April 14th, 2011


2011 Thriller Award Nominees

The International Thriller Writers have announced the nominations for the 2011 Thriller Awards, and Chasing the Dragon is among them! I couldn't be more pleased--or more surprised! Here's the full list of nominees, as per the ITW's press release:


2011 Thriller Awards Nominees

ITW is proud to announce the finalists for the 2011 Thriller Awards!

Best Hard Cover Novel:

Michael Connelly – THE REVERSAL (Little Brown)
Jeffery Deaver – EDGE: A NOVEL (Simon & Schuster)
Brian Freeman – THE BURYING PLACE (Minatour)
Mo Hayder – SKIN (Grove)
John Sanford – BAD BLOOD (Putnam)

Best Paperback Original:

Robert Gregory Browne – DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN (St. Martin’s)
Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens – YOU CAN’T STOP ME (Pinnacle)
J.T. Ellison – THE COLD ROOM (Mira)
Shane Gericke – TORN APART (Pinnacle)
John Trace – THE VENICE CONSPIRACY (Hachette Digital)

Best First Novel:

Carla Buckley – THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE (Random House)
Paul Doiron – THE POACHER’S SON (Minatour)
Reece Hirsch – THE INSIDER (Berkley)
Thomas Kaufman – DRINK THE TEA (Minatour)
Chevy Stevens – STILL MISSING (St. Martin’s)

Best Short Story:

Mike Carey – “Second Wind” (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin’s)
Michael Connelly – “Blue on Black” (Strand Magazine)
Richard Helms – “The Gods for Vengeance Cry” (Dell Magazine)
Harley Jane Kozak – “Madeeda” (Crimes By Midnight)
Nicholas Kaufmann – “Chasing the Dragon” (ChiZine Publications)
Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins – Long Time Dead (Strand Magazine)

Congratulations to all the finalists!

2011 Thriller Awards Winners to be announced at ThrillerFest VI
July 9, 2011, Grand Hyatt, NYC.

Special thanks to:

Allen Wyler, VP Awards
Julie Korzenko, Awards Committee Chair
Liz Wolfe, Awards Coordinator
And the 2011 Thriller Awards Judges


Yup, my little book is considered a short story because technically it's a novella instead of a novel. Go figure. But anyway, I'm pleased as punch! I'm pretty sure I don't stand a snowball's chance against heavy hitters like Mike Carey, Michael Connelly, and Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins, but I'm doing a happy dance anyway!

Also, now I'm thinking about attending the awards banquet on July 9!

My WHC Austin Schedule

The World Horror Convention 2011 folks have released the programming schedule for the forthcoming convention in Austin, April 28 - May 1. Here's where you can find me, if you're so inclined:

Genre Mash-Ups
2:00 PM Saturday, April 30 – Dezavala

Nicholas Kaufmann, Cathy Clamp (M), Sandra Kasturi, C. Cameron Pierce, Robert Boyczuk, Paul Tremblay

Horror is a genre of tone and emotional response, and as such it can be found virtually anywhere: in literary fiction, romance, crime, science fiction, and even experimental fiction. Find out how best to get the peanut butter in your chocolate (chocolate in your peanut butter?) with some of the field’s favorite genrebenders.

I'm very excited to be on a panel with one of ChiZine Publications' co-publishers, Sandra Kasturi, and two fellow CZP authors, Robert Boyczuk and Paul Tremblay. And with USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp on hand too, this should be pretty good! (I'm embarrassed to say I'm not familiar with C. Cameron Pierce, but I look forward to meeting him at the panel.)

7:30 – 10:00 PM Saturday, April 30 – Phoenix Central

Bring your copies of General Slocum's Gold, Shivers V, On Writing Horror, Hunt at World's End, Chasing the Dragon, or anything else you'd like me to sign. I'll sign everything! Even things I had nothing to do with!

And don't worry, if you want a signed copy of any of my books but don't have your own yet, copies will be on sale at the convention too.

Since all my programming seems to be happening on Saturday, on the other days you can find me at panels, readings, the hotel bar, and the dealer's room. All at once, like Dr. Manhattan!

Looking forward to seeing you in Austin!

We Need a New Name

Because "urban fantasy" has become synonymous with "paranormal romance," I am hereby coining a new genre description for modern fantasies in urban settings:

Subways & Sorcery.

Pass it on.