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Thrill Seekers Radio

Thrill Seekers scours the globe for the rarest and most exotic specimens of thriller authors. I douse myself in the pheromones of thriller writers and wait for hours, sometimes days in the wild to catch these spectacular creatures and bring them to you. It airs every other Tuesday as part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, with 3 million worldwide listeners. Click the titles and photos below to listen or subscribe to the podcast.

Nazi hunting and cultural identity in the United States

Ona Russell is the author of four novels including Son of Nothingness, O'Brien's Desk, The Natural Selection and Rule of Capture. The quintessential late bloomer, she earned a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego, and has taught for years at various colleges and universities. 

Fantasy meets thriller meets noir meets dinosaurs

Tyler Hayes is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are they not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. His fiction has appeared online in Anotherealm, Nossa Morte, and The Edge of Propinquity, and in print in anthologies from Alliteration Ink, Graveside Tales, and Aetherwatch. Tyler’s debut novel, The Imaginary Corpse, is published by Angry Robot Books.

C.J. Tudor on vendetta and the dark web

C. J. Tudor is the author of The Other People, The Hiding Place and The Chalk Man, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best First Novel and the Strand Magazine Award for Best Debut Novel. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over artist, and dog walker. 

Satanism, cults, and the road from self-publishing to maintstream

L.C. Barlow has reached over sixty-five thousand readers and garnered praise, including a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Awards, a winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards, a winner of the eLit Awards, and IndieReader’s Best Books of 2014. Barlow’s horror trilogy – Pivot, Perish, and Peak – was picked up by California Coldblood Books, an imprint of Rare Bird Books.  

Hawkins turns a passion for history into explosive specualtive fiction

Terence Hawkins is the author of two novels and a number of short stories. His first novel, The Rage of Achilles, is a realistic and sometimes brutal account of the Iliad based on the theory of the bicameral mind. Kirkus Reviews called his second, American Neolithic, “a towering work of speculative fiction.” Kirkus also called his collection Turing’s Graveyard “extraordinary stories that will make readers laugh, shiver, or perhaps both,” and Booklist compared it to the Twilight Zone. 

Co-editors of The Swamp Killers on telling a novel in stories

Sarah M. Chen has published numerous short stories and a children’s book. Her noir novella, Cleaning Up Finn with All Due Respect Books, was an Anthony finalist and IPPY Award winner. She and E.A Aymar are the co-editors of The Night of the Flood, a “novel-in-stories,” and The Swamp Killers. She’s written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Ascent, The Startup, and P.S. I Love You.


Of E.A. Aymar's most recent thriller, THE UNREPENTANT, Publishers Weekly wrote, "Gut-wrenching...Readers who appreciate depth of character alongside gritty nonstop action will be rewarded." His other books include the celebrated novels-in-stories The Night of the Flood and The Swamp Killers (where he also served as co-editor). E.A. Aymar is represented by Michelle Richter with Fuse Literary.

How does a con artist infiltrate a wealthy family?

Kim Savage is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls (named by Kirkus as one of the 10 Best YA of 2017), and In Her Skin (YALSA Best YA 2019), all with Farrar, Straus, Giroux/Macmillan. Her novels have been published in Spain, Brazil, and Turkey, and have been optioned for TV. A former reporter with a Master's degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, she lives with her family near Boston.

How does the zombie apocalypse look through the eyes of animals?

Kira Jane Buxton is the author of Hollow Kingdom, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times,, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and more. She calls the tropical utopia of Seattle home and spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, and a husband.

Jay Sigler on the intersection of horror and comedy

Jay Sigler is the author of horror novels Train Thoughts, and Unsettled, and launched a Sci-Fi Comedy series written with another author Justin Woodard, starting with the first book series, Jerry's Book Sucks: The Book, which is now available.

