Monday, December 31, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Les also does work as Edward Miller. Because he's really amazing, and because I happen to adore his work I thought I'd share the news that he revamped his site to make it even more user friendly.
Want to see some really, pretty stuff? Go check out his site: Les Edwards. Now, how to convince my publishers to use this man as my artist more often....
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Apparently I'm supposed to ask several people to follow after me on this endeavor and I'm doing it wrong. Consider this an open challenge: I have done two in a month,because I have two projects recently finished or still being worked on. What are YOU writing? Let us know....
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
That puts me in some mighty fine company. How fine? Check them out. I have. My buddy Charles R; Rutledge suggested them to me as a publisher and suggested several books by them as examples of the sort of work they do. The front page shows several books and gives links to many, many fine authors.
I am extremely pleased to make the announcement.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Anyhow, here's my answers to this particular meme. Charles invited me in and I asked him if I should report on BLIND SHADOWS, the sequel to the same, CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD, or my new fantasy novel SEVEN FORGES. He said to go with SEVEN FORGES, because he covers BLIND SHADOWS pretty well in his answers. On the off chance that you've forgotten, BLIND SHADOWS is out collaborative effort that has just been released.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Because this is a limited edition of 150 copies, I feel it necessary to point out that the book is now here. Also, I'm just delighted. Here's pictures to PROVE that the book exists.
In the event that you could not get to ordering a copy before they sold out (hey, it happens), you can also go to the website for Doctor No's Comics, where I have been known to shop, and so has my co-author, and try to get a copy there. Naturally, there's a Link.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Now I just have to be patient. I can't go jumping the gun and announcing things when they haven't been finalized.
But I am pleased.
I recently had the publisher in question asking if I could manage to hand in the next two novels in the series within six months on each book. A friend of mine, co-author Charles R. Rutledge, came close to laughing milk out of his nose at the question. He didn't actually laugh milk out of his nose, because he wasn't drinking milk, but if he had been, there would have been a need for tissues.
Why? Because Charles has worked with me. When I am in the mood to write, I tend to produce a great deal of words. Most of them are even coherent, and happily there are editors to help me fix the ones that aren't. More news soon. First, however, I get to pace nervously whilst the agent and the publisher begin the Dance of Money and Rights.
I hate this part. I love reaching this part, but I hate this part.
Okay, but I only hate it a little. Mostly i'm delighted. I've sold a trilogy of books and that makes me happy.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The link below is Tom writing about his brain tumor issues.
The link is on Brian Keene's blog.
I'm sharing it because it's the sort of thing I think everyone should read.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
I'm currently at the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. I'm having a wonderful time. I was having a wonderful time last night, too, when my roomie at the con, Christopher Golden, actually referred to me as a word whore. He was speaking to Allison Pang, who contributes to a blog called Word Whores (that's okay, I don't mind sharing) and I nodded and gave my usual answer. I have, for the record, used this answer since I was beginning my career. My pat response, while nodding, has always been, "I will gleefully write Doctor Doom Versus Barbie if there's money involved, but I'll make it the best damned Doctor Doom Versus Barbie story you've ever read."
Allison Pang, upon hearing my comment, looked right at me and said, "I've got five dollars I'd pay to read that." While I was laughing it off, Chris Golden looked over with THAT look on his face. Anyone who knows him knows the look. He is that kid. The one who looks at you and says "I double-dog dare you." But he takes it one step further. He's the ultimate enabler. It isn't the first time he's gotten me in trouble it likely won't be the last.
Chris smiled and said, "Hang on a minute." We were at one of several parties and Chris went off in a flash and came back a moment later waving Canadian bills. "We're up to twenty dollars," he said. And went off again. I just started laughing. I mean, seriously laughing. But because I know Chris, I also started plotting.
A few minutes later he comes back with $55.00 dollars (US and Canadian alike) and a coupon for a free popcorn. And the next thing I know, I have 40 minutes to write a complete story, at least two pages long. I went back to the room and turned on my computer.
The audience was substantially larger than the original 11 people who had put their money up to see if I could, in fact, write the story. I handed my laptop to Chris (I had no printer with me, as I'm not THAT anal) and made him read it aloud instead since he'd gotten me into this mess.
In his finest reading voice, which, to be fair is pretty damned amazing) he recited the tale below. Technically this is a professional sale as I made more than five cents a word (in US and Canadian both), so for the consideration of all literary awards, the Stokers and the Hugos I now offer you....
