David latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday, will be published in 2018 by Black Opal Books. The novel concerns the most notorious correspondence in American history, supposedly destroyed a century ago—between Doc Holliday and his cousin Mattie, aka, Sister Mary Melanie of the Sisters of Mercy. The letters mysteriously reappear, only to become the prize in a fierce battle that brings back to life the lawless world evoked in the letters themselves.
April 2018: Read David's writing tips as delivered to Damyanti Biswas on her blog, Damyanti Writes.
David contributed a chapter to the serial caper novel Culprits (conceived and edited by Gary Phillips and Richard Brewer) which is due out from Polis Books on January 9, 2018.
David's interview of Michael Connelly appeared in the October 2017 edition of Writer's Digest.
David's story "Rusty Cage" appeared in Just to Watch Them Die (Gutter Books, August 2017), an anthology based on the songs of Johnny Cash.
David's article "Sinners, Saviors and Sympathetic Heavies" on developing the character web in crime fiction appears in the July/August edition of Writer's Digest.
Great Jones Street has published four of David's stories as part of its free Story Catalog, including 2017's "The Thirteenth Bride of Charlie Barnet" (never before released), and three previously published stories: "Pretty Little Parasite" (selected for 2009's Best American Mystery Stories), "The Axiom of Choice," and "Dead by Christmas."
David's short story, "Babylon Sister," was chosen one of Narrative Magazine's Top Five Stories of the Week for 2015-2016.
Listen to David's interview with master storyteller Steven James (with co-host Amy Rogers) for Suspense Radio's The Story Blender.
Read David's Q&A with Mark Stevens for his blog Don't Need A Diagram, in which they cover The Art of Character, The Mercy of the Night, and other related issues.
David's lecture, "The Character of Crime," given at CraftFest in July, 2015, is available as an mp3 download through VW Tapes (along with recordings of all the other sessions and panels). CD format also available. To purchase David's lecture, go here.
Read David's interview with Chris Tusa of Fiction Southeast on The Mercy of the Night.
David's appreciation of the neo-noir classic The Aura ("The Precarious Luck of the Unholy Fool") appears in the Summer issue of Noir City, the e-magazine published by the Film Noir Foundation. To subscribe—and thus help the FNF locate and restore lost masterpieces—and to read David's article, go here. (Back issues of this incredible magazine are also available at the link.)
RECOGNITION FOR THE ART OF CHARACTER:
Barnes & Noble selected The Art of Character as one of the five craft guides every writer must have.
INTERVIEWS, EXCERPTS & MORE FOR THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT:
Listen to Pam Stack's interview with David for Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.
Read author extraordinaire Charlie Stella's review of The Mercy of the Night ("VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!") from his weekly blog Temporary Knucksline.
Read an excerpt from The Mercy of the Night selected by Narrative Magazine as its Story of the Week.
Read a second excerpt from The Mercy of the Night provided by the collective of Iowa Workshop grads known as We Wanted to Be Writers.
Read Erin Mitchell's review of The Mercy of the Night at Pop Culture Nerd, where it was her April book pick.
Read David's blog posts at Writer Unboxed at Jungle Red Writers concerning how and why, after avoiding the sub-genre for his first four novels—despite having worked as a private investigator for fifteen years—he came to write his first PI novel: The Mercy of the Night.
Read David's interview with Rob Hart at Litreactor, "Ten Questions with The Mercy of the Night Author David Corbett."
Read David's Take Five Q&A with Writer Unboxed concerning the writing of The Mercy of the Night.
Read David's interview with fellow crime writer and educator Brian Thornton at Sleuthsayers.
April 27, 2015: Mysterious Press and Head of Zeus launched The Essential Crime Collection on Amazon UK, providing all of David's first four novels and his story collection Killing Yourself to Survive in paperback editions (as well as the ebook editions already available through Mysterious Press/Open Road.)
NEW SHORT STORY
David's short story, "Untamed Animal," appears in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Needle Magazine.
David's article, "Characters: Scene by Scene," appeared in the January, 2015 issue of Writer's Digest.
December 2014: Read an excerpted version of David's essay, "Love and Insomnia," from the anthology Faith: Essays by Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists, which appeared in the Toronto Star on December 21, 2014.
REALISM IN FILM
Read David's historical critique of realism in film online at the website for Bright Ideas, a great new magazine for independent filmmakers.
Fall 2014: Two of David's articles appeared in magazines this past autumn. Writer's Digest published his piece, "Finding Your Story's Engine" in its September issue. And Crimespree Magazine published his article, "The Sympathetic Heavy: An Appreciation," in its October edition (Issue 57).
Read David's interview with The Music Bed, an online resource for independent filmmakers and musicians.
David's latest novel, The Mercy of the Night, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in April 2015.
THE ANTIHERO'S JOURNEY
David's article titled, "From Odysseus to Walter White: The antihero's journey" is available on the Bright Ideas website.
BOMBING THE BLOGS:|
Discussing The Art of Character—2013
Read David's guest post on Writers Unboxed advising against boring, static character biographies, and instead in favor of drafting key scenes form the character's past that dramatize a crucial moment of emotional vulnerability, risk, or helplessness.
