Tag: psychological suspense

Publishing U: Creating Killer Suspense in Psychological Thrillers
By October 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Publishing U: Creating Killer Suspense in Psychological Thrillers

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In this latest addition to our Publishing U series, we receive writing advice from internationally best-selling author John Katzenbach. (His latest, The Dead Student, publishes today.) Read on and discover the difference between grossing your readers […]

Unreliable Narrators and Unlikeable People: 8 Killer Examples of Psychological Suspense
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Unreliable Narrators and Unlikeable People: 8 Killer Examples of Psychological Suspense

What’s hot in fiction right now? Psychological suspense! Thanks to the phenomenal success of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, readers are clamoring for novels that take us inside the heads of unlikable characters in twisted stories of obsession and nightmarish situations. In my At Leisure column for October 1 Booklist (“Psychological Suspense, Horror’s Disturbing Sibling“), I […]

Dark, Dark Read-alikes for “In a Dark, Dark Wood”

Dark, Dark Read-alikes for “In a Dark, Dark Wood”

I don’t know why we still read books that make us want to leave the lights on at night, lock all our doors, and interrogate our significant others about whether or not they’re really impostors living out a decades-long charade to make us slowly lose our minds—but the best-seller list doesn’t lie. The latest book […]

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RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

The mystery world has lost one of the grande dames. The much-lauded Ruth Rendell (winner of numerous mystery awards, including the 1991 Cartier Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime’s Achievement in the Field, not to mention being awarded a CBE in 1996), who had suffered a stroke at the beginning of this year, passed away on May 2, 2015. […]