The folks at Punica (publisher of the I Hunt Killers series in Thailand) are just knocking it out of the park with their covers. The first one was pretty damn dark; if you haven’t seen it, check it out here.
Game continues the graphic novel feel of the covers. I love the use of red against the stark line art! Really cool and so different from the American covers.
Not sure if you’re looking for only real-world thrillers, or if you’re OK with some sci-fi edge, so here are a few to start with:
Diverse main characters:
- Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (scifi/dystopian thriller)
- Fake ID by Lamar Giles (real-world thriller)
- The Living by Matt de la Peña (real-world thriller with dystopian edge)
- Control by Lydia Kang (scifi/medical thriller)
- Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn (sort of a psychological thriller)
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier (suspense/thriller)
- More Than This by Patrick Ness (dystopian-esque but hard to describe)
- Coming out just one month from now on April 8, 2014, you can check out Far From You by Tess Sharpe (mystery/suspense)
Diverse supporting casts:
- White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart by Holly Black (noir-ish urban fantasy with mystery elements)
- The Diviners by Libba Bray (noir-ish horror thriller)
- I Hunt Killers and Game by Barry Lyga (serial killer mystery/thriller)
Also you might want to check out our list of sci-fi thrillers by Asian writers!
I love thrillers. :)
The country that literally invented the internet is now behind Estonia in terms of download speeds
American Internet speeds lag behind Estonia. ESTONIA. Let’s hear again how big cable mergers are good for consumers!
Awards are fun. I have awards. it’s nice.
but you do know they are complete nonsense, right?
Oh my God. This video is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.
Read — if you can stay awake for it — this truly horrible story synopsis that was deservedly rejected by DC Comics back in 1993. Then stick around for today’s lesson, kids…
OK, so now that you’ve lost all respect for me as a writer, let me tell you something: That synopsis was actually for a truly amazing story! Honest. It was powerful and character-driven and loaded with pathos. The problem, of course, is that I gave precisely zero indication of that in the synopsis, choosing instead to write something so generic and vague that the editor in question (quite rightly) wrote “Nothing unique” on it.
Whose fault is this? Duh. Mine. I was trying to hold something back. Trying to keep the story’s twists a secret so as to… So as to…
I don’t know! I don’t know what the hell I was thinking, to be honest with you. When you’re pitching a story to someone, you have to tell them everything. You can’t be coy and hold back the twists and surprises — they need to know these things to decide if they’re going to buy it or not! I got mixed up. I confused the editor for the reader.
Don’t try to impress an editor with your ability to leave him or her hanging off a cliff. Impress him or her with your story.
One of my favorite bits of superhero-ing ever, as the Flash runs around the world over and over again in order to defeat Luthor/Brainiac. It’s just amazing to watch.
Check it out. This is the kind of moment Marvel manages in its movies that DC somehow can’t work into its own.
Sarah Rees Brennan has a new post up about her experiences (some of them heart-breaking) as a now-published author who used to write fanfiction. It’s well worth a read, especially for the way it highlights the role that gender may play in these issues.
What this post made me think about is the…