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About the Author

Dying Moon is the first novel from Shawn Oetzel, though he hopes it to be the first of many. He has always had the aspiration of becoming either a Superhero or a writer and is extremely glad he has made good on at least one of those endeavors. Shawn currently resides happily in Illinois with his loving family where he dreams of writing full time and longs for the day he can see his beloved Cubs play in a World Series. Though he has, as of yet, taken advantage of the great opportunities of the internet by creating his own website, please fell free to visit Shawn at his MySpace page located at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Lachesis Publishing (May 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189756239X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897562390
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,672,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shawn Oetzel, author of speculative fiction, urban fantasy novels, DYING MOON and THE AGENCY was born and raised in Central Illinois where he still lives with his wife, three kids, and their frustratingly lovable pet pooches, Hemingway Molly.

Shawn learned to read at an early age. While his peers were still seeing Dick, Jane, and Spot run, Shawn was devouring bestsellers and adult fiction at an alarming rate. This of course led to his deep affinity for all things literary which in actuality is now more akin to a full-blown addiction. at the urging of his family Shawn began writing his own tales and the rest is, as they say - history...

Shawn's debut novel, DYING MOON was published by Lachesis Publishing's imprint LBF Books in May of 2009, and will. This was followed by THE AGENCY released from Belfire Press in August 2012. Short stories of Shawn's have appeared in The Writer's Post Journal, Universe Pathway, Static Movement, Demon Minds, SNM Horror Magazine, Ligature Marks: Fiction & Film, and The Horror Zine. Shawn had short stories included in The Horror Express' anthology as well as in Twice the Terror: The Horror Zine, Volume 2 anthology. Shawn's short story, FAITH AND A HAMMER earned an Honorable Mention from The National Fantasy Fan Federation's annual writing contest in 2005, and is currently available through Movie, book, and DVD reviews Shawn has written have appeared in Fractal Matter, Static Multimedia, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Writer's Post Journal, Tales of the Talisman, and Shroud Magazine. An article of Shawn's recently was featured on Sports Illustrated's website,

When not working or writing his next project, Shawn can be found attending his children's many extracurricular activities or tucked away upstairs at his home in his favorite corner losing himself in the pages of yet another good book. Shawn is also a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan who longs for the glorious day he will be able to see his beloved Cubbies play in a World Series.

Shawn is currently working towards getting his newest completed novel published and wishes for the day he can write fulltime. Shawn has always dreamed of being a superhero, knight, or a writer. He is ecstatic that he has made good on at least one of those endeavors.

For those interested look for the re-release of DYING MOON through Belfire Press - complete with new cover art as well as Shawn's middle grade novel, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN KITCHEN scheduled to be released through Belfire Press in March 2013.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Lee Summers on May 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I edit novels for LBF Books and I first encountered DYING MOON in a batch of novels that were submitted for publication. To me, this was clearly the standout of the batch and the one that I recommended for publication. Shawn Oetzel seamlessly blends crime drama and fantasy in his debut novel. As the tale unfolds, he explores the clash of elven and human cultures in the modern world and spices it up with enough action that it'll keep you turning the pages.

In the novel, an Elf called Dre Fao'lain is intent on the destruction of all his kind and enters into the world of 21st century Los Angeles to perform the magical ceremony necessary to accomplish his mission. Leaving a series of bodies in his wake, the Elf is pursued by the LAPD. In the meantime the Elves send Kalen Or'Wain, Captain of the Elven Royal Guard, to stop him. He teams up with a special agent who knows about the Elven world, an officer from the LAPD and even a street gang to stop Dre Fao'lain. I really enjoyed the way Shawn Oetzel merged two seemingly disparate genres in this novel.
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I am so glad that I was introduced to the "Urban Fantasy" genre by the gifted author, Shawn Oetzel.
In his debut novel, Shawn weaves a fantastic tale that moves from the beautifully described world of the Elves, to the gritty streets of modern Los Angeles.
In this story, a powerful Elf has gone rogue and is bent on revenge. Dré Fao'Lain is gifted in the ways of Dark Magic, and his plot for revenge takes him to the Human realm where his plan begins to unfold. Many humans are being murdered as part of a ritual that will lead to the destruction of the Elven race.
Kalen Or'Wain, Captain of the Elven Royal Guard, is sent to the Human realm to stop him. Working with a human Special Agent who is aware of the Elven threat, the pair begin the daunting task of finding, then stopping the powerful Fao'Lain. Along the way, the pair encounters an LAPD detective, Amy Sommers, who is also tracking the Elven Killer.
Oetzel does a marvelous job of keeping the suspense heightened, while bringing to life the colorful characters who keep the story moving. The battle scenes are vividly described, and the main characters form a close bond while trying to stop the dreadful threat. Fast-paced and full of action, Oetzel has blended the genres of Crime and Fantasy into a wonderful story sure to please fans of either one. I highly recommend "Dying Moon," and look forward to Shawn Oetzel's next novel.

Donnie Light, author of Dark Justice, Ripper's Row and The Hotel California
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By John O. Raab on June 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Debut novelist, Shawn Oetzel introduces readers to a fresh version of the fantasy genre as he transports otherworldly creatures straight into the heart of Los Angeles. One has arrived with vengeance and murder in his heart while the other faces the challenge of tracking this rogue elf to dole out his own personal version of justice. Oetzel makes it unmistakably clear early on, this final confrontation will be a life or death battle.

Kalen Or'Wain, Captain of the Elven Royal Guard, is prepared to die for his people, but the unexpected assignment--which sends him to the terrifying world of the humans--shakes him to the core. Compelled by duty and scarred by his own personal history, Kalen confronts this unusual world--the people and his mission head-on--instantly experiencing emotional overdrive. He has stepped into a pale comparison of the beauty that he is familiar with and feels ill equipped to move forward without his human counterparts. While Kalen and his motley crew organize, their prey is moving quickly forward with single-minded determination to complete a ritual that will destroy the Elven race.

Oetzel--gifted with the talent of painting a literary image in your mind--offers readers the unique opportunity to re-experience the small things, often taken for granted, as he entertains with sudden bits of humor while racing towards the climactic ending.

Reviewed by Shannon Raab with Suspense Magazine
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By shawn on September 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Taking the best of elvin fantasy and modern day detective novels, Shawn Oetzel makes Dying Moon a fast paced trip through the streets of Los Angeles. I found myself swept into the story immediately, and urging the stories hero, Kalen Or'Wain, and its heroine, Amy Sommers, to win over Kalen's evil nemesis, Dre' Fao'lain. Reaching the end of this high impact novel, I found myself wanting more, and I cannot wait for Shawn's next novel to come out.
Shawn Weaver - Author of Dragon's Chest
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