Suspense master and forensic expert goes dark with a new psychological thriller

D.P. Lyle is one of the prominent authors of the mystery, science fiction, and thriller genres of novels. He hails from Huntsville, Alabama, The United States. Author Lyle received many prestigious awards in her writing career, including the Benjamin Franklin Silve and Macavity Awards.

Horror, thriller, and sci-fi author on crossing genres and going vegan

Justin M. Woodward is an author from Alabama. He currently has three novels: The Variant (a sci/fi horror thriller), Candy (a noir crime/comedy/thriller) and Tamer Animals (a coming of age horror tale), as well as the co-author of the sci-fi comedy Jerry's Book Sucks.

Magician and author Andrew Maybe on how computantial biology can solve crime

Andrew Mayne, star of A&E's Don't Trust Andrew Mayne, is a magician and novelist ranked the fifth best-selling independent author of the year by Amazon UK, and the author behind The Naturalist. He started his first world tour as an illusionist when he was a teenager and went on to work behind the scenes for Penn & Teller, David Blaine and David Copperfield. He's also the host of the podcast. 

How Los Angeles was the murder capital of the hundred years ago

Jennifer Kincheloe is the acclaimed author of the Anna Blanc series of historical mysteries, which includes The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, The Women in the Camphor Trunk, and most recently, The Body in Griffith Park. The series takes place in 1900s Los Angeles among the police matrons of the LAPD and combine mystery, history, humor, and romance. She has been a finalist in the Lefty Awards, the Macavity Awards, the Colorado Author's League Awards, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and has won the Mystery and Mayhem Award and the Colorado Gold.

Angie Kim debuts with the must-read book of the summer

Angie Kim has written the must-read thriller of the year with her debut, Miracle Creek. She moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer. Her stories have won the Glamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, Slate, The Southern Review, Sycamore Review, The Asian American Literary Review, and PANK. 

Thorne and Cross talk about haunted hotels and vampires

Frequent collaborators Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have authored numerous thriller and horror titles. On Thrill Seekers, they talk about their latest solo releases, haunted houses and how to put an original spin on vampires.

Tom Pitts on the marijuana industry

Tom Pitts is a Canadian-American author and screenwriter who received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. He is the author of 101, American Static, Hustle, and the novellas Piggyback and Knuckleball. His new novel, Coldwater, will be released by Down & Out Books in 2020.

Crime and noir spcialist E.A. Aymar on sexual trafficking and vendetta

E.A. Aymar is the author os The Unrepentant, the novel-in-stories The Night of the Flood (in which he served as co-editor and contributor), as well as I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead and You’re As Good As Dead. He has a monthly column in the Washington Independent Review of Books, and is also the Managing Editor of The Thrill Begins, ITW’s online resource for aspiring and debut thriller writers. Aymar also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C.

Thriller master Penni Jones on social taboos

Penni Jones is the author of Kricket and On the Bricks, and the blogger extraordinaire of Scapegoats and Sacred Cows. An Arkansas native with a nomadic spirit, she holds a Bachelor's Degree from St. Martin's University.

Bestseller Tosca Lee returns to talk about pandemics and pageants

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker.

Debut Peng Shepherd on shadows and memory

Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her debut novel, The Book of M, was chosen as an Amazon "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Year," and has been featured on The Today Show, NPR On Point, and in The Guardian.

Amy Lukavics on horror and roller derby

Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in Northern Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Her novel The Ravenous was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Superior Achievement in a YA Novel category, and Daughters unto Devils was a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers 2017.

Attorney and thriller author Robert Rotstein reinvents the courtroom drama

Robert Rotstein is an author and attorney. He has published four novels including Corrupt Practices, Reckless Disregard, The Bomb Maker's Son. On Thrill Seekers, he talks about bringing his legal expertise to reinvent the courtroom drama in his latest, We, The Jury.

The creator of the book and TV series YOU on thrillers and the Red Sox

Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her first novel You was translated into nineteen languages, shortlisted for a CWA New Blood Award, and made into a TV series airing on Lifetime. Her second novel Hidden Bodies is a sequel that Booklist describes as “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.” Her most recent novel is Providence. 

