Wednesday, August 16, 2017


The MERRIMACK VALLEY HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, from 10am till 4:30pm. Once again, the event will be held at the Haverhill Public Library (Haverhill, MA) and is FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by River City Writers, Andover Bookstore, Haverhill House Publishing, and--of course--Haverhill Public Library.
So…who’s going to be there? We’re expanding a bit this year, adding a number of writers primarily known for their mystery and thriller novels, and our total number of attending authors and artists has passed FIFTY. Among them, we’re thrilled to welcome back Joe Hill. Joe’s new book, Strange Weather, debuts around the country on October 24th…but we’ve made special arrangements with Joe’s publisher and our friends at Andover Bookstore to have Strange Weather make its official debut three days early, at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. Joe will be on hand to sign them, of course.
But I know you want the full list of attendees, so here you go.
Joe Hill
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Sarah Smith
Gregory Bastianelli
Matt Bechtel
Stephen Bissette
Daniel Braum
Dana Cameron
Glenn Chadbourne
Jason Ciaramella
Joseph Citro
Tom Deady
Kristin Dearborn
Rachel Autumn Deering
Barry Lee Dejasu
Amber Fallon
Dan Foley
Craig Shaw Gardner
Christopher Golden
Scott Goudsward
Catherine Grant
Kat Howard
Christopher Irvin
Nicholas Kaufmann
Brian Keene
Toni L.P. Kelner
John Langan
Fred Van Lente
Livia Llewellyn
Bracken MacLeod
John M. McIlveen
Hillary Monahan
James A. Moore
Holly Newstein
Errick Nunnally
Jason Parent
Philip Perron
Leigh Perry
David Price
Mary SanGiovanni
Rob Smales
Thomas Sniegoski
Paul Tremblay
Tony Tremblay
Kenneth Vaughn
Trisha Wooldridge
Douglas Wynne
Rio Youers
I hope to see you all there!
Saturday, October 21st, 2017!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


So Cohesion Press has released a new version of CONGREGATIONS OF TRHE DEAD, by yours truly and Charles R. Rutledge. They will also be rereleasing BLIND SHADOWS soon and more importantly will be debuting A HELL WITHIN fairly soon. All of wehich is delightful.

Know what else is delightful? New, favorable, reviews. :)


More news coming soon!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


So the New England Horror Writers did a call for stories for their new anthology WICKED HAUNTED. In the tradition of WICKED WITCHES. I submitted and made the grade!

here's the table of contents:

Bracken MacLeod Lost Boy
James A. Moore Pulped
Remy Flagg Murmur
Doungjai Gam We're all Haunted Here
Emma Gibbon Ghost Maker
Kenneth Vaughan And They Too Want to be Remembered
Peter Dudar The Thing With No Face
GD Dearborn Triumph of the Spirit
Nick Manzolillo My Work is Not yet Completed
Paul McNamee East Boston Relief Station
Trisha Wooldridge Ghosts in their eyes
Curtis M. Lawson Everything Smells like Smoke Again
Renee Mulhare Stranding Off Schroodic Point
Tom Deady Turn Up the Old Victrola (a.k.a The Road Part Deux)
Dan Szczesny Boy on the Red Tricycle
Dan Foley They Come With the Storm
Barry Lee Dejasu Tripping the Ghost
Rob Smales Road to Gallway
Paul McMahon The Pick Apart
Morgan Sylvia The Thin Place
Matt Bechtel Walking Man
Larissa Glasser The Mouse
Patricia Gomes Scrying Through Torn Screens

There's no cover yet, but just to let you know how I feel....


Okay, so while I've been a writer for a long time, I have not been a FANTASY writer for all that long, relatively speaking. Want to know what I did wrong? NO MAP of Fellein in the SEVEN FORGES books.
Let's rectify that, courtesy of illustrator Cat Scully.

Open and enlarge the files to see the incredible detail work she used. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017



“Gripping, horrific, and unique, James Moore continues to be a winner, whatever genre he’s writing in. Well worth your time.”
– Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of the InCryptid and Toby Daye series

“James A Moore is the new prince of grimdark fantasy. His work is full of dark philosophy and savage violence, desperate warriors and capricious gods. This is fantasy for people who like to wander nighttime forests and scream at the moon. Exhilarating as hell.”
– Christopher Golden, New York times bestselling author of Snowblind

