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!!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Editorial reviews of 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

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

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

“Fantasy lovers will enjoy this book, and while an emphasis on gritty storytelling and horror elements elevates this from more standard magical creatures or hocus-pocus, it is still an absolute page-turner.”
– LeftLion
The Last Sacrifice is dark and violent with no punches pulled. The worldbuilding is epic in scope but focuses on a select few individuals to flesh out the story.” 4.5/5 stars
– San Franciso Book Review

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FALLEN GODS coming January 2nd

First glimpse of FALLEN GODS by @JamesAMoore, sequel to The Last Sacrifice. That Alejandro Colucci cover! The gods are threatening apocalypse, and the only man who can save the world is the one who ignited their ire… Hits the bookshelves on January 2.