Saturday, December 14, 2013

Two Free Short Stories for SEVEN FORGES



So there have been a total of two free short stories posted for Seven Forges, with two more coming soon.
These stories are free, and they are directly related to the series but they are not required reading for the series. Hopefully they'll stand on their own, but equally important, there are HINTS about things to come in these tales. You just have to read them and mine them for their secrets. Also, there are two more tales that will be going up sooner or later.

THE WOUNDED can be found here.

FROM THE MOUNDS can be found here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Black Gate reviews Seven Forges

I think this is about the most perfect review I have seen of SEVEN FORGES and I am delighted. My thanks to Sarah Avery and to Black Gate.

The Review is here.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's HE-ERE! Congregations Of The Dead

I haven't got a copy in my hand yet, but here it is:

And here's where you can get it. 

I am delighted! Now to quietly sneak off where you can't see me doing my Snoopy dance. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Alien: Sea of Sorrows

So I mentioned it before and now I have a cover. ALIEN: SEA OF SORROWS is my novel set in the ALIEN universe. The first book in the loosely formed trilogy (Each stands alone as a separate book, but together they tell a bigger story) is Tim Lebbon's ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS. And after that is my novel and lastly there's Christopher Golden's ALIEN: RIVER OF PAIN.



And just because I can, here's a picture of me and the other two gents in our tuxedos.




The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph commonly referred to as the Alien. Continuing the groundbreaking story from ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Tim Lebbon, this novel will reveal Ripley's legacy, as her descendants continue to be harried by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in their unceasing effort to weaponize the aliens.

Produced by Twentieth Century Fox, the franchise launched with the release of the 1979 film, Alien. The film led to three very successful movie sequels, numerous books, comics and video game spinoffs. This second novel and its two tightly plotted tie-ins will directly relate to the first two films of the franchise, expanding the canon like never before. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

THE WOUNDED

The first of my freebie stories for SEVEN FORGES, "The Wounded," can be found right here. You should read it, because, you know, it's FREE!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Just a reminder....


Book Signing...London

This is kind of a cool thing for me. Trust me, I never thought it would happen. But in a few months I'm going over to London, England and while I'm there, I'm going to the Forbidden Planet Bookstore (Ever been to a Forbidden Planet Bookstore? I've been to one. In New York. I have NO IDEA if they are affiliated. It was paradise on Earth. But this is LONDON, which I am told is THE Forbidden Planet Bookstore.) And while I'm there, several other authors and yours truly will settle in for an hour or so and sign copies of our books for anyone who would like to get them signed.

Had you asked me four months ago if I would ever do a signing in London I would have explained that it was really far more likely that swine would spontaneously generate wings and immediately take to the skies.

So, yeah, I'm delighted by this. Here are the details: http://angryrobotbooks.com/2013/08/taking-over-the-planet/

And here's the link at the actual Forbidden Planet Bookstore Site.



This will take place on October 31st. Halloween just got even cooler.


Monday, October 21, 2013

THE BLASTED LANDS

After a good bit of back and forth, I think that I and the Angry Robot have come to a decision on the title for the second book in the SEVEN FORGES series. The title is THE BLASTED LANDS. That seems perfectly appropriate to me as a rather substantial portion of the novel takes place there.

Who knows. Maybe I'll even reveal what really happened there. Time will tell.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Spirits

I did a story a while back in an extremely limited edition for Cemetery Dance Publications.

It's coming out in a far more affordable edition with several other authors.

Here's a cool trailer to tell you all about it.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Congregations of the Dead should be here just in time for Halloween

So the books are at the printers and should arrive just in the nick of time for Halloween.

Here's the link, you know, if you decided you need something a little creepy to get you through All Hallow's Eve.



It’s one of the hottest summers on record and a storm is brewing over the small town of Wellman, Georgia.
Still reeling from the horrific events of the previous October, all Sheriff Carl Price wants is to get back to a normal life. Unfortunately things aren’t working out. He’s got the Brennert County’s DA breathing down his neck for answers about what happened in Crawford’s Hollow. He’s been served with a lawsuit by the Blackbourne family. And just after he witnesses a child abduction, the one person who always puts his life into a tailspin shows up to add to the pressure.
Meanwhile, against his better judgment, Wade Griffin agrees to look for a teenage girl who’s gone missing. It’s not his kind of case, but he’s trying to establish his private investigations business and perhaps abandon his past as a mercenary. But Griffin’s luck isn’t any better than Price’s and he ends up crossing paths with the man behind most of the organized crime north of Atlanta.
Both lawmen have their plates full, but then they learn that there is something abroad in the night. Not the supernatural menace they dealt with before, but something even darker. Just what is the secret of the charismatic Reverend Lazarus Cotton and what is he hiding in his small mountain church?
Once again, Griffin and Price must call upon all their deadly skills just to stay alive and even in the middle of a pitched battle against things that shouldn’t exist they are reminded that sometimes the darkest evils reside within the human heart.
Congregations of the Dead is the hard hitting follow up to Blind Shadows, again mixing hard-boiled crime fiction with blood chilling horror.
If you ordered BLIND SHADOWS from us we will automatically match your number with CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD



Gotta say, I'm loving these end papers.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

SEVEN FORGES is out!