Read David's interviews concerning The Art of Character with Susan Leigh Noble for Into Another World, Shannon Lawrence for The Warrior Muse, Diana Tappert for The Lit Pub, and Toni Rakestraw for Rakestraw Book Design.
Read David's guest post on Joanna Penn's indispensable website for writers, The Creative Penn, on the Five Cornerstones of Dramatic Characterization.
David explains why so many writers have problems with their protagonists on Melissa Donovan's Writing Forward.
Read David's guest post, "Communication Breakdown," concerning how to craft realistic dialog, at Becca Puglisi's The Bookshelf Muse: "Dedicated to helping writers via descriptive tools, knowledge sharing, and support."
Read writer/editor Eric Olden's praise for The Art of Character at Books by the Bed, and some kind remarks by Daniel McInerny (son of mystery icon Ralph McInerny) on his blog The Comic Muse.
Read David's posts with bloggers Kristi Belcamino, Vince Keenan, and Jungle Red Writers.
Read Excerpts from The Art of Character at Narrative, Zyzzyva, and We Wanted To Be Writers.
And learn what David keeps nearby for pleasure reading at Books By The Bed.
Read David's article, "Clearing Out the Clutter" on the revision process, which appeared in the May/June 2013 edition of Writer's Digest.
THE WRITER MAGAZINE CALLS THE ART OF CHARACTER A MUST-READ!
In the July 2013 issue of The Writer Magazine contributing editor Hillary Casavant provides some quotes from David, some thoughts of her own in a stellar review, and an excerpt from THE ART OF CHARACTER.
And in the January 2013 issue of The Writer Magazine, contributing editor Chuck Leddy named THE ART OF CHARACTER one of thirteen must-read books on the writing craft appearing in 2013 ("13 in 2013").
BLOOD OF PARADISE GOES TO FRANCE!
A hardcover French edition of Blood of Paradise (retitled Une Certain Vérité) was published in Fall 2013, through Sonatine, and received great praise in Le Monde, Le Parisien, and Le Point. A mass-market paperback edition will appear in 2014 through J'ai Lu. He was also interviewed for La Vie en Noir.
PUSH YOUR CHARACTERS
Read David's Article, "Push Your Characters to the Limit," in the January 2013 edition of Writer's Digest.
EBOOK RE-ISSUES OF PARADISE AND RUNNING
November 27, 2012: David's third and fourth novels, Blood of Paradise and Do They Know I'm Running join his first two novels and story collection as ebook offerings from Open Road Media and Mysterious Press.
EBOOK RE-ISSUES OF REDHEAD AND DIME, PLUS BRAND NEW STORY COLLECTION
May 15th, 2012: David's first two novels, The Devil's Redhead and Done for a Dime have been re-issued in ebook format by Open Road Media and Mysterious Press along with a brand new story collection, Killing Yourself to Survive.
NEW SHORT STORIES
David's short story "Returning to the Knife" is included in the e-anthology West Coast Crime Wave, which can be purchased from Amazon. And his short story "What the Creature Hath Built" is included in the e-anthology SCOUNDRELS: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes, available at: Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.
ARTICLE SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN WRITER'S DIGEST YEAR'S BEST ANTHOLOGY
David's article on characterization, "Hooked on a Feeling," written for Writer's Digest magazine, was selected as among the year's best content on the craft of fiction" for inclusion in the anthology, The Complete Guide to Writing Novels & Short Stories, as well as the Writer's Workbook 2012.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Do They Know I'm Running? was named Best NovelRising Star category by Spinetingler Magazine.
The story David co-wrote with Luis Alberto Urrea for Lone Star Noir"Who Stole My Monkey?"has been selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2011, which will appear in October 2011.
DAVID'S LATEST ESSAY
Read David's essay, "Insulting Your Intelligence (Just gimme some noiriness)" on the impressive and always interesting Mulholland Books website.
DAVID'S INTERVIEW ON THE CRIME OF IT ALL
Read David's interview with Len Wanner of the University of Edinburgh, who has launched one of the most intelligent, comprehensive and just plain gorgeous websites devoted to writing and writers of any kind: The Crime Of It All.
BIBLIO BAGGINS' JUNE READING LIST
Noted book blogger Biblio Baggins chose three thrillers for his June reading, and he has some nice things to say (and puts David in some stellar company: James Crumley and Lee Child).
Teamster Official Gives Copy of Blood of Paradise
to El Salvador's President
Ron Carver, Assistant Director of the Port Division, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (right), hands a personally dedicated copy of Blood of Paradise to El Salvador's new president, Mauricio Funes (left). For the whole story, see my recent Commentary.
David's first three novels are now available in audio form through Audible.com.
David's short story Pretty Little Parasite, which originally appeared in Las Vegas Noir (Akashic Press), has been re-issued in Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (Houghton Mifflin), edited by Jeffrey Deaver and Otto Penzler. It also includes stories by Alice Munro, James Lee Burke, Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, Chuck Hogan, Joyce Carol Oates, and a notable host of others.