Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen

I find myself in the company of some fine writers in this forthcoming anthology inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen. Here's the scoop from publisher Gutter Books / Zelmer Pulp:

Zelmer Pulp, a group of fearless, genre-bending writers, and Gutter Books, renowned publisher in the noir/crime field, has taken an all-star roster of twenty-two established and up-and-coming authors and entrusted them with one simple mission: use a Springsteen song title to craft a piece of kick-ass pulp fiction. And the results are staggering, running the gamut from gritty, shoot ’em out hardboiled capers, to the perils of isolation in the cold vacuum of space. Each story is a touching portrait on the plight of the downtrodden, in the rich tradition of the Boss himself.
A little more background on the project from editor Joe Clifford.
My contribution (WHAT LOVE CAN DO) was influenced by several .45 caliber shell casings I found while working in the backyard of my first home (a foreclosure) last summer.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Things to do in DENVER...

I'll be doing a few writing-related events in Denver, CO this week. My schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13th, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hanson's Bar & Grill, 1301 S Pearl St, Denver, CO

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I'd like to thank the Rocky Mountain Chapter, Mystery Writers of America for inviting me to participate in NOIR AT THE BAR: DENVER next month. On Thursday, Dec. 12 I'll join authors Christine Goff, C.T. Jorgensen, C.J. Howell and Court Merrigan, most likely reading something from my next novel GHOST IN THE FIELDS, as well as a scene from LAST CALL FOR THE LIVING that involves firearms and Canebrake rattlesnakes. If you're in the Denver area and a fan of crime/mystery fiction, do consider checking it out.
Where: Under the Snug, 1201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO
Thursday Night, December 12th
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Cash Bar
Program: Get ready for the urban grit and decay beneath the façade of the modern American city. Or the cold barrel of an assassin's pistol pressed to the back of your neck. Whatever the setting, it'll be a night of desperate characters going beyond easy moral compromises. Come enjoy readings of hard-hitting prose from established and up-and-coming mystery writers.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Grit Lit: An Introduction

"...Peter Farris’ writing is enigmatic, explosive, and volatile."
LAST CALL FOR THE LIVING is among excellent company in this piece by Patrick Ledford over at Like the Dew: A Journal of Southern Culture & Politics. You can read "Grit Lit: An Introduction" here.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

Last Call for the Living: French Edition

Happy to announce that French publisher Gallmeister has acquired translation rights to LAST CALL FOR THE LIVING, as well as rights to my next novel GHOST IN THE FIELDS. I'm honored and excited to join such an impressive roster of authors at Éditions Gallmeister...a roster that includes Craig Johnson, Larry McMurtry, and Rick Bass as well as some staggeringly talented pals like Steve Weddle, Benjamin Whitmer and Matthew McBride.

As a boy I used to marvel at the foreign editions of my father's novels, and when I got serious about writing publishable fiction, I often wondered if some day my work might be translated and read in other parts of the world. Needless to say it's a dream come true. Major thanks to the folks at Inkwell Management for facilitating my first foreign rights deal.

Monday, July 22, 2013

AJC Decatur Book Festival Writers Conference

Atlanta folks! I'm delighted (albeit a little terrified) to be leading a workshop at this year's AJC Decatur Book Festival Writers Conference. Join me and Atlanta-based thriller author Amanda Kyle Williams at Agnes Scott College on Friday, August 30, where we'll be talking craft, signing books and helping kick off what promises to be once again one of the best book festivals in the country. The scoop:

Amanda Kyle Williams & Peter Farris
Standalone Shockers & Series Thrillers
How do you approach writing a series with the same main character vs. writing one standalone novel in the mystery/detective/thriller genre? What research methods can you use to make your writing authentic in crime fiction? Sign up at

Go here for details on the Writers Conference Keynote Address, plus the workshop schedule and sign-up links.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

RIP Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson's passing yesterday certainly came as sad news to any fan of genre fiction, and perhaps more accurately, any fan of American fiction. It's astounding when I think about the generations of writers (and filmmakers) that have been influenced by Matheson's work, how many impressionable youths (like me) who picked up a copy of Hell House or I Am Legend and, terrified but inspired, eventually turned to a life of crime...or romance...or sci-fi...or horror. Creatively speaking of course.
I had an opportunity to meet Matheson a few years ago in Burbank, CA. My father and he were chatting in a hotel lobby while I lingered, just enjoying the conversation between two old war horses until my Dad finally introduced us. My first instinct was to get a picture or an autograph, but instead I asked Mr. Matheson about the Dodgers playoff chances. He rolled his eyes and sighed, grumbling about their terrible bullpen before asking if I was a writer.

I hesitated a beat (thinking how I'd yet to publish anything) before answering "I am." He and my old man looked at one another, then shared a knowing little smile.
It was a moment I'll never forget.