Andrew’s Christmas crime story “The Killer Christian” is being resurrected once again, this time as part of a massive new anthology called The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, published by Vintage Crime and edited by Otto Penzler. “The Killer Christian” began its life as a holiday chapbook for Penzler’s famous Mysterious Bookshop in lower Manhattan. It was then published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and later anthologized in Penzler’s popular collection Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop and in an EQMM e-book called The Crooked Road, Vol II.
“The Killer Christian” is the tale of a holiday miracle that occurs when a stupid but deadly hit man stumbles over a struggling actress playing a walk-on role as an angel in an off-off-Broadway play. John Wilson of the Christian review Books & Culture said of the story, “It’s something special: funny, tender, yet with a Swiftian kick.”
Other authors in the Big Book of Christmas Mysteries include Mary Higgins Clark, Ed McBain, Agatha Christie, John D. MacDonald and Rex Stout. On sale now.
A transcript of Andrew’s recent radio interview with Kent Covington of World Magazine Radio’s show The World & Everything in It has now been posted online. Aside from discussing his new young adult thriller Nightmare City, Kent and Andrew talked about whether a change in the culture may be on the way. An excerpt:
Kent: Now, you are an unabashed conservative. There aren’t an awful lot of you, as a percentage of the whole, in Hollywood. Are conservative ideas getting any more sunlight in Hollywood these days?
Klavan: I think there’s some. I think something is happening in the intellectual sphere that is going to trickle down into Hollywood very soon. I’m starting to read a lot of academic books that are starting to question some of the assumptions that have undergone this current age and some of the mistakes that we’ve made. The assumptions of relativism, that all cultures are equally valid. All morality is equally valid. The assumptions of materialism. I think those things are coming under question at the very highest level of thought. One of the things we’re seeing that’s really interesting—and a lot of media is trying not to take notice of this trend—is that religion, which by default was always believed to be a populist thing, is becoming a very elite thing. Religion is spreading among the intellectual class, the upper classes, and is really under fire in the lower/middle class. So the more education people have right now, the more likely they are to be religious, which is a really interesting phenomenon. If what I think is going to happen happens—that we’re going to have an intellectual revival of religion— that’s going to change a lot of stuff. It makes a difference whether we’re ‘meat puppets’ as someone once put it, or whether we’re children of God. You start to think about things differently.
You can read the whole thing here.
Nightmare City — Andrew’s ghostly young adult novel — is now available in hardcover print editions and on all e-book platforms. The novel from publishers Thomas Nelson tells of high school newspaperman Tom Harding who wakes up to find his hometown empty except for the fog… and the things in the fog. Publishers Weekly calls the novel, “Fast-paced,” “eerie,” and “intense.” Romantic Times says it “grabs the reader from the first page.”
The first ever app movie, “Haunting Melissa,” a ghost story with a script by Andrew, gets a brilliant new iOS-7 upgrade as Haunting Melissa 2.0 hits the app store. With improved (and terrifying) video and sound design and added maneuverability features, the app now let’s you explore the nightmare in exciting new ways and ferret out fresh aspects of the mystery. The download is free, exclusively for iPhone and iPad users. The story, delivered in installments by the app, tells of a young woman in a lonely farmhouse who begins to feel her mother is calling to her from beyond the grave. Andrew’s friend Neal Edelstein produced and directed this unique entertainment experience and co-created the story with Andrew. The 30 second trailer is available here.
(The photo above shows Haunting Melissa director Neal Edelstein hard at work filming the story while I get in people’s way!)
I am, of course, ALWAYS the I-Thing of MY week, but I was delighted to see that Haunting Melissa, the ground-breaking ghost-movie app for i-devices with a script by your obt svt, was named “I-Thing of the Week,” by Gonna Geek at GonnaGeek.com. Michelle Ealey, who says she’s been a geek for as long she can remember, writes the review:
The storytelling method isn’t revolutionary, but its delivery method is. Relying on the stability of a separate app is not necessary. No theater, no TV, no YouTube, and no Netflix are needed – the story is delivered straight to your iDevice. Many people have iDevices, so being able to directly send the story straight to an audience could open this market to other storytellers; without the need of another app, you can watch Haunting Melissa with just your iDevice and an internet connection to download the next installment.
You can read the whole thing here. And you can follow the link to download the app here. Which you should. It’s very cool. The app and the early chapters are free, and the season pass for all eleven chapters (plus some surprises) is $6.99, less than a movie.