Award-winning author Jonathan Moore on noir and the inherent creepiness of San Francisco

Jonathan Moore is a Bram Stoker Award nominated author of six novels, including his latest, The Night Market. His third novel, The Poison Artist, was a selection of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. His novels have been translated into seven languages.

Iceland's No 1 crime author

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is an award-winning, No. 1 best-selling Icelandic crime fiction author. Sigurdardóttir made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals, the first installment in the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series. She has since gone on to write a number of acclaimed stand-alone thriller novels, and is to date translated into more than 30 languages.

Learn about audiodramas with Nick Messitte

Nick Messitte is a New York-based writer, composer, producer, and musician, and the creator of the new audiodrama, "Salmon's Run." On THRILL SEEKERS, we talk about how to adapt fiction to the audiodrama medium, and play some samples from the production.

Award-winning author on dysfuncitonal sisterhood

Laurie Petrou is the award-winning author of Sister of Mine, and is also a professor and artist based in Canada.

JF Dubeau makes the jump from sci-fi to horror

JF Dubeau has been working the graphic design and marketing racket for over twenty years, but the telling of stories has always been a thing, gnawing at the back of his brain, chewing towards the first opening it could find. Jumping from Science Fiction to Horror, J-F.'s preferred genre is less about the limits of a particular sandbox than the castles he can build within. The only thing that matters are the characters and what slice of their lives to explore.

Eileen Cook on tarot cards and cold reading

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, THE HANGING GIRL, came out in 2017. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Bestseller Tosca Lee on having sympathy for the devil

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Progeny series, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekke. A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. You can find Tosca hanging around the snack table or wherever bacon is served. 

Veteran fiction editor Adam Marsh offers a brief master class in writing

Adam Marsh was an editor and agent at Reece Halsey North Literary Agency, and brings to his work a passion for storytelling and the knowledge of what it takes to publish in today's competitive market. Adam has taught classes and delivered presentations at numerous writers conferences and universities.

Steve Berry on the feud between Martin Luther King, Jr. and J. Edgar Hoover

Steve Berry is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 15 novels. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. He has just released The Bishop's Pawn. 

Randall Silvis on conquering your fear of death

Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of over a dozen novels, one story collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. Also a prize-winning playwright, a produced screenwriter, and a prolific essayist, he has been published and produced in virtually every field and genre of creative writing. His work has been translated into 10 languages.

Editing tips and pet peeves from fiction editor Derek McFadden

Derek McFadden is a fiction editor, a former March Of Dimes Ambassador, the author of the poetry collection Prose From A Grandson To A Senior Fellow, and a contributor to the short-story anthology Cast No Shadows (Curiosity Quills Press). His novel What Death Taught Terrence awaits its agent, publisher, and readers.

Chesya Burke on horror and race in the U.S.

Chesya Burke has published nearly a hundred fiction pieces and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her story collection, Let’s Play White, is being taught in universities around the country, and her novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa, is garnering critical acclaim. Poet Nikki Giovanni compared her writing to that of Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison. 

Jill Orr on being morbid in the midwest

Jill Orr is the author of The Good Byline, the first in the Riley Ellison mystery series. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, Orr lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and two children. The Bad Break is her second novel.

Fellow podcasters Adrienne Reiter and Keri Schroeder on things that terrify us

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun is the brainchild of two writers, Adrienne Reiter and Keri Schroeder. On the show they swap ghost stories, terrible tales, personal paranormal experiences, and general ghoul talk every week. Adrienne Reiter is an author and compulsive blogger based out of San Francisco. Keri Schroeder is an artist and writer in the East Bay.   

Bestseller Carter Wilson on urban legends

Carter Wilson is a USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author, of several titles, including Mr. Tender's Girl and Revelation. His novels have received critical acclaim, including multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and his works have won the Colorado Book Award, the International Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. 

