Saturday, September 17, 2016

THIS IS HALLOWEEN (Coming soon as a limited release)

So, I teased already. Now I can show you the final work..

The following is the cover for a new short story collection by yours truly.  The collection, called THIS IS HALLOWEEN, will be available this year at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. As the collection directly revolves around Halloween and has MOST of my Halloween stories collected in one place, it seemed appropriate.

This is a limited edition, and only in print for the present time.

The cost will not be prohibitive. More on that soon.

In the meantime. I just wanted to show you the amazing cover by Dan Brereton, who is awesome. Dan knows all about the Halloween spirit, as he is responsible for THE NOCTURNALS, just about the best comic book ever to happen to Halloween and all things creepy.

Before We Even Met

This week several writers are remembering a man who was an influence, a peer and a friend. Maybe you’ve heard of him or read his works. Maybe, if you are very lucky, you had the chance to meet him in person.

His name is Charles L. Grant, and I knew him as Charlie.  He died ten years ago and I miss him.

Charlie was a powerful, subtle and always entertaining wrier. He knew how to bring a shiver down my spine (NOT an easy task, rest assured) with a few words. He also understood and appreciated the art of subtle storytelling. Not everyone gets that. There are a lot of writers out there whom I enjoy, but a goodly number of those very people simply do not have the skills required to make a quiet shiver.

The first time I met Charlie, he was gracious and kind. The second time I met him he chewed me up one side and down the other for not taking care of business properly when it came to my career. He yelled at me regularly about things like getting an agent and reading my contracts carefully. He was, in many ways, a mentor to me when I was just starting out. Rest assured, a substantial portion of the advice I give to other people I learned from him.

Charlie lived in northern New Jersey and I lived in Georgia. Most of the time when we talked it was at conventions or occasionally on a long distance call that, back then, cost more than we probably should have spent as writers.

Except, of course, when I was reading his works. At those times, we talked endlessly. We chatted about the lives of the characters he created from thin air and breathed life into. Well before I met Charlie in person, he’d told me all about THE PET, and took time to sit at THE TEA PARTY (My very first excursion into Charlie’s writing and one that still sticks with me today.) I read every volume of SHADOWS, the anthology that Charlie edited, as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Charlie was a monster when it came to writing. Look him up and you’ll only sew a few books, but he edited a lot, he wrote a lot and he sold a lot under pseudonyms. Lionel Fenn wrote mysteries. Simon Lake wrote horror and suspense. Felicia Andrews wrote gothic romances. They were all Charles L. Grant, who made my output seem insignificant in comparison.

Charlie was an amazing writer.

Charlie was a drinker and a smoker. They took their toll on him in the end and he left us far earlier than anyone would have liked. I point that out only because it wrenches my soul to think about how different the world would have been if he’d been with us for longer.

Charlie lived in New Jersey when he passed. I still lived in Georgia. I could not make it to his funeral. I still miss him.

But when I miss him the most, when I think about his laugh and it gets stuck in my head, I go over to my library and I choose a book from his rather extensive collection of works, and we talk again, like old times, before we even met.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Laura Silverman: GIRL OUT OF WATER

So an author friend of mine, Kami Garcia, brought this to my attention, via Christopher Golden.

There is an outspoken, first time author who has her first book coming out next year. The book is so new that review copies haven't been made.

Amazon has a link, but no image and barely any information is available beside the release date of May 1st.  There's no cover, but there will be in time.

So, with no cover and no review copies available, a strange and demented miracle took place today. Losers and racists decided to post their own reviews on The reason for this? Laura has been very vocal in her dislike of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. Frankly, he's made a gigantic number of racist comments (I'm not gonna source that. Look basically ANYWHERE on the internet where actual news is reported and you're going to run across a few references.)

And apparently she offended the racist red neck brigade. who promptly started giving her one star reviews on Goodreads after generating a flurry of spam identities to allow them the privilege.   I understand that a slurry or racial remarks made their way onto Goodreads,too, just to make sure a new author felt welcome.

I don't like racists.  I find they are, as a rule, not nice people. Even the ones who ARE  nice are only nice now and then and under the right circumstances. Left to their own devices, some of them even go so far as to drag people behind trucks for a few miles, chain people to trees, burn crosses in front yards, oh, the list of atrocities is monumental and even leads to genocide too often for my comfort. Not all, but enough to leave me unhappy with their philosophies and enough to guarantee that I would never consider voting for Donald Trump, who seems to believe that pointing at anyone other than himself and calling for blame is the best way to run a campaign (unfortunately it's worked to a very real extent).

