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S is for Strawberry – S. Williams on pseudonyms

Author S. Williams of Tuesday Falling talks writing under a pseudonym. And a quirky one at that. ‘The problem with being with a writer is that you either never see them, or they want to get involved in entirely inappropriate ways,’ said my partner. ‘What’s wrong with wanting to call… Read More

Introducing the first six books on the Killer Reads list!

Drumroll please… We are thrilled to announce the first acquisitions for the Killer Reads digital-first list! In order of publication: MINDSIGHT, by Chris Curran Publication date: 19th Feb 2015 Five years ago, Clare killed her family. She has no memory of the car accident, but there is no refuting the… Read More

A Spy Novelist in Russia

Earlier this month, author Charles Cumming was invited on a trip to Russia, organized by the British Council, as part of the 2014 ‘UK-Russia Year of Culture’ programme. They stayed in Moscow and Tarusa, visiting some absolutely incredible places – Tolstoy’s house at Yasnaya Polyana, Chekov’s country estate,… Read More

Opening day for submissions is HERE!

It’s finally here! Today is the day the open submission for our new digital first publishing imprint opens! Here at Killer Reads we’re very excited to find out what’s going to land in our inbox between now and 14th September when the submission period ends. In the meantime, here are… Read More

Aspiring author? Killer Reads wants YOU!

Guess what? Killer Reads are launching a new e-imprint and we want to read YOUR book! We are on the lookout for commercial crime and thrillers ranging from police procedurals, to psychological thrillers, to high-concept thrillers and beyond. We are looking for fantastic writing that hooks us, making us want… Read More

Bag a Killer Prize with The Killing Club

To celebrate the release of The Killing Club by Paul Finch, we’re giving away a money-can’t-buy prize to one lucky winner… Have you ever dreamt of having your name on a book? We mean, actually having it smack bang in the centre of the front cover? Well you’re… Read More

Which book would you save?

Hannah: Which book would I save from a burning building? Easy, The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler, and no, that isn’t just me trying to be clever. This is a book I eagerly anticipated a year in advance of it even being written, let alone translated, so… Read More

Win the books in our arms!

FRIDAY GIVE AWAY! You could win one of the books in our arms! Just comment here or on our Facebook Page to tell us which one you want and why! Best answers will win and we'll pick our winners on Monday. Just in case you can't see clearly, the books we're carrying are: Close to the Bone by Stuart MacBride Read More

From Police Officer to The Bill

Ever wondered how you make the leap to become a writer? This month sees Paul Finch recall the transition from his days in the Police to his time as a scriptwriter for The Bill in his fourth blog piece for Killer Reads.   The first time I ever put pen to paper to write a serious thriller, it was just after I'd finished serving as an actual police officer. The piece of work in question was a speculative teleplay entitled Knock Off Job. It concerned a murder inside a suburban police station, and presented every member of the shift, both uniform and CID, as potential suspects, none of them knowing who to trust. Now that I look back on it, it was very talkie: lots of tense conversations in dim corridors and cramped offices, lots of frank, fraught interviews, lots of suspicions being cast in every direction. It wouldn't work today simply because modern police stations are filled with CCTV, and the comings and goings of staff and non-staff are more carefully monitored. But the concept was of sufficient interest to the production team at The Bill to make them ask me to come in and see them. I accepted the invitation, and though I didn't realise it at the time, my life changed as a result. Read More