Local crime fiction writers featured in new anthology

By VERNA MURPHY, Connect Weekly

A new anthology of Alberta Crime stories, AB Negative. SUPPLIED PHOTO.

A new anthology of Alberta Crime stories, AB Negative. SUPPLIED PHOTO.

Keyano College can boast that it now has, not just one, but two well published crime fiction writers in their midst. Keyano’s Manager of Internal Communications Kevin Thornton and Vice President of External Relations and Advancement Therese Greenwood are part of a new anthology of Alberta Crime stories, AB Negative.

Published by Coffin Hoff Press, the anthology has fourteen stories by Alberta’s best crime and genre writers. Thornton has had many recent successes with his fiction writing career, including being recently nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for the sixth time.

This year, his competition was the darling of Canadian Literature, Margaret Atwood. Thornton was also a panel member in August at the convention, “When Words Collide” in Calgary, where he shared his knowledge of writing with several hundred other writers from across the country. He is also a current board member of the Crime Writers of Canada.

Therese Greenwood is also a nominee of the Arthur Ellis awards for Best Short Story, and was co-founder of the annual Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Festival.

The owner of Coffin Hop Press, Axel Howerton said that he wanted to “have more representation from across Alberta” for this anthology, and that Greenwood’s submission was “a blind submission”, but turned out to be one of his favourites in the book. The anthology is currently during very well on several charts, including being number 123 in the Mystery, Suspense books on Amazon. The anthology is available worldwide at www.coffinhop.com, at local bookstore, and/or libraries.

Thornton cleverly wove some history of Fort McMurray into his Sherlock Holmes meets Due South murder mystery story titled: The Mystery of the Missing Heir.

While Greenwood’s story: Dead In The Water draws readers in right away with mystery as to why the main character is hiding. Both stories hold the reader’s attention to the very last lines.

Howerton said that “given the quick success of the anthology so far”, that a second one may be a very “distinct possibility”, and that readers should watch for an announcement later on this winter about when they can expect to see a follow up to AB Negative.

Follow Thornton’s blog, www.theoldfortamusingfromtheoilsands.blogspot.ca and read more of Greenwood’s work in Dead in the Water: An Anthology of Canadian Mystery Fiction.

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