I need to clarify that I know there are typos in here. I get that. I'm not cleaning them up because this is EXACTLY as it was written and as it was read.
According to Chris, this event will be repeated in Brighton next year. I will have no idea what the story is, only that I will have 40 minutes to write it.
This story brought to you by Chris-Starter financing
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Heath Lowrance continues to please and surprise me. I am always pleased when I come across a writer with a strong, original voice and I am always pleasantly surprised when that voice also has the ability to come up with new and interesting stories. Lowrance does both each and every time I've read him to date. The Spider Tribe is no exception: Hawthorne is hero worthy of Robert E. Howard, strong and angry and determined. He is also, as all heroes should be, properly flawed. I look forward to the next book in the Hawthorne series and if I could claim any complaint it is merely this: Lowrance should write many more Hawthorne tales and he should do it sooner rather than later as I am already impatiently awaiting the next in the series. James A. Moore, author of DEEPER.
Monday, October 29, 2012
That could be a great thing, but I have doubts. I suspect a lot of people that I know are going to lose their jobs, and I suspect that a lot of publishing changes are going to come around as the new conglomerate considers where they want to "tighten their belts" as they consolidate.
This should be an interesting show to watch, sort of like a slow motion recapture of a head on collision.
We shall see.
The winds outside are howling mad and all the legendary fall foliage has already blown off of the trees, so my first autumn in New England is looking a little barren. That's okay, I'm in excellent company and looking forward to the convention. We will likely be driving through the remains of this super-storm on our way up, but that too is okay in my book. Good company and we have similar tastes in music.
There's BIG news on the publishing front, but I'll maybe talk about that the next time. For now, I can no longer dodge my responsibilities. If I don't finish my part of the BLOODSTAINED WONDERLAND manuscript, there's a good chance that Mr. Golden will be burying me somewhere in his backyard while the storm rages on above us. Comforting thoughts for a chilly October morning,
Have a great Halloween everyone!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
In any event the first draft is done, 103,000 words later.
I am pleased.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The first review is right here. I am pleased.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
(All Sheldon every got was a signed Action figure. I Win!)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
With publishing going through so many interesting changes, I am looking to make new connections, reinforce previous associations and probably prove to a few people that I'm not really a stammering idiot, just one of those guys who tends to stare at walls at the worst possible times.
But let's be fair here, I'm also going for the dealer's room. Man, I haven't been in a gigantic collection of used books, old magazines and bootlegged DVDs in MONTHS.
if you're going to be there, please feel free to introduce yourself. My favorite thing about conventions is meeting other people with similar interests and let's be honest here, if you're attending the World Fantasy Convention, the odds are amazingly good that we have a few things in common.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Nicely done, Mr. Keene!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Sounds good. I am, of course, extremely excited by this very notion. I want to work with this publisher, because, frankly, I like what they've been doing a lot. Everything I've seen screams of the sort of dedication to publishing that I admire. Just one little problem.
I haven't finished the novel yet. Oh, sure, I did a LOT of it, but not all of it.
How to handle this: I could panic. That's always a viable option. Maybe not the best option, but definitely one of them. I could LIE and say that I'd sent the manuscript already, but you know what? In this day and age, that only delays for a short while, especially since we've been dealing with each other through emails, and those don't really get lost by the postman very often.
So, quick answer: I told the publisher I could send what I have and have the rest in about two to three weeks. Or he could just wait two to three weeks. To be fair, probably more like three.
He liked what he saw enough to not want to wait. I sent what I have.
Now I'm going back to writing. I have a novel to finish in the next few weeks.
I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I bring this up mostly because the novel in question doesn't fall into the category of horror, where a lot of my novels end up. It is most decidedly steampunk, with a twist of horror, a dash of political intrigue, a hefty dose of action and just for kicks I've even got a bit of romance tossed in. Like I said, it's steampunk. Sort of.
Another book I'm working on is a post-apocalyptic young adult novel with zombies and worse thrown in. It's the first of three novels planned in a series, and by the time the third book is finished you're decidedly dealing with a fantasy setting.
And then there's the sequel to BLOODSTAINED OZ (BLOODSTAINED WONDERLAND), that I'm working in with Christopher Golden (Yes, I KNOW you've heard that before, but I AM working on it, I'm just taking waaaaaay too long to get my part done. But I mean it, I'm working on it actively right now.).