Okay, oh sure, OTHER things came out today, like Iron Man 3, and Doctor Sleep by that Stephen King guy, but they're both SEQUELS! You need to buy other things first before you can get the full enjoyment out of the stories they offer. And, okay, the amazing   FATHER GAETANO'S PUPPET CATECHISM by Michael Mignola and Christopher Golden is now available in paperback, but if you're like me you already bought that, because waiting for the paperback release is like refusing yourself a much needed cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

But SEVEN FORGES is NEW! You don't have to read anything else first, and it's ALREADY available as a paperback, or as a digital download e-book, or even as an audiobook. (And if you follow that last one,there's even a sample of the reading.) I mean, come on, how cool is that? Someone else reads it FOR you! But what! There's more! you can download it for Audible books! And if you do that, and you decide to try Audibel for 30 days as a trial, you can even get it for FREE!


Personally, I recommend buying one in each of the multiple formats available. That way you can collect multiple versions of that gorgeous cover. 


And of course I need to remind everyone that I'm doing a book signing at Dr. No's tomorrow, from 6PM - 7:30 PM. 



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Interviews, appearances and reviews...The latest on Seven Forges

So we're only a few days away from the official US release of SEVEN FORGES, and the last minute stuff keeps popping up. I feel like an expectant father. That's true of every book but in this case it's my first fantasy novel and so it feels different. I'm used to treading in the horror field, but the readers and reviewers are often a very different group here. 

So far I have a total of two signings planned. What? I work two jobs if you include author. I stay busy. One of them is on US soil and the other is in London. That later one? Yeah that's a new thing for me. I'm looking froward to it. 



The picture above is for the US signing. I'm looking looking froward to it. 

The latest review comes from BiblioSanctum and can be found in its entirety right here

My favorite quote? "I felt the book took its time getting to the meat of the conflict, yes, but even so, all the while I had the sense that it was there all along, just building up in a slow burn. Looking back now, I see that the bulk of this book reads like a very long introduction, all leading up to the point where the conflict finally ignites. And when it does, it happens in a very powerful, explosive way, in part due to everything in the book that came before providing the necessary kindling.

"Speaking of which, James A. Moore is in his element when he is writing scenes with fighting and big battles, and his strength is definitely in crafting very realistic, frenetic action sequences."

Honestly, nothing about that hurts my feelings. I was sort of wanting that kind of build up. 

Lastly, the nice folks over at TheWrittenUniverse not only gave me a review (Mentioned here before, but just in case you weren't paying attention here it is again), they also interviewed me right here. I had a blast with both aspects. The people I am currently reading are listed. You should give them both a try as they are both rather spectacular. 

That's all for now, 

Jim


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blurbs and more

"Loved it! James A. Moore has an exciting and inventive fantasy here that kept me turning pages and left me wanting more!" --Linda Robertson, Author of the Persephone Alcmedi Series.

I got a few nice reviews lately and the very latest of them can be found here. Possibly my favorite quote is "I finished Severn Forges in four nights, staying up later than I should to do so. It’s not often I’ll stop and reread a scene, but I did more than once. I’m looking forward to see where Moore takes the story next."

And while we're on the subject of quotes that don't hurt my feelings: "George R.R. Martin fans willing to settle for a less sophisticated plotline may enjoy this well-written epic fantasy series kickoff." --Publisher's Weekly, 8/19/2013

I am pleased. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Releases and Reviews

So, SEVEN FORGES is finally due out on September 24th, in the US and on October 3rd in the UK. As I cannot be in the UK for the release I figured I should do the release party a little closer to home for now and in this case that means on September 25th from 6PM until 7:30 PM at Dr. No's Comics and Games in Marietta, GA. Why? Because it's my favorite bookstore and because it's really very close to the place that I call home and also because that's where I pick up my comics. There are always ulterior motives, folks.

Of course, just to add to the fun I have to throw a few more notes into the mix: I also have a couple more book reviews to share. Lynn's Book Blog had a few nice words for my latest work. Follow the link, of course and you can get the entire thing. And The Written Universe said "If you like a sword and sorcery epic with characters who all but grab you by the hand and drag you through the narrative, a story line that takes your interest and holds it hostage until it's had it's way with you, a lot of action, is well-paced and is so good, you don't want to put it down, but at the same time, don't want to finish it too quick (then the awesome is over), this book my dears, is for you." 

