Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The AUDIBLE Alien: Sea of Sorrows

Is coming soon.
How soon?

April 26th You can follow the Amazon link right HERE.

Gotta say, I'm digging the cover. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

In Defense of Amber Fallon (Or back on my High Horse Again)

In Defense of Amber Fallon, Or Back On My High Horse (Again)
Now and then I miss things on Facebook. You’d think that was impossible with the amount of crap I share every day (Cute animal pics, political rants, book releases, comic book artwork, et al.), but you’d be wrong,
For example, I completely missed someone dumping on writer Amber Fallon for notice a lack of diversity in a couple of anthologies. She’s not alone, by the way. There have been several authors noting that lack of diversity of late.
My normal response, though I am not overly fond of it, is “It is what it is.” Which is not to say that I’m thrilled when I run across an all white, all male anthology, but more to say some things you cannot change. (We’ll get back to that. Please hold your potential outrage.)
Why do I say that? Well, it’s been my response for many years, ever since my wife passed away, actually. I could not fix that. I had to accept it. I cannot fix the uneven keel of publishing when it comes to other races, religious beliefs, genders, political beliefs or gender identities.
Let me clarify: I cannot make editors or publishers change their minds about how they select stories. I cannot push an editor to add in more diversity. I simply do not have that sort of power, much as I might wish otherwise.
Now then, back to the subject at hand. I can’t change that, right? Well, yes and no.
What I can do is fail to pick up a book that is all male cis gender Caucasians. They might be phenomenal stories, but I can survive without them if I must. Christ knows I have enough to read. First off, I currently have roughly 700 stories to red for the Twisted Book of Shadows (Remember when I said we’d be getting back to that? Here’s the first hint about how). Second off, though it hasn’t been formalized as yet, I have an anthology of stories to read for the Nocturnals Anthology that I’m editing for Dan Brereton later this year. So, really, just on the short story front, I’m good for a while. That ignores the fifty or so anthologies that I have purchased or downloaded in the last couple of years that I STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO AS YET. I have an epic TBR pile. It’s not getting smaller. Yes, I have a problem. No, I am not currently seeking a cure for that problem.
Now, where were we?
Oh, yes, Amber Fallon and a few others who dare say we should maybe be more diverse versus those who have their own ways of disagreeing. Listen, I’m admitting here that I did not see every part of the post that Amber had up. I did not read the comments (though a few people have been kind enough to forward certain parts of the response for my consumption.)
I just know there was a lot of backlash and a goodly amount of “Oh, yeah? Well, you’re WRONG!” going on.
Feelings tend to get hurt on Facebook. I think a lot of times it’s accidental. Sometimes it’s deliberate. I prefer to think the best of people in general. My life is easier that way.
So I’m just gonna climb up on my high horse for a minute and make a statement. People can agree or not as they see fit. As I have said many, many times. I do so love a good debate.
Currently, along with another middle aged white CIS Gender (Is that capitalized? I have no idea…) I am editing the TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS. We crowd funded this book. Why? Because, as was explained several times, there is not a snpel major publishing house in this country (or likely the freaking planet) that would pay professional rates for what we wanted here.
What did we want? Diversity. You heard it. DIVERSITY. It’s not an ugly word, though a lot of people act like it is.
Now, a few people on Amber’s thread went off on the whole diversity thing. In a nutshell their argument was: 1) It ain’t my job to make diverse people submit to my anthologies. And 2) If diverse people (People of color, transgender, minority, female, gay, etc. want to sell stories, they better make good and damned sure their stories are as good as or better than the common denominators.
Neither of those things is incorrect. I’m sorry, but it’s true. A publisher does NOT owe anyone anything, except payment for a good story.
There. I’ve said it.
HOWEVER, if I want to make the BEST FUCKING ANTHOLOGY EVER, then I need to open those floodgates, don’t I?
Listen, Chris Golden and yours truly decided to open those doors for a lot of reasons. First, it’s true. Whether we like it or not, the fact that we are male and straight and white has PROBABLY helped our careers. (Oh! Look a point of clarification before the flames begin!—Probably. Why probably? Because, if I’m being honest here, most publishers have no idea who the hell you are until you tell them. If you write under a pen name, they may never know your race, gender or sexual orientation. That’s a fact. If you have an agent as a buffer, that’s even more of a fact. There have been several writers in the past, most often female, who wrote under male names (in one case it was under her husband’s name) and broke through barriers real and perceived. (Hold it, calm down). I say perceived because, honestly, I have no way of knowing how much of an impact gender or race has on certain circumstances but I’m going to assume that, as with most of the world, sadly, gender, race, sexual orientation and religious beliefs can all cause a bias.