“With The Last Sacrifice, James A. Moore has triumphed yet again, delivering a modern sword and sorcery tale to delight old and new fans of the genre.  With its intriguing premise, stellar cast of characters, and flavorful horror elements, this is damn good stuff.”
– Bookwraiths
“This was a very good read.”
– Purple Owl Reviews
“Epic fantasy at its best.”
– Amanda J Spedding
“Grimdark as fuck!  So in a word “’GREAT’”.
– The Blogin’ Hobgoblin
“I liked The Last Sacrifice a great deal.  I’ve always enjoyed Moore’s work and don’t see that changing anytime soon.  He just keeps getting better.  Check this one out and see.”
– Adventures Fantastic
“What’s Moore to say? People fighting Gods? Bring it! This is a great addition to James A. Moore’s line up.”
– The Book Plank
“I love it. This is a story that turns the genre story arc on its head, mixes up the motives of heroes and villains, and muddies the waters of divine intervention. A fantastic, surprising start to a major new series.”
– Beauty in Ruins
The Last Sacrifice is a solid start to the sordid grim-dark tale documenting the end of a bleak violent world.”
– Smorgasbord Fantasia
“I found The Last Sacrifice to be highly engaging, magical with a distinct grimdark feel and the world herein is richly imagined and cleverly wrought and brought to life. I can’t wait to read the sequel and I am now also eager to check out the other works by this author. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of fantasy.”
– Cover 2 Cover
“I’d recommend this and I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next one. More evil Grakhul/He-Kisshi action please Mr Moore!”
– Ribaldry’s Books
“I was just turning pages as fast as my eyes could devour the words.”
– On A Dark Stormy Review
“Moore has laid the groundwork for a trilogy that promises to be loaded with terrifically grim fantasy storytelling. I might even call it epic. There is a lot of swift, merciless violence in this book, mingled with an undercurrent of very welcome, if very dark, humor. All of it together takes me back to what made me giddy about epic fantasy way back when. I’d say I’m happy to be back, but I’m not sure that’s quite the right word for a book packed with this much violent incident. Let’s say instead that I’m bloody satisfied.”
– Rich Rosell for the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
“Fast-paced fantasy that you simply can’t put down. Great action adventure.”
– Morpheus Tales
The Last Sacrifice is an enthralling fast-paced book with ass-kicking characters who could only grow stronger as the series progresses.”
– Zirev
“James A Moore throws in elements of horror, dark fantasy, low magic and some amazing world-building into this boiling mix that somehow seems to work. Spinning off the staid old genre story-lines into a new direction with this epic take on God versus Man, The Last Sacrifice is a solid start to the sordid grim-dark tale documenting the end of a bleak violent world.”
– Fantasy Smorgasbord
The Last Sacrifice will tickle the fancy of any fans of grimdark fantasy, with its large cast of characters and earth-shattering consequences.”
– The Warbler Books

“Fantasy lovers will enjoy this book, and while an emphasis on gritty storytelling and horror elements elevates this from more standard magical creatures or hocus-pocus, it is still an absolute page-turner.”
– LeftLion

Saturday, July 29, 2017


There'a new anthology coming out from Cohesion Press, edited by Jonathan Maberry. It's called KINGDOMS FALL and I'm one of the writers involved. My story directly ties into the last book in the SEVEN FORGES series and links it into the next books set in the same world.

Here's the full line up:

BOOK NEWS: I've gathered some of the best names in the industry for Kingdoms Fall, Cohesion's first release under our new SoulBlade Books imprint.
1. Dana Fredsti, author, screenwriter, and feline advocate. Her works include the Ashley Parker "Plague" trilogy, the upcoming trilogies Spawn of Lilith and TimeShards (with David Fitzgerald), and numerous short stories and essays, including stories in V-Wars:Shockwaves and the Joe Ledger: Unstoppable anthology. 
2. David Fitzgerald, award-winning fiction and non-fiction author and editor. His works include Nailed, The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Demon Lovers (co-editor with Dana Fredsti), Under the Kilt, and the upcoming TimeShards trilogy (with Dana Fredsti).
3. David Annandale writes tales of epic conflict for Warhammer 40,000, The Horus Heresy and Warhammer: Age of Sigma
4. David Farland is a New York Times award-winning author who has worked with Star Wars, the Mummy, and his own bestselling fantasy Runelords series.
5. Jacopo Della Jacopo della Quercia is a novelist, educator and history writer whose work includes The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and its sequel License to Quill, and who was a contributor in the New York Times best-selling You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News
6. James A. Moore, is a best-selling author of twenty-five novels including his own Seven Forges series who has also worked with Aliens, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the World Of Darkness.
7. James Ray Tuck Jr is the author of the Deacon Chalk series, Co-author of the Robin Hood: Demon's Bane series, and (as Levi Black) the author of the Red Right Hand trilogy
8. John Jackson Miller is a New York Times bestselling author and comics writer who has written in the Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, Mass Effect, and Conan franchises. 
9.Keith DeCandido is a Hugo, Nebula and Scribe finalist whose works include Star Trek, Supernatural, and many others.
10. Kevin J. Anderson is the #1 NY Times bestselling author of the Dune series, Star Wars novels, Hell Hole and X-Files novels.
11. Lee Murray is an award-winning writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror; and is a multiple recipient of New Zealand’s coveted Sir Julius Vogel Award. 
12. Paul Kupperberg has written over 1,000 comic books, ranging from Superman to Scooby Doo, and is the author of the GLAAD Media Award nominated and 2014 IAMTW Scribe Award-winning young adult novel, Kevin; as well as the Harvey and Eisner Awards nominated Life With Archie series (including the controversial “Death of Archie” story line). Paul is the executive editor and a writer for Charlton Neo Comics
13. Seanan McGuire is a New York Times award-winning author of urban fantasy and biomedical science fiction (as Mira Grant).
14. Victor Mil├ín is a founding member of George R. R. Martin's long-lived Wild Cards shared-world project and a writer of fantasy, adventure, and award-winning science fiction, whose latest novel is The Dinosaur Princess, due out in 2017
15. Weston Ochse, Bram Stoker Award winning author of SEAL Team 666 and Grunt Life

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Writers Coffeehouse New England In September!

Just barely.

Writers Coffeehouse New England 1pm - 4pm
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Bank Square Books, Mystic CT

Writers of all experience levels are invited to join the conversation at Writers Coffeehouse New England. James A. Moore and Christopher Golden host this round table forum on the business and craft of writing. A chance to meet, mingle, and build your writing community. Sponsored by River City Writers.