Well, that's about as nice a set of words as I could hope for, but there are more of them in the rest of the review which I conveniently linked up above. 

Here's hoping you can make it to the release party. I'll be there and if no one else shows up, well, that'll just plain be awkward for me. 

I suppose there's a slim chance that some people are tired of seeing this cover, but personally Im still loving it and so I'm still putting it up all over the place. 

Keep smiling,

Jim



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Seven Forges News

I've been doing two of my favorite things today: Reading and writing ('rhythmetic need not apply, thanks. I have an accountant who likes numbers for just such emergencies.).

So a quick update. I'm well into the second chapter or THE CHOSEN, which is the tentative name for the second SEVEN FORGES book. Between starting this one and finishing the last  there have been a couple of novels, a novella or two and a dozen or so short stories and articles to boot. And I have to say that I am truly delighted to visit a few of my characters again. I'm also missing a few of them, but I can;t say which ones as only a handful of people have actually read the first book so far. A good number of those readers have given me favorable reviews. A few have not. That's fair. No one is everybody's cup of tea.



But the novel progresses. And before I wrote the novel, four of the short stories I took the time to wrote were written solely for the purposes of promoting SEVEN FORGES. I addressed a few of the areas where I was deliberately vague in the novel. And allow me to clarify that. I wanted to add lots of things that I did not add to the novel. I didn't add them because they were not immediately significant. The fate of one character who, in Seven Forges, is little more than an incidental figure and a name, is addressed in one short story. Another deals with a local legend regarding a distant site, never visited but seen repeatedly and eyed with justifiable suspicion. A third deals with how the figure on the front of the book, Drask Silver Hand, earned his hand and his name. The last deals with how one of the Sa'ba Taalor, the newcomers in the book, killed a beast of astonishing size by himself. All of them are, I hope, fun tales, but none of them were directly important and I was working with a limited word count on the novel.

I will have homes for them soon. So far the very, very few people who've read them have been favorable about how they read and as I trust those folks to tell me the truth, I am pleased by the results.

SEVEN FORGES comes out in less than two weeks in the US. I intend to have a formal release party at one of my favorite bookstores, Dr. No's Comics and Games. They have books, too, by the way. Mostly genre books, go figure.

As soon as I have cemented the exact time for the event, I'll let you know more.

A lot going on, but most of it isn't finalized as yet. Soon, soon.


A few more reviews have popped up. Here's some of the highlights:


“Seven Forges is a perfect story of political intrigue, brutal fighting, beguiling magic and assassinations.”—The Book Plank

“What sets apart Seven Forges from the rest of the epic fantasy clique is the writing. I'm honestly impressed by the amount of worldbuilding James A Moore managed to fit inside 330 odd pages.”—Upcoming4.me

“When I first heard James A. Moore was writing his first fantasy novel, there were three things I knew to expect. One – his characters would not be cookie cutter copies of Robert E. Howard’s Conan or Michael Moorcock’s Elric. Two – his characters would be interesting and different. Three – I was going to be in for a hell of a read. I was right on all three counts and I’m sure that everyone who picks up this title will agree.”—The Baryon Review

“Without spoiling the ending, it reminds of an episode of the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits with a kick in the crotch twist right at the end. Richard Matheson would have been proud.”—ShelfInflicted.com

"What does a writer do once he has conquered the horror genre? Why, he turns to fantasy, of course. While that might not sound like an easy transition to make, author James A. Moore seems to pull it off with ease. His upcoming release, SEVEN FORGES, is a far cry from the terror-filled worlds he has created prior, but it is no less entertaining. Filled with memorable characters, gritty action, and an interesting plot, this book delivers on all levels." --matthewscottbaker.com


SfCrow's Nest




Thursday, August 29, 2013

V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE

From Jonathan Maberry: "VAMPIRE NEWS! IDW had just greenlit a sequel to V-WARS (the shared-world vampires-are-damn-scary anthology I edited). V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE will feature all new stories set during the heat of an all-out battle between humans and vampires. The lineup will include the continuation of some storylines from book 1 as well as five new storylines with new top-shelf authors."

I am one of the continuing storylines. That is to say I'll be writing one of them. 


I am delighted. There will also be a comic book series written by Jonathan Maberry, with an artist to be announced. Who knows, maybe I'll get to write a fill in issue. A fella can dream, right? 


No new cover yet, but here's a look at the old one for you. 






And of course, you can pick up V-Wars, the first in the volume, right here.


Monday, August 26, 2013

More SEVEN FORGES stuff.

