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Chris F. Holm was born in Syracuse, New York to a mother from a cop family and a father from a long line of fantasy and sci-fi geeks. He wrote his first story at the age of six. It got him sent to the principal's office. Since then, his work has fared better, appearing in such publications as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011. He's been longlisted for a Stoker Award and nominated for an Anthony, a couple Derringers, a Silver Falchion, a pair of Spinetinglers, and a handful of House of Crime and Mystery Readers' Choice Awards, even racking up some wins along the way. His Collector novels recast the battle between heaven and hell as old-fashioned crime pulp. Chris lives on the coast of Maine with his lovely wife, writer and reviewer Katrina Niidas Holm. No, she hasn't reviewed his books.

Genres: Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery

   Pulp Ink (2011) (with Eric Beetner, Reed Farrel Coleman, Hilary Davidson, Matthew C Funk, Richard Godwin, Allan Guthrie and Gary Phillips)
   A Rip Through Time (2012) (with Chad Eagleton, Garnett Elliott and Charles Allen Gramlich)
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2014) : The Big Reap
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (2016) : The Killing Kind
Barry Awards Best Thriller nominee (2016) : The Killing Kind
Macavity Awards Best First Book nominee (2016) : The Killing Kind
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2017) : Red Right Hand

Chris Holm recommends
Marshall Conrad (2014)
Sean Cummings
"Sean Cummings is a member of the dark fantastic. His writing brims with soul, guts, and a dark wit sharp enough to draw blood."
Riot Load (2015)
(Dominick Prince, book 2)
Bryon Quertermous
"A breakneck tale that manages to both send up and pay homage to the tropes of the crime drama."
Silent City (2016)
(Pete Fernandez, book 1)
Alex Segura
"In Silent City, Segura shines a light on a Miami not often seen, one in which neon and glitz are supplanted by the hardscrabble grit of folks just trying to get by. Silent City is a coiled snake, twist after twist bringing you ever closer to its final, stinging bite."
Lightwood (2017)
(Judah Cannon, book 1)
Steph Post
"Steph Post’s prose is lyrical and evocative. Her depiction of hardscrabble life in rural Florida is so effective, you’ll wanna lock the doors and crank up the AC. But where LIGHTWOOD truly excels is in illuminating the ties that bind - and stretching them well beyond their breaking point."
Shining City (2017)
(Peter Rena, book 1)
Tom Rosenstiel
"At once gripping, cerebral, and eerily prescient, Tom Rosenstiel's Shining City illuminates the darkest recesses of D.C.'s corridors of power. Rosenstiel's political machinations ring so true, you'll wonder if he has the White House wired for sound."
Idyll Fears (2017)
(Thomas Lynch, book 2)
Stephanie Gayle
"Guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. Lynch is a compelling, deeply human character - at once prickly, damaged, and heroic - and Gayle’s evocative prose breathes life into every twisty, thrilling page."
Watch the Girls (2018)
Jennifer Wolfe
"Make no mistake: Wolfe's got the goods. Timely, harrowing, and vividly imagined, WATCH THE GIRLS is a wild ride with style to burn."
Black Swan Rising (2018)
Lisa Brackmann
"Lisa Brackmann writes with passion, guts, and heart. Black Swan Rising is more than just a thrilling read—it's also an unflinching examination of the corrosive effects of racism and misogyny on American culture."
One Small Sacrifice (2019)
(Shadows of New York, book 1)
Hilary Davidson
"Hilary Davidson is one of the best crime writers on the planet. This novel is a dazzling work by a master operating at the height of her abilities. Dark, twisty, and psychologically complex, One Small Sacrifice kept me guessing and gasping until the final page. I couldn’t put it down, even though I didn’t want it to end."
Crossroad (2019)
W H Cameron
"Cameron deploys cliffhangers with a master's touch, and renders his fictional Barlow County so vividly, you can almost smell the desert sage... He and I will be returning for years to come."
All That Fall (2021)
(Emma Lawson Mystery, book 1)
Kris Calvin
"A white-knuckled, character-driven thriller, at once twisty and full of heart."
The Apollo Murders (2021)
Chris Hadfield
"[A] stellar thrill ride."

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