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Read the stories that were featured in the June edition of The Big Thrill.

35 new thrillers this month from ITW members, including 6 from first-time authors D.J. McIntosh, James Barney, Adam Mitzner, Yvonne Anderson, JB Lynn and Jeffrey Small, plus the paperback release of First Thrills, edited by New York Times Bestseller Lee Child, with twenty-five brand-new, never-before published, stories packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem!

Print the Big Thrill list and head on down to your favorite bookstore, or download your selections to your electronic e-reader, and enjoy a month’s worth of great reading from your friends at the International Thriller Writers.

Hot off the press:

Click on a book title to read the feature story

Coming Next Month

Coming next month: the latest thrillers from Brad Thor, Tess Gerritsen, Boyd Morrison, Jennifer Hillier, Gregg Hurwitz, Glenn Kleier, Grace Greene, Hank Schwaeble, D.B. Henson and more. It’s gonna be a thriller!

ThrillerFest VI is less than 6 weeks away!

If you haven’t registered, time is running out!

Here’s the latest news:

The CIA is coming to ThrillerFest!  Yes, you read that right.  The United States Central Intelligence Agency will be sending representatives to ThrillerFest to answer your questions about correctly depicting the spy world in your writing. Come prepared with your questions!

The CraftFest schedule is posted on our website,  Included is a complete listing of instructors and class descriptions.

Highlights include:

  • 2011 ThrillerMaster R. L. Stine, 2010 ThrillerMaster Ken Follett, and Spotlight Authors Diana Gabaldon, John Lescroart, and Robert Crais.
  • ThrillerMasters Ken Follett and David Morrell to teach at CraftFest.
  • Karin Slaughter to be awarded the 2011 Silver Bullet Award for her “Save the Libraries” program.
  • Joe McGinniss to receive the ITW True Thriller Award.
  • AgentFest to be the largest event of its kind in the world!  60 agents/editors will join us this year!

We’re back at the Grand Hyatt in New York City from July 6-9th, 2011.

Register now:

Thriller Roundtable

Whether you’re a fan or an author, you’ll want to join the Thriller Roundtable discussions at the Big Thrill website, where each week, a new group of authors discuss what inspires them, who their favorite hero characters are, what advice they’d offer the next generation of thriller authors, and more. Here’s June’s schedule:

Week of May 30 – June 5: “Is fact really stranger than fiction? How do you weave the two to make a really compelling story?” with C. C. Harrison, Anna DeStefano and Andrea Kane

Week of June 6 – 12: “Many agents, publishers and readers are always looking for a new and/or fresh voice. How would you characterize your literary voice? How did you develop it?” Anna DeStefano, TBA

Week of June 13 – 19: “With ThrillerFest a little over two weeks away, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give to someone attending for his or her first time?” TBA

Week of June 20 – 26: “The late John Gardner suggested that all stories boil down to either, someone went on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Do you agree? At their very core, how do you view your thrillers?” TBA

Monthly Giveaway

Congratulations to Bill Landay, the winner of this month’s BIG THRILL giveaway. Bill will receive an assortment of signed thrillers including Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames, Damaged by Debra Webb, The Valley of Shadows by Mark Terry, The Phoenix Apostles by Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane, Hot Lights, Cold Steel by D.P. Lyle, The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson, Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle, Zero Day by Mark Russinovich, The Man From Gossamer Ridge by Paula Graves, The Informant by Thomas Perry, The Trial by Larry D. Thompson, The Burning Lake by Brent Ghelfi, Ashes of the Red Heifer by Shannon Baker, The Profession by Steven Pressfield, and Serial by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch.

All subscribers to THE BIG THRILL webzine are automatically eligible for the monthly drawing. CLICK HERE to subscribe to the BIG THRILL email.

Now Available in Paperback!

FIRST THRILLS: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors

FIRST THRILLS includes never-before-published stories by New York Times bestselling authors Lee Child, Stephen Coonts, Jeffrey Deaver, Heather Graham, Gregg Hurwitz, John Lescroart, John Lutz (with Lise E. Baker), Alex Kava (with Deb Carlin), Michael Palmer (with Daniel James Palmer), Karin Slaughter, and Wendi Corsi Staub.

The collection also serves as an introduction to a new generation of thriller authors, including Sean Michael Bailey, Ken Bruen, Ryan Brown, Bill Cameron, Rebecca Cantrell, Karen Dionne, JT Ellison, Theo Gangi, Rip Gerber, CJ Lyons, Grant McKenzie, Marc Paoletti, Cynthia Robinson, and Kelli Stanley.

Hands down one of the best short story collections you’re ever likely to read.”—Booklist, starred review

Also available June 7 as 4 mini e-books for just $2.99!






CLICK HERE to read “The Thief” by Gregg Hurwitz
CLICK HERE to read “Children’s Day” by Kelli Stanley
All proceeds from the sales of FIRST THRILLS have been donated by the authors to support ITW’s efforts to promote and elevate the thriller genre.


Jeffrey Small