When I'm done with BLOODSTAINED WONDERLAND I'm going to finish off BOOMTOWN, you know, the western-horror-action fusion that I've been plodding away on for two years.
Of course I just finished my second collaborative novel with Charles R. Rutledge, which is best called a fusion of crime fiction and horror with a side of Southern Gothic thrown in.
and soon the ebook version of my novel FIREWORKS will be coming out. That's the science fiction political thriller I did a while back.
And then there's the SUBJECT SEVEN series. The YA series that's science fiction and action adventure.
A couple of the reviews for BLOOD RED said it was a good vampire story with a surprising romance thrown in. Imagine my surprise. I had no idea I was writing a romance. I'm okay with that, by the way. I had a lot of fun writing it, whatever it was I was writing.
Did I mention the sword and sorcery trilogy? Yep. Got one of those, too.
How about the horror mosaic novel? Or the science fiction mosaic novel?
I spin a lot of plates at any given time. I LIKE spinning a lot of plates the same way that I like playing with many, many characters and subplots when I'm writing a book.
Most people tell me I write horror. A few reviewers have corrected this to say that I write urban fantasy. I'm good with that. Really, at the end of the day, I write stories. I usually leave it for the publishers to decide what to call a story when I'm done. As long as they don't call it "rejected" I'm basically happy.
The thing is, I write stories. Some of them are horror. Some of them aren't. Most of them probably have a few moments designed to generate fear, because I think that fear is important as a driving tool and because I like a good spooky story.
Mostly I write stories. I don't care what label goes on them as long as there's a little logic to it. When FIREWORKS first came out, I suggested calling it a science fiction novel. The published decided to call it horror, because that was where I had the fans. I opted not to complain because, a) the publisher probably knows a bit more about marketing than little old me did at the time and b) I was made absolutely giddy by the notion that I might have fans.
I probably should have argued a bit in hindsight. The story really isn't horror, though, again, there are a few horror elements.
My point is that I write stories. Yes, I'm repeating myself. I think sometimes things should be repeated. I write stories. Now and then I've had reviewers, fans (YAY!) and publishers who have been uncertain where something should go. I tend to think books are best served by going on nightstands and later on book shelves when the reading is done. Or if you read electronic books, in the proper storage spot where, hopefully, readers will want to revisit the tales I've told.
I have been genrefied. Well, me and bloody near every writer out there.
And I'm okay with that, too, as long as I'm still having fun writing. But I have to tell you, I'm no sooner going to limit what I write than I am going to limit what I read. It might be that I'll never sell some of the things I write, but I will write them just the same. I tend to think some of the best writers out there break away from writing in a single genre, and that in so doing they are pushing the boundaries of what can be written (Who do I mean? Well, for starters, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert RS. McCammon, F Paul Wilson, Tom Piccirilli, Christopher Golden, H.P. Lovecraft, Tim Lebbon, Robert E. Howard, Karl Edward Wagner....the list goes on.) Do I think I'm one of the best writers out there? Nope. But I want to be. So how can I do less than the ones I admire the most?
Besides, why would I want to limit myself by only ever telling one kind of story? Where would the fun be in that?
Saturday, August 25, 2012
You can get it right here: Night Eyes
He was and is one of my heroes. He and Buzz Aldrin, along with every other astronaut ever to brave the stars, inspired me and millions of others. And at times when my life has seemed truly overwhelming, I have looked at the accomplishments of those folks and realized that no matter how daunting the world may seem, obstacles are made to be overcome.
And they can be overcome. That's the important part. So a moment of thanks for the fine folks who have reached for the stars and found them. Thank you so very much for the inspiration.
And welcome back to the heavens, Mr. Armstrong. We never met, but you will be missed.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
And now, we're gonna put it up as a free read on Amazon.com.
Why? Because we can. And because stories should be read. And because it promotes BLIND SHADOWS. And because we can.
I'll post the link as soon as it becomes actively available.
And just in case you feel like surfing a bit, here are a couple of links to reviews for BLIND SHADOWS.
And from Baryon-Online:
Monday, July 2, 2012
I’m more impressed with the writing of James A Moore with each new book of his that comes into my library. He has also had some marvelous collaborations and this one is no exception. This may be the best of all and I’m ready for a sequel or three featuring the characters I met in this Gothic Georgia tale.