So, first, I have finished three of the four promotional stories I'm writing for SEVEN FORGES. They are titled (in no particular order) "From the Mounds," "Scars" and "When Korwa Fell." I have one left to do and I've finally managed to plot that one out in my noggin, so I'll likely finish the first draft of it tonight. ALl four stories will go live in the relatively near future. WHen I know where they are going, I'll let you know.

Additionally, I have a guest blog article up at upcoming4me, on the story behind SEVEN FORGES. Naturally, being me, I read the blog when it went live and discovered a few typos. Those are entirely my fault and I'm trying to rectify my errors.

and what would be the fun of posting if I couldn't throw another review your way? This one comes courtesy of Horrorworld.org.


Thought I'd go with a different picture this time, just for kicks. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

I think they've been tweaking the cover.

And I think I rather like it. The differences are subtle, but they are there.


Opinions?


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

So to summarize....

A few highlights from reviews for Seven Forges:




Seven Forges is a roaring adventure, full of larger than life characters and cultures, in a world full of exotic peoples, magicks, and gods. And it’s a violent world, too, full of political intrigues, deadly diplomacy, and treacherous allies. Moore’s the story adeptly raises the stakes and dangers from every direction. If you’re looking for an adventurous escape from your desk, Moore’s Seven Forges will whisk you away to a world where swords and sorcery are as alive as ever.”—Attackofthebooks.com


“Seven Forges is a perfect story of political intrigue, brutal fighting, beguiling magic and assassinations.”—The Book Plank

“What sets apart Seven Forges from the rest of the epic fantasy clique is the writing. I'm honestly impressed by the amount of worldbuilding James A Moore managed to fit inside 330 odd pages.”—Upcoming4.me

“When I first heard James A. Moore was writing his first fantasy novel, there were three things I knew to expect. One – his characters would not be cookie cutter copies of Robert E. Howard’s Conan or Michael Moorcock’s Elric. Two – his characters would be interesting and different. Three – I was going to be in for a hell of a read. I was right on all three counts and I’m sure that everyone who picks up this title will agree.”—The Baryon Review

“Without spoiling the ending, it reminds of an episode of the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits with a kick in the crotch twist right at the end. Richard Matheson would have been proud.”—ShelfInflicted.com

Two and a half of the short stories I'll be sending into the ether for SEVEN FORGES have been completed. The rest will be done by the end of the week. 

And then I start writing THE CHOSEN, the sequel to SEVEN FORGES.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Signing...London

This is kind of a cool thing for me. Trust me, I never thought it would happen. But in a few months I'm going over to London, England and while I'm there, I'm going to the Forbidden Planet Bookstore (Ever been to a Forbidden Planet Bookstore? I've been to one. In New York. I have NO IDEA if they are affiliated. It was paradise on Earth. But this is LONDON, which I am told is THE Forbidden Planet Bookstore.) And while I'm there, several other authors and yours truly will settle in for an hour or so and sign copies of our books for anyone who would like to get them signed.

Had you asked me four months ago if I would ever do a signing in London I would have explained that it was really far more likely that swine would spontaneously generate wings and immediately take to the skies.

So, yeah, I'm delighted by this. Here are the details: http://angryrobotbooks.com/2013/08/taking-over-the-planet/

And here's the link at the actual Forbidden Planet Bookstore Site.



This will take place on October 31st. Halloween just got even cooler.



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Seven Forges, Four Stories

So I'm currently at work on four short stories that will find their homes somewhere out there on the Internet. The stories are all related directly to SEVEN FORGES. They are not necessary to the novel, but are merely designed to whet the appetite as it were. One if finished. The rest will be done within the week. I'll keep you posted about where they can be found as soon as they have homes. In the meantime, here: have another review of Seven Forges. This one is courtesy of Attack Of The Books!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Can you hear that?

Probably not. But soon the answer will be YES!

Angry Robots teamed up with Brilliance Audio and has SEVEN FORGES coming out as an audiobook, in addition to the e-book version, the paperback version from the UK and the mass market version over here in the states.



I am exceedingly pleased. I wonder if I'll have a British accent.....


Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Seven Forges Interview

My sometimes partner in crime and good friend Charles R Rutledge has interviewed me about Seven Forges. The interview takes place right here. I'm rather pleased with the results. I almost sound sane. :)



Did you see how I cleverly put the cover back up there? That's because it's a mighty cool cover. :)

As an added bonus, I just found a lovely review right here. Color me pleased.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

I love fairy tales.

I love classic fairy tales. In particular, though I mean no disrespect to Hans Christian Anderson, I have a special affection for the tales of the Brothers Grimm. Seriously, how can you not love their name? It's like a promise of truth in advertising, at least until the stories get homogenized and made into something safer for children. "Safer," by the way, means clean of potential nightmares. Sorry I tend to think nightmares serve a purpose and so do fairy tales. Like fables, the best of them offer lessons and warnings. Mind you, sometimes the warning can be a little vague: In the case of Hansel & Gretel it's either a warning not to take candy from strangers or just possibly not to let your dad marry a woman who thinks killing kids is a good way to go about avoiding being too hungry.