Listen, it’s hard enough to convince a publisher to take a chance on an anthology, even if you bring in a few marquee names. Ask Chris Golden, Jonathan Maberry, the amazing Ellen Datlow and a few dozen other editors and they can tell you as much. The basic philosophy is that anthologies don’t break even. There are occasional exceptions, but they really are exceptions. Most anthologies these days are by invitation with MAYBE one or two slots for newer voices. That’s assuming the editor can squeeze them in past the watchdogs at the publishing houses.
Hell, I bet if you look at the numbers you could have Stephen King edit an anthology of brand new tales and it wouldn’t sell as well as a book with his name on it as the sole writer. It’s just the nature of the beast.
So we decided we wanted an anthology where everyone had a chance. I mean everyone. We have a system in place that strips away the names of contributors. No one knows until the stories are accepted. The one exception has no editorial clout in this scenario but has been kind enough to take on the work of accepting the stories, keeping the information about who wrote what off to the side, and dealing with a few hundred questions sent in by those very same authors. (The answers to those questions come from me and Chris. The names of the curious have been removed to protect the innocent.)
We did our very best to push spreading the news of the anthology far and wide, into as many diverse corners as we could, because, frankly, the INCLUSION OF DIVERSE VOICES WITH DIVERSE EXPERIENCES ONLY INCREASES OUR CHANCES OF GETTING AMAZING STORIES.
You read that properly. We can see stories thatwould never cross the average CIS gender Caucasian male’s mind. Things that scare people don’t always look the same, you know. There are filters we all put in place without thinking about it.
To that end we also got ten to so very qualified and diverse authors to act as readers for the TBOS. Gay transgender, female, Hispanic, African-American, lesbian, etc. They are reading along with us and offering suggestions. Ultimately the final decision is by the two editors (and out publisher, Haverhill House’s John McIlveen.).
We actively chose to be as diverse as possible and to level the playing field as much as possible.
I’m not saying any of this to toot my own horn. I’m saying this to prove a point.
I firmly believe that the stories we choose will be STRONGER because we have a pool of SEVEN HUNDRED tales to choose from, not one hundred and fifty. It’s a lot more work, but the entire purpose of the anthology was to ensure that everyone got a chance, published, never published, white, male, female, black, Middle Eastern, European, Transgender, Gay, Lesbian. Whatever and what have you.
And you know what? I’d rather do the extra work and make sure we really get the best stories. Not just the best stories by white guys in the mid-forties through mid-sixties.
You know what else? An AMAZING array of people added money to this project, fully aware that the names of any stories were being stripped off of the tales to ensure that level playing field I was mentioning earlier.
Friend? Foe? Complete stranger? African American? Chinese? Lithuanian? Male Female? Transgender? Gay? Lesbian? Bisexual? Asexual? Fill in the blank? It DOES NOT MATTER. We opened the doors to everyone. We wanted, and hopefully we got, diversity.
But I know one person who will not have a story in the anthology. Amber Fallon, who confessed to me that she did not send in a story. She simply did not have the time. She also threw the largest single donation into the pot to make certain that diversity mattered in this case.
She believes in what she was talking about earlier.
She is “good people,” as my mother was wont to say.
She left Facebook, apparently because the shit storm that followed her wondering why there wasn't any more diversity in a few anthologies blew up all over her page. Hopefully she’ll come back, but I fully understand if she does not. It’s never any fun when people decided to make you their target for the day, regardless of whether or not that was their intention.
Amber Fallon is one of the finest people I know. She is also, frankly, one hell of a fine writer. Does it bother her when she sees a lack of diversity in an anthology? Of course it does. And well it should, especially if, as is often the case these days, that anthology is by invitation only.
I’m with her, just for the record. I prefer diversity. I prefer new voices have a chance to be heard. I prefer that not every story be a cookie cutter mold designed to satisfy Caucasian males.
I like Mexican food. I like Chinese food. I love me some Jamaican jerked chicken and Cajun grub. I like diversity in my writing and I like diversity in my edibles, too.
Anyone feeling the need to have at me? Here’s your format. Disagree to your heart’s content. But please, try to keep it civil and try to prove your point.
Keep smiling,
James A. Moore

Saturday, March 24, 2018

NOCTURNALS: So this is happening

Dan Brereton, the creator of the amazing NOCTURNALS series is coming out with a special art portfolio.

