Here are some lists of books to look for:
The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
Books N Bytes
San Diego's Mystery Books
The Bloodstained Bookshelf
Stop, You're Killing Me
She was disconcerted, in the midst of her apologies for lateness, by Lieutenant Hooper's mild and wren-like appearance; he looked, she thought, like a portrait of a suburban traveller. Rubbers. Plaid woollen muffler, an air of having been assembled, eyed critically, and finally dismissed on the 8:32 by a bustling, dutiful wife. Except for his eyes: shrewd, steady, impartial as jewellers' scales.
[It] had its replicas all over the New England coast. It lay sheltered in a tumble of windy hills, its architecture a blend of pure old Colonial and the raw new bones of housing developments. Its chief prosperity came from the summer visitors who came to splash and play in its wide blue crescent of Sound and laugh delightedly at its ancient moviehouse. Its chief crop was gossip, sown and grown with zest...
Yesterday I mentioned the upcoming Pulp Fest, but many pulp fans may not be aware of the Pulp Fiction Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection has works dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, totaling approximately 14,000 issues from 310 titles such as Amazing Stories, Black Mask, and Weird Tales. Another good collection can be found in the George Kelly Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection at the University of Buffalo. The Kelly collection includes 25,000 books and zines from the 1940s through the 1980s, with detective/mystery authors Richard Blaine, Carter Brown, James M. Cain, George C. Chesbro, John W. Corrington, Sean Flannery, Donald Hamilton, Marcia Muller, Gerald Petievich, Mike Warden, Erle Stanley Gardner, and Dashiell Hammett. For pulp hot off the press, check out links to contemporary publications on the Crime Zine Report.
PulpFest is welcoming award-winning author, editor, screenwriter, and biographer William F. Nolan as the Guest of Honor at this year’s convention, to be held July 30 to August 1 in Columbus, Ohio. Nolan is a leading authority on Max Brand and Dashiell Hammett as well as the other contributors to the Black Mask pulp magazine, appropriate since this year is the 90th anniversary of both Black Mask’s first issue and Max Brand’s first appearance in Western Story Magazine.Margery Flax sent along reminders about the 2010 Edgar Awards Symposium, scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Edgar Awards Banquet, the next day, Thursday, April 29th at 6:30p.m. The Symposium has a great lineup this year, from the talk by Donald Maas on "Writing the Breakout Mystery," to panels on "Dialogue: Telling vs. Showing" moderated by Reed Farrel Coleman; "Short Stories vs. Novels" with S.J. Rozan moderating; "Fact vs. Fiction – Falling in Love With Your Research," moderated by Hank Phillippi Ryan; "Writing Juvenile & Young Adult Mysteries" officiated by Chris Gabenstein; and a Q&A with Lee Child & Laura Lippman who will be interviewed by Oline Cogdill.
If you're a short-story writer looking for anthologies where you can submit your work, I've listed a few below (note: a couple have deadlines coming up soon). Not all are specifically related to crime fiction, but many have cross-genre possibilities, most are paying markets, and there are no entry fees.
For more anthology and short-story markets, check out Sandra Seamans' wonderfully informative blog, My Little Corner.
In the fall of 2009, Sony issued a five-disc set, Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics Volume I, and this month they'll release Bad Girls of Film Noir. The two volumes have eight films total from American film noir's heyday, and all are new to DVD.
The Swedish film based on Stieg Larssen's novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won the Best Picture award at Sweden’s equivalent of the Oscars, and has already grossed over $100 million worldwide. It's finally being officially released in the U.S. on March 12. The Starcasm site has the movie poster and American video trailer.Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas will star in the cinema adaptation of The Woman in the Fifth, a thriller based on the 2007 novel by Douglas Kennedy. (Hat tip to Mystery Books News)
Production beings this spring on the TV series based on the Aurelio Zen mysteries by Michael Dibdin. Rufus Sewell will star as the fictional Italian detective.Southland star Ben McKenzie who plays rookie L.A.P.D. police officer Ben Sherman talks with the Wall Street Journal about the show, its cancellation by NBC and subsequent resurrection by TNT, and how he's becoming a private detective in his spare time to stay sharp.
The Crime Prevention 101 radio show interviewed novelist and former prosecutor Alafair Burke, about how her prior legal
experiences formed the basis for her characters and her new
book 212 which focuses on cyberstalking and murder.
Publisher and editor Raelene Gorlinsky has advice for authors ready to submit a manuscript to an agent or editor: “Proofread; make sure there are no typos, misspellings, grammar errors.” Sounds like common advice, but apparently many authors overlook it. On a somewhat related point, agent Noah Lukeman answers the question "Should I revise my work for a prospective agent?"
NPR is hosting its third 3-minute short fiction contest. This time, writers need to take inspiration from a photograph you can find on the contest web site. Entries have to be short enough to be read on the air in three minutes or less, about 500 words.
The Smithsonian magazine took a look at Abraham Lincoln, true crime writer: while practicing law in Springfield, Illinois, the future President defended a man in a highly unusual case which he later used as the basis for a mystery short story.
Valentine's Day may be over, but it's not too early to start thinking about next year. Beet cupcakes or red bell pepper cheesecake, anyone?
If you're a published author, the upcoming Malice Domestic has a publicity opportunity that also helps raise money for a good cause. Every year the mystery conference has both live and silent auctions of author goodies with proceeds benefiting literacy programs at the John L. Gildner Regional Facility for Children and Adolescents in Rockville, Maryland. If interested, you can donate books, the opportunity to name a character in a book, a critique of a few chapters of an aspiring author's manuscript, themed baskets, or whatever else strikes your fancy. For more information, contact Auction@malicedomestic.org before March 15th. All items have to be shipped no later than April 10th.
The second annual "Scare The Dickens Out of Us" ghost story contest offers $1,000.00 first place, $500.00 second place and $250.00 third place prize money this year for a new, original ghost story (any genre) up to 5,000 words. The contest raises funds for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas (the oldest library in Texas). For details and rules, check out this site. You've still got some time, though: entries will be accepted July 1 to October 1. There's also a Junior "Scare the Dickens Out of Us" contest for kids aged 12 to 18 with a $250.00 first prize and a $5.00 entry fee.
Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) has been chosen to star in Janet Evanovich's novel One for the Money, portraying the author's popular bounty hunter Stephanie Plum from the mystery series. The script won't be written by Evanovich, however, but by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. A glance around cyberspace finds that Heigl may not be a "plum" choice, according to many fans of the series.
It appears that an English-language remake of the Danish film Terribly Happy is in the works. The plot hinges on a down-on-his luck police officer who finds strange happenings in a remote Danish village where he's trying to start a new life.
HBO has picked up a five-hour miniseries titled Mildred Pierce, based on James M. Cain's noir novel and adapted by Todd Haynes and Jon Raymond. Kate Winslet has been signed to star, with production beginning in April.The cast for the remake of Hawaii 5-0 is shaping up. Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight) will take on the role of Detective Steve McGarrett. O'Loughlin joins Lost star Daniel Dae Kim, who will play Detective Chin Ho Kelly.
NPR's Morning Media Menu featured author David Peace (Red Riding Quartet) who talked about his admiration of James Ellroy and why Peace feels "I don't really see the point of making up crimes."