That said, I took one look at the trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and chuckled. (And if you follow the link it's for the Red Band version of the trailer. That means language and violence not appropriate for children. Seriously.)  My sister, a bit of a purist, did not agree. That's okay. I prefer people have their own minds and opinions. Listen, if you expect anything remotely like the original story, don't waste your time. There have been other versions that were far more true to the source material. What I wanted, what I got, was something entirely different. I wanted what the trailer offered: a tongue-in-cheel action adventure flick with creepy witches, a grown up set of siblings with a passion for killing those very witches and a hefty arsenal of steampunk inspired weapons to help them meet their goals.

Anyone whose read one of my reviews knows I hate giving away the important stuff. The surprises are for the people who see the movie, not for me to ruin in advance. That's why there are spoiler alerts and that's why I attempt to offer spoiler free commentaries. I will tell you this much: The original tale of Hansel and Gretel is taken care of in roughly the first three minutes of the movie, and I loved to watch it.

And from there the story gets more fun. It's over the top. No two ways about that. The laws of physics are not merely dented, they are warped into new shapes. That's okay, I didn't care. If I want reality, I'll catch a drama. This is a fusion of fairy tales, steampunk, comedy, horror and extreme action. It may not be high brow art, but damn I did enjoy it. I watched the unrated version on blu-ray. It has excessive language (multiple f-bombs), excessive gore, excessive and delightful violence and copious quantities of fun, in addition to witches, trolls, and my first ever encounter with Steampunk Brass Knuckles.

Highly recommended for a night of reckless, violent fun with a surprisingly good story. Also, Gemma Arterton is just darned sexy-cute and Jeremy Renner is a delight, too. And Famke Jansen as a witch? Wow.

Jim




Monday, June 24, 2013

Another of the Grand Masters has left us: Rest In Peace Richard Matheson.

Well, damn.

Richard Matheson was decidedly one of the Grand Masters. I'd put him in the same category as Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov without hesitation. Over his lifetime he worked in fiction, television and movies and his influence was bloody near everywhere.

What Dreams May Come, The Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes (A book I've read easily a dozen times), I Am Legend, Bid Time Return. He wrote the screenplay for THE NIGHT STALKER, upon which the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker was based. He wrote multiple episodes for THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Worked on STAR TREK the original series, THE NIGHT GALLER, and wrote the script for a TV movie called DUEL, that was directed by a young director, just starting out, named Stephen Spielberg.

He was a truly amazing writer of the fantastic and I will always remember his works fondly. He will be missed.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dark Duets

As a few people might have figured out already, I really kind of dig collaborations. They add a new dimension to working on a project and if you're working with the right person, they are just plain a lot of fun. I ahve been very, very lucky when it comes to the people I've collaborated with, and this is absolutely no exception. 

So, Christopher Golden came up with a delightfully warped notion: take authors that he knows and likes and ask them to work with OTHER authors that he knows and likes, with one proviso: They could never have worked with that other author before. This is the end result:





I am delighted to work with Nate Kenyon on a story. Nate was a wonderful to work with and came up with a truly fun story idea that was great to explore. I am equally delighted to be in a book with all of the following people, because, wow, that's a lot of talent. 

 Table of Contents:

DARK DUETS: New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy will be published in January, 2014 by Harper Voyager. Edited by Christopher Golden, it features an extraordinary lineup of collaborative stories, with the authors of each story collaborating for the very first time. And here they are!
TRIP TRAP -- by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Kevin J. Anderson
WELDED -- by Tom Piccirilli & T.M. Wright
DARK WITNESS -- by Charlaine Harris & Rachel Caine
REPLACING MAX -- by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie
T. RHYMER -- by Gregory Frost & Jonathan Maberry
SHE, DOOMED GIRL -- by Sarah MacLean & Carrie Ryan
HAND JOB -- by Chelsea Cain & Lidia Yuknavitch
HOLLOW CHOICES -- by Robert Jackson Bennett & David Liss
AMUSE-BOUCHE -- by Amber Benson & Jeffrey J. Mariotte
BRANCHES, CURVING -- by Tim Lebbon & Michael Marshall Smith
RENASCENCE – by Rhodi Hawk and F. Paul Wilson
BLIND LOVE -- by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale
TRAPPER BOY -- by Holly Newstein & Rick Hautala
STEWARD OF THE BLOOD -- by Nate Kenyon & James A. Moore
CALCULATING ROUTE -- by Michael Koryta & Jeffrey David Greene
SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS -- by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, and
Holly Black
SINS LIKE SCARLET -- by Mark Morris & Rio Youers

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I'm ba-ack. Well, sort of.