You can find all of the details HERE, and you can get in on the kickstarter that has some amazing stretch goals.

Well, the stretch goals are being met and exceeded and one of them offers the following.

All of which is very, very cool. But I'd also like to point out that I'll be editing a NOCTURNALS anthology later this year. And with the exception of yours truly all of the writers mentioned have graciously promised me a story for that anthology along with a few other very awesome names. There is also a very real chance that I'll be co-authoring a few novels with Dan, which will be set in t the NOCTURNALS universe. 

More news when things solidify. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Several of my books on sale for $2.99 on Kindle!

SEVEN FORGES, THE BLASTED LANDS, CITY OF WONDERS and THE LAST SACRIFICE are all currently on sale for $2.99 for the Kindle.

The links are right here:





Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TIDES OF WAR reviews


'Thrilling, bloody, and fun.' - Looking for a Good Book; 'Seriously, what a phenomenal second book!' - Smorgasbord Fantasia; 'James Moore has become one of my favorite writers.' - Adventures Fantastic; 'Fallen Gods was quite enjoyable, I look forward to the conclusion, and I hope to see these ravenous gods be sacrificed for the good of all. 4 out of 5 stars' - Shelf Inflicted; 'Seriously, what a phenomenal second book! Everything that was so delightfully dark about The Last Sacrifice, James just wraps those thorny vines tighter around the plot. He proceeds to deepen it to a gripping degree throwing in mindbogglingly twisted horror elements.' - Smorgasbord Fantasia; 'A wild adventure with plenty of action and bloodshed and just as with the first book, we have a conflict on a grand scale - mortal men against the gods - which keeps the stakes high and exciting.' - Looking for a Good Book; 'I am so ready for the next book!' Seriously, the next one is promising to be glorious. If the world is actually going to end, it ain't going down without a fight and I want to read that fight!' --Purple Owl Reviews

Praise for The Last Sacrifice '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; '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 f*ck! 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

'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

Monday, February 5, 2018

Illegal Downloads

Here I quote Christopher Golden 

"A reminder.
If you download pirated copies of an author's work, you are a THIEF. You are stealing food from that author's table, and from the mouths of that author's children. You are a THIEF.
There is no excuse. It's no different from any other sort of theft, no different from breaking into my home and taking the food from my refrigerator, or stealing my computer, or my wedding ring.
No different.

He is, as is usually the case, absolutely correct in his statement. 

That's Chris on the left , me on the right and the amazingly talented Kasey Lansdale dead center. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jack Ketchum is Gone

Thats a sad thing to me. I read most of Jack's works and loved them. He had a way with a phrase and he could tell a truly terrifying story without ever adding a single supernatural element. I said to many a person that reading THE GIRL NEXT DOOR was like watching a horrifying car wreck in extreme slow motion. You maybe didn't want to see it, but looking away was impossible.

Much as I'll miss Jack, I'll miss Dallas Mayr even more. They were actually one and the same person, but Jack Ketchum was a man who write stories and Dallas was a man who had levels and levels of depth that would likely never be seen where jack Ketchum hung out, which is to say where Dallas hung out when he was signing books at conventions, et. al.

The difference is actually very minor in this case, but when you're "on" and working on a convention floor, there's a level of civility and politeness that goes away when you can relax with your friends. The difference, again, is minor in this case. In all situations, Dallas was gracious and friendly.

he used to hit on my wife constantly. I remember one time at a convention he snuck up behind her, put his arms around her waist, purred unintelligible (from my distance) words in her ear and ground himself against her. he did not do this to actually be a letch, but to make her laugh, which worked brilliantly. Trust me, most guys trying that would have been looking desperately for their testicles four minutes later, and like four hours later, too.

Dallas could pull that sort of thing off, because he was honest and sweet and intelligent and respectful all in his own unique way. He had a well earned reputation as a Casanova, but it was only one facet of a delightfully complex man who was incredibly intelligent, quick to debate on almost any subject, and loved to tell stories as much as he loved to breathe.

By the way, the times when he would sneak up behind my wife and pull stunts like that? They were always out in the open and in front of me.  He had a sense of humor that was as multifaceted as him and tended to only pull stunts like that when he knew they would be well received.

