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12 L. Frank Baum Quotes Hinting at the Truth Behind the Fantastical

Those with a certain knack for turning a phrase can end up exerting far more influence over future generations than they ever imagined. L. Frank Baum is the classic example, since even the smallest of his moral observations have echoed throughout every facet of culture. Even shock cinema artist …

Literature

10 Psychological Thrillers That Will Absolutely Terrify You

I play with the themes of betrayal and identity in my new thriller, Forget Me. Set in a dying town full of abandoned places, Morgan uploads a photo of her dead boyfriend and is shocked when the social media site tags him with someone else's name: a boy who lives two towns away and looks just like …

Books

The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time Mystery Writers of America | Book awards

Book awards: The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time Mystery Writers of America<p>Book awards by cover<p>1–8 of 101 ( next | show all )<p>Works (101)<p>Titles<p>Order<p>…

Publishing

100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over

If your answer to every question is 42. If you can quote the three laws of Robotics. If you want to say “my precious” every time you see a gold band. …

Otto Penzler’s 5 Crime and Mystery Picks for Spring

Spring is upon us (in New York we can tell because every last trace of snow has finally melted away) and with it the opportunity to renew our …

Books

13 New Thrillers Recommended by Stephen King

Ever since Stephen King’s first tweet in 2013, we’ve been glued to his 140-character recommendations for movies, TV shows and, most importantly, …

Times Square

10 Best Noir Novels

10 dark, hard-hitting novels.

15 Books That Should Definitely Be Made Into Movies

Hollywood producers are no strangers to the world of books, which they regularly cull through for source material. At this year's Academy Awards, "12 Years a Slave," based on a memoir by Solomon Northup, took home Best Picture, and a number of other adaptions, including Baz Luhrman's take on <i>The</i> …

Blondes Don't Give a Damn.

Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show

World's Largest Vintage Paperback Show<p>There will be over <b>80 dealer tables</b> with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale.<p>You can find every …

Greg Iles On the Refined Art of Reading

Greg Iles On the Refined Art of Reading<p>Greg Iles<p>Writers read differently than most people. We read the way that singers and songwriters listen to …

Books

The Top 23 Serial Killer Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

“What are the best serial killer books?” We looked at 17 articles and 137 different books in an attempt to answer that very question. Below you will …

Books

17 Profound Criminal Minds Quotes That Will Inspire You

20 Literary Tumblrs That Are Killing It

For book nerds, by book nerds, with some beer, cats, and a few chickens thrown in. Chosen from among The Millions’ comprehensive literary tumblr selections..<p>1. Book And Beer<p>The blog that asks the most important questions: What book are you reading this week? What beer are you drinking tonight?<p>2. …

Dames, detectives and dope: why we still love hardboiled crime

As political corruption, violence and gender politics gain fresh relevance, pulp noir is attracting new voices and audiences, giving the gumshoe a 21st-century reboot<p>Back in 1920, Henry Louis Mencken and George Jean Nathan ran a magazine for the well-heeled women and their sugar daddies up on Long …

6 novel-writing tips from one of the publishing world's top editors

<i>Lots of people have, at one point or another, harbored dreams of writing the next great novel. But where to begin? Luckily,</i> <i>MashReads</i> <i>went to the best in the business to ask for tips.</i> <i>Cheryl Klein</i><i>, editor extraordinaire who helped shepherd some of the best YA and children's books to publishing and was</i> …

Writing

What is fugue state? How I ended up forgetting my life and taking on a new one

Many will be familiar with the feeling of wanting to get away from it all when they’re really stressed – but there are people out there who deal with …

The 27 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates writers by …

Jared Leto to Direct James Ellroy Crime Thriller '77' for Paramount

Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films are producing the story about two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst.<p>Jared …

Hollywood

A crime author, at the festival, with a kindle

A heated debate took place at last week’s Harrogate Crime Writing Festival over the value of ebooks vs print, says Jake Kerridge, who also presents our list of the top ten crime books to take on holiday<p>Agatha Christie was finally found there in 1926 after having been missing for 11 days, but today …

Books

G.U.Y.

I love James M. Cain.<p>I generally give one of his books a reread every year; <i>Double Indemnity</i> is a personal favorite, although I also have soft spots …

The 13 Best Suspense Novels by Women: From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn

<i>The Woman in Black</i><br>by Susan Hill<p>A modern classic of Gothic horror, Susan Hill drew upon the rich tradition of British ghost stories to craft this …

Books

Ilustradores Pulp, los grandes olvidados

Ya es hora que en medio de la avalancha de novela negra que nos inunda, se recuerden otros oficios que aportaron tanto al orígen del género. Me …

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Beautiful and brutal: how James Salter set the standard for erotic writing

Following a young couple in 1960s France, A Sport and a Pastime asks how we make sense of romance and tells the truth about sexual love<p>“I am not telling the truth about Dean,” the unnamed narrator warns the reader early in <i>A Sport and a Pastime</i>. “I am creating him out of my own inadequacies, you …