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How to Genre with #AxelHow – Coming soon!

The good folks at Opal POV magazine (who did a lovely cover feature on me in December 2015) have invited me to write a new monthly column on genre and all things authorly. The first one, entitled “What the hell is Noir anyways?” will appear in the June 2016 issue, which you can sign up for at www.opalpublishing.ca

As you no doubt have come to expect from yours truly, this will be a truly serious and classy affair. No bullshit. As you can see from the advertising below, which is in now way sanctioned, approved or permitted by the good folks at Opal Publishing.  Now go sign up for your FREE copy before I figure out how to use that finger proper-like!


Big Giant Head alert! Ides of March at Indigo Signal Hill

Big Giant Head alert!! March 5, Indigo Signal Hill

I’ll be part of the Beware the Ides of March Multi-Author Mystery Celebration
I’ll probably be trying out some magic tricks and failing miserably!
Schadenfreude opportunity! Or come buy some books.
Yeah. Do that. ABBMB baby! Always Be Buying More Books.

Even if they don’t always have my name on the cover. 😉

(c) Liz Howerton Photography

We are very EXCITED to announce that Axel Howerton will be part of our Beware The Ides Of March Multi-Author Mystery Celebration!!
Axel Howerton is the author of the darkly funny detective novel Hot Sinatra, and a finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. His forthcoming novel Furr is described as “Twin Peaks meets Supernatural” in the Rocky Mountains. His short fiction and essays have appeared in innumerable anthologies and publications. Axel is also the editor of the anthologies Death By Drive-In, Tall Tales of the Weird West, the Alberta crime collection AB Negative, and the upcoming Sci-Fi Noir spectacular Black Hole Noir. He is currently in the running for this year’s Arthur Ellis, Derringer and Aurora awards.
He is the organizer of the quarterly Calgary crime soiree #NoirBarYYC, a member of the the Kintsugi Poets Collective, and the CSFFA, as well as serving on the board of the Crime Writers of Canada. When he’s not on-duty as a hometown anti-hero, Axel spends most of his time roaming the untamed prairies of Alberta with his two brilliant young sons and a wife that is way out of his league.
Visit him at: www.axelhow.com

Awards Season! FURR! 90’s Karaoke!

Hey kids! Do you like Primus? Wanna see me stick Nine-Inch Nails… Wait. Nevermind. 90’s Karaoke flashback.

Where was I? News!

Award season is in full effect, and I’ve got a couple of stories in for the Derringer Awards (Short Mystery Fiction Society) and the Arthur Ellis Awards (Crime Writers of Canada). It also looks like FURR made it’s way onto the Aurora ballot! (Canadian Science-Fiction and Fantasy Association).

So cross your fingers!

Unless you’re somebody who votes in those places, then use those fingers to vote… ahem… initial here… ahem…

I am still slowly muddling through the process of finishing up the HOT SINATRA stories collection UNO MOSS  (which email subscribers to the GotHow Crew will receive for FREE)

Then I’ll be working on edits for the single-book release of FURR sometime later this year from Tyche Books!

Of course, you can still get my weirdo werewolves in Twin Peaks-y modern Gothic fantasy fable FURR in the SPELLS & SPIRITS box set for a limited time.

Spells Spirits 200x300

Right now it’s $1 on Amazon, Kobo and such! (And still #10 in Fantasy Anthologies!)I have it on authority that it may soon jump back to $2.99, so go git you some! Here’s a couple of recent comments on that bit of literary crazy-sauce:

“Man, that was one heck of a really good story. Dark, twisted, interesting.”

Just finished FURR. Damn fine story. Now to see if there’s more…


RETURN OF THE BIG GIANT HEAD! Axel Howerton in POV Magazine!

Who is that handsome motherfunker on the cover of this month’s Opal Publishing POV Magazine? Why, it’s the Return of the Big Giant Head!


Click the pic, or go to http://www.opalpublishing.ca/ to read this month’s tremendous issue, full of writerly tips and tricks, and my Big Giant Head. And be sure to follow them on Twitter @OpalPublishing