I remember once calling him on his advances. I looked right at him and said, "Hey! Dallas!" When he looked my way I asked, "Have you seen that prick, Jack Ketchum around anywhere? I heard he was hitting on my wife!"

Trust me when I say this: I had Dallas by at least eight inches and a hundred pounds. I also have a booming voice, he looked my way for a moment and did the mental math. For one half of a second, he looked worried, wondering if perhaps he had gone too far with one of his jests, and then he chuckled, smiled, and shot me the finger with a cheerful, "Fuck you, Moore!"

I met Dallas the very first time I went to a professional convention. He was charming and friendly and we had a hell of a time discussing books and movies alike. A few times we even exchanged stories or novels. he gave me THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and RED to read and I gave him UNDER THE OVERTREE and a story of mine called "The Best of Friends." Both Red and my short story are about dog owners and their love of a lost friend. His is a lot darker than mine and involved bloody retribution.

One of my favorite memories involves doing one of my first public readings, a story called "My Brother's Keeper." the story came to me in a storm one night and I got out of bed and wrote it down in one sitting. Then, for reasons I can only qualify as temporary insanity, I read the story the very next day at the HWA annual meeting in New York City. Dallas was one of around three people who actually showed up for my reading. I think at that point I had only two novels in print.

When it was done and I had received my polite applause, Dallas looked at me as I headed fro the door and said, "You, sir, are a sick and twisted fuck." My chest swelled with pride at that. Jack fucking Ketchum said that to me. High praise indeed from one of the principal writers of dark fiction.

Jack Ketchum is dead. Dallas Mayr is dead. I will never hear their laughs again, or see their smiles. I will never pick up Dallas in a massive bear hug and squeeze until he gasps/laughs as the air os forced from his lungs (That one actually stopped a long while ago: later years just saw a warm and sincere hug instead of a bear hug.). I will never have a debate over the moral implications of whatever it was we were discussing. Nor will we trade opinions on the latest horror stories or compare notes on up and coming writers.

But I will always remember that smile and that laugh, and the way his eyes would shine when he was having a good time, and I will always remember his collection of t-shirts that I would have gleefully stolen from him if they would have ever had a chance to fit me.

Jack/Dallas was a wonderful man and kind to damned near everyone he met. He was incredibly smart, strongly opinionated and an absolute delight to be around. he loved me and he loved my wife Bonnie and we loved him right back because, well, because Dallas was just plain good people.

He is missed. He will be missed by me for as long as I draw breath.

If there is an afterlife, I suspect that he and my wife, Bonnie, who left my side back in 2009 will be chatting it up in no time.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Believable dialogue

I wrote this a while back, but feel it bears repeating.

