Interviews

Paul Levine has Bum Luck

March 28, 2017
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Paul Levine has Bum Luck

  No, really. His new legal thriller, titled Bum Luck, hits store shelves today. Rush out and get some Bum Luck of your own. A little-known fact about Paul…  “I’ve never been disbarred, committed, or charged with moral turpitude, and    the only time I was arrested it was a case of mistaken identity…I didn’t...

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Great Jones Street: The Netflix of Fiction

March 19, 2017
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Great Jones Street: The Netflix of Fiction

There’s an app for short fiction, and it’s Great Jones Street. A little while ago I had a chance to ask the forces behind GJS some questions, and Kelly Abbott, one of the creative forces behind GJS, took the time to answer some questions. What is Great Jones Street and why should people download this...

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Karen Pullen’s Cold Heart

February 19, 2017
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COLD HEART

Karen Pullen spends several days each week cooking breakfast and cleaning rooms for strangers! That’s because she owns a bed & breakfast! She took time out from her guests to answer a few questions about her latest work, Cold Heart. Sandra: What’s your new book/work in progress about? What inspired you to write it?...

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Author in the Hot Seat: James Oswald

January 14, 2017
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Author in the Hot Seat: James Oswald

If you don’t know who James Oswald is, where have you been? As well as writing a bestselling crime fiction series, James runs a 350 acre livestock farm, raising Highland cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep. He’s also been immortalized on late night TV by appearing on the Craig Ferguson Show. His latest Inspector McLean...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with David James Keaton

November 30, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with David James Keaton

David James Keaton has one of the most active imaginations out there (Stephen Graham Jones might have a slight lead, but it is close). Pig Iron is his take on the western. It is part deconstruction, part weird western, part dark comedy, and all DJK. It really does resist comparisons to other westerns and...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Jonathan Ashley

November 9, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Jonathan Ashley

Jonathan Ashley is the author of Out of Mercy, from 280 Steps, which was published in 2015. Brian Lindenmuth: Why a western? Jonathan Ashley: Really the book is a western thematically, not in any other sense. I always had fun thinking of it as a Western in terms of a thinly veiled indictment on...

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No Happy Endings for Angel Colon

November 4, 2016
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No Happy Endings for Angel Colon

Angel Luis Colon is the author of The Fury of Blacky Jaguar, No Happy Endings, and the in-progress short story anthology; Meat City on Fire (and Other Assorted Debacles). He’s an editor for the flash fiction site Shotgun Honey, has been nominated for the Derringer Award, and is published in multiple web and print...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Bill Crider

November 2, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Bill Crider

Bill Crider shouldn’t need an introduction. We all know him, we all love his cats him. Bill Crider may best be known for his mysteries but he’s also written a number of westerns over the years: Ryan Rides Back, Galveston Gunman, A Time for Hanging, Medicine Show, Outrage at Blanco, and Texas Vigilante. They...

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The Throes of Crime

October 29, 2016
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The Throes of Crime

In the late 1980s, Erik Arneson ran a play-by-mail professional wrestling simulation called the Global Wrestling Federation. It was small, but players joined from about half a dozen different states, and it generated enough income to buy an Apple IIc clone (the Laser 128), which he used throughout college. These days, Erik is celebrating the...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Red

October 26, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Red

Today I’m talking to Eric Red. Eric Red is known for writing films like The Hitcher and Near Dark. He’s also written a fun western/horror book called The Guns of Santa Sangre. Brian Lindenmuth: Why westerns? Eric Red: The mythology of hero and villain cowboys with guns on horses in a hard landscape where...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Icy Sedgwick

October 19, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Icy Sedgwick

Today I’m talking with Icy Sedgwick, author of The Guns of Retribution, To Kill a Dead Man, and Dead Man’s Hand. Brian Lindenmuth: Why westerns? Icy Sedgwick: I think in a lot of ways the western is the closest thing we have to contemporary mythology. The tales of outlaws and crackshot law men have...

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Suicide Stitch: The Dark Corners of a Former Mormon Mind

October 16, 2016
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Suicide Stitch: The Dark Corners of a Former Mormon Mind

How does an ex-Mormon Canadian runner from Calgary manage to have a short story collection published by a small US press and get a contract on her speculative fiction novel with an Australian press? Meet Sarah L. Johnson, author of Suicide Stitch, a collection of short stories from EMP Publishing, and the forthcoming Infractus,...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Beetner

October 12, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Beetner

Today I’m talking with Eric Beetner who has (so far) two westerns out this year Six Guns at Showdown and Blood Moon, both entrants in The Lawyer series from Beat to a Pulp Books Brian Lindenmuth: Why a western? Eric Beetner: I’ve always loved western stories, mostly films. The vast majority of westerns are...

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Western Wednesday: Interview with Red Seven author Robert Dean

October 5, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Interview with Red Seven author Robert Dean

I want to hear from western writers of a more recent vintage. So I plan on using this space to give them a chance to talk about their work. First up is Robert Dean, author of The Red Seven, which came out earlier this year. Here’s a quick synopsis: Violence, regret, money, malice and...

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John McFetridge – interview

May 1, 2014
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black ock john mcfetridge

By Dana King John McFetridge has been an underappreciated gem in the world of crime fiction since his first book in the genre, Dirty Sweet, was published in 2006. (An earlier novel, Below the Line, was co-authored with Scott Albert and deals with the movie-making process, which can also be a crime, but not...

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Sean Chercover interviewed by Kieran Shea

August 27, 2012
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Sean Chercover interviewed by Kieran Shea

Sean Chercover’s new thriller The Trinity Game has just come out, and its garnering great reviews and super buzz. Kieran Shea caught up with Chercover for a bite of lunch at the new bistro Le Petit Goût in Chicago for this interview. Kieran Shea: Hey, Sean. Glad you could make it. Hope you don’t...

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Nick Mamatas – interview

August 22, 2012
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Nick Mamatas – interview

David Holbrook exists everywhere and nowhere. David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents. David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkipos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated to Eris, the Hellenic goddess of discord. David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives...

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Don Winslow – interview

July 18, 2012
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Don Winslow – interview

During Don Winslow’s most recent appearance at the Poisoned Pen, owner Barbara Peters read from several press releases from Winslow’s past novels. What was most striking was that each release was near identical, describing Winslow’s then current novel as his sure to be “break-out” novel; the book which would rocket the San Diego novelist...

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Peter Farris – Interview

June 14, 2012
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Peter Farris – Interview

  I was fortunate enough to meet Peter Farris at last year’s Bouchercon in St. Louis. We had been goofing around on Twitter and various social media platforms over the past year, so we’d “known” each other for a while. Needless to say, on the first night of Bouchercon I got hammered with Farris...

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Joe R. Lansdale – interview

April 16, 2012
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Joe R. Lansdale – interview

In the four years I’ve been cornering novelists and shoving a camera in their faces at the Poisoned Pen, I’ve interviewed Joe R. Lansdale more than any other writer, and with good reason. Lansdale, along with being a brilliant novelist, is one of the most engaging, and entertaining speakers I’ve ever encountered, and I...

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