Acclaimed authors Shannon Kirk and JJ Hensley talk about the new thriller anthology Night of the Flood

Shannon Kirk is an award-winning author as well as a practicing attorney. J.J. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, as well as an award-winning author. They are both part of 14 thriller authors who have contributed to the brilliant anthology, Night of The Flood, edited by E.A. Aymar and Sarah M. Chen.

Debut AJ Finn on agoraphobia and classic noir

AJ Finn is the pseudonym of Daniel Mallory, currently a senior publishing executive at William Morrow/HarperCollins. An Oxford graduate and former book critic, he lives in New York City. His debut novel, The Woman in the Window, is currently in development as a major motion picture at Fox.

2017 wrapup with Louis Bayard on the best books, shows, and movies you never heard of

​Louis Bayard is the author of seven novels, including Roosevelt's Beast, The School of Night, The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. A New York Times Notable author, he has been nominated for both the Edgar® and Dagger awards and has been named one of People magazine's top authors of the year. Joyce Carol Oates has noted, "Louis Bayard is a writer of remarkable gifts: for language, for imagination, for that mysterious admixture of audacity and craftsmanship that signals a major talent in the making." He is also the author of the popular Downton Abbey recaps for the New York Times.

Bestseller Robert Dugoni on the new surge of heroin

Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series, which includes My Sister's Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl, and his latest, Close to Home. He has won the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction, has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, and was twice named an International Thriller Writer's finalist for thriller of the year.  

Bestseller Michelle Richmond on marriage and cults

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels and two award-winning story collections. Her books include the 2017 psychological thriller The Marriage Pact, which has been optioned by 20th Century Fox; Golden State, the critically acclaimed novel that imagines modern-day California on the brink of secession from the United States; and the international bestseller The Year of Fog. Her books have been sold in 28 languages.

Debut author AF Brady on dysfunction in the mental health system

Debut author A.F. Brady has released an impressive first novel with THE BLIND. She is a born and raised New Yorker, and also a psychotherapist (NYS licensed mental health counselor), and brings her expertise of the mental health profession as well as her writing chops to launch an impressive first offering. We can't wait for more!

Joe Clifford on crime, addiction and recovery

From homeless junkie to successful author, Joe Clifford has dedicated his life to education and the craft of writing and helping other ex-junkies find a voice and a platform for their creative energies. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including Give Up the Dead, Lamentation and December Boys, in the Jay Porter series. 

Award-winner Ronald Malfi on ghosts and secret identities

Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of several horror novels, mysteries, and thrillers. He is the recipient of two Independent Publisher Book Awards, the Beverly Hills Book Award, the Vincent Preis Horror Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award for Popular Fiction, and he is a Bram Stoker Award nominee. 

Horror master came to kick ass, talk horror and eat cake...and we ran out of cake

John Langan is the author of many works of contemporary horror, including The Fisherman; The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies; and House of Windows. He has been a finalist for the International Horror Guild Award, and has won the Bram Stoker Award. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards. 

Why we love horror tropes, and how they've evolved

This week on Thrill Seekers, I interview Riley Sager, whose first book, FINAL GIRLS, Stephen King called, "The first great thriller of 2017."  

The morality of capital punishment and revenge

David McCaffrey is the author of the Hellbound series of books. His debut, Hellbound, was voted one of W H Smith's Most Underrated Crime Novels of 2014. In between writing he works as an Infection Prevention and Control Nurse in a local hospital. His wife Kelly is his muse and ardent (but constructive) critic of his work.

Have you rummaged through Bram Stoker's personal effects? J.D. Barker has

J.D. Barker is an international bestselling American author who’s work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers. His first novel, Forsaken, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. On Thrill Seekers, we talk about his new book The Fourth Monkey, and his upcoming Dracula prequel, for which he is working directly with the Bram Stoker estate.

