October 25, 201211:00 am
So, as there will be many of you out there jetting off for some Autumn sun, or maybe you’re going off for a nice traveling session (I’ve recently spoken to many a soon-to-be intrepid explorer – seems the travel bugs come around again), or even if, like me, you’re going to power through the winter months with layers of clothes and mugs of hot chocolate, then fear not I’ve got a plan that means we can all journey round the world together.
Follow this link to our world map of travel Killer Reads. Read the extracts and journey to cities you know and love, or get lost in towns you’ve never even heard of. If you are off on your travels this autumn to any of these locations (or any other destinations from your favorite thrillers) then please feel free to send us images from locations mentioned in those thriller books and films to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag Killer Reads in the photo on facebook so the team can journey all over the world this Autumn as well…
October 10, 201211:25 am
With the recent paperback release of Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar, a book that each member of the Killer Reads team has been hooked on at some point over the last year, his editor decided it was about time to spend a few extra minutes at the end of a meeting with Zoran to ask him the questions that the KR team have been wanting to know. Below is the result. So, if you’re a fan of Zoran, you’ve recently read Sorry or you just want to know how crime thriller authors manage to come up with such spine-tingling plots then delve into the following Q&A.
1. What prompted you to write your first novel?
January 9, 201210:39 am
In December we ran our Killer Christmas Advent Calendar competition! With a fantastic prize behind each door, we had hundreds of entries and we are now pleased to announce the winners! Your prizes are on the way to you now!
1. A collection of no less than SIX Stuart MacBride books, including a proof of his latest Birthdays of the Dead, is on the way to Mark Silver!
2. Stephanie Parker, Claire Barker and Ellen Stafford will all be sipping from their Sorry branded mugs as they turn the pages of this terrifying thriller
3. With a brilliant selection of our up-and-coming crime releases of 2012, Lucinda Fountain will be in the know this year
4. A signed, first-edition of Absolute Midnight will take pride of place on Debra Johnson‘s bookshelf
5. As will the signed copies of House of the Hanged that are on their way to Christine Burridge and Elaine Huxstep
6. Laura Starling and Andrew Tedder will be on the edge of their seats with Michael Crichton’s latest techno-thriller Micro
7. Mark Richmond, Barbara Chambers, Solange Thomas, Maggie Barker, Nathan Holden and Sajad Farid will be kept up way into the night with Dean Koontz’s twist on the Frankenstein classic
8. Surely one of this year’s most gifted presents, the first four specially released hardbacks of the Game of Thrones series will be proudly owned by Robert Turpin
9. A signed edition of this historical crime classic Heresy featuring none other than Giordano Bruno goes out to Wilma Jones and Jane Willis
10. Holly Green will have nightmares for weeks with a selection of Avon’s best (and scariest) crime reads
And last but not least….
11. Gillian Phillips will receive a gift from the Queen of Crime herself, with six Agatha Christie facsimile edition hardbacks.
Furthermore, the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that we never gave away a twelfth prize! Well, now’s your opportunity. To be in for a chance to win our mystery prize (a collection of books snaffled from various desks around the building), then please email your answer to this question to email@example.com
Which Scandi-crime author sets her books in Fjallbacka?
Competition closes on Friday at midnight, so get entering now!
December 11, 20117:00 am
Two beautiful hardback editions of MICRO to give away!
To enter, simply answer this question:
Which book (which was then made into a film) is Michael Crichton most famous for writing?
Email you answer to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name and address for your chance to win!
October 11, 20115:04 am
Click here to read an extract and watch the trailer for Michael Crichton’s terrifying new novel.
October 20, 200912:22 pm
Best known for his blockbusting techno-thrillers, next month sees the posthumous publication of Michael Crichton’s last completed novel Pirate Latitudes.
Found after the prolific author’s death last year it’s unlike anything he’s written before. To give you an idea of what you can expect here’s the specially commissioned trailer, along with the making of…
July 31, 20094:45 am
Fragment author Warren Fahy published his debut earlier this month. With a wedding and a honeymoon now ticked off, he’s had some time to reflect on being a published author.
The experience of writing and publishing FRAGMENT has been strikingly similar to the story of the novel itself: years of evolution in isolation that end with a feeding frenzy as the human, in this case me, was finally dropped into the bowl. I guess that all “overnight successes” probably feel like this: certainly not “overnight”-until the morning actually arrives. It reminds me of an exchange in the movie FLETCH where investigative reporter Chevy Chase lies about witnessing the “sudden” death of a recently deceased man in order to obtain some information. “But he was sick for years,” protests his interviewee. “Sure, but the end was VERY sudden.”
Most surreal was probably my visit to my publisher, HarperCollins, in London. To me, it was like arriving at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, complete with magical gates that opened to admit one long-struggling writer. A warm welcome from people I had always admired greeted me and I had the great privilege of meeting the editor of Michael Crichton himself. And then, directly after that deeply gratifying occasion, we were given the most dreadful news of Michael Crichton’s death. I had mentioned how much I looked forward to meeting him moments before.
Lots of comparisons have been made between the novel FRAGMENT and JURASSIC PARK and between myself and the author of JURASSIC PARK; how could one not be humbled? If I fill a portion of his large shoes with FRAGMENT, it’s a tribute I’m proud to offer. But what I really hope is that my readers enjoy the ride through Henders Island, which I’m confident is a place unlike any they have encountered before. Oh, and please mind the spigers!