph Finder, Arne Dahl, Kathy Reichs, Brenda Blethyn, Robson Green and James Runcie. There’ll also be a special one-off event with comedian Sarah Millican with authors Mark Billingham, Lee Child and Val McDermid. Organisers, Harrogate International Festivals, say the crime wave has taken over...

Don Winslow to write sequel to THE CARTEL Jun02

Don Winslow to write sequel to THE CARTEL

After surviving two grueling journeys into the world of drugs and cartels behind them, Don Winslow is going back for more. On Twitter, Winslow announced he had started work on it: I’ve begun work on a Cartel Part III As The Cartel hits paperback this week along with a new Power of the Dog, I thought I might mention it   The CARTEL, which won the L.A. Book Prize and T. Jefferson Parker Award, was the follow up to 2005’s POWER OF THE DOG. Those two books featured DEA agent Art Keller and cartel kingpin Adán Barrera. For the last ten plus years, Don has been closely following the drug trade, keeping a detail timeline, so it is...