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March 2, 2015
John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Smiley's Reckoning
Edward A. Grainger
March 2, 2015
Lizzie Borden's Not Nearly Done!
Crime HQ
February 28, 2015
Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — Bandits
Angie Barry
February 27, 2015
One Week Until The M.O. Submissions are Long Gone!
Crime HQ
February 26, 2015
Literary Mysteries: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Light-House"
Edward A. Grainger
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Tue
Mar 3 2015 1:00pm

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!

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[Last chance for you to abort...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 8:45am

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

Fri
Feb 27 2015 8:45am

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.
Mon
Feb 23 2015 9:30am

This Head in a Jar Can Be Yours!

Whether to reinforce dieting aims or for sheer delight, who doesn't want their stainless steel or custom hardwood-veneer built-in fridge to boast a head in a jar? (I hear the Evans now have two heads in jars, one for the butler's pantry, the show-offs.) Let mikeasaurus at Instructables.com show you all the details, along with his template, and a shiny new head in a jar could be yours!

Fri
Feb 20 2015 9:15am

The M.O.: Submissions are Open for the Next Two Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is open!

That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com). We're seeking short, original crime stories of 1000-1500 words around the loose theme of “Long Gone.” In another two weeks, we'll put up a selected shortlist of Long Gone finalists in the Rogues' Gallery and in our newsletter. We'll ask registered site members to read samples from each, then vote on which story they'd like to read here in its entirety. After we pay for it, of course, the final selection will be posted to read free both online and in downloadable formats.

We'll have the mailbox open for 2 weeks, so don't worry if you haven't begun a story yet. If you write just 72 words a day—less than the word count of the previous paragraph—you'll have one written from scratch by midnight of March 6th!

Entries should be submitted as e-mail attachments in any standard, not-too-fancy document format with author name (and pseudonym, if applicable), story title, and an e-mail contact within the document itself.

You will receive an automatic reply to let you know your submission was received. If you don't, please check your spam folder and make sure to add our address to your list of approved senders. (If you try again, and still don't get confirmation, please use our Contact Us page, but only for technical problems. No other questions related to The M.O. will be answered there.)

For all the details, please check The M.O. Submission Guidelines here. We're so excited about this ongoing program to promote and share short crime stories. We can't wait to read what you have to say about it!

Tue
Feb 17 2015 12:00pm

Now Win This!: Touch of Madness Sweepstakes

There is no genius without a touch of madness, as these seven books can attest!

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[Sanity is madness put to good use...]

Mon
Feb 16 2015 8:45am

Perverse Presidential Honors

President Dwight D. Eisenhower must've been a heckuva good sport, because he played lowdown prairie rat to a cowboy on a white horse at his own danged inauguration. This AP photo shows Ike being lassoed by cowboy Monte Montana as he reviews the parade from the presidential stand in front of the White House on Jan. 20, 1953. So maybe it's only slightly more awkward that we're offering our Presidents' Day felicitations by presenting highlights from some of the officeholders' mysterious deaths. Happy holiday!

Mysterious Presidential Deaths:

Warren G. Harding

JFK, a Three-Part Series

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Thu
Feb 12 2015 8:45am

Coffee: Fuel of Scientists, Scholars, and Writers

Writers and editors are among the Top 5 coffee-drinking professions. Yay! The study proving this intuitive truth was somewhat small and on behalf of a coffee and donut purveyor, but we're going with it. And so is another java brainiac, a grad student who's got a post at Inside Higher Ed all about maximizing one's use of the wonder beverage:

The idea is that our bodies produce different amounts of cortisol—a hormone that, among other things, makes you feel awake and alert—in a natural rhythm throughout the day. According to the posts, the ideal times to drink coffee for maximum buzz are when your cortisol levels are lower and you’re not being “naturally caffeinated,” which tends to occur from 9:30-11:30am and from 1:30-5:00pm.

That this correlates almost exactly with the traditional work day, why, just about now... *takes another gulp*.... is not lost on us. And we love having a Morning Coffee post that's actually about coffee. So meta, so delicious. So here's to you, crime writers and coffee achievers!

Image via C.B. Wentworth's blog.

Mon
Feb 9 2015 12:45pm

The M.O.’s Short Fiction Submission Guidelines

 

We’re thrilled to announce the return of The M.O. (previously published at more length as The Malfeasance Occasional) with a brand-new modus operandi to seek more great and even shorter original stories, involving our site visitors (that's you) to help us make the final selections! We’ll announce a new theme and deadline for original crime fiction of 1,000-1,500 words. The theme can be interpreted widely, in whatever style, tone, subgenre, targeted age range, and/or era the writer chooses. If you see it here, we're interested! The current schedule will always be updated on this page for the theme in-process. There are much more detailed explanations of each step below. Also note: all themes, shortlisters, and final selections will be announced and highlighted days earlier in the newsletter for subscribers.*

February 9th, 2015: The new theme is announced. Write a crime story related to the idea of “Long Gone” in one-thousand to fifteen-hundred words. This is a strict word limit.

[More about the new modus operandi...]

Mon
Feb 9 2015 9:15am

Spongebob Goes on an Adventure?

In a weekend that may be surprising to some, but maybe not to people with children, Jupiter Ascending tanked at the box office, while The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soared, taking the No. 1 spot.

Did you see either of these movies over the weekend? What were your thoughts?

Fri
Feb 6 2015 8:45am

Kids Reenacting 2015 Oscar Nominees

Have you seen the Oscar nominees for Best Picture? Maybe not like this. Kids play selected bits from each movie, and though it's only three minutes, there's so much excellence packed into that brief time, it's hard to imagine the real nominees aren't feeling the hot breath of competition on the backs of their lauded necks.

Many thanks, CineFix! The Academy Award ceremonies will be held on Sunday, February 22nd. If only these performers were allowed to stay up late enough on a school night to accept...

Wed
Feb 4 2015 8:45am

Play Dates for The Wire: David Simon, Richard Price, and a Riot

Know what it's like to get sloppy on piña coladas with David Simon of The Wire? Let Richard Price tell you all about it...

If you're thirsty for more, here are clips on singular cases that obsess cops and the joys of a pure crime novel.

It's fortunate not everyone's definition of a play date means being behind the wheel of a cop car during a riot.

Tue
Feb 3 2015 3:00pm

Now Win This!: The Deadly Medley Sweepstakes

We have a little bit of that and a little bit of this. Check out six great books that you won't want to miss!

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[Are you sure you want to eat that?]