Werewolves and how to reattach a severed tongue

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen novels and six story collections. Most recent are Mongrels and the comic book My Hero, from Hex Publishers. Stephen lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado. He's an expert on werewolves, and survived getting his tongue cut off and then stitched back on when he was in third grade. In third grade, I was trying to convince my parents to buy me a hamster.

A bestseller shares 10 easy steps to becoming a writer

Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of over a dozen novels, one story collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. Also a prize-winning playwright, a produced screenwriter, and a prolific essayist, he has been published and produced in virtually every field and genre of creative writing. His work has been translated into 10 languages.

How do you combine horror and westerns?

Nick Cutter, who also writes under Patrick Lestewka and his real name, Craig Davidson, is the bestselling and award-winning author of several titles, including The Troop, The Deep, and his latest, Little Heaven. 

Can obituaries be funny?

In her debut novel, The Good Byline, Jill Orr gives us a compelling mystery and a fresh, new voice of literary humor. Jill Orr also writes features and a parenting column for Como Living Magazine in Columbia, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two children. She writes humor essays about parenting on her blog, An Exercise in Narcissism. The Good Byline is her first novel in the Riley Ellison mysteries series.

International bestseller Catherine McKenzie on how to handle a stalker

Catherine McKenzie is a bestselling author and practicing lawyer in Montreal. Her novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and SMOKE, are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Catherine’s sixth novel, FRACTURED, had just been released.

Bestseller Carter Wilson on how to make your own religion

Carter Wilson is a USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author. His novels have received critical acclaim, including multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and his works have won the Colorado Book Award, the International Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. 

Take a peek inside the FBI with award-winning author Elizabeth Heiter

Elizabeth Heiter is the author of seven books, including the wildly successful profiler series, starting with Hunted and including the recently released Stalked. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages. They've also been shortlisted for the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.

Award-winning Lori Rader-Day on handwriting analysis and soundtracking your book

Lori Rader-Day has written three novels, The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things, and the forthcoming The Day I Died. She has won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and her books have been named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top 10 crime novels of the year by Booklist. 

Mike Carey transitions from comics legend to bestselling novelist

M.R. Carey (also Mike Carey) is an astoundingly prolific writer. He is the bestselling author of The Girl With All The Gifts (the film version of which comes out in theaters this month) and Fellside, among other titles. He's also a legend in the comic industry, as the creator of the Lucifer and Hellblazer series. Seriously, go check out his Amazon pages.   

Bestseller Deborah Coonts on Alzheimer's and adventure

Deborah Coonts knows how to grab life by the cojones. She is a world traveler, licensed pilot, and former Las Vegas resident. The bestselling author of the Lucky O'Toole series and the forthcoming Deep Water, she has written a vast body of work. In her psychological thriller After Me, her central character, a former detective afflicted with early onset Alzheimer's, is trying to piece together why a body has turned up in her bathtub.  

What happens when a thriller writer and musician cross paths?

This is a special episode of Thrill Seekers, where I welcome E.A. Aymar and DJ Alkimist to talk about their collaboration that fuses together music and storytelling. We also debut their latest track, "Red Room." Think of it as a delicious, Reese's-like combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Screenwriter turned novelist Nina Sadowsky on killer love and social activism

For your New Year's resolutions, did you promise to be more politically active? Meet Nina Sadowsky. In addition to creating a buzz with her debut novel, JUST FALL (which is currently being developed as a series by Starz), she has been taking an active role how to create progressive change. She is a former entertainment lawyer and screenwriter, and we talk about everything including the film industry, the book industry, and what practical things you can do to help fight orange men.

Tammy Cohen gives us the ultimate anti-Christmas thriller

Tammy Cohen, who also writes as Tamar Cohen, has written seven critically acclaimed novels, one of which is Dying for Christmas, about a young woman who is abducted and forced to open one gruesome gift for twelve days. Cozy up with it during your holiday. We also talk about fetishes and her poorly behaved dog. Oh, and the new release of The Fallout, about the ripple effects of divorce. Grab a cup of nog and listen!