It’s interesting sometimes, hearing what people say when they don’t realize they have an audience. Mind you, it’s almost as interesting when they DO know they have an audience, but for entirely different reasons.
I absolutely love listening to people. I also tend to think it’s part of the job. I write fiction, and as I’ve said before, I think characters are very likely the most important aspect of that. If a plot is a little crazy, if the situations the characters get into are demented or nearly impossible to get out of, that almost comes with the territory, especially when dealing with the fantastic. But if they characters feel false, the rest of the story is likely to fall on its face. And just as likely to break something in the fall, I might add.
Think about it: that truck driver with the drinking problem who barely graduated high school and hasn’t read anything stronger than a copy of the National Enquirer in years? If he starts talking like a valedictorian from the Harvard School of Law without a damned good reason, it’s going to likely knock the reader right out of the story. As I have said before and likely will again, that is one of the biggest sins for me. Make the characters breathe and live and the rest will at least seem a bit easier, both for the writer and the reader.
I have pointed out before and will again a situation I ran across once. I was proofreading another writer’s work and enjoying the story. The action was good, the plot was solid and the characters were interesting enough. But as I was enjoying a tale of two wizards duking it out in a mystical battle, one of the two magic users who is supposed to be engaged in a battle of life and death proportions pauses long enough to say something along the lines of “Ah, I see you’ve decided to cast a Sphere of Doom” or the equivalent there of. Seriously. Have you ever been in a fight? If you’re sparring with someone in a light contact match or you’re teaching someone how to throw a punch, you MIGHT consider pausing to comment on their choice of attacks. In a real life and death situation, it’s not going to happen. It’s just not. The odds are good you aren’t going to be admiring the style of the spell someone is casting if that someone is trying to blow your head off your shoulders. That’s the equivalent of looking at the handgun your enemy is aiming at your face and saying, “Damn, that’s a mighty fine .357 you have there. Good job on keeping it polished. Say, are those hollow points you’re firing at me? Or are those glazer rounds?” Sorry, too busy not getting dead to offer praise.
In his defense the writer in question had never been in a serious fight. We discussed the matter. I believe the writer agreed with me and took out the line. Believability required a change in the dialogue. I have no doubt I’ve made similar errors over time and been schooled on them. It’s easy to get too caught up in what might sound good at the moment. When I’m in doubt, I read the lines out loud to see if they ring true. If they fail, I change them.
That said, let’s consider a few things I’ve heard. Some of which, for the record, might well end up in a book if they haven’t already. One of my personal favorites was second hand:  man I know quite well (and that I know is capable of handling himself in a serious fight) took a look at a complete stranger parking in a handicapped parking spot. The gent who was parking was not handicapped and did not have any reason to use that spot except that it was convenient. When he exited the car the capable fighter looked at him and asked, “Excuse me, are you handicapped?”
The fellow he was speaking to looked around and shook his head.
And the capable fighter smiled and asked, “Would you like to be?” A moment later the man he was speaking to parked his car in an area more appropriate to someone who is physically capable of walking without any difficulties.
Yeah. I totally stole that for a book. I made significant changes, but I stole it.
The thing I love most about conversations is that they can fire your imagination. Not just the words, but the situations that might bring those words around. Words spoken in anger and remembered later have a solid potence to them that can be haunting. I used a line once that I know I’d heard before and it took me a while to remember where I’d heard it. The line came from one of my coworkers who was reciting something he’d heard when he was a kid. He had to translate it from his native tongue but it basically came down to, “You’re going to have a hard time picking up your shattered teeth with your broken fingers.” That’s just vivid. Of course I had to use it. I changed it a bit, because that’s the nature of the beast. We work with what we remember and we take dramatic license.
The dialogue we use (or misuse) ideally reflects the characters we create, at least as much as their physical descriptions and the clothes they wear. And sometimes it takes a while for that dialogue to find a place where it fits.
A snippet I heard earlier tonight while I was out. From near the front registers I heard a man in his mid-thirties say to another man behind the line, “I’d say there’s a decent chance I’m going to jail tonight.” I’d been there long enough to know first that the line was absolutely unrelated to anything they’d been saying before that, and by the tone of his voice I knew he was joking. I took a look out the drive through window and could see well enough to know that he was referring to the woman driving the car at the window. She was most likely no older than eighteen. She could have been a little younger. Oh, before you go getting offended know that he was joking and that it was meant as a compliment. But it was a delightfully subtle way of being improper in a situation where no comments would likely be heard (I’m good at eavesdropping) and without any true vulgarity. Believe me, I’ve heard substantially worse and decidedly less imaginative lines from any number of teenagers both who worked with me and who were unaware that I was paying attention. I feel confident that the line above would have gone over the heads of a lot of teenagers, which was what I found so amusing about the situation.
Will I ever have a reason to use that line in a book? I have no idea. But it’s there and I remember it and right now, if I had a character who was appreciating a woman who was far too young, I might very well steal that line. Why? Because it’s real and it’s got personality. And that’s important in my book. It could easily help define a character without having to describe the very same. One more little step in trying to convince my readers that my words are more than make believe.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