So my actual site, http://jamesamoorebooks.com has been down because I was negligent. by negligent, I mean I forgot to pay my dues for the location and then kept forgetting because, well, I'm a wee bit absent-minded like that. My sister (who also runs the site and keeps it looking amazing) yelled at me, paid the bill and then growled until I paid her back, so the site is back up. Expect new stuff there soon, including a few short stories and links to short stories.

And yes, there will be a new Jonathan Crowley story in the not too distant future. And likely a new story that links into the Seven Forges series.

Unrelated to that, but only just barely, Charles R. Rutledge and I are planning out a few more collaborations that should be a lot of fun. I always enjoy writing with Charles. He's exactly as twisted as me.

More news soon.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

And the next level of weird has hit the publishing world

Amazon offered this today:

Kindle Worlds fro Authors


What this breaks down to, in a nutshell, is work-for-hire in worlds that Amazon winds up with rights to. So far that includes the VAMPIRE DIARIES. and a few other properties. I suspect there will be more.

There are pros and cons and author John Scalzi does an excellent job of examining the situation in a preliminary way. So good in fact, that I'll just leave this hear for anyone that wants to consider the idea.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mama

I love horror movies. It's a simple fact. I love them. I love the good ones, the bad ones even the epically crappy ones have a certain appeal (There are exceptions, of course, I could find absolutely NOTHING salvageable in RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT. Nothing. Seriously.).

Which brings us to Mama. produced by Guillermo Del Toro (among others) and directed by Andres Muschietti, the story is based off of a three minute short (included on the DVD) and is delightful. A well-acted and well-written ghost story that has some of the creepiest scenes I've run across in a long time. I won't say much beyond that, just a heads up for anyone who likes a really good ghost story. IMDB.com is normally pretty spot in the details and the reviews they work up come from multiple sources. Personally I would have given a higher star rating than the average (6.3) that shows on the site.

Then again, I am hardly normal.

For me the movie was nearly perfect, foregoing the standard blood, guts and gore for atmosphere and a genuinely creepy tale. I'll take this over a dozen remakes of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and similar ilk.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Shadow, Year One

"Crime is a toxic weed...its bitter fruit yields only sorrow and death."

So, Dynamite Comics has a reputation for putting out some very nice comic titles. It's well earned and they're proving that again with the The Shadow Year One. I have to be honest, I stared at the cover for the first issue with a certain amount of trepidation. I mean, come one, people, we're talking the Shadow here. Lamont Cranston, one of the coolest of the pulp era heroes. I was a little doubtful. My mistake.
First it's Matt Wagner writing You might remember him best as the gentleman who created the comic book character Grendel. He has a place in my heart as the gentleman who did one of the most unusual and disturbing takes on Jack Kirby's creation for DC Comics, The Demon. But that's neither here nor there, The thing is, the man knows how to write. I had allowed myself to forget that fact. Shame on me.   Wagner nails it, in my mumble opinion. He gets the era right, the mood right and the characters right. I am truly enjoying his take on the Shadow. The artwork by Wilfredo Torres perfectly suits the mood for the story, not surprising as the man is just plain talented.

Here's the thing that really had me leery: This is a Year One project and for me those sometimes work beautifully and sometimes fall flat on their faces. Batman: Year One was a thing of beauty, but there have been other attempts that didn't work quite as well for me (no names shall be mentioned, to protect the innocent). Instead of disappointing, I have been delighted. Only two issues into the eight issue run and Wagner and Torres have hooked me. At least half the time I read a first issue and Like it and then read a second issue and start getting skeptical. That has not been the case this time around. Issue one reads as a lovely introduction to the world of The Shadow.  The pacing is perfect, the slow build of suspense and the equally slow reveal of the story all fits perfectly with the Shadow's style. There is a delicious sense of mystery to the story, even for someone who knows all the secrets of the Shadow. That's a lovely thing in my eyes.

Just a quick note of appreciation from a fan. It's nice to see someone doing justice to one of the pulp heroes. As is often the case, several artists work on different covers. I have to say, I have yet to see a cover I didn't appreciate.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Remembering Rick Hautala

Not long ago I posted a little something about Rick Hautala's passing. At that time I mentioned that he had just sold two novels. Well, the article linked here tells about that and about the anthology that Christopher Golden is editing for the same company. The anthology is to help Rick's family with the financial issues involved in his unexpected passing and has a fairly substantial list of contributors.

http://journalstone.com/2013/05/01/journalstone-publishing-announces-three-new-rick-hautala-projects-including-hautalas-final-two-completed-novels-and-an-all-star-hautala-benefit-tribute-anthology/

Should you want to know more, please follow the link. Thanks.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A little teaser: Tim Lebbon, James A. Moore and Christopher Golden

Chris Golden posted this on Facebook and I found it delightful. So here it is for anyone who hasn't gone over there to look at the hints.
Someone getting the right answer just might be in line for a little surprise in the mail. Time will tell. 

