Hard Case Crime came into existence five years ago after Max Phillips and I had one too many at a neighborhood watering hole and goaded each other into starting a publishing company. Since then, we've published 50 books, with another dozen in the pipeline; have won the Edgar and Shamus Awards (and been nominated multiple times for both, as well as the Barry, the Anthony, and more); have been written up in every major newspaper in America and most major magazines; have been featured on CBS televison and NPR radio; have been called "the best new American publisher to appear in the last decade"; and have had the privilege to work with giants of our field such as Mickey Spillane and Stephen King and Robert McGinnis. It's been a wild ride. And when Gerard suggested we come to CSNI to celebrate our "50th anniversary," I jumped at the chance. What a terrific chance to spend a little time both looking back and looking ahead! Over the next few days, we'll be hearing from some of our authors about their Hard Case Crime experience and from Gerard about his impressions of our special anniversary title, FIFTY-TO-ONE, and I'll be spilling the beans about some of what's coming up next year. Meanwhile, if you've got any questions, feel free to post 'em in the comments section and I'll do my best to tackle them.
--Charles Ardai, Editor