ThrillerFest/CraftFest, Thriller Award Winners, and FACE OFF

15 Jul

Just back from another great ThrillerFest/CraftFest–seems to get better every year. Congratulations to all the Thriller Award winners:


Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)

Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)

Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)

CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)

Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)

John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)


Anne Rice, ThrillerMaster
Literary Silver Bullet Award

Steve Berry

Corporate Silver Bullet Award



And next year TF/CF will be very special. The new anthology will be released next June and TF will celebrate this remarkable collaboration–the brainchild of the one and only Steve Berry. From ITW:

Announcing FACE OFF – Our 4th ITW Short Story Anthology!

In an unprecedented collaboration, 23 of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers will pair their series characters in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and to be published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

The stories in Face Off will feature such pairings as Michael Connelly’s Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch joining forces with Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie in the story Red Eye and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport teaming up with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme in Rhymes with Prey. All of the contributors are ITW members and the project will be edited by ITW member and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, who says, “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for readers. It’s only through ITW that we were able to bring these literary legends toe to toe. I’m honored to be at the helm of this amazing ship.”

Senior Editor Sarah Knight acquired world rights to Face Off, the fourth anthology that ITW has published and the first with Simon & Schuster. Knight says, “This will be a treasure trove for thriller fans—it doesn’t get any better than these writers, with these characters, all in one blockbuster book.”

S&S plans to publish in June 2014, just in time to celebrate at ThrillerFest, the gathering of ITW that happens each July in New York City. Already, foreign rights have been sold to Great Britain, with more sales to come.

ITW is represented by Dan Conaway of Writer’s House. Each author has donated his or her story and all of the proceeds from the book go to fund ITW, which charges no dues to its members. “It’s part of what we do, as ITW members,” said New York Times bestselling author, Steve Berry, who will serve as managing editor working with Baldacci.

The full list of contributors is a who’s who and includes: Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson.



Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Writing


3 responses to “ThrillerFest/CraftFest, Thriller Award Winners, and FACE OFF

  1. Jodie Renner

    July 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for all the great info, Doug! I had a fabulous time at Craftfest and Thrillerfest again – my fourth in a row – and it was great to see you again and connect with other authors I know and finally meet others I’ve been chatting with on Facebook. Congratulations to you, Doug, on another highly successful Craftfest and Thrillerfest! So informative and stimulating! And I can’t wait to read the 4th ITW short story anthology!


  2. Sharon Hollander

    July 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I can’t believe you have time to blog, I didn’t even take my suitcase out of the car yet, and I can barely find my underwear.( I did no worries) I had a blast meeting you at Thrillerfest, and thanks again for all your encouragement. Looking forward to next year, and once I get organized I will add you to facebook and twitter. Will pre-order the 4th ITW short story as soon as I can!


  3. FTBradley

    July 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I was so sorry to miss Thrillerfest–thanks for the update! The anthology sounds like it’ll be amazing…



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