For the past few months, I’ve been working alongside co-editor Steve Weddle and publisher Jason Pinter (of Polis Books) on a very special project: “Lockdown,” an anthology of 20 suspense, noir, and horror stories set against the background of a (fictional) pandemic. And now, on June 16th, it’s finally out in the world! One hundred percent of the proceeds from “Lockdown” will go to support BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, as it seeks to help booksellers recover from the devastating COVID-19 crisis. 

Some background: This project came together super-fast by publishing standards, and I’m in awe of how quickly our authors turned around their uniformly excellent, mind-blowing stories—especially since everyone was also scrambling to figure out their self-imposed lockdowns. The pandemic in the book is fictional, which allowed them to play with all kinds of subgenres: heist, zombie, murder-mystery, even an incredible riff on “Peter Pan.” If you want to help booksellers through the pandemic while landing some enjoyable reading, check out “Lockdown” from the following bookstores:

The authors include:

  • Hector Acosta
  • Scott Adlerberg
  • Ann Dávila Cardinal
  • Gemma Amor
  • V. Castro
  • Angel Luis Colon
  • Jen Conley
  • Terri Lynn Coop
  • S.A. Cosby
  • Alex DiFrancesco
  • Michelle Garza/Melissa Lason
  • Rob Hart
  • Gabino Iglesias
  • Nick Kolakowski
  • Richie Narvaez
  • Cina Pelayo
  • Renee Asher Pickup
  • Eryk Pruitt
  • Johnny Shaw
  • Steve Weddle

We’re incredibly proud of this effort, and we hope you like it, too.