Life

I’m Afraid of the Dark…

…or, at least that’s what my sleepless nights would suggest. It’s 12:44am local. I’ve been up for 90 minutes, and for no good reason. My normal day starts at 0500, so this is some straight-up bullshit for the second time in three nights. A few years ago, I would have only been up at this… Continue reading I’m Afraid of the Dark…

Books

12 Rules for writing a Detective Novel

The detective must always be memorable. Whether he (or she) is funny, misguided, inept or super intelligent, these traits have to endear the detective to the audience. Fictional detectives are expected to be slightly out of the ordinary. They must have some small habit, mannerism, eccentricity, interest or talent – something that sets them apart… Continue reading 12 Rules for writing a Detective Novel

Books

C. Auguste Dupin

Edgar Allan Poe is a name that most heard at school due to his classic literature fiction. His books are famous all around the world and is well known for his detective short stories. One of the characters Poe wrote about was C. Auguste Dupin; a gentleman living in Paris and by profession a detective… Continue reading C. Auguste Dupin

Books

Classic American Private Investigators

The hardboiled sub-genre emerged during the Golden Age of detective fiction, the 1920s. Authors such as Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett can be called its founding fathers, as they were almost exclusively responsible for the increase in the sub-genre’s popularity. The private investigators in these stories, were normally highly intuitive and not… Continue reading Classic American Private Investigators

Police Life, Real Life Crime

Criminal psychology

What is Criminal Psychology? Criminal psychology is a subsection of legal psychology that studies the psychological characteristics of the formation and development of illegal activity and the possibility of preventing it. Some of the main factors contributing to the formation of illegal consciousness are the negative impact of the social environment, pedagogical neglect and character… Continue reading Criminal psychology

Books, Life

The Power of First Person

I’ve long enjoyed reading novels written in first-person, especially the noir tales of complex, atypical moral codes. Telling readers your story from the main character’s perspective, from inside their head, is an immensely powerful weapon that draws the audience in for the long haul. I may toy with writing the first-person point of view someday,… Continue reading The Power of First Person

History, Real Life Crime

Body Snatchers

The only thing a person expects after one’s death is for it to be the end of his/her body, but in earlier times, that was not always the case. Early in the 18th and 19th centuries, it became difficult to protect the bodies of the dead. A concept called ‘Body Snatching’ was in practice where… Continue reading Body Snatchers

History, Locations

Incidents in the Paris Catacombs

The Paris catacombs are famous for their rich history and culture hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of the city. Paris was at one time rotting with bodies due to urbanization and over population within the city. This is why people decided to repurpose the city’s tunnels for the burial of bodies which helped rid… Continue reading Incidents in the Paris Catacombs

Locations

Tourism in Vienna

Although one of the Absolver books is based in Vienna, don't let it put you off visiting the "city of dreams" - there are many reasons why Vienna is well worth a visit. Vienna is an immensely intriguing city found in Austria, Europe. It is often known as the city of music because many world-renowned… Continue reading Tourism in Vienna

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Personalities

ICYMI, I recently accepted an invitation to join the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network. I’m hosting a podcast called “Writers On The Beat,” which focuses on helping writers of all genres add more authentic cops, crimes, and criminals into their stories. It should be an interesting listen for anyone who wants in a… Continue reading Cop Personalities