Thriller Stories to Keep You Up All Night by James Patterson

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Thriller Stories to Keep You Up All Night 
Editor: James Patterson
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Mira Publisher
Length: 572 pages
Size: 6.76 MB
Language: English

This book is a trailblazer on two counts. It’s the first short-story anthology of thrillers ever done, and it’s the first publication of a new professional organization: International Thriller Writers, Inc. By nature writers tend to be loners, happy with their work, their families and a few close friends. But we also yearn occasionally for collegiality. For years we’ve all said to one another, “Why don’t we organize?” Then in June 2004, Barbara Peters, of the legendary Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, held the first-ever thriller conference in the United States. She invited six writers— Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Steve Hamilton, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell and Kathy Reichs—and one editor, Keith Kahla, of St. Martin’s Press, to give presentations about the various aspects of writing and publishing thrillers. Clive Cussler spoke at the luncheon.

With only two weeks to publicize the event, Barbara thought she’d be lucky if a hundred people registered. In the end some 125 attended and, to everyone’s surprise, not all were there to learn about writing. Many were readers who wanted to meet some of their favorite thriller authors. Here for the first time was concrete evidence of what most of us had long suspected: there was a demand among fans for a thriller writers’ organization, too. If we held conventions, readers would likely attend, as well as us. And if we awarded prizes—there have never been awards specifically for thriller books, stories and films in the English language—that interest would only grow.

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