May 30 2017

Photos From the Queens Book Festival

I had a blast at the Queens Book Festival on Sunday. I owe a huge debt to Alex Segura, who organized the panel *and* the entire crime track of programming. Thanks to my terrific fellow panelists, and to everyone who came out to see us!

There was a lot of laughter…

The shades never came off.

Post-panel smiles. Left to right: moderator Scott Adlerberg, Alex Segura, me, Adam Sternbergh, Lyndsay Faye, and Dave White.

Hanging out with Alex and the incredibly adorable Baby G afterwards.


May 24 2017

This Weekend: Queens Book Festival

What are you doing this Memorial Day weekend? If you’ll be in New York, I hope you’ll check out the Queens Book Festival. I’ll be on the Mystery Writers of America “Craft of Mystery” panel at noon on Sunday with a stellar crew: Lyndsay Faye, Alex Segura, Adam Sternbergh, Dave White, and moderator Scott Adlerberg. That’s not the only mystery-themed event that day — there’s a conversation between Queens-based crime writers Radha Vatsal and Alex Segura at 4pm and a Noir at the Bar with SJ Rozan, Thomas Pluck, Jen Conley, Nick Kolokowski, Sarah Weinman, Cathi Stoler, and SA Solomon at 5pm. (Details on events here.)

The Queens Book Festival is free to attend, but — as the organizers put it — “seating areas are for a minimal donation.” (Location and transit details here; ticket info here.) Rain or shine, hope to see you on Sunday!


Apr 4 2017

“Swan Song” Is Up for a Derringer Award

On April 1st, the Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the finalists for the 2017 Derringer Awards. I didn’t see the news until late, so when a pal emailed me, I wondered if it might be an April Fool’s joke. Fortunately, it wasn’t: my “Swan Song” is up for Best Long Story. “Swan Song” was published last year in one of my all-time favorite anthologies, UNLOADED: CRIME WRITERS WRITING WITHOUT GUNS, edited by Eric Beetner. Publishers Weekly singled “Swan Song” out for praise when they reviewed the collection, and it’s an incredible honor to be a Derringer finalist. The story can be read online by members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. And if you haven’t picked up UNLOADED yet, now would be a great time! Buy it from AmazonNookKoboIndieBound, or at your favorite independent bookstore.


Mar 16 2017

Achievement Unlocked: I’ve Taken Over Great Jones Street!

I’ve written before about Great Jones Street, the phenomenal app that allows you to read countless short stories. Calling it the Netflix of short fiction is no exaggeration (except that GJS is free, which makes it even better). GJS bought four of my stories last fall, and it recently gave them gorgeous cover art and started featuring them on the app. “A Special Kind of Hell” was last Friday’s feature, then “A Hopeless Case” on Monday, “Magpie” on Tuesday, and “The Siege” yesterday. Without meaning to, I took over the app’s start screen, which makes me proud, but also very grateful to the GJS team for their support.

I’ve been making plans to do more with the GJS crew, so stay tuned for developments. In the meantime, please download the app. There’s no downside: it’s free, and you get great fiction from a wide array of authors at your fingertips. Happy reading!


Mar 10 2017

“A Special Kind of Hell” Is Featured on Great Jones Street

I’ve already mentioned how much I love Great Jones Street, the free app that has quickly become the Netflix of short fiction. Today, my story “A Special Kind of Hell,” is featured on the app. Read it now — for free — by following this link. (If you don’t yet have the app, it’s available for iPhones and Android; download it now.) Happy reading!


Jan 10 2017

I’m on Great Jones Street!

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Have you heard about Great Jones Street? If you haven’t downloaded this free app yet, do it now (here’s the App Store link and one for Google Play). Billed as the “Netflix of short fiction,” GJS delivers terrific stories in a wide range of categories — crime, horror, romance, science fiction, and Western, to name a few — and lets you read them for free. What’s not to love? I was honored when they contacted me, and they now have four of my stories available on the app: “A Hopeless Case,” which won the Derringer Award for Best Short Story; “The Siege,” which was a finalist for the Anthony Award and the Arthur Ellis Award; “A Special Kind of Hell,” which appeared in a Beat to a Pulp print collection; and “Magpie,” which appeared in the first-ever print edition of Thuglit. Happy reading!


Dec 15 2016

Fantastic News About UNLOADED

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I was in Banff, Alberta, last week, so I missed some amazing news: superstar reviewer Oline Cogdill published her list of the best mystery fiction of 2016, and she included UNLOADED: CRIME WRITERS WRITING WITHOUT GUNS. I’ve been in plenty of collections, but this one is especially close to my heart. The concept behind it was to have crime writers pen dark and disturbing stories, only without guns in them. It was Eric Beetner’s brainchild, and while it took a long time for the project to find a home, in the end it found a perfect one with Down & Out Books. All of the writers donated stories, with the proceeds of the books going to the nonprofit States United to Prevent Gun Violence. As Eric wrote in his introduction:

From best sellers and writing legends to the brightest stars of the next generation of crime writers, the twenty-five authors here have taken pen in hand to say enough is enough. Gun violence has got to stop and this is our way of speaking out — by showing that gun violence can be removed from the narrative, and maybe from our lives.

It’s not anti-gun, it’s pro-sanity. And above anything else, these are thrilling crime stories that will surprise and shock, thrill and chill — all without a gun in sight.

If you haven’t checked out UNLOADED, I hope you will now. My contribution to the collection, “Swan Song,” is particularly twisted, and so are the contributions of the other writers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Joe R. Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman, Alison Gaylin, Rob Hart, Joe Clifford, Holly West, Thomas Pluck, Tom Pitts, and a host of terrific talents. UNLOADED is available in print and as an eBook; buy it from AmazonNookKoboIndieBound, or at your favorite independent bookstore. It makes a great holiday gift!


Nov 8 2016

“In the Bunker” — Now on Flash Fiction Offensive

trump3On Sunday night, we had a special election-themed edition of Noir at the Bar in New York. I wrote a story called “In the Bunker” just for that occasion. I wasn’t originally planning to publish it, but I’m thrilled to say that it’s found a home online at Flash Fiction Offensive. Thanks to Tom Pitts for picking it up (and for adding some very appropriate photos and art). Happy Election Day!

Also: vote. Seriously, no matter what you have going on today, vote. (I live in a state that doesn’t allow early voting. Kudos and thanks to everyone who stood in those long lines in other states to vote over the past few days.) Need to find your polling place? Google’s got itVOTE.


Nov 6 2016

Noir at the Bar: Election Edition

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Tonight’s Noir at the Bar NYC is going to be a little different. Usually, authors read a work in progress, a chapter of a book, or a recently published story. This time, the authors — Rob Hart, Jason Pinter, Angel Colon, Thomas Pluck, Nick Kolakowski, Eryk Pruitt, and me — have written original stories just for this event. The (deplorable) fun starts at 6pm tonight at Shade Bar (corner of Sullivan and West 3rd Street), with Jen Conley and Scott Adlerberg hosting. All welcome. Hope to see you there!


Oct 14 2016

This Sunday: Noir at the Bar Queens

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Not going to lie: October snuck up on me. The one good thing about that is it’s already time for Noir at the Bar Queens! This Sunday, I’ll be reading with a terrific crew, including Dennis Tafoya, Rob Hart, Jen Conley, Dave White, Alex Segura, Scott Adlerberg, Greg Rossi, and Juliet Fletcher. We’ll be at The Beast Next Door (has any Noir at the Bar venue ever had a more appropriate name?), 42-51 27th St., Long Island City, right by the Queensboro Plaza station. The fun starts at 6pm. Hope to see you there!