Introducing Kristopher Zgorski, EQMM’s new Blog Bytes Columnist
by Janet Hutchings
EQMM’s popular feature Blog Bytes has been running nearly continuously since 2006. The brainchild of writer Ed Gorman, its recommendations and critiques guide readers through the vast material related to mysteries found on the Web.
Since August 2007, Blog Bytes has been written by Bill Crider, author of nearly seventy novels, spanning not only the mystery genre but horror, western, and children’s books. A respected critic and scholar of the mystery too, Bill was ideally suited to Blog Bytes, but illness made it impossible for him to complete his column for our current issue, March/April, and sadly, he passed away last month at his home in Alvin, Texas. Bill Crider will always have a special place in the hearts of the staff and readers of EQMM, but we’re confident our choice of Kristopher Zgorski, one of this year’s winners of the Mystery Writers of America’s Raven Award, to fill his shoes would do him proud.
A publishing veteran who currently works in academic journal production at Johns Hopkins University Press, Kristopher Zgorski is the founder of the crime-fiction blog BOLO Books (www.bolobooks.com), which reviews approximately sixty crime novels per year and features interviews and recaps of the genre’s major conventions. For his work at BOLO Books and his reviews for print publications such as Deadly Pleasures Magazine and Crimespree Magazine, the innovative critic has been awarded the MWA Raven, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kristopher to the EQMM family of writers. Look for his first column in our May/June issue, on sale April 24.