The conference season is heating up, including the RT Booklovers Convention that starts today in Kansas City.
Guest authors in the mystery/thriller track include Ethan Cross, Heather Graham, Bob Mayer, Cherry Adair, Robin Perini, Caridad Piñeiro, Evonne Wareham, Genita Low, R. Scott Pearson and James Rollins. Coming up this weekend in Bethesda, Maryland, it's the annual Malice Domestic Convention, with Guest of Honor: Laurie R. King; Toastmaster: Laura Lippman; Lifetime Achievement: Aaron Elkins; Malice Remembers: Dick Francis; International Guest of Honor: Peter Robinson; Amelia Award: Carolyn Hart; Fan Guest of Honor: Cindy Silberblatt.
There's a new press setting up for neo-noir, speculative, and literary fiction called The Dark House Press. The new venture is an imprint of Curbside Splendor Publishing and will be headed up by editor-in-chief Richard Thomas. DHP's first book will be The New Black, an anthology featuring the best of "new noir," edited by Thomas, coming out Spring 2014 (Hat tip to Sandra Seamans via her blog.)
Mystery Scene's Spring Issue #129 features a cover story on the novels of C.J. Box. Other goodies include Kevin Burton Smith's ode to the "Hot Rides of Private Eyes Past"; Martin Edward's examination of Dorothy L. Sayers' real-life detective skills; a talk with former journalist-turned-novelist Brad Parks; Lynn Kaczmarek chatting with Erin Hart about her atmospheric mysteries set in Ireland; Brian Skupin catching up with Linda Barnes, who is making a welcome return to crime writing after ending her Carlotta Carlyle series a few years ago; and for Old Time Radio fans, a tribute to the Inner Sanctum Mystery program from Michael Mallory.
Blood and Tacos, edited by Johnny Shaw, recently published Issue #4 on Amazon, which is also a celebration of the 'zine's first anniversary. Check out stories from Brad Mengel, Bart Lessard, Nick Slosser, Thomas Pluck and Oren Brimer.
This week's featured story at Beat to a Pulp is "Howling," by Jen Conley, and the featured short fiction at Shotgun Honey is "Last Bit of Dirt" by John L. Thompson.
Also, last month, Thrillers, Killers, 'n' Chillers ezine announced it was closing the door to submissions, but editor David Barber softened the blow by announcing he was creating a new site called Thrills, Kills, 'n' Chaos for flash fiction up to 1000 words. The first two stories on the site are now up, including "Green Green Grass" by Matt Hilton and "Hand In Mine" by Erin Cole.
In 2012, Penguin Group USA launched Read Humane to fight animal cruelty and support the Humane Society. It was a tie-in with National Pet Month in May, and the publisher is holding the drive again this year. Six animal-themed Penguin titles will highlight the campaign with Read Humane seals on their covers, including mysteries Hounds Abound by Linda O. Johnston; Till Death Do Us Bark by Judi McCoy; The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon by Leann Sweeney; File M for Murder by Miranda James; Double Booked for Death by Ali Brandon; and the romance Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis.
The Q&A roundup this week includes Alexander Soderberg, stopping by Declan Burke's blog for the latest of his fun interviews titled "Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?"; and Duane Swierczynski spoke with Boing Boing about his new book, Point & Shoot.
Everyone loves librarians (and if you don't, you should!), and here are "25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome." (Hat tip to Bill Crider.)