"Another bit of info about the licensed project that Tim LebbonJames A. Moore and I are working on--it's three novels. Tim is doing the first. Jim is doing the second. I am writing the third. The studio involved has approved stories that are tied to the original material more closely than ever before, inspired by ideas from someone, believe it or not, involved in the originals. Though there are three books, and they are definitely interrelated, they are NOT a trilogy."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Congregations of the Dead now up for Pre_order

So, book two in the adventures of Griffin and Price, by yours truly and Charles R. Rutledge is now available for pre-order. It'll be a signed limited edition first, and then available as an e-book and as a trade paperback.


It’s one of the hottest summers on record and a storm is brewing over the small town of Wellman, Georgia. 

Still reeling from the horrific events of the previous October, all Sheriff Carl Price wants is to get back to a normal life. Unfortunately things aren’t working out. He’s got the Brennert County’s DA breathing down his neck for answers about what happened in Crawford’s Hollow. He’s been served with a lawsuit by the Blackbourne family. And just after he witnesses a child abduction, the one person who always puts his life into a tailspin shows up to add to the pressure. 


Meanwhile, against his better judgment, Wade Griffin agrees to look for a teenage girl who’s gone missing. It’s not his kind of case, but he’s trying to establish his private investigations business and perhaps abandon his past as a mercenary. But Griffin’s luck isn’t any better than Price’s and he ends up crossing paths with the man behind most of the organized crime north of Atlanta. 


Both lawmen have their plates full, but then they learn that there is something abroad in the night. Not the supernatural menace they dealt with before, but something even darker. Just what is the secret of the charismatic Reverend Lazarus Cotton and what is he hiding in his small mountain church? 


Once again, Griffin and Price must call upon all their deadly skills just to stay alive and even in the middle of a pitched battle against things that shouldn’t exist they are reminded that sometimes the darkest evils reside within the human heart. 


Congregations of the Dead is the hard hitting follow up to Blind Shadows, again mixing hard-boiled crime fiction with blood chilling horror. 


If you ordered BLIND SHADOWS from us we will automatically match your number with CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD


That's what it's about. Here's where you can order it.



The real cover art isn't available yet, but I rather like the piece I substituted.



reviews: "With 'Congregations Of The Dead' Mr. Moore and Mr. Rutledge deliver a story that is furiously paced, with enough action, fright, terrors and blood to satisfy any horror and/or crime fiction fan. Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down." --Peter Schwotzer--Famous Monsters of Filmland. 

"Plenty of action sequences and surprises fill this volume that will get you so involved that you won’t let it go until you have finished it and start looking for the next volume in this blood soaked series that begs for another volume."--Barry Hunter--Baryon Online

And the review from Horror-World is available right here.





Monday, April 15, 2013

The Big Reveal, plus, cover text!


SEVEN FORGES 
By James A. Moore

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who had once lived there... and oft-rumored riches.
Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cover Art: Seven Forges

So, around 10 AM today, this link is supposed to go live and show off the pretty cover for Seven Forges.  I'll be at work at the time, so I'm posting a little early. Here's hoping my sources were correct.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Errata (and other odds and ends).

So, first off, I have finally got permission to move forward on my super-duper top secret project. It's so top secret that I can't say anything about it except that 1) It's licensed 2) it's a well-known licensed project, 3) I'm working on it with two other authors that I am excited about working with (each of us working on a different novel that links directly to the others, but that can be read separately) and 4) I'll tell you more just as soon as I can. There will be major press announcements and everything. Honestly, my inner geek is doing a dance about this one. It's about the coolest licensed property out there in my book.

After THAT little tidbit my next announcement is that on Monday morning the cover for SEVEN FORGES will be formally released. I'll have a link up on Monday but it'll be a couple of hours (likely around 10 AM) before it goes live that day. That's right, your taxes are due in the US of A AND you get to see my super pretty cover! A little something to counterbalanced the sense of dread.

The cover features one of the heavies from the story.

On an entirely different note, I am feeling remarkably flattered regarding my latest Jonathan Crowley story, "Black Train Blues," which is, as I stated recently, coming out on May 31st in the latest issue of Midnight Echo Magazine, from the Australian Horror Writers Association.  A total of three people have read it to my knowledge, the editor, the proofreading editor and collaborator Charles R. Rutledge. All three have been very enthusiastic about the tale and for two of them it was a first time read of any Crowley stories. I am delighted. It seems I might have gotten this one right.

