NO WITNESS BUT THE MOON: Officer-involved shooting sparks tension

After a summer filled with racial tension over police shootings, it was only a matter of time before a novel surfaced with a similar theme. Suzanne Chazin presents that problem for her series character, Hispanic cop Jimmy Vega, in the first few pages of her new novel, No Witness but the Moon. Vega is first … More NO WITNESS BUT THE MOON: Officer-involved shooting sparks tension

BLACK WIDOW: Scottish crime master weaves a twisted psychological tale

Just when you think you’ve got things straight, Christopher Brookmyre throws you another curveball in his newest book, Black Widow. Brookmyre builds layers of intrigue like a chef crafting a multilayer cake, with each layer providing another tantalizing clue or red herring to keep readers guessing. But no matter how diligently readers strive to piece … More BLACK WIDOW: Scottish crime master weaves a twisted psychological tale

Bloody or Creepy: Imaginarium panel debates when to write the gross-out

One of the panels at the 2016 Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, Ky., earlier this month featured a fascinating discussion on the use of gore in fiction. Given all the attention the season seven premiere of The Walking Dead has received, and the fact that it is Halloween, I thought I’d share some highlights from the panelists. … More Bloody or Creepy: Imaginarium panel debates when to write the gross-out

Around the Web: Spooky good reads, tips, and The Walking Dead debate

By G. Robert Frazier In honor of Halloween, here are a few horror-related tidbits to satisfy your sweet tooth, if you dare: The History Channel presents a crash course on the history of Halloween in several short, spooky videos. The series includes a history of witchcraft, pumpkin carving tips, a look at how candy corn … More Around the Web: Spooky good reads, tips, and The Walking Dead debate

Around the Web: Shakespeare, Tolkien in the headlines

by G. Robert Frazier The New Oxford Shakespeare edition of the playwright’s works — which will be published by Oxford University Press online ahead of a worldwide print release — lists Christopher Marlowe as Shakespeare’s co-author on the three “Henry VI” plays, parts 1, 2 and 3. It’s the first time that a major edition of … More Around the Web: Shakespeare, Tolkien in the headlines