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A Bible of Bad Men and Other Mob Tales

After growing up hearing mob tales and names from the Five Families, William Boyle reflects on what drew him to the mob genre and inspired some of his projects, such as his newest novel A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself. I grew up on the border of Bensonhurst and Gravesend in Brooklyn, and the […]

How to Write Convincing Spy Fiction About Highly Classified Subjects

How to Write Convincing Spy Fiction About Highly Classified Subjects   Some spy writers have intelligence backgrounds – Frederick Forsyth, John le Carré, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, and Jason Matthews come to mind – but for the rest of us, writing about the world of covert intelligence takes audacity. Every author knows the indispensable value […]

Top Five Creepiest Serial Killers

Deadly Motives: The Hedonistic Drive of Serial Murder

Deadly Motives: The Hedonistic Drive of Serial Murder There are several motives that drive serial killing as far as experts are concerned. Some are driven by missions such as ridding the world of what they perceive as a sin, or because they think they’re a higher being. Others are motivated by power or control over […]

A Forbidden Family History: One Man’s Quest to Share His Great Grandfather’s Takedown of a Deadly 20th Century Italian Mob

A Forbidden Family History: One Man’s Quest to Share His Great Grandfather’s Takedown of a Deadly 20th Century Italian Mob   All families have secrets. My family’s were hidden away in two cardboard boxes, wrapped in blue plastic and secured with packing tape by my father—which in my 12-year-old mind—made them more tightly guarded than […]

My Obsession With Missing Persons

My Obsession With Missing Persons

My Obsession With Missing Persons My mother read me Miss Nelson is Missing! before I achieved literacy. The story is about a good, sweet, conventionally pretty teacher whom the children she teaches all take for granted. Then she goes missing and a cruel, ugly substitute teacher named Viola Swamp shows the children how easy they […]

Five Ways to Foil a Kidnapping

Five Ways to Foil a Kidnapping

Five Ways to Foil a Kidnapping Imagine that a dastardly villain is out to kidnap you. Perhaps he’s a ruthless serial killer who’s been foiling police for years and is now out to make you the latest victim in his complicated plot. Or maybe he’s a Victorian count set on whisking you off to his […]

Five Real Life Femme Fatales...

Five Real Life Femme Fatales…

Don’t underestimate the fairer sex when it comes to having the steel to commit serial murder. You hear it all the time in crime shows and mysteries: the false, sexist perception that there are few, if any, female serial killers outside of fiction. This mistaken belief can be traced back to 1998 when an FBI […]

Dealey Plaza

Five Great JFK Conspiracy Reads, and Why the Genre is Important

Five Great JFK Conspiracy Reads, and Why the Genre is Important Sometimes described as the Great Dragon of Conspiracies, the “Assassination of JFK” is undergoing a dramatic shift. It is fast fading into that realm of myth and lore where other dragons reside, where memories fade and murky legend becomes all that is left. A […]