DERANGED event March 7th at Brookline Booksmith

I will be at Brookline Booksmith for DERANGED on March 7th, starting at 7 PM. Along with talking about DERANGED and reading from it, I’ll be also talking about seeing my book SMALL CRIMES made into a film. I hope folks can show up. If you can’t and would like to pre-order a signed copy......
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The horrible truth behind THE BOY WHO KILLED DEMONS

I’ve been dreading this moment, but it’s about time I come clean and tell the truth about THE BOY WHO KILLED DEMONS, as horrible as it is. Four years ago I was doing a book reading for MONSTER at a Newton, Massachusetts bookstore, and a kid who had sat in rapt attendance approached me afterwards.......
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For Halloween

With the Halloween season upon us, here are my books that are either horror or have supernatural elements. Jack Durkin is the ninth generation of Durkins who have weeded Lorne Field for nearly 300 years. Though he and his wife Lydia are miserable and would like nothing more than to leave, Jack must wait until......
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All about my new Morris Brick thriller series

Late last year I was talking with Michaela Hamilton at Kensington Books about writing a serial killer thriller series for them. I’d had eleven crime and horror novels traditionally published, but they’d mostly been standalones. I say mostly because Bad Thoughts and Bad Karma, which were both published by Five Star, featured the same protagonist. But......
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Must read monster books

Book Riot has come up with this list of 100 must-read monster books, and it’s got a lot of good books on it. I was especially happy to see The Caretaker of Lorne Field #8 on the list!...
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On Writing Noir

I was a member of a noir fiction discussion group for years where every six months or so we’d debate what constitutes noir fiction. If you search on the Internet for definitions of noir you’ll find at least a dozen contrasting ones. So I need to first define noir, at least my view of it,......
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My ‘man out of prison’ noir trilogy

Three dangerous men released from prison. Each man on a different quest. The three distinct noir journeys which follow. That’s the premise for my ‘man just out of prison’ noir trilogy which Serpent’s Tail is publishing. The first of these, Small Crimes, which was named by both National Public Radio and The Washington Post as......
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New Archie story

My latest Archie story closes out the historic 75th anniversary issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine–and I’m in some damn good company, as you can see by looking at the list of contributing writers. My own personal favorites from this issue are Stanley Ellin’s classic mystery story The Specialty of the House (which will be......
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New noir story

My latest noir story. I have a new noir story in August issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. The title, The Caretaker of Lorne Green, will sound familiar to fans of my books, and I wrote this as a challenge when one of my friends jokingly twisted around the title of The Caretaker of Lorne......
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