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Nov 30 2017 4:00pm

In the Shadow of a Killer: Forever Affected by Ted Bundy’s Reign of Evil

Ted Bundy murdered more than 30 women before authorities locked him up for good, and his grisly campaign has served as entertainment to the rest of us ever since. A new Bundy-related movie or TV show debuts almost every year—Zac Efron is slated to star in the next one—because public appetite remains high even four decades later.

Bundy is gone, put to death in the electric chair in 1989, but dozens of people remain living in his shadow. There are survivors—cops, victims, lovers, and family members who are left behind to wonder how they missed a serial murderer sitting in their midst. I wonder what these people think when a fresh Bundy movie comes along, whether they turn on the TV to see who is playing them in this seemingly never-ending story.

[See who is caught in the long shadow cast by Ted Bundy...]

Nov 29 2017 10:00am

Joanna Schaffhausen Excerpt: The Vanishing Season

Joanna Schaffhausen

Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, Joanna Schaffhausen’s accomplished debut The Vanishing Season will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion (available December 5, 2017).

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Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only one who lived.

When three people disappear from her town in three years―all around her birthday―Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer all those years ago.

Agent Reed Markham made his name and fame on the back of the Coben case, but his fortunes have since turned. His marriage is in shambles, his bosses think he's washed up, and worst of all, he blew a major investigation. When Ellery calls him, he can’t help but wonder: sure, he rescued her, but was she ever truly saved? His greatest triumph is Ellery’s waking nightmare, and now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, back to the case that made them...with a killer who can't let go.

[Read an excerpt from The Vanishing Season...]

Nov 28 2017 1:00pm

Q&A with Joanna Schaffhausen, Author of The Vanishing Season

Read this exclusive Q&A with Joanna Schaffhausen, author of The Vanishing Season, and then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win a copy of her thrilling debut!

Joanna Schaffhausen is a scientific editor who spends her days immersed in research on potential new therapies for cancer, addiction, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. She is also an X-Phile, having written X-Files fanfiction for years. Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, her debut novel, The Vanishing Season, is available on December 5th.

Recently, the debut author generously answered our questions about The Vanishing Season, the transition from scientific editor to crime fiction author, and whether she's Team Mulder or Team Scully!

[Read the full Q&A below!]

Nov 23 2017 12:00pm

The X-Files Fanfic: The Stories Are Out There

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are set to return next year for another revival season of The X-Files, but for some fans, it’s like they never really left—even during that 15-year gap when the show was off the air. Devotees of The X-Files keep the characters forever alive through fanfiction (aka “fanfic”), which are unofficial stories written by fans of the show and shared on the internet with fellow fans. I penned more than a dozen of them back in the day, along with other writers using pseudonyms to disguise some possibly surprising true identities. X-Files fanfic writers include newspaper reporters, a TV executive, a judge, a CIA-type operative, and multiple published authors.

At its peak, The X-Files fandom produced more than 100 different stories per week, and fans could select from a dizzying array of “what-if” stories. Would you like a tale about Agent Mulder reuniting with his abducted sister, Samantha? There are dozens. Or maybe you wanted to see Agent Scully get fed up with chasing aliens and strike out on her own. Yup, we’ve got that too.

[Read more about The X-Files from author Joanna Schaffhausen!]