This nonsense. Right here.

Let me clarify: REVIEW COPIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE. THEY DO NOT EXIST AS YET. Somehow, a few dozen readers magically got copies and all decided it was a one star book.

This is Laura's first book. You don't like her? Fine, don't buy the book. Don't like her politics? Don't like her religion or her race? Same answer. but to start a smear campaign before the book is out? Well, pardon my language, but that makes you an a douche bag loser of epic scale.  

The following was found on Goodreads:

"Due to trolling and the falsified reviews being posted for Girl Out Of Water which is NOT yet available for review in any form or capacity, we are adding this note from the publisher until the harassment of Laura Silverman on Goodreads is addressed and a resolution has been reached.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting Laura and Girl Out of Water. She appreciates your love and so do we! We hope to solve this problem as soon as possible. In the meantime, please share the pre-order link to Girl Out of Water! and your love for Laura on Twitter #LoveForLaura

Amazon -

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer.

Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?

Seriously, sounds like a proper synopsis to me. I'm looking forward to it.

I'm not saying anyone should follow my lead here, but I hope people do. Last I checked the ideas that stood for the most in this country included freedom or religion and freedom from racial/religious persecution. Also, I tend to like it when new writers do well. it means more people are reading and writers are making a living in their trade.

I seriously do not want to know where I would be if this had happened with my first book.

James A. Moore

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I'm not SAYING....

I'm not SAYING that I have a special edition book coming out for the Merrimack Valley Halloween Festival, but I'm saying that it's so. Limited edition, but there might be a few available when it's all said and done.

I'm also not saying that the cover is by the amazing Dan Brereton, but there ya go....

This is not the cover. Just an awesome piece by Dan....

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Upcoming River City Writers Events



River City Writers Present: 
Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival 2016 
Saturday, October 22nd 10am to 4:30pm at Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, MA 

Join us as we celebrate books this Halloween season! 33 Authors and Artists gather to present panel discussions on New England horror traditions, ghost stories, why scary stories are good for kids, and much more! Authors will be selling and autographing their books. This event is sponsored by River City Writers and Jabberwocky Bookshop. 

This event is FREE and open to the public!!! 
Please share!! 

Our lineup of participating authors, artists, and filmmakers includes: 

Christopher Golden 
Brian Keene 
James A. Moore 
Thomas E. Sniegoski 
Josh Malerman 
Paul Tremblay 
Leigh Perry 
Craig Shaw Gardner 
John Langan 
Kat Howard 
Nicholas Kaufmann 
Rio Youers 
Toni LP Kelner 
John M. McIlveen 
Glenn Chadbourne 
Jack Haringa 
Jason Ciaramella 
Hillary Monahan 
EJ Stevens 
Bracken MacLeod 
Errick Nunnally 
Kristin Dearborn 
Douglas Wynne 
Christopher Irvin 
Izzy Lee 
Scott Goudsward 
Tony Tremblay 
Gardner Goldsmith 
Jan Kozlowski 
Daniel Braum 
Gregory Bastianelli 
Amber Fallon 
Dan Padanova 
Asher Ellis 


Writers of all experience levels gather to discuss the business and craft of writing. Writers Coffeehouse events are always free, and are an excellent opportunity to learn and to build relationships within the writing community. 

Upcoming Coffeehouses include: 

Saturday October 2016 1st 2-5pm: 
Bodacious Books and Baubles, 225 Shaker Rd., East Longmeadow, MA 

Saturday December 3rd 2016 1-4pm: 
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 

Saturday, February 4th 2017 1-4pm: 
BookClub Bookstore, 2 Main Street, Westfield, MA

The River City Writers are here

So for a while now Christopher Golden and yours truly have been working on something. that something is now here. 


With more than half a century’s combined experience in writing and editing, Christopher Golden and James A. Moore bring their shared love of the written word to all they do. In recent years, the Haverhill, Massachusetts-based authors and editors have expanded their repertoire to include events like the wildly successful Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival and area workshops like the Writers Coffeehouse New England. Now Golden and Moore launch RIVER CITY WRITERS, a company offering book-and-writing-related events, workshops in all areas of writing and publishing, focused and intimate writing retreats, and by popular demand, premium editorial and consultation services.

RIVER CITY WRITERS debuts in 2016 with events including the 2nd Annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, the continuation of the free Writers Coffeehouse New England series, and a combination of single afternoon and multi-day workshops. Golden and Moore will both be offering selective editorial and consultation services as their own busy writing schedules allow.