Posts Tagged ‘Appearances’

First Lord of Mystery—No Kidding

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The International Mystery Writers Festival at Owensboro, Kentucky, has fast become one of the most popular events in the world of mystery fiction. My pal Lee Goldberg has been raving about it to me for several years, and I suspect his fine hand is at work in my having been invited to participate. In fact, I’m “The First Lord of Mystery” (previously honored mystery writers at the festival have been female), and will be doing all sorts of signings and workshops with Barb at my side. Most exciting, the first public performance of the Mike Hammer radio play “Encore for Murder” will be be presented opening night, Thursday June 14, with Gary Sandy as Hammer. Some of you may recall that Gary is one of the stars of my indie film “Mommy’s Day.” Involved in the production are several Firesign Theater luminaries. The festival is June 14 – 17 at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, and you can read about it here.

The cyber press tour for LADY, GO DIE! continues to wind down, but an important stop along the way is Forbes.com, where a strong interview with me was given a lot of play, and picked up hither and yon.

That fine writer and good pal of mine, Ed Gorman, has lavished praised upon MICKEY SPILLANE ON SCREEN at his entertaining blog, the first review of that I’ve seen. Grab this from Barnes and Noble, who still have the best price (though it’s gone up a couple of bucks).

The second half of the Comic Geek interview appears here.

And yet another interview at Comic Attack.

Another blog by a guy named Ed is devoted to a perceptive review of I, THE JURY, the reviewer prompted by LADY, GO DIE! to go back to the beginning of the Hammer saga.

Here’s another one of those odd positive reviews of LADY, GO DIE! that seems apologetic for liking it.

Jon Jordan at Crimespree asked me to discuss the five books and five albums that changed my life. Check this out – it’s a refreshing change from all of these interviews I’ve been giving.

M.A.C.

The Weird Ways of the Net

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

For yet another week, I spent much of my time on a sort of internet tour for LADY, GO DIE! (out this week). Later in this update, I will provide links to various pieces I’ve written and interviews I’ve given. How odd it is, to be doing most of my promo on the web – not in book stores or even on TV or radio.

On the other hand, I should note that Barb and I have a book signing this coming Saturday, May 12, at Barnes & Noble in Davenport, Iowa, from 1 p.m. to 3. This is the first signing for both ANTIQUES DISPOSAL and LADY, GO DIE! It’s at North Park Mall, 320 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806.

But isn’t the internet weird? Sometimes wonderfully so. For decades, I wondered and even searched for Ennis Willie, author of the Sand novels that had (along with Richard Stark’s Parker series) inspired me as a teenage writer, in particular Nolan, the series Perfect Crime has recently reprinted in trade paperback. Then one day, out of the blue, I hear from Ennis Willie himself – neither a penname nor an African American (both had been speculated) – in my e-mail box. Since then, he was published two collections of his “Sand shockers” and I have written introductions to both.

Now I’m about to share with you an e-mail and my response. It comes from Ennis Willie’s 1960s editor at Merit Books. When I was 15 I wrote this gentleman, asking him if he’d look at my first novel, without telling him my age (the book was called The Gray Flannel Thugs). He said he’d look at the book. Meanwhile, forty-eight years later, this turned up in my e-mail box:

Max –

As an old man now, I was thinking about fiction I had enjoyed and Ennis Willie popped into my head. Wondered if he had written anything lately. Picked up “A Sand Shocker” from Amazon. Was surprised to see my name in it at least four times. Also, your editor used the short stories I had Willie do for Rascal. He never wrote any before I came onboard.

If you are interested, I might be able to fill you in on some of the Camerarts details. Although not there from the beginning, I did spend four years there.

Lastly, I was/am a big Dark Angel fan. Liked very much what you did on Before the Dawn. You’ve come a long way, baby.

Cheers,

Tony Licata

This was my somewhat astonished response:

Dear Tony —

How amazing to hear from you.

You have the honor of being the only editor who rejected me who I look back on fondly and with gratitude.

As you may recall, I had my parents drive me to your office in Chicago to deliver my first novel manuscript in person. I was, I believe, 15.