River City Writers courses for the first half if 2018

River City Writers announces its seminars and workshops for the first half of 2018. We hope you'll join us! (Link in the comments)
In this one day, three-hour seminar, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore will guide you through the business of publishing, providing you with information every writer should know. Topics include professionalism for writers, the principles of the agent/client relationship, a guide to interacting with and approaching editors (with or without an agent), and how to write an effective cover letter. The instructors will break down the typical components of a publishing contract to prepare participants to understand—and, if necessary—negotiate their own contracts in the future. An invaluable seminar for any writer attempting to navigate the business of 21st century publishing.
**Sunday, February 25th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm
It’s not enough to be a talented storyteller. When working across a broad spectrum of mediums, it is imperative that you be able to sell your story to editors, publishers, producers, directors, and others in the position to help you bring it to life. In this three-hour seminar, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore tap into their decades of experience working in fiction, non-fiction, film, TV, comic books, video games, RPGs, and more. What’s the difference between a synopsis, an outline, and a pitch? What are the vital components of each? How and when should each be utilized, and how does the process of crafting each one differ? From elevator pitch to full synopsis, this seminar gives you the foundation you need to truly make your story stand out!
**Sunday, March 25th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm
This two-day program (held on consecutive weekends) will provide theory, constructive advice, and practical experience in writing an effective short story. During the first meeting, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore will present a three-hour seminar on the vital components of a great short story, including narrative structure, compelling characters, scene selection, and the process of discovering the right ending. In the week between seminar and workshop, participants will write an original story or a portion thereof (at least 1500 words). During the second meeting, Golden and Moore will conduct a critical workshop, guiding the participants in the rigorous evaluation of the in-progress or completed stories. The perfect program to achieve greater understanding of the short story as a medium, as well as to build confidence in your abilities to write effectively at that length.
**Sunday, April 22nd AND Sunday, April 29th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm
Finding Agents, Publishers, and Readers in Today’s Market. Whether you’re writing a novel for the first time or have many full-length works under your belt, deciding how to proceed can be an even bigger challenge than getting your story down on paper. Should you set your sights on mainstream publishing or focus on small or midsize presses? What are the benefits and drawbacks if you decide to self-publish? How do you begin to network effectively? How do you find an agent? What makes an effective query letter? In this three-hour seminar, the River City Writers team of Christopher Golden and James A. Moore rely on their combined half-century of experience to tackle the big questions.
**Sunday, May 20th, 2018 – 10am to 1pm

Monday, January 15, 2018

The reviews are coming in...

So far, not bad!

"Seriously, what a phenomenal second book! Everything that was so delightfully dark about The Last Sacrifice, James just wraps those thorny vines tighter around the plot. He proceeds to deepen it to a gripping degree throwing in mindbogglingly twisted horror elements."--Sachin Dev, Smorgasbord Fantasia

"I was quite irritated at the end of this book.  Note I said the end of the book, not the ending.  The ending was great.  I was irritated because I was at the end and there was no more book to read.  I wanted to keep reading.  I was irritated that I couldn’t and will have to wait for probably a year before the next book in the series comes out." -- Keith West, Adventures Fantastic

"Moore is clearly a talented story-teller. The action and characters here are throwbacks to Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber and the epic-ness of the story is not unlike Tolkien.  It’s all-around excitement."-- Dan, Looking For A Good Read

"And, again, Moore proves he knows how to end a book. I was nervous that this book would end and I'd be disappointed because I didn't have the answers I was looking for. I still don't have the answers, but at the end of Fallen Gods my mood wasn't one of frustration but rather "I am so ready for the next book!" Seriously, the next one is promising to be glorious. If the world is actually going to end, it ain't going down without a fight and I want to read that fight!" -- Rachel Noel, Purple Owl Reviews

I am pleased!  Thanks for the kind words, folks!

Saturday, January 6, 2018


So I have received my contributor copies of BLOODSTAINED WONDERLAND, written by yours truly and Christopher Golden, which is a direct sequel to BLOODSTAINED OZ. I'm goin to give one copy away to someone who has contributed at least $25.00 to the Gofundme for THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS anthology.

That said, its one copy. There are only 500 copies available at the EARTHLING PUBLICATIONS SITE. If you are interested, I wouldn't wait too long, The first book sold out in 48 hours.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Twisted Book of Shadows

Dear friends,
In the spirit of the New Year, and now that the chaos of the holiday season is over, we begin again to march toward our goal. The submission window is the month of February, so we're going to try our damnedest to reach **our fundraising goal** by the end of January, and we need your help!
If you've ever loved a creepy tale of any kind, we'd appreciate your donation AND any effort to spread the word. The Twisted Book of Shadows is our passion project, a true labor of love not just for James A. MooreJohn M. McIlveen and me, but for our entire editorial committee. We're dedicated to creating an anthology market that will pay professional rates and royalties without the need for marquee slots, invitation-only percentages, etc. Every spot on the table of contents will be filled by a story chosen through blind submissions. It's a level playing field for any writer interested in horror stories. Submissions will be reviewed by Jim, John, and myself, as well as the entire Editorial Committee: Linda D AddisonNadia BulkinRachel Autumn Deeringg, Lamar GilesGabino IglesiasBilly MartinKL PereiraLee Thomas, and we actively encourage submissions by diverse voices. Horror stories aren't the province of any one community of people, and we want YOURS, the one only you can write!
I'll shut up now, but not before saying we're just about halfway to our fundraising goal. We need your help to create what we hope will be one for the ages. Please donate what you can, and please SHARE!!