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A Game of Betrayal

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.01.2016 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

In his terrific essay about David Lynch (and the making of Lost Highway), the late David Foster Wallace stated the problem "a lot of us cineastes have...

Mary Kubica on Motherhood, the Midwest, and Naturally Following the Darkness

Mara White | Posted 05.13.2016 | Books
Mara White

Mary Kubica is a Chicago based writer who hit the New York Times best-sellers list with her compelling debut novel, The Good Girl.

'Out of the Blues,' A Conversation with Trudy Nan Boyce

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Viki Hoang Timian Trudy Nan Boyce received her Ph.D. in community counseling before becoming a police officer for the City of Atlanta. As a po...

Midnight Meat Training

Kelly Hughes | Posted 02.24.2016 | Entertainment
Kelly Hughes

When you're making a movie, fake blood is fun. But real blood isn't. Back in the 80s, I worked for a butcher. One night only. My job? Cleaning blood...

'No Shred of Evidence,' A Conversation with Charles Todd

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.22.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Charles Todd Who is Charles Todd? If you aren't familiar with "his" many previous novels, you might be surprised to learn Charles Todd is the...

Retirement Communities, Blood Fetishism, and Personal Pleasure Devices: Dark and Humorous Romance by Jewel E. Ann

Mara White | Posted 02.15.2016 | Books
Mara White

MW: Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you came to start writing and publishing romance novels. You were formerly a dental hygienist as well...

Caroline Kepnes on Suffering, Categories as Comfort, and the Dissonance Between the Said and the Unsaid

Mara White | Posted 01.29.2016 | Books
Mara White

Caroline Kepnes is the author of the breakout hit, You, and the soon to be released follow-up, Hidden Bodies.

Recommended Reading: Monster Stories for Halloween

Katie Li | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Katie Li

Fall is a wonderful time to read, rivaled only by lazy summer beach reading. The weather is getting cooler and the air is crisper. Kitchens warm with baked apple treats and pumpkin reigns in pastries and beverages alike. October in particular has a special spooky charm, especially when the leaves turn and the shadows get long as the days get darker.

What Makes Academic Crime Fiction Tick?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

I served my time in academia for over a decade. And a few years after I left, I decided to start a mystery series set in that environment.

Suspense and Medicine: A Conversation with Author Sandra Block

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Sandra Block's latest novel, The Girl Without a Name, follows the medical resident, Zoe Goldman from her suspense debut, Little Black Lies.

Soccer Players Are Finally Getting Suspended For Faking Injuries

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 09.11.2015 | Sports

Faking injuries is, unfortunately, a classic practice in soccer, and one of the most disdained acts in the game. The point is to trick referees and of...

Book Review: Order of Seven By Beth Teliho

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Order of Seven by Beth Teliho is a dazzling and thrilling story of mystery and self discovery as told through the female protagonist, Devi Bennett, a teen with fascinating supernatural powers.

'Devils Bridge,' A Conversation With Linda Fairstein

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

She's considered America's foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. When she turned her talents and impressive background to writing novels, Linda created Prosecutor Alex Cooper, and her team of attorneys and police officers, including Detective Mike Cooper.

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" as an Adult

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Flannery O'Connor damned the novel with pretty faint praise when it came out: "I think for a child's book it does all right." That seems unduly harsh (and unfair to YA literature). What works best for me as an adult reader is the slow accretion of local color, the barbed social comedy, and the graceful prose.

Study Explains Why Some Movies Are So Freakin' Scary

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.29.2015 | Arts

It may not’ve been your favorite movie to release last year, but chances are, if you went to see David Fincher’s film adaptation of “Gone Girl,...

Ripped From the Headlines: My Ferguson Novel

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2015 | Crime
Lev Raphael

I once introduced a best-selling thriller writer at a reading here in Michigan and mentioned -- among other things -- that he was a finalist for some award. When he got to the podium he quipped, "You know what a finalist means, don't you? It means you didn't win."

Political and Legal Thrillers, Chilling Literary Spines

Getrude Matshe | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Getrude Matshe

Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American environmental activist, author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers.

"Forever" Needs a Fact Checker

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.09.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Forever has a strong female lead, generally good scripts, and Gruffudd's opening and closing reflections are often thought-provoking. But I wonder if the fact that the show is based in fantasy has made the writers lose their grip on reality and decide that whatever they think needs to be real for the show is real.

Nightcrawler

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

This journey into a bleak world not fathomed before is intriguing, unnerving and haunting. You'll walk out of the theater feeling like you need to go home to shower and scrub this film off your skin.

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Lev Raphael Rap About Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.13.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

We all know that writing is a solitary affair -- even when you talk to yourself and your spouse or your dog comes in and stares at you. That's why it's so much fun for us authors to go to conferences.

5 Questions You Must Ask Your Protagonist Before Writing Your Novel

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Traci L. Slatton

You know how the novel opens -- perhaps with a dream, which was Anais Nin's advice to a friend. Or perhaps you're starting with an explosive burst of action or with an immersive interior monologue.

Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

There is statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If women suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

Joyce Lamb Lives Happy Ever After

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Joyce Lamb is curator of USA Today's Happy Ever After blog about romance novels, a USA Today best-selling author of romantic suspense and three-time RITA finalist. She's been a professional journalist for 25 years.

How Far Would You Go for Your Passion?

Lisa Barr | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lisa Barr

Rejection is the deepest of all artistic suffering because it is not just what we do -- it is who we are. And when we are celebrated for our work, there is nothing that comes closer to validating our soul.