The Big Apple once again becomes the backdrop for thrills, chills, murder and mayhem. The International Thriller Writers’ (ITW) ThrillerFest, the biggest event of the year for fiction’s most popular genre, returns July 10-13, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. Spines are already tingling for the legendary Anne Rice, Queen of the Gothic Thriller, who will make a rare appearance to serve as the 2013 ThrillerMaster. Rice is the author of 31 novels, including The Vampire Chronicles, Songs of the Seraphim and the new Wolf Gift Chronicles. Returning this year is the dynamic duo of CraftFest and AgentFest. Under the guidance of some of the most acclaimed thriller writers such as Steve Berry, and Doug Preston, Lincoln Child, David Morrell, Alexandra Sokoloff, Kathleen Antrim, Jon Land and more. Authors will sharpen their skills for AgentFest, known as “speed-dating” with top agents in the business, the next day. To cap off an adrenaline filled week, ThrillerFest culminates with the 2013 ITW Thriller Awards Banquet during which Steve Berry will be awarded the acclaimed Silver Bullet Award and the awards for best novel; best debut novel, and best short story will finally be revealed—a riveting climax to a sensational event.