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Dead Things [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Blackmoore
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patrion saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay.

As long as they don't kill him first.

Editorial Reviews


"Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot.... Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels."
(Publishers Weekly)

"For a book all about dead things, this novel is alive with great characters and a twisty, scary-funny story that teaches you not to tango with too much necromancy. My favorite book this year, bar none."
(Chuck Wendig, author of BLACKBIRDS and MOCKINGBIRD)

"A head-shakingly perfect blend of zombie schlock, deadpan wit, startling profanity, desperate improvisation and inventive brilliance."
(Kirkus (starred review for CITY OF THE LOST))

"The funhouse reflection of L.A. Blackmoore