Between the Lines: S.A. Cosby

Making the Story Earn It By Dawn Ius Though he’s been picking away at short stories since the tender age of 12, S.A. Cosby recalls the exact moment he received what remains…

On the Cover: Esme Addison

Using Magic to Build a Realistic World By Jaden Terrell Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, Esme Addison had access to her father’s collection of beautifully bound classic books. In elementary and…

On the Cover: Tracy Clark

Digging for Character Gold By April Snellings Cassandra Raines, the cop-turned-private investigator who leads author Tracy Clark’s Chicago Mystery series, is relentless. She won’t back away from a challenge, and she won’t…

On the Cover: Tom Lin

A Western—Except the Protagonist is Chinese American By Charles Salzberg If you’re looking for Tom Lin’s debut novel on the shelves of your local bookstore, you might find it under Crime Fiction…

Up Close: Grady Hendrix

Final Girls and Kung Fu Movies By April Snellings In Grady Hendrix’s new novel, six women who survived horrific attacks in their teens gather every month to commiserate in the basement of…

Up Close: Spencer Quinn

Taking on a Charming Dog’s Life By Karen Hugg Peter Abrahams’s first dog was a pretty little golden retriever named Bailey. She liked to trot alongside the author during his jogs and…

Up Close: David Bell

Connecting Through Emotion By P.J. Bodnar In every professor’s career, there’s one or maybe two students who are smarter or more talented than their professor. For Dr. Connor Nye, Madeline O’Brien is…

Up Close: A. R. Torre

Some Lies Are Worth Telling By Millie Naylor Hast Is there ever a good lie? A. R. Torre sets out to explore the question in her latest psychological suspense, THE GOOD LIE,…

Up Close: Laura McHugh

So Many Ways to Disappear By April Snellings In Laura McHugh’s stunning fourth novel, WHAT’S DONE IN DARKNESS, a teenage girl is kidnapped in broad daylight from her family’s roadside produce stand…

Up Close: Karin Slaughter

Capturing Tragedy in a Way Nonfiction Can’t By Dawn Ius Karin Slaughter recalls reading about the Spanish flu in high school—passages in textbooks that only skimmed the surface of a pandemic that…

Up Close: Riley Sager

Boiling It Down to Basics By Dawn Ius Riley Sager needed a break. Burnt out both physically and emotionally by the pandemic but still facing a deadline, Sager knew he couldn’t churn…

Up Close: Kathy Reichs

Infectious Diseases, Genome Mapping, and Death By Dawn Ius New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs has always been fascinated with the evolution of technology, in particular when that evolution happens ahead…

Up Close: Jeff Abbott

Nothing in Common—Except Tragedy By José H. Bográn Jeff Abbott’s new novel, the devilishly titled AN AMBUSH OF WIDOWS, is about two women with nothing in common except a tragedy. An “ambush”…

Up Close: Hilary Davidson

Over to the Dark Side By Rick Pullen It was a dark time. Everything had started falling apart around Hilary Davidson. Four close friends had told the award-winning novelist their marriages were…

Up Close: Carol Goodman

Truth, Trauma, and the Legacy of Abuse By K.L. Romo “We can’t build a safe—or just or free—world by burying the secrets of the past or hiding injustices or by telling only…

Up Close: Liv Constantine

Memories Make the World Go Round…Or Crash and Burn By K.L. Romo “I don’t remember.” So says protagonist Addison Hope in bestselling author-duo Liv Constantine’s newest thriller, THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR.…

Up Close: Louise Candlish

Staking Her Claim in Psychological Suspense By E.M. Powell Londoners tend to have a somewhat love/grumble relationship with their Tube network. There’s plenty of love for a half-empty carriage and a welcome…

International Thrills: Greg Buchanan

Video Game Style of Storytelling Propels Plot By Angela Channel Greg Buchanan’s debut opens with a bone-chilling puzzle set by an unknown assailant—a puzzle that unfortunately involves the subject of the novel’s…

White Rabbit Hop by Bob Bickford

Summertime 1948, and Santa Teresa, California, overflows with cold bourbon and hot neon. Billie Holiday floats from open windows, the Mills Brothers are headlining at the Montelindo Hotel, and the beach roller…

The September 2014 Edition

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

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