Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Kid is Making a Movie


Check this out: My son Dave is making a documentary about the Canadian Alternative Music Scene. You can check it out here.

He's been interviewing members of bands like Broken Social Scene, Holy Fuck, Black Diamond Bay, Sunset Rubdown and The Sam Roberts Band. He's met some amazing musicians who have been incredibly generous with their time and he's had an excellent experience.

Dave is a third-year film student at Emerson College. He's hoping to complete editing on the movie this fall and hopes to enter it into some film festivals when the film's complete.

My Criminal Obsessions

Dwellers in Darkness,

I thought I'd list some of the odd stuff I'm obsessed with and that, given the time, I'd eventually like to write about at more length.

Over the next few days or weeks, look for short pieces about the following:

The Alice Crimmins Case, which inspired Mary Higgins Clark's first novel, "Where Are the Children?"

Barbara Graham, whose life inspired the movie, "I Want to Live."

Urban Snipers Charles Whitman and his lesser-known imitator Mark James Robert Essex.

The Zoot Suit Riots, referenced in James Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia" and lampooned in Stephen Spielberg's movie, "1941."

Unsolved murders like the Zodiac, the Anthrax case of 2001, and the Black Dahlia, and why some unsolved cases stick in the public memory while others fade.

Love to hear from you about crimes, solved or unsolved that you can't stop thinking about and that you think reflect some interesting truth.

Friday, August 21, 2009

30 Minute Crime Writing Workshop

Forces of Darkness,

It's time again for my free 30-Minute Crime Writing Workshop, to be held next Saturday, the 29th of August, at the Borders Express in the Montgomeryville Mall in North Wales, PA.

I'll be reading from 'Dope Thief' as well as from classic crime novels by authors like Elmore Leonard, Lawrence Block and my pals Scott Phillips and Christa Faust. We'll talk about the elements of crime fiction and I'll put the attendees through a guided exercise in writing mayhem.

How can we get all this done in 30 minutes? (I'll give you a hint: The secret ingredient is lying).

I've done these workshops in locations all over the east coast and it's always been a ton of fun. Come on out and see which of your neighbors is secretly plotting a murder!

Friday, August 14, 2009

A story about Dope Thief's Bucks County locations is running now at D-town Magazine, available everywhere here in Doylestown. It was a lot of fun traveling with the photographer, Martin Buday, and being interviewed by Rich Pietras, both really nice guys. You can see more of Martin's great photographs here. I'm really grateful to D-Town for the exposure, and I think it's really cool that they were willing to talk about some of the less savory aspects of life in the county. I hope everyone checks it out!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Way Out West

Just got back from a trip to Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Palm Springs, with lots of great desert driving that always leaves me with a head full of crazy story ideas. This is Red Rock Canyon, near Vegas.

The desert along 62, east of Twenty Nine Palms.

The south rim of the Grand Canyon. There were fires all around the rim of the canyon, putting out great sheets of white smoke. It was amazing.

While I was out there, I also signed copies of Dope Thief at the Barnes and Noble on Maryland Parkway in Vegas. There are now no independent bookstores that carry new, secular books in Las Vegas.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Off to Vegas

Children of the Night,

I'll be heading out to the southwest tomorrow, on a trip that will include Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Palm Springs. Saturday, I'll be signing books at the Maryland Parkway Barnes and Noble in Las Vegas at about 1:00pm.

I've been getting great reaction to the Dope Thief book trailer, especially to my son Dave's excellent, moody music.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Book Trailer

I've put together a book trailer for the book. You can see it on You Tube, or right here at the blog at the bottom of the page. The amazing music is from my son, Dave, who's in Canada right now working on a documentary on the Canadian music scene. It was fun to do - hope you enjoy it.