Here’s Part One of our two-part celebration of this year’s THRILLERFEST. Don’t forget to check back with us for Part Two!

Ten years ago, the first ThrillerFest launched in Phoenix, Arizona. Since this inaugural event, the International Thriller Writers organization has grown exponentially, and the NYC-based conference now annually hosts 1,000 thriller enthusiasts from across the globe.


The presentation of a lifetime achievement accolade, the “ThrillerMaster Award,” is the pinnacle of our weeklong gathering. Ten iconic authors have received this award, and we checked in with these masters of suspense to explore their views of the thriller genre. Here are the first five—watch for Part Two of this article for the rest!