Award-winning author Belinda Bauer on psychics and animal psychology

Belinda Bauer is an award-winning author of several novels, including Rubbernecker, The Shut Eye, and her latest, The Beautiful Dead. She grew up in South Africa and currently lives in the UK, where she was a journalist, and brings that experience into her latest book. 

Laura McHugh makes her triumphant return and discusses cold cases

Laura McHugh is the author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood. She has won the International Thriller Writers Thriller Award for Best First Novel, Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel: Literary Suspense, and GoodReads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Mystery and Best Debut, among others. 

NY Times bestseller Charles Belfoure on New York's history of crime

Charles Belfoure is the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect (2013) and House of Thieves (2015). An architect by profession, his area of specialty is historic preservation, and he has published several architectural histories, one of which won a Graham Foundation national grant for architectural research. He has been a freelance writer for The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times.

Award-winning author Gemma Files on the therapeutic benefits of horror

Gemma Files is a master of horror, and just won the Shirley Jackson Award for her latest, Experimental Film. She's also the author of the popular Hexslinger series, a supernatural thriller series set in the 1860s, and a screenwriter and former film critic based in Toronto.

Acclaimed author Amy Lukavics on modern vs. period horror

Amy Lukavics is the author of horror thrillers Daughters Unto Devils and The Women in the Walls. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf. 

Bestseller Ania Ahlborn on killer families in Appalachia—they're just like us!

Ania Ahlborn has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from a large wooded cemetery. Ania's first novel, SEED, was self-published. It clawed its way up the Amazon charts to the number one horror spot, earning her a multi-book deal and a key to the kingdom of the macabre. 

Bestseller Alex Marwood on narcissism, groupthink, and the power of persuasion

Alex Marwood is a figment of the imagination of the novelist and sometime journalist Serena Mackesy. For our purposes on Thrill Seekers, she is the bestselling author of The Wicked Girls, The Killer Next Door, and the recently released The Darkest Secret. In an unprecedented Alex-on-Alex conversation, we talk about her experience in journalism, and how the psychological phenomena of groupthink and the rise of narcissism play into her latest thriller.

NY Times bestseller Aleatha Romig on cults and romance

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. On Thrill Seekers, she talks about her new "The Light" series, which includes books INTO THE LIGHT and the forthcoming AWAY FROM THE DARK.

Bestseller Libby Fischer Hellmann on espionage, Watergate, and the downfall of journalism

Libby Fischer Hellmann is the bestselling author or thirteen novels and twenty short stories, including suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. She talks about her new novel, JUMP CUT, as well as her history in broadcast journalism, including the Watergate hearings, and how it led her to a successful career in writing.

Acclaimed author Tom Pitts on male prostitutes and blackmail

Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. The new edition of his novel, HUSTLE, is available now. Tom is also an acquisitions editor at Gutter Books, an editor of the Flash Fiction Offensive, and host of Skid Row Chatter at Authors on the Air network. 

Thriller authors Ursula Ringham and Glen Erik Hamilton on what you need to know about writing festivals

On this special episode of Thrill Seekers, we talk to authors Ursula Ringham and Glen Erik Hamilton to provide advice on writing festivals and conferences for thriller writers. We talk about the top thriller events, what you can expect from them, and how to get the most out of these events. Ursula is the author of Privileged Corruption; Glen is the Edgar Award nominated author of Past Crimes and Hard Cold Winter.

Acclaimed author Gwendolyn Womack on unlocking past lives with drugs

Gwendolyn Womack is originally from Houston, Texas, and began writing theater plays in college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She went on to receive an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Directing Theatre, Video & Cinema. Currently she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son where she can be found at the keyboard working on her next novel. The Memory Painter is her first novel.