Sheriff Carl Price calls his friend, Wade Griffin - a sometime private investigator, to the scene of a murder outside the town of Wellman, Georgia. The victim is a friend of theirs and has been ritualistically killed with stakes through his eyes and genitals, lashed to a St Andrews’ cross and embellished with strange characters carved into his body. The worst thing about it was that he was still alive when it took place.
Wade takes pictures of the carvings and seeks help from Charon, who runs the local magic shop and has knowledge of many arcane subjects. Sheriff Price follows his investigation by questioning Merle Blackbourne, the patriarch of a clan well known for meth making and other lawless pursuits.
Charon uses her computer skills and knowledge to track down an expert in the arcane and she and Wade visit him to gain more information. Carter DeCamp aides them in translating parts of the symbols, but does appear to know more than he lets on.
The backstory of the history of the area and the Blackbourne family make for interesting reading and give an historical feel to the events of today and make it more real to the reader. Moore and Rutledge do a delightful job in the creation of the setting and for those of us who live in Georgia can almost pinpoint where the events take place.
Meanwhile Sheriff Price receives a clue, but is attacked by Frank Blackbourne, a mountain of a man who has supposedly been dead for over twenty years. Other strange things begin to happen and the story gains speed and begins to move at a breakneck speed as stolen cars, missing people, the Old Ones, and interdimensional beings enter the puzzle.
Moore and Rutledge have created a marvelous tale that would find a home in the tales by Lovecraft or Manly Wade Wellman. It is a story of re-opening gateways, human sacrifice, the return of the Old Ones, and plenty of action.
Don’t let this one get away. There are only 150 available and it should sell out quickly. Check out the specifics at www.miskatonicbooks.com.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I genuinely can't imagine a show quite like Copper running on regular television in the US. I don't think it would have been handled as well. Premium cable channels, maybe, but not on regular television.
The show is set back when the western expansion was in full swing, but it takes place in New York City. It's interesting to see someone take on the wild wild east for a change of pace.
I'm looking forward to watching the show develop. If you have chance to catch it, I'd recommend you give it a shot.
Monday, August 20, 2012
It's also justified. There have certainly been a plethora of influential writers, but I think anyone remotely familiar with the genre can see Lovecraft's influences (though I've run across a few writers who vehemently denied being influenced even as they were following in the man's footsteps.). He's had an impact on Hollywood, on video games, on comic books, television and fiction in general over the years. I will not say he stands alone in his influences, but he most certainly had an impact on me over the years. My short story "A Place Where There is Peace" and the novel DEEPER would not exist without Lovecraft's seminal tale "A Shadow Over Innsmouth," and I daresay a good number of other authors have been heavily influenced over the years. I'll do youi one better: one of my favorite movies of all time is the old classic "The Creature From The Black Lagoon, (Universal, 1954) and I know a lot of other writers who would agree. I don't think that movie could exist in the form that was eventually presented without that very same tale by Lovecraft, and that's just one example of how much influence the man has had over the years.
One of the things I always liked best about Lovecraft (or at least the tales I've heard about him) was that he genuinely seemed to enjoy the notion of having people dabble in the areas where he was defining himself as a writer. He encouraged a good number of younger writers over the course of his life, and he corresponded with many a fellow writer to the point where volumes of his collected letters have been put together over the years and published repeatedly.
Here's the part that like best: 122 years after he was born, I saw dozens, literally dozens, of notes posted to Facebook reminding people that today was his birthday. I like to think Mr. Lovecraft would have been pleasantly surprised by the influence he's had.
Sometime within the next couple of months, by the way, I'll be starting the sequel to DEEPER. It's called FROM A LOWER DEEP and I've already written it in my head. I just have to get it down in a more easily accessible format.
I truly hope I can do justice to Lovecraft's legacy.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
What a misery. He was a brilliant man. He created some truly phenomenal works and I hope he is remembered properly for those and that his passing doesn't create the sort of footnote that takes away from the life he lived, the works he created and the people he touched through the years.
My condolences to his family and his loved ones, for what little that might be worth.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Yes, the Funky Werepig.
Actually his name is Greg and he does online interviews.
I'm to be his latest victim. Friday night at 9 PM
Anyone interested in joining in can listen in to the bloodshed via www.tmvcafe.com.