You wrote me a very long, helpful, encouraging editorial letter, and when I tried a novelette for Rascal, you responded with a similarly long and helpful letter. You didn’t have to do that. Hard to know just how much you aided me in my career at that very important juncture.

I wound up writing four novels in high school, and then the novel I wrote in community college (Mourn the Living) — very much a Sand imitation — got me into the undergrad Writers Workshop at Iowa City. Richard Yates, author of Revolutionary Road, was my instructor and mentor. The next two books I wrote sold before I got out of grad school, and that community college novel eventually got published, as well.

How odd and sweetly strange it is that you read one of my DARK ANGEL novels as a reader and not an editor. Somehow that’s the greatest compliment of all. I’d love to send a few other books of mine, not based on anybody else’s concepts, to show you how really far I’ve come.

Thank you for getting in touch with me, and thank you for the time you spent with an enthusiastic kid from Iowa, who was writing sex scenes long before he ever had any. Of course, I never did shoot anybody, either, and I’m still writing about that….

Warmly,

Max

* * *

I wrote a very in-depth piece about the process of putting LADY, GO DIE! and the other “lost” Hammer novels together for Lit Reactor.

Here’s a well-conducted interview about LADY, GO DIE! at Slacker Heroes.

The Slacker Heroes interviewer also did this nifty review of the book.

Another nice interview with lots of comics images can be found at CBR’s fun site.

MTV.com asked me to rate my top ten crime comics.

Flavorwire wanted a beginner’s guide to crime fiction, and I chose these ten books.

Finally, Criminal Element presented an excerpt from LADY, GO DIE!, but you won’t need to read that, will you? Since you’re going to buy the book this week….

M.A.C.

See You In St. Louie

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Here is my schedule for Bouchercon:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2011
PANEL: UNNATURAL VICES-Thursday, September 15th – 2:30PM
Comics and crime fiction (Location – Majestic D)
Cullen Bunn (M), Max Allan Collins, Gary Phillips, Jason Starr, Duane Swierczynski

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2011
PANEL: I’M ALIVE AND ON FIRE- – Saturday, September 16th – 10AM
Rumors of the private eye fiction’s death have been greatly exaggerated (Location – Majestic A, B)
Ali Karim (M), Max Allan Collins, Barbara Fister, Robert J. Randisi, Linda Richards

Saturday night, presumably in a ballroom at the hotel, Crusin’ will be playing from 8:30 till midnight, with special guest vocalists joining us in the last set.

Also, Matt Clemens will be doing a panel on collaboration on Friday, but I don’t have the details. Check the schedule when you get there. Or if you aren’t going, pour yourself a glass of wine and start reading BYE BYE, BABY…another good way to spend the weekend. Beer also works. Coke Zero, too.

Ron Fortier has written a great review of THE CONSUMMATA. Ron is a terrific writer himself and his comments are always welcome.

The nifty Sons of Spade web site has posted a short but I think pretty good interview with me. The guy knows how to ask questions.

And Hard Case’s rebirth continues to get some really nice attention, such as J. Kingston Pierce’s write-up on the Kirkus blog.

Finally, here are a couple of pictures from our signing last week at one of the Chicago area’s best bookstores, Centuries and Sleuths.

Max with longtime fan and friend Mike Doran at Centuries and Sleuths in Forest Park.
Barb signing ANTIQUES KNOCK-OFF at Centuries and Sleuths.

M.A.C.

MAC on WGN

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A quick addition to this week’s update:

Yesterday, Max was on WGN Radio’s Steve and Johnnie, and they’ve been kind enough to provide us (and you!) with an MP3 of the hour-long interview:

He’s the New York Times bestselling creator of Road to Perdition, Quarry, Nathan Heller: It’s Max Allan Collins!
In this extended conversation, Steve and Johnnie catch up with renaissance man Max Allan Collins. Some of the topics discussed are: his future work involving the Kennedy family, his love of ‘Storage Wars’, the future of e-publishing and bookstores, the latest round of comic book movies and why Mickey Spillane doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

Direct link: .MP3 (28.2 MB)

(And if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to scroll down for this week’s regularly scheduled update.)

Nate