The man who scared the hell out of Stephen King on just what makes New England so creepy

Paul Tremblay is the author of six novels, including Disappearance at Devil's Rock and A Head Full of Ghosts. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Supernatural Noir, and numerous Year’s Best anthologies. He served as fiction editor of CHIZINE and as co-editor of Fantasy Magazine. Paul is also on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards.

Thorne & Cross on the world's worst mothers

Frequent collaborators Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have authored numerous thriller and horror titles. Their current release, Mother, is a dark psychological thriller that deals with the secrets that hide among a quaint community in California. It could not have been written without the tireless work of evil moms everywhere.

Acclaimed author Joshua Gaylord on werewolves and the fear of puberty

Joshua Gaylord (who also writes under the pen name Alden Bell) is the author of titles including When We Were Animals and Hummingbirds. In general, he tends to like people--particularly the ones who like him, though that's not a prerequisite. Alden Bell has the same history but is more serious in all the ways you'd like him to be. He engages in bar fights that end amicably and spends a lot of time at the dog track.

International bestseller John Lescroart on the gaps in our legal system

John Lescroart is the New York Times Bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including most recently The Fall. He has written seventeen novels in the San Francisco based Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitsky series. Libraries Unlimited has included him in its publication "The 100 Most Popular Thriller and Suspense Authors," and his books have been translated into twenty languages in more than seventy-five countries. 

International bestseller Steve Berry on those times that the U.S. tried to invade Canada

Steve Berry is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 15 novels. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. He has just released The 14th Colony. In addition, he is a founding member of International Thriller Writers.

Award-winning author DP Lyle on the latest trends in forensics

DP Lyle, MD is an award-winning author of numerous fuction and nonfiction titles, including Forensics for Dummies and the forthcoming Deep Six. He is also one of the founders of the International Thriller Writers organization, the creator of Craftfest (part of the annual Thrillerfest conference in NYC) and the host of Crime and Science Radio.

New York Times bestseller Kimberly McCreight on women's intuition and writing research

Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for an Edgar Award, named Entertainment Weekly‘s Favorite Book of the Year, and was was one of CNN’s Reader Favorites. It has been optioned by HBO and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films. McCreight’s second novel, Where They Found Her, was a USA Today bestseller, and her latest, The Outliers, comes out in May.

Acclaimed author Rob Hart on vegan strip clubs and the 2016 election

Rob Hart is the author of New Yorked and City of Rose. He’s also the associate publisher at and the class director at LitReactor. Previously, he has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York. His next novel, South Village, will be out in October 2016, followed by Not Yet Lost in 2017. 

Acclaimed author Carla Buckley on family secrets and sunlight allergies

Carla Buckley is the author of several acclained novels, including The Good Goodbye, The Deepest Secret, Invisible and The Things That Keep Us Here. Born in Washington, D.C., she has worked as an assistant press secretary for a U.S. senator and an analyst with the Smithsonian Institution. She was nominated for a Thriller Award for a Best First novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. 

Acclaimed debut author Christopher J. Yates on secret societies and games of humiliation

Christopher J. Yates wrote an internationally acclaimed debut novel titled Black Chaulk, which tells the story of six university students who create the ultimate game of psychological torture. Only five survive the game, and none of them emerge unscarred. The book has been nominated for CWA's John Creasey Award, and been named a "Best Book of the Year" by NPR and a "Must Read" by The Boston Globe. Chris has worked as a puzzle designer, and tapped into his own expeiences at Oxford University in crafting the novel.  

Award-winning author Jennifer Kincheloe on America's 1st female police officer

Jennifer Kincheloe is an award-winning author who recently released her debut novel, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. The historical literary thriller is inspired by the story of the Alice Stebbins Wells, the first woman police officer in the country, and takes us back to 1907 Los Angeles. On Thrill Seekers, she talks about the pioneers of female police work, as well as prostitution and corruption in early Los Angeles. Oh right—she's also represented by J.K. Rowling's agent.   