Just so you know.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I need to add a few things though: Damn. What a wonderful surprise. It's nice to see a tightly written, dark tale from time to time and even nicer when it surprises me with the intensity of the writing. Before I read the above review by Charles R. Rutledge (you know, my coauthor on BLIND SHADOWS and CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD) I had never heard of Heath Lowrance. Not surprising, really, as there are a lot of good authors I've never heard of. What was surprising was just exactly how good he is. Mr. Lowrance has won an instant fan. And like my coauthor before me, I broke down and bought the previous story with Hawthorne, our anti-hero. I'll be reading it soon, too. It went right to the top of my list.
Should you want to know more about the author or his works you can check out his blog right here: Heath Lowrance.
What? You thought I was kidding about reading a few westerns?
I'll also be watching the season finale of LONGMIRE tonight, when I'm done editing on BOOMTOWN, and then I'll be watching HELL ON WHEELS, the season two premiere. I am an equal opportunity geek. If I like it, I'll watch it.
Friday, August 10, 2012
And now it's time to get back to it. I have people who have been waiting for the final book for a while now and the biggest challenge for me is whether or not I'll be starting from scratch or working through what I'd already written and deciding whether or not I should try to salvage any of it.
I'm not sure yet. I have to actually read the entire bloody thing first and decide.
This much I know: it's a western and there are cowboys, indians, gunslingers, undertakers, miners, dynamite, horses, monsters, skinwalkers...Yeah, I know. But it's still mostly a western.
Either way, it's going to be the same basic story. I know what I want to say. I just am not sure exactly how I want to say it.
As an added bonus, I'm having fun watching a lot of westerns to get me in the proper mood. Tonight's fare was True Grit by the Coen Brothers. As directors and writers they have never done me wrong. I'm also reading a lot of westerns right now. Why? Inspiration and to avoid duplication. Same as I read almost anything. I want to write a western, but I want to write MY western. And I want to make sure that what I'm writing isn't a bad pastiche. So to that end, I'm doing a lot of reading. And I'm loving every bloody second of it.
Back in the saddle again, indeed.
I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, if you suddenly find you want to read a few westerns of your own, there are places where you can look. Here are a couple of links to add to the numerous ones you'll find to the right of this blog entry: http://westernfictioneers.blogspot.com and http://westernfictioneers.com are good starting points with a few more links to help you along the way.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
And then somebody comes along and says it doesn't suck. Example given: this review from Baryon about Homestead.
The illustrations that I've sen for it are gorgeous, but that's no surprise. Alex McVey is amazing.
Should you be interested in checking this one out for yourself, you can order it here.
With that in mind I thought I'd pull out some of the reviews from when it was first released and show them to you. Well, snippets, really. But here they are:
Saturday, August 4, 2012
And messing with them.
Half of the fun here is the realization that the characters you're creating are as flawed and frail as the people who created them. I know that sounds odd, but I think it's the truth. In this book particularly we've sort of opened a few running wounds and watched the characters bleed. And I need to clarify something here, I don't just mean we've put a hurting on them physically (that's almost guaranteed with the sort of book we're writing) but also that we've made them reassess themselves as human beings. Sometimes that happens and you're aware of it and other times it sneaks past you, but in this case it's been different because we've actually had discussions about it. Okay, some of those came down to Charles looking at me and saying "You're not being very nice to Carl." Often followed by me nodding vigorously because, damn, I've been beating on the lad this time around. What can I say? Sometimes I'm an angry god. Sometimes I'm just not at all nice to the characters I create.
That's okay. They always get out of it alive.
Well, okay. That's just plain a lie. Sometimes they get out of it alive. Seldom unscathed.
At any rate, we'e on the home stretch of a book that deals with a lot of darkness. We'll be doing a bit more rewriting this time around, because the story isn't quite as straightforward as the lat one. This too is okay. it's not the same book. It was never meant to be the same book. What would be the point of writing the same book twice?
And yes, as I said we're already planning more books with the same characters and you know what? They won't be the same book either.
By the time we get together in the middle of next week the odds are good the first draft will be finished. We'll discuss what changes we think we need to make while we're signing the signature sheets for BLIND SHADOWS.
Which is due out in October from Arcane Wisdom.
The second book, by the way, is called CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD Where does the title come from? Proverbs 21:16: "The man who wandereth out of the way of wisdom shall abide in the congregation of the dead." That should not be taken to mean that the book is a careful analysis of the Bible, just for the record.