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May 28, 2010

Michael Koryta tackles ghosts new and old

Check out Sarah Weinman's great piece for the LA Times:

"So Cold the River is almost twice as long as his previous books (though it doesn't feel that way in the slightest), is more firmly set in small-town Indiana not far from where the author grew up, and dives headlong into supernatural territory -- so much so that after finishing the book I cast a suspicious eye on the water bottle on the nearby night-table, an unspoken admonition not to drink it sounding off loudly in my mind."

A simple man named Wade Wilson

Duane Swierczynski chats with Marc Strom about looking into the depths of the 'Pool.

DEADPOOL: Wade Wilson's War # 1 is available at a comic store near you on June 9, 2010.

May 27, 2010

"the next Stephen King"

That's what Little, Brown is calling Michael Koryta.

Check out the nice article in the Wall Street Journal for some behind-the-scenes background info about how Michael's forthcoming horror mystery SO COLD THE RIVER came to be.

"[This book] is his most muscular," said one of his Florida neighbors, the author Dennis Lehane.

USA Today agrees that SO COLD THE RIVER is a worthy selection this summer.

Mark your calendars

for the inaugural X-Men Day on July 8!

"In the first X-Men #1 in almost 20 years, Marvel's mighty mutants enter the Heroic Age to face a deadly new threat, courtesy of fan favorite creators Victor Gischler and Paco Medina!

Be the first person on your block to score great X-Men Day commemorative items like the exclusive limited-edition cover print featuring Paco Medina's "We Are The X-Men" images, exclusive variants, mini-posters and more! Plus, fans can't miss the chance to add their own heroes to the X-Men lineup by sketching on the X-Men #1 Blank Variant!"

Little book, Lots of meaning

The paperback edition of Laura Berman Fortgang's gem of a book is available today!

And, in other exciting book news, Laura is working on her next book. Look for THE PROSPERITY PLAN in January 2011.

May 26, 2010

Batwoman is sizzling

BATWOMAN: Elegy makes the list as one of the hottest graphic novels to come out this summer (

In her first hardcover, collecting tales from DETECTIVE COMICS #854-860, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable! Batwoman must stop Alice from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham City — but Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman's life will never ever be the same.

"Spectacular—the kind of adventure story that you race through the first time and return to, to pore over slowly...[Rucka's] Batwoman, Kate Kane, is a superhero like no other" - Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

May 24, 2010

BookExpo 2010

Michael Koryta and fellow panelist authors @ Borders' "Books for Sunny Days and Starry Nights" celebration

Chace all the way

Greg Rucka's Tara Chace beat Bond handily in the first poll and advanced to Round 2!

Click this link to cast your vote for Tara vs. the Emma Peel-era Avengers.

May 21, 2010

Frenemy of the State

Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir have a hot new miniseries (first of an ongoing series of miniseries), called FRENEMY OF THE STATE, which they created and wrote with the lovely and talented Rashida Jones.

If you'll be in Los Angeles this Saturday evening at 7 pm, the team, and their very gifted artist Jeff Wamester (AND a taco truck, we hear!) will be at Meltdown Comics for signings and all-around greatness.

FRENEMY OF THE STATE is an all-new series from the star of NBC's Parks & Recreation and veteran comic scribes DeFilippis & Weir!

Ariana Von Holmberg is an heiress with a secret. But what she's hiding isn't a sex tape or a drug addiction or an affair with a professional golfer—it's a new career as a CIA operative! What better cover for an agent than a globe-trotting, care-free femme with a penchant for flights of fancy? But can Ari balance her high society obligations with her new role as a spy or will the weight of two worlds bring her dual lives to a violent end?

Check out the spiffy preview pages at CBR.

3 more for Michael Koryta!

Little, Brown and Company has signed DHS Literary rockstar Michael Koryta, author of the L.A. Book Prize winner ENVY THE NIGHT, for three more thrillers. Little, Brown’s Executive Vice President and Publisher Michael Pietsch will edit.

Let's celebrate by raising a glass and pre-ordering SO COLD THE RIVER, Michael's first book with Little, Brown to be released July 9!

May 19, 2010

Vote for Tara Chace!

Mister 8 May Madness has brought us "a battle of spy supremacy"!

Greg Rucka's Queen & Country hero vs. James Bond? No contest.

(Voting ends May 20, around 11 am)

Cool tidbit: Queen & Country is on's core list of essential graphic novels that booksellers gotta have.

It's Rucka, It's Southworth, it's STUUUMPTOWN!

May 18, 2010

Swierczynski, toot-sweet

Spinetingler Magazine is sold on Swierczynski's Expiration Date, which they've declared is "entertaining as all hell. [Swierczynski's] prose is clean and the action never flags, new rules and twists popping up every couple of pages and hurtling you helplessly towards the climax. In other words, what you’d hope for in a Swierczynski novel.

