Welcome to Killer Nashville!
A Writers’ Conference and So Much More…
October 29 – November 1, 2015

  • Register for the 2015 Killer Nashville's Writers' Conference
  • Network with Bestselling Authors
  • Agent, Editor, and Publisher Roundtables
  • Sessions, Panels, and Interviews
  • Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet
  • Free Book Signings
  • Nashville Skyline at Night


 Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded

The New Anthology from the Alumni of Killer Nashville


Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paula Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called.  

Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more…

Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades…  

This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.


Read more about Cold-Blooded and learn how to pre-order!

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Killer Nashville in the News

Meet the 2015 Killer Nashville Guests of Honor


John Gilstrap

John Gilstrap

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Against All Enemies, End Game, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He is contracted to write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom.

A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. John lives in Fairfax, VA.

Gilstrap will meet for an interview with Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford and will be recognized during the Guest of Honor dinner October 31. He will also be on hand to meet with other writers and fans.

M. William Phelps

M. William Phelps

M. William Phelps is the New York Times best-selling author of 30 books and winner of the 2013 Excellence in (Investigative) Journalism Award. He is also a crime, murder, and serial killer expert, creator/producer/writer and former host of the Investigation Discovery series Dark Minds.

A respected journalist, beyond his book writing, Phelps has written for numerous publications—including the Providence Journal, Connecticut Magazine, and Hartford Courant —and consulted on the first season of the hit Showtime cable television series Dexter. He is also one of the regular and recurring experts frequently appearing on two long-running series, Deadly Women and Snapped.

Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford will interview Phelps during a special session. Phelps will give a presentation during a breakout session, be available to sign books, and be recognized during the Guest of Honor Dinner, October 31. Take time to meet him during the conference!

Robert K. Tanenbaum

Robert K. Tanenbaum

Robert K. Tanenbaum is a New York Times bestselling author of three nonfiction books, including Echoes of My Soul, The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer and Badge of the Assassin. He is also the bestselling author of the Butch Karp series featuring two fictional District Attorneys in New York. The August 2015 release of his latest Butch Karp novel, TRAP (Simon & Schuster), marks Tanenbaum’s 30th published book.

Tanenbaum is also known for his distinguished career in law, politics and writing, and his tireless hunt for truth and justice. He was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, and as a prosecuting attorney, he never lost a felony trial. 

He was later appointed Deputy Chief Counsel for the Congressional committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Following an esteemed career as a successful prosecuting attorney and high profile defender, he served two terms as Mayor of Beverly Hills and continues to teach law in California, New York and Pennsylvania.

Tanenbaum will be recognized as the John Seigenthaler Legends Award recipient during the Guest of Honor dinner October 31.



Publishers Weekly has recognized Killer Nashville and its founder Clay Stafford as playing
“an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.”
(Publishers Weekly 6/10/13)

The Killer Nashville Writers' Conference is Held Annually in Downtown Nashville, TN


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