Another story of mine is coming out soon, a tale called "Mister Whisper," which should be showing up in Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar. The book is scheduled for June or so.

More news soon.








Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Angry Robot seems oddly pleased....

I am, of course, delighted!
Here's the formal press release from Angry Robot about Seven Forges: http://angryrobotbooks.com/2013/04/announcing-angry-robots-latest-signing-james-a-moore/
I have always been less-than-fond of writing back cover text for a story of mine, and I remain confused as to how to talk about my books in summary. Happily, the folks at Angry Robot don't have that problem, so here's the first teaser about what lies in wait inside the pages of Seven Forges as told by the PR folks at Angry Robot: 

"The Seven Forges of the title are a range of impassable mountains, far to the north of the settled lands of Fellein. From time to time explorers venture up beyond the Blasted Lands in search of a way over them and the promise of legendary riches, but without success. Now Captain Merros Dulver has found a path, and encountered, at last, the half-forgotten people who dwell there. And it would appear they were expecting him."


They said it better than me. 


Monday, March 25, 2013

The Black Train Blues

That's the title of a new Jonathan Crowley story coming out May 31st. It's available only in Midnight Echo #9, the magazine of the Australian Horror Writers Association. You can follow the link for more information, including the complete table of contents.





Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rick Hautala, Rest In Peace









Rick Hautala had a beautiful smile. I mean that. When he smiled his face changed and the world around him was brighter.

Before I was a writer, back when I was just a crazy fan of horror fiction and a voracious reader, I met the woman I would later marry. We were reading the same Dean R. Koontz book when we met and we discussed that book and several of our favorite writers. Right at the top of that list was Rick Hautala. He was a writer who could evoke emotions, paint with his words and make you absolutely love and hate his characters. Which is what a writer should do, as far as I'm concerned. 

Back when I was starting out in the writing business he and I ran across each other at my first Horror Writers of America meeting (back before it became the Horror Writers Association) and meeting Rick was, well, it was unique. First, I was surprised to find out he wasn’t Hawaiian. I had assumed with that last name he just had to be. That shows nothing but my rampaging ignorance of world cultures and last names. Turns out Hautala is Finnish. Second, he was, hands down, one of the nicest individuals I had ever met. We hit it off immediately. Talking with Rick was like talking with a friend you’ve known for years, and that was a feeling that never went away. Through times when we talked every week and times when we were both far too busy to pick up a phone and call each other, whenever we did cross paths—far too seldom for me—we were friends.

Just a few days ago he got good news on a couple of novels and Chris Golden picked up his phone while we were at a conference in Florida, and called Rick to congratulate him. Chris, Jeff Strand, Lynne Hansen, John McIlveen and yours truly all bellowed out our congratulations into Chris’s cell phone.

If I’d had any idea that would be the last time I conversed with him, I would have broken apart there and then. Assuming you can call two words bellowed into a phone a conversation. Really, I can’t, but you get my point, I suppose.

There were times when we talked every week like clockwork. Back in those days I had a semi—regular schedule and getting hold of me wasn't nearly as challenging. These days, well, I work retail and there’s no such thing as a regular schedule, regardless of how much one might hope. I didn’t talk to Rick nearly as much as I meant to. I suck at picking up the phone and calling my friends, even the ones I love and I can say without hesitation that I love Rick Hautala. He was part of my extended family. He still is, but damn, I’m wishing I’d called more often. The world is full of regrets, isn’t it? It’s often said that writing is a solitary business and that is true, but you know what? It’s only partially true. There are still people I talk to with great regularity and people I MEAN to talk to in the same fashion who proved that to me a long time ago.

There were plenty of times when I was starting out that Rick and I would have conversations about the business and about our lives and we even though we MIGHT see each other once or so a year at conventions, we kept in touch. Hell, we even kept in touch back in those long ago days when long distance calls were charged by the minute and neither of us had the spare change to actually make those calls without wincing at the cost.

Earlier tonight I got a call from Chris Golden. He’s been the intermediary for keeping me caught up on what goes on in Rick’s world and I suspect he returned the favor with regularity. It is seldom that I have heard Chris sound so very devastated. I heard it in his voice when I called to let him know that my wife had passed away, and I heard it in his voice tonight when he called to let me know that Rick Hautala was no longer among the living. He called me while I was at work, and I felt my world go a little numb. It does that when the news is too big to want to hear, too big to want to absorb.

Rick is survived by his family, his friends and his fans. He will be missed. Dear God, he will be missed.  His wife Holly--Who made him smile more than I ever saw before she entered his life. His kids. His family, both those related by blood and those related by spirit. They will all miss him.

I keep thinking just one thing right now, as I look back on a wonderful man, a brilliant writer and a dear friend. Rick Hautala had a beautiful smile. The world is a little darker for the lack of it, I think.