Bestseller Christina Henry on Alice and Wonderland and 80s pop hits

Christina Henry is a bestslelling author of the Black Wings series, as well as the two Chronicles of Alice books, Alice (2015) and Red Queen (2016). In Alice, Henry uses the world of Alice in Wonderland as a foundation to develop a dark psychological thriller about human trafficking and survival. On Thrill Seekers, she talks about her work, how The Tubes song "She's a Beauty" can be literary inspiration, and what to listen to while running for distance in the Chicago winter. 

Thriller master Jennifer McMahon on ghost stories and the flavor graveyard at Ben & Jerry's

Jennifer McMahon is the author of seven wonderful novels, including the breakout ghost story/psychological thriller Promise Not to Tell, and the most recent The Winter People and The Night Sister, both released in 2015. As a child, she was convinced a ghost named Virgil lived in her attic, and since has crafted creepy, sophisticated, and compelling novels that blend the supernatural with real psychological tension. 

NY Times bestseller Alessandra Torre on sex cam workers and psychopaths

Alessandra Torre (also A.R. Torre) is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who has has written 13 novels, five of which have become #1 erotic bestsellers. Her Deanna Madden series, including The Girl in 6E,  Do Not Disturb and If You Care, has a rabid following, straddling thriller and erotica genres, and is being developed into a film by EuropaCorp, Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element, The Professional) film production company.

Award-winning author Laura McHugh talks about criminal hideouts and lethal hazards in the Ozarks

Laura McHugh is the author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood (coming in 2016). Her debut novel has won the International Thriller Writers Thriller Award for Best First Novel, Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel: Literary Suspense, and GoodReads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Mystery and Best Debut, among others. New York Times bestselling author Amy Greene said, “Once I picked up Laura McHugh’s The Weight of Blood, I couldn’t put it down. I kept turning pages long into the night, bewitched by the enchanting Ozark landscape and the haunting murder mystery at its heart. The Weight of Blood is the kind of novel that leaves the reader breathless and wanting more.”

Louis Bayard on Teddy Roosevelt, Kermit, and Downton Abbey

Louis Bayard is the author of seven novels, including Roosevelt's Beast, The School of Night, The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. A New York Times Notable author, he has been nominated for both the Edgar® and Dagger awards and has been named one of People magazine's top authors of the year. Joyce Carol Oates has noted, "Louis Bayard is a writer of remarkable gifts: for language, for imagination, for that mysterious admixture of audacity and craftsmanship that signals a major talent in the making." He is also the author of the popular Downton Abbey recaps for the New York Times.

RAMBO creator and internationally bestselling author David Morrell

David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He is a co-founder of International Thriller Writers, and an honorary lifetime member of the Special Operations Association and the Association of Intelligence Officers. His latest novels, Murder as a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead, are Victorian thrillers that explore the world of 1850s London. Based on years of research, they attempt to make readers believe they are truly on those harrowing, fogbound streets. Both novels feature a brilliant literary figure of the era, Thomas De Quincey, who wrote the essay, “Postscript: On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.

Andrew Pyper on demonic possesion and evil twins

Andrew Pyper is the author of several titles, including The Demonologist, and most recently The Damned. The Demonologist won the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and was a #1 bestseller in Canada. Film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures with Robert Zemeckis’ company, ImageMovers. The Damnedh as been optioned by Legendary Pictures. His other titles include The Guardians, The Killing Circle, Kiss Me, and Lost Girls. He is based in Toronto. 


Ben Tripp talks about the origin of vampires and werewolves

For the inaugural show of THRILL SEEKERS, Ben Tripp discussed his latest book, FIFTH HOUSE OF THE HEART. You're probably thinking, "Sure, he's a great writer, but did he create any interactive rides at Disneyland?" Why, yes. Yes he did. Ben has designed several rides for theme parks, including Disney. Notably, he created Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari ride.  

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