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October 25 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part III

The shootout at Balazar's last week gave us a taste of the action, now we're fiending like a junkie for some more! Join our discussion of Part III of The Drawing of the Three, as we meet ODetta...
October 21 2016

7 Books to Read If You Love The Walking Dead

It's no surprise that The Walking Dead remains one of the most popular series on TV. After all, it combines the best qualities of zombie fiction into a single package: an unsettling and...
October 18 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part II

After being deformed and disfigured and finally meeting the prisoner in Part I, we make contact in Eddie Dean's when—and there's gonna be a showdown. Join our discussion of Part II of...
October 11 2016

So You Think You Know Zombie Films? (Quiz)

October brings with it all the spooks and scares of Halloween—and on Sunday, October 23rd, it also brings the return of The Walking Dead for its 7th season. Nothing like a heavy dose of zombies...
October 4 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 5

Now that we've had enough time to mourn the fall of Jake in Chapter 4, we finally catch up with the man in black. While I don't expect our conversation to last many years, let's...
September 27 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 4

After a debate about betrayal and the ultimate goal last week for Chapter 3, we step into the darkness of the mountain and into the hands of the slow mutants for Chapter 4... Thank you for...
September 20 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 3

Though our journey is long, we've kept a steady momentum with a great discussion of Chapter 2! An oracle once told me we'd hold long palaver this week for Chapter 3. Thank you for joining...
September 13 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 2

Great start to the reread—we've got a really interesting discussion going on for Chapter 1! Let's keep the momentum heading across the desert to the end of Chapter 2. Thank you...
September 6 2016

13 Books to Read If You Loved Stranger Things

Great news! They’ve confirmed a Season 2 of Stranger Things. I loved the first season of the Netflix original series. Only eight episodes long, but it never feels rushed. The Duffer Brothers...
September 6 2016

What Is the Best Film Adaptation of a Stephen King Novel?

Here at CrimeHQ, we’re starting a journey west towards the Dark Tower with a full reread of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower series. As we begin our journey, so, too, does...
September 6 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 1

Thank you for joining me on a reread of what Stephen King has called his magnum opus, The Dark Tower series featuring Roland of Gilead, the gunslinger. It’s been 38 years since Roland’s...
September 2 2016

The Dark Tower Reread

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Section Date Chapter 1: The Gunslinger 09/06 Chapter 2: The Way Station 09/13 Chapter...
June 8 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 7, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 29 2016

2016 Edgar Awards—A Night of Milestones

The annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards dinner, hosted by the Mystery Writers of America, was a night of milestones—starting with the Edgars themselves, which turned 70 this year. That’s...
March 27 2016

6 Book Characters You’d Like to See Resurrected

Books have the tendency to give you all the feels, good and bad, but there is no worse feeling than the one you get when your favorite character dies. No matter how foolish it may be, you secretly...
March 9 2016

Aaron Paul Joins Cast of Stephen King’s Dark Tower Adaptation

It seems that more good news is ahead for fans of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Last week, King himself confirmed that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey would be cast in leading roles...
March 1 2016

Stephen King’s Dark Tower Adaptation Snags Elba and McConaughey as Leads

One of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets came neatly packaged with a pleasant surprise today, as Stephen King confirmed on Twitter that the Dark Tower movie adaptation will star Idris Elba as...
February 24 2016

The X-Files 10.06: “My Struggle II”

CIGARETTE SMOKING MAN: It's too late for your heroics now. MULDER: I don't believe that! CIGARETTE SMOKING MAN: You don't want to believe. Six weeks—and...
January 19 2016

Announcing 2016’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners.  The Edgars banquet—an annual black-tie gala celebrating crime fiction, non-fiction, and television...
December 18 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Crime and Mystery Lovers!

The holidays are a season for giving (even if that giving is really for yourself—go ahead, we won't tell). So we've compiled a list of unique gift ideas for that crime and mystery...
November 4 2015

Christopher Golden and Josh Boone Talk The Stand and The Fault in Our Stars

  In celebration of the release of my new horror novel, Dead Ringers, I reached out to some of my favorite filmmakers to talk about our mutual love of the genre, formative influences,...
October 1 2015

Killer Nashville’s 2015 Silver Falchion Finalists Announced: Vote Now!

Killer Nashville has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Silver Falchion Readers Choice Awards, which we have below. Congrats to everyone nominated, and make sure you vote for your...
August 28 2015

The ZINNG: Stephen King, OITNB, and Ulysses

Stephen King reflects on the perceived successes of a busy writer in an op-ed to The New York Times: “Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?” Don't miss this feature by Sarah Weinman...
August 28 2015

TBR Confessions: Jungle Warfare, Nazi Rebellion, and Killer Clowns

My TBR Confessions include a harrowing retelling of World War II’s Pacific Theater, a grass-roots rebellion from a German couple inside Nazi territory, and a famous killer clown to whom I’ve...
July 22 2015

Announcing the Hammett Prize Nominees

Awards season closing in on us, so dust off those red carpet duds, grab your finest champagne flute, and get ready to roll! We've already informed you of 2015's Thriller Award nominees...
June 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard

Charlie Martz and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard is a collection of short, previously unpublished stories of both the Western and crime varieties (available June 16, 2015). Charlie Martz and Other...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 30 2015

2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather

Once a year, the mystery writing community reaches critical mass in a place filled with the greatest living purveyors of the genre. The moment occurs at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner hosted by the...
March 27 2015

Schmucks with Underwoods: Why Writers Make the Best Book Characters

Writers have always been the most interesting people I meet, and they almost all tend to be passionate readers as well. They're also impulsive and vibrant and twisty and unpredictable and curious...
January 21 2015

Announcing 2015’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners.  The Edgars banquet—an annual black-tie gala celebrating crime fiction, non-fiction, and television...
December 24 2014

Matthew McConaughey: Called to The Stand

The McConaughnaissance continues! Between Dalls Buyers Club, True Detective, Interstellar, and some Lincoln commercials, 2014 proved to be the year of Matthew McConaughey, and it looks like we...