At the bottom, you see, we are not Homo sapiens at all. Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder. What Darwin was too polite to say, my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, or even the meanest, but because we have always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle. And that is what the Pulse exposed five days ago.
—  Headmaster Charles Ardai, Cell by Stephen King
Charles Ardai on HCC's switch to TPB: "We had no choice."

As for the matter of some people preferring the old, smaller format to the new larger format – we had no choice. Literally: none. When Dorchester Publishing (our publisher for the first 7 years) went under and we had to find a new publisher for the series, we were lucky enough to get 5 offers…but not one of those offers was to continue the series in the old mass market format.

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“I want the legs.”  Charles Ardai of Hard Case Crime and Megan Abbott read @InTheFleshNYC


Fan of Syfy’s Haven? Go behind the scenes with producer/writer Charles Ardai! (Interview) (by Bob Andelman)

HAVEN – “Real Estate” – Pictured: (l-r) Eric Balfour as Duke Crocker, Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos – (Photo by: Michael Tompkins/Syfy)

ALL NEW!!! Hey, Haven fans! If you love the crazy Syfy show as much as I do, you’ll enjoy going behind the scenes on the series and the Stephen King story that inspired it, “The Colorado Kid.” Check out this interview with Hard Case Crime book editor Charles Ardai, who is also a consulting producer and writer on the show. Enjoy and share! Thanks!

Order ‘Haven: The Complete First Season,’ available from by clicking on the DVD cover above.

Charles Ardai on Hard Case Crime: "Last August, we published our 66th title—go figure."

Back in 2004, Max Phillips and I launched a labor-of-love project we called Hard Case Crime, intended to revive the style of the great old paperback crime novels of the 1940s and 50s.  

We thought it might, if we were lucky, last a half dozen titles before people stopped humoring us.  Last August, we published our 66th title—go figure. 

Along the way, we found ourselves drawn into investigations not all that different from those facing the characters beneath our covers.

On CriminalElement, Charles Ardai discusses acquiring rights to vintage crime, and some of the books that got away (The Cocktail Waitress is now on my own personal sleuthing list).  Here’s the Hard Case site.


Glen Orbik, an artist known for his dames-and-guns pulp novel art and no shortage of painted comic-book covers, died last week of cancer. He was in his early 50s. Orbik’s most notable creations were done for Hard Case Crime, an imprint founded in 2004 that reprinted classic crime paperbacks and published new works by established authors. Orbik also painted covers for Marvel and DC comics, as well as science fiction and adventure novels. He was also an esteemed art instructor.

An excellent tribute at the Killer Covers blog includes a personal note from Charles Ardai, co-founder of Hard Case, who says:

“Glen was a shooting star, a miracle. Losing him is like losing Jim Henson, like losing Robin Williams. Such talent. Such a cruel fate.”

Visit his official site for more information and pictures.