Swierczynski is one of the great “just one more chapter won’t hurt, I’ll still be able to function in the morning” writers the crime world has today, and Expiration Date is nowhere near a fucking exception. Pick that shit up and for-fucking-go some sleep toot-fucking-sweet, dear reader."

Critics love Det. Zeile

Edgar-winning Stephanie Pintoff's book IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM is a historical mystery that adopts "new crime investigation techniques just being born: fingerprinting and profiling, most obviously, but basically the whole idea of a scientific approach to figuring out whodunit. All of these historical elements are folded into a strong plot with a genuine mystery that challenges the reader into beating the detective protagonist to the solution." (

And, "A CURTAIN FALLS is an even stronger book than the first...we have the beginnings of what promises to be a strong series." (

Oh, the horror of it all!

Victor Gischler and The Big Bad Wolf talk DEATH OF DRACULA and meditate on the battle of X-Men vs. Vampires!

May 13, 2010

The Lost River will wash over you too

The Christian Manifesto has a rave review for Michael Koryta's newest book:

"In a deeply suspenseful novel, So Cold The River is gripping, haunting, and all around unsettling. To call it impressive is a bit of an understatement. It was a seriously great book with awesome suspense and some extraordinarily haunting scenes.

This [book] excels in using the dark environment to accentuate evil. I loved it and the further I got into it, the better it became with an ending that was truly worthy of this remarkable book...Koryta appears to be a very talented author. I’m impressed with his imagination as well as story and character development abilities. "

The Deputy drips blood

"One warning before picking up this book: don’t crack it open unless you are willing to park your ass in place for a couple hours and read it front to back in one sitting. Because once the action starts – and it starts almost immediately – it doesn’t stop until the end of the book. It is almost impossible to put down.

Victor Gischler has written a balls-out action movie of a book, with plenty of sex and violence to appease the most diehard of fans...Gischler captures perfectly the dead-end life in a remote small town and the impossible-seeming struggle to get away from it.

The guy [Gischler] knows his mayhem, and he’s got a great sense of humor. Gischler knows what his readers want and delivers it in gory handfuls. What more could you want?"

For something new that is exciting and drips blood but doesn’t require a huge time commitment, give The Deputy a try. Fans of violent crime fiction will love it."

- Chris LaTray,

May 12, 2010

American Gothic at its best

Fresh Fiction has declared that "Michael Koryta's new novel is American Gothic at its best. In the tradition of Stephen King, SO COLD THE RIVER will most certainly send a chill down your spine and keep you turning pages well into the night."

But Michael's fans aren't just in the U.S. Check out his interview of Ten Terrifying Questions with Australia's Booktopia.

May 10, 2010

More praise for Stefanie Pintoff

In the Huffington Post today, bestselling thriller writer Jason Pinter highlights "5 New Releases You Should Check Out" -- one of which is A CURTAIN FALLS, sequel to the Edgar Award-winning novel IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM!

Haven't read either of these critically-acclaimed books by Stefanie Pintoff? Stop by your local bookstore for release day tomorrow (May 11) or pre-order online now!

P.S. The unabridged audiobook of A CURTAIN FALLS is also available starting on the 11th!

May 7, 2010

The Indie Next List for June 2010

The American Booksellers Association features SO COLD THE RIVER in their Indie Next List of Great Reads:

"Koryta's prose is fluid and masterful, making this a delightfully eerie and mesmerizing read!"
- Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

Come see the Gischler in Plano, Texas!

Victor Gischler will be at Madness Games & Comics tomorrow (Saturday) for a 3 pm panel and signings.

3131 Custer Road #125
Plano, TX 75075

Come witness the genius that's been at work in Deadpool, Punisher and now X-Men!

May 6, 2010

A gold medal for Dr. Jennifer Ashton

THE BODY SCOOP FOR GIRLS is a gold medalist for the 2010 Living Now Book Awards!

The awards are presented each year to honor “books for better living”, and Dr. Ashton's book certainly fits the bill.

May 5, 2010

Everyone's feeling SO COLD

“A mysterious antique water bottle, a town reluctant to let go of old connections to fame and infamy, hallucinations and a resurgent evil combine to bring readers a gripping chiller that will keep them guessing – and looking under the covers – until the last page...

Fans of horror and supernatural suspense will enjoy [Michael Koryta's] latest, and darkest, work yet.” -Library Journal

Voguing with Edgar Allen Poe

"Team Pintoff" Agent David Hale Smith and editor Kelley Ragland with award-winning author Stefanie Pintoff and Edgar.
Thanks to Sally Richards for the photo.