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Mar 26 2015 8:45am

True Crime Thursday: Revisiting Richard Lloyd Parry’s People Who Eat Darkness

Lucie Blackman left home with her sights set on Tokyo and her mind set on money, but what awaited her was worse than she ever imagined. Working as a hostess in a seedy Roppongi night club, it wouldn't be long before Lucie went missing, with only a strange message left by a mysterious stranger serving as the lone clue, until months later when her severed limbs were found outside the house of a wealthy real estate magnate (No, not Robert Durst.) . But Lucie was far from a reckless girl, as author Richard Lloyd Parry expresses through a great deal of research in People Who Eat Darkness.

Lloyd Parry, the Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief of The Times (London), spent 10 years researching Lucie's case, interviewing and gaining access to a wide array of people connected to Lucie, including family, friends, lawyers, and police. The result is a compelling and immersive look into not just Lucie, but her family, friends, and killer.

For more information, check out our Fresh Meat review or read an excerpt over at FSG Originals!

Mar 23 2015 10:15am

“Where is Hunt?”: Trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise has long been a polarizing star possessing the unique ability to sustain a decades-long place in the spotlight, and his Mission: Impossible series is a testament to that. The most impressive part of Cruise's career is his insistence on doing his own stunts, and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation further cements the actors badassery.  As the photograph above proves, (Yep, that's Cruise strapped to the side of a plane as it takes off.) Cruise will do pretty much anything. The scene is teased in the trailer below, so take a look for yourself. We can almost feel the G-forces from here.

Mar 20 2015 10:00am

You Pick the Story for The M.O.!

We're tickled crimson to announce the shortlisters from our “Long Gone” submitted stories! Read these four sneak peeks, then vote at the bottom for the one you'd most like to read to The End. (Of course, for your protection, all of these mugs have been added to The M.O.'s Rogues' Gallery for 2015.)


  • “Fix Me” by S.W. Lauden
  • “The Genuine Article” by K.M. Rockwood
  • “Iced” by Nancy Brewka-Clark
  • “Thrilled No More” by Chuck Brownman


[Onto the Gone!]

Mar 17 2015 4:30pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: April, 2015

We want to help you discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with this brand-new, delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! Our first installment lists the titles, by week and series, coming out in April (we also sneaked in March 31st...shh!). Let us know in the comments how you like it and what you can't wait to read next!

Criminal Element's April 2015 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Mar 17 2015 12:00pm

Now Win This!: Caught Red Handed Sweepstakes

Here's the smell of the blood: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand, but these eight great books might keep you distracted!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes. You must click the link above to enter.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry. Promotion begins March 17, 2015, at 12:00 pm ET, and ends March 31, 2015, 11:59 am ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

[What, will these hands ne'er be clean?]

Mar 12 2015 8:45am

Just in Time for Spring Cleaning: Zombie Proof Your Home

It finally seems that winter is behind us. The weather is warming up. The snow piles are melting (and unearthing some unsightly and long-forgotten trash). Wardrobes are being swapped out. And homes are being cleaned and zombie-proofed! The folks over at forrent.com have graciously and beautifully infographed everything you need to know to ensure that your pad isn't overrun with flesh-eating corpses. The section shown above details how to safeguard against losing important supplies, but the full infograph has so much more. 

For the full, high-res image, head here!

Mar 10 2015 9:15am

There are How Many Bodies on Mount Everest?!

Hundreds of bodies left freeze-dried on Everest? You may recall our recounting of the “traffic jams” of climbers, but we didn't know how many just pulled off the road and parked, forever. According to the website Altered Dimensions (which also has creepy pictures, should you dare) there are over two hundred:

At 26,000 feet, in the “death zone”, necrosis sets in and their body begins to die. During their ascent, the climber is literally teetering on the brink of life and death and in a race to reach the summit, and back, before their bodies shut down and die. Should they fail in the attempt, their bodies become part of the mountain landscape...

Besides explaining how the departed become climbing landmarks, like the lost “Green Boots” who got a new cave-mate in 2008, there's also a list of climbers and their causes of death from 2012 and 2013, mentioning that in “2014, a group of about 50 people preparing the season’s climbers, were hit by the avalanche at more than 20,000 feet (just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall).  16 people died (including 3 whom were never found).”

