Chris Holm was born in Syracuse, New York, to a mother from a cop family and a father from a long line of fantasy and sci-fi geeks. He wrote his first story at the age of six. It got him sent to the principal's office.
Since then, Chris' work has fared better, appearing in such publications as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His books have garnered more than fifty Year’s Best nods. He’s been longlisted for a Stoker Award and nominated for a number of awards, including four Anthonys, two Derringers, a Barry, a Lefty, and a Macavity. He's even racked up some wins along the way.
Holm's The Collector trilogy—Dead Harvest, The Wrong Goodbye, and The Big Reap—recasts the battle between heaven and hell as old-fashioned crime pulp. His Michael Hendricks novels—The Killing Kind, which won the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Novel, and Red Right Hand, which is nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Novel—tell the story of a man who makes his living hitting hitmen, only to wind up a target himself.
Chris and his wife, writer/editor/reviewer Katrina Niidas Holm, live in Portland, Maine. No, she hasn't reviewed his books.