Tonight! Independent Bookstore Day @ Papercuts J.P.

papercutsjp Today is Independent Bookstore Day AND Free Comic Book Day - so get out there and support some local biz!

I'll be at Papercuts J.P. tonight at 6:00pm with Paul Tremblay, reading some of our favorite short stories by other authors that inspire us, and talking crime and horror. Both of us will be hanging around afterward for the late night festivities. Check out the full day of events planned for Papercuts J.P., beginning at 11:00am with free muffins from neighboring Blue Frog Bakery and live music.

Papercuts J.P. will also have free copies of the EXPATRIATE zine Ricardo and I put together last year - updated with stunning colors by Mat Lopes. Grab 'em while they last!

Zero #11

Zero CoverMy partner in crime on EXPATRIATE, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, has a killer new book out this week! ZERO, written by Ales Kot, is a great series, and while there are overall arcs to the story, each issue is pretty self-contained - so don't fret if you're not caught up on the previous TPBs. Ricardo's work on the cover and interior is stellar and covers a wide range of action and emotion.

Hit up your local comic shop or comiXology and give it a shot!

...And stay tuned for more EXPATRIATE.

ZERO #11

Iceland, one year later. Zero's past comes knocking.

Boston Comic Con

Today! Tomorrow!

BCCI'll be at table D413 with the New England Horror Writers at Boston Comic Con. Stop by and say hello. I'll have FEDERALES, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz's print of Marcos and the protagonist from Bracken MacLeod's WHITE KNIGHT (will also have a few copies of WK on hand as well), some EXPATRIATE scripts, and more.


Annnd be sure to swing by and chat up Ricardo at D804! Expat zines, prints, and commissions to boot.

Hope to see you there!

Playing catch up

tumblr_n5jot6nivj1txnetfo1_1280 I've been caught up in a bit a of a whirlwind lately with several ongoing WIP (and a self-imposed deadline of NECON less than two weeks away!) So here is a bit of a catch all post before the nose goes back to the grindstone...

Noir at the Bar Boston was a huge success! Thanks again to everyone for coming out. You can check out Dale T. Phillip's write up and photos, HERE.

My short story, "Snapshots," is up on LitReactor as part of their crime contest with Thuglit. You can check it out HERE, vote and even leave a comment if you are feeling wild.

I've continued my weekly uploading/republishing of older short stories on Wattpad. This week's story is MOON BOOTS.

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and I are plugging away at EXPATRIATE. Keep up with all of the weekly updates, HERE.

...and speaking of Ricardo, Bracken MacLeod and I will have a very cool limited edition print for sale at NECON. Stay tuned for more on that...or if you want to be spoiled, click HERE!

I'm dreadfully behind on my WIP blog update that I owe after being tapped by Meghan's coming. Until then, take a peek at her first novel.

My great friend Errick Nunnally's debut novel, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, dropped this week. AND it was his birthday! You know what to do.

Annnnd, last but not least, today is the last day of the HUGE ChiZine sale. Catch their entire back catalog of e-books for .99/book. You know you want some John Mantooth, Paul Tremblay, Karen Heuler, Ian Rogers, Rio Youers, Christopher Golden...I could go on all day. These guys put out some of my favorite books and .99 is beyond highway robbery. Get some and tell your friends.

Until next time...

MysteryPeople & My Bookish Ways Interviews

Federales_BookPeopleNot one but TWO new interviews popped up this week. Over at My Bookish Ways, I discuss my writing process, short stories, Mexico and editing for Shotgun Honey.

The interview with MysteryPeople digs into the meat of FEDERALES, including the end of the book (beware of some spoilers.) It was a challenging interview that forced me to reflect on the book in ways that I hadn't necessarily focused on in the past (in other words, it was a great interview and I hope readers find some value in it.)

The interviews were a lot of fun and I think both are worth a read for different reasons.

Also, if you're interested in picking up FEDERALES, BookPeople (photographed above) have it in stock. Check out the paperback and help support independent bookstores.

Books & Booze Ep 89 - Chris Irvin

booksboozeThrilled to have been interviewed for the latest episode of Books & Booze. I got hooked on the podcast a few months ago and it has since become one of my favorites that I look forward to each week. We talk FEDERALES, Mexico, editing for Shotgun Honey (with a salute to Erik Arneson), EXPATRIATE - my WIP comic with Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, comics and more. The hour flew by and I forgot half the stuff I wanted to say, but it was a blast.

Hop on over and check it out! (+ subscribe on iTunes or Podbean so you can keep up with all the great interviews.)


EXPATRIATEIt's up! Check out our new home for EXPATRIATE on tumblr. Ricardo and I will be posting weekly updates so stay tuned for more artwork, script info and discussion of the world we've begun to create. Ricardo's work on the pages so far is fantastic ('s like he's inside my head) and I can't wait to see where he takes the comic.

Until next time...onward and upward.

Going to New York Comic Con?

Going to New York Comic Con? Here are a few tables you should hit! SHP-BFTS-banner-851x315

My man Errick Nunnally will be hanging around the Spencer Hill Press booth (#1058) on Saturday. His kick ass debut, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, comes out next March. Meet the man behind what is sure to be a long running series and grab a bookmark while you're at it.


Ricardo Lopez Ortiz - the man, the myth, the legend - and a hell of an artist. I had the fortune of meeting Ricardo at Boston Comic Con this year and enjoyed his artwork so much that I've hired him to bring my comic, EXPATRIATE, to life. While the project is a WIP, Ricardo will have the script for the first issue and a few sketches on hand. Stop by (#AA2) for a look, a chat and save some monies for an illustration - his work is killer (I've got a Judge Dredd commission on my shelf to prove it!)


John Dixon is having the most exciting week of his life. (It's true, he said so.) But seriously, John is doing some incredible work and I couldn't be happier for him. On Friday he'll be signing at the Simon & Schuster booth (#1828) and giving out ARCs of his debut novel, PHOENIX ISLAND, the basis for the upcoming CBS television series INTELLIGENCE, starring Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger, and Meghan Ory.

Just make sure you say no if he offers you hot peppers.


I've met Andrew MacLean at Boston Comic Con for a few years now. He formed Brand New Nostalgia (where I found some of my favorite artists) and is Kickstarting the second issue of his terrific comic, HEAD LOPPER. Stop by (#DD5) and check out the first issue as well as some of his other projects.