Hat tip: Smithsonian Mag.

Mar 6 2015 9:45am

Submissions for The M.O. Close at Midnight!

Okay, it'll technically be 11:59p.m. when The M.O. submissions close. But don't be caught out in the cold with your loot in your hand while the getaway car's halfway to Taos, if you know what we mean, metaphorically speaking. If you write about 70 words per hour (and fast typists can do that per minute), you can still get us your original story on the theme of “Long Gone,” and possibly end up in our Rogues' Gallery and/or see your short fiction published here!

Happy Friday!

Mar 5 2015 9:45am

But These Tarantulas are Farm-Raised, with BBQ Seasoning!

Eating wild bugs can be a risky affair, but in the global bazaar, insect specialties are now available, “collected fresh from farms and then cleaned, quick frozen, cooked, dehydrated, seasoned and packed in special vacuum packs with oxygen and moisture absorbers ready for shipping.” Besides chocolate-covered scorpions, canned BBQ tarantulas, and sacks of dried bugs in profuse variety, Thailand Unique also offers earthworm jerky, ant eggs, and a celebrated tea:

...made from the feces of grain moth larvae... fed on nothing else but special tea leaves that have been naturally fermented... According to historical records it has positive health benefits for fever, high blood pressure, digestion and it has good detoxifying properties. Whatever the extent of its health benefits, Bug A Poop serves as a good cooling beverage' which has a higher nutritive value than regular tea. It contains 18 kinds of amino-acids, protein, Saccharide, tannin, vitamins, and microelements."

While still personally preferring free-range insects for convenience and exercise, this meerkat we consulted had nothing but good things to say about the overall trend.

Mar 3 2015 2:00pm

Now Win This!: Shooters and Computers Sweepstakes

Sometimes CTRL + ALT + DELETE just won't do, and you'll wish you had backup. These eight books can help!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes. You must click the link above to enter.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry. Promotion begins March 3, 2015, at 1:00 pm ET, and ends March 17, 2015, 12:59 pm ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

[Last chance for you to abort...]

Mar 2 2015 9:45am

Lizzie Borden’s Not Nearly Done!

Christina Ricci will reprise the role of Lizzie Borden in a 6-episode miniseries, plus two more episodes on order, which fantastically elaborates life (and plentiful death) in Fall River after the woman acquitted of slaughtering her parents in 1892 experiences a murderous relapse. Premiering on Sunday, April 5th, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles serve as the sequel to Lifetime's television movie, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. Not only is the titular star returning, but, according to Fashion&Style:

Clea Duvall is returning to portray Lizzie's sister. John Heard is playing a business partner of Lizzie's father and Andrew Howard is playing Lizzie's half-brother, William. Cole Hauser plays detective Charlie Siringo, whose mission is to connect Lizzie to the new killings.

If you enjoy “history” (and those are extremely loose air quotes) as a reason for olde tyme sets with lots of axe play—though the real weapon was a hatchet, as you can read below— and sly scheming in veils and big skirts, this one looks like it could be a darned good time. What do you think?

SEE ALSO: The Rhyme and the Crime: 5 Questions About Lizzie Borden's Forty Whacks

Feb 27 2015 9:45am

One Week Until The M.O. Submissions are Long Gone!

The M.O.'s submissions mailbox closes next Friday, so sneak a peek at sample shortlisters in our new Rogues' Gallery! If you haven't submitted your 1000-1500 word story, there's still time, and we're dying to read it! 

Shortlisted for “Nevermore,” E. A. “Screw the Po-Po” Poe is an expert in shotokan karate and chin na, the manipulation of joints. Unafraid of death. He takes credit for “The Fall of the House of Usher,” but may or may not write robot sonnets and tweet @crimeHQ Known mostly for song lyrics,“40 Whacks” shortlister Lizzie Family Forevah Borden goes days without eating, is versatile with weaponry and the baritsu used to defeat Moriarty at Reichenbach. Loves kittens, Pinterest. Like her on Facebook, or else. Wait, I'm the Victim here!
But now that you mention it, I do have a one-jar show I'd like to promote. I'll be taking it on a tour of casino lounges this spring. It's a personal journey of hope—formaldehyde, too, of course—but mostly hope.