Christa Faust's Blog (108)

B-Con Schedule

As promised, my panel schedule for B-Con.

Fri 10/10 4:30pm A SINGER MUST DIE: Books that have a lasting impact - International B
Sat 10/11 11:30am HOOKED ON CLASSICS: Spillane, Himes, and Prather - International A
4:30pm DON'T FENCE ME IN Boundaries in Writing - International B

Added by Christa Faust on September 30, 2008 at 3:00am — No Comments

Countdown to B-Con: The List is Law

The mad panic of trip prep has officially begun. I’ll be leaving for NYC on October 7th. From there I’m taking a train to Baltimore for B-Con and then after that it’s back to NYC and off to Germany to promote the German edition of MONEY SHOT, called… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on September 29, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Faust on Radio

I’m being interviewed by Ciara Parsons and Jason Stuart for radio tomorrow. You will be able to hear me on XM radio’s National Lampoon radio network 154 on September 4th at 7pm and again on the 9th at 4pm (PST). You will also be able to watch streaming video of the program online. However, the busy little internet elves over at are currently beavering away setting up the radio homepage and archives so I can’t post a link for that just yet. It will be up and running soon and I’ll… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on August 28, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments


No, that’s not a finishing move or an extra twenty dollars from your masked masseuse, it’s a luchalicious garage sale over at HOODTOWN publisher From Parts Unknown. If you don’t own my novel HOODTOWN by now, you no longer have an excuse. And while you’re there, pick up Rafe Navarro’s LUCHA NOIR (featuring rough HOODTOWN art and never before seen sketches) or opt for the “one of everything” option and get your Holiday-Of-Choice shopping taken care… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on August 25, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

I’ve Joined The Cult

No, not the band, not the Scientologists, and not the polygamists with the chola hair. Check out this new interview on Chuck Palahniuk’s website “The Cult.”

Added by Christa Faust on August 13, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Anachronism Theater

Without going into a long rant about these-young-kids-today and their ADD addiction to mile-a-minute jitter and flash, allow me to draw your attention to the fact that Eddie Muller’s excellent, old-school and decidedly grown-up short film The Grand Inquisitor is now available online. Check it out and if you like it, be sure to rate it. You can also read more about the fascinating history of this film on the… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on August 11, 2008 at 3:16am — No Comments


I've got an audio version of my story "Cutman" up on Seth Harwood's stellar crime fiction podcast series CrimeWAV.

You can check it out either by clicking here or here for the direct audio content.

Added by Christa Faust on July 28, 2008 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

Not Quite Crime, but...

Charles Ardai, our fearless leader at Hard Case Crime, is launching a new pulp adventure series called THE ADVENTURES OF GABRIEL HUNT. Here’s what he has to say about it:

"These books are for anyone who grew up reading H. Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs or watching Harrison Ford wield his bullwhip at the movies," said Ardai. "We're talking classic adventure fiction, complete with… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on July 19, 2008 at 6:12am — 2 Comments

Sad but True

This short video about book promotion made me laugh and cry at the same… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on July 3, 2008 at 1:20pm — No Comments


Another birthday today, the actual day. I often feel deeply cynical, cranky and much older than I really am, but I still feel like a happy little kid every year on my birthday. In a world where you have to be jaded and above it all in order to be cool, I refuse to play that shit. Today I want key lime pie for breakfast. I want to jump on the bed with my dogs. I want to dance around and sing along with Harvey Sid Fisher.

Happy Birthday to… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on June 22, 2008 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Swierczynski in LA

Duane Swierczynski will be signing his new book SEVERANCE PACKAGE at The Mystery Bookstore this Saturday the 14th at noon. I’ll be there and so should you.

Added by Christa Faust on June 14, 2008 at 5:46am — 4 Comments


I often get these obsessions, like a crush on a certain topic, whenever I’m working on something new. My latest crush: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as dementia pugilistica or “Punch Drunk Syndrome.” I’m particularly intrigued by the more subtle, esoteric cognitive effects such as irrational jealousy, poor impulse control, and deterioration of social inhibitions. Now that a microscopic autopsy has been performed on… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on June 11, 2008 at 7:22am — No Comments


As promised, I have finally been “revealed” on Clute and Edwards excellent podcast Behind the Black Mask. I always feel kind of self-conscious about verbal interviews, (after all, I’m a writer not a speaker) but other that my slight post-op lisp from all that lovely oral surgery, I guess I did OK. But don’t take my word for it. Listen for yourself.

Added by Christa Faust on June 3, 2008 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Write to the City

I’ve lived in Silver Lake for nearly ten years and grew up in Hell's Kitchen NYC, so urban gentrification is a topic very close to my heart. I have to swing downtown tonight to pick up my BEA badge, so even though I shouldn’t be spending too much time away from the desk right now, I really want to stop in to Gary Phillips’ “gentrification slam” Write to the City.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

Can you imagine Raymond… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on May 30, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments


From 2-4 PM on Saturday, May 31st, I’ll be signing at the Hard Case booth (# 4216-4218 in the West Hall) at BEA at the Los Angeles Convention Center:

1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

There’ll be wine and other goodies at the table, if my sparkling personality isn’t enough to get you to drop by.

Added by Christa Faust on May 28, 2008 at 7:08am — No Comments

Behind the Black Mask

Tomorrow I’ll be “revealed” (!) by Shannon Clute and Rich Edwards over at Behind the Black Mask. Actually, I’m just recording the podcast tomorrow and don’t know exactly when I’ll be publicly “revealed.” I’ll let you all know as soon as it’s up.

Added by Christa Faust on May 13, 2008 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Festival Report: Hot Books and Free Squid

The LA Times Festival of Books is a much needed yearly reminder of just how many people actually give a damn about reading. Of course it’s only a small percent of the larger population, but when you put them all together in one place it’s pretty astounding. It’s also always hot as hell. I figure those 20 dollar lemonade dealers have some kind of top-secret weather machine that cranks the mercury up to three digits every year just in time for the Festival. It’s hard to be glamorous and sweaty at… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on April 29, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

Night and the Noir City Film Festival

I attended the last night of Noir City at the Egyptian to catch one of my all time favorites NIGHT AND THE CITY on the big screen, along with a rare Ida Lupino melodrama called WOMAN IN HIDING. What was particularly interesting about the screening of NIGHT was that it was a British print. I have the Criterion DVD, which I watch compulsively, and right away I noticed substantial differences. Familiar scenes were gone and new scenes were added. Nothing major, just little things here and there.… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on April 26, 2008 at 3:46am — 1 Comment

More Public Flogging

I really need to just hole up and write, but first a few more signings. I’ll be at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this coming Saturday the 26th. I’m signing at the Mystery Bookstore booth (#411) from noon to 1 pm and then at the Sister in Crime booth (#355) from 4-6pm.

After that, I’m not leaving the house until the new book is done, or… Continue

Added by Christa Faust on April 23, 2008 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Signing at Metropolis Books

I’ll be signing tomorrow Saturday April 19th at 4pm with Kathryn Lilley and Sue Ann Jaffarian at

Metropolis Books
400 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Added by Christa Faust on April 19, 2008 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

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