Here is a snippet of a post I did on the Mulholland Books blog: “Not everyone was schooled on comic books. But I was. I had a roomful: Superman, Batman, The Green Hornet, Spiderman; Archie, Betty and Veronica, Riverdale High, Little Archie. I had Classic Comics too: The Three Musketeers, The Last of the Mohicans, Robinson Crusoe (all of which I considered books until I finally read a real one). But my favorites were horror comics: Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, Chamber of Chills, Terror Tales. I had them all. Stacks of them. It was difficult to get in and out of my bedroom. My mother complained it was impossible to clean. I didn’t see her point. Friends would come over and we’d lock ourselves in and read all day. I’d read and reread my favorites, stories that became etched in my preadolescent brain. Read more here…”
This short video was shot in my old 38th Street Manhattan studio to promote my novel, “Anatomy of Fear.” I wrote the script, did the voice over and play the artist (Hey, I was available and the price was right). My assistant, Ryan Ernst, plays the killer. I had Ryan pose for the killer’s portrait in the novel so it made sense that he’d play him in the video. He’s really a sweet guy, not the terrifying psycho he portrays here. “Anatomy of Fear” won the Nero Wolfe award for best crime novel of the year and I am very proud of that.
I will be participating in the group exhibition “Pop Goes the World” at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York. You can find out more about the show from the information below. Pop Goes the World June 30 – August 13, 2010 PAVEL ZOUBOK GALLERY invites you to a group exhibition of collages, paintings and drawings that explore geographies which are both playful and apocalyptic. Please join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, June 30 from 6-8pm, or during the run of the exhibition, which continues through August 13. The gallery is located at: 533 West 23rd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues). SUMMER HOURS: Monday – Friday, 11am-6pm POP GOES THE WORLD! features twenty-one artists who use images and materials drawn from mass culture (maps, puzzles, currency, tar, scientific illustrations, etc.) to describe our world in a constant state of upheaval. The works range from densely layered geographies that redefine traditional cultural, social and … Read more
by Macy Halford It was criminal how sexy it was. Writers of different genres intermingling, their poisons of choice (Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir) placid in Dixie cups. Bright lights, marble busts of dead authors, buttercream-yellow walls and crown molding, an overwhelming air of camaraderie. This was the scene last night at the old Mercantile Library, on East 47th Street, now the Center for Fiction and home (for an hour) to a reading of The End of a Dark Street. The editors of this decidedly transgressive anthology, S. J. Rozan and Jonathan Santlofer, stood and explained their reasoning: by bringing literary heavyweights (among them Madison Smartt Bell, Francine Prose, Amy Hempel, Edmund White) together with crime-fiction heavyweights (among them Lee Child, Laura Lippman, James Grady, Lawrence Block, Val McDermid), the literary legitimacy of crime fiction might be demonstrated: all the stories were so good, Rozan said, that one could not tell which were written by the … Read more
I haven’t blogged or written on my website in a very long time and I apologize. It just got away from me. But I’m back and I’m going to try and keep this going. So, first off, TONIGHT is the launch party for “THE DARK END OF THE STREET,” the anthology SJ Rozan & I put together for Bloomsbury Publishing. It seems like yesterday that SJ and I were sitting in Grand Central Station talking about why crime fiction is considered 2nd rate, what we were going to do about it, and what we did: Invited crime fiction and literary writers to share a book, to write original stories on the twin subjects of crime and sex. At first we weren’t sure if the writers would agree, but just about everyone we asked not only said yes, but did so with enthusiasm, and they all turned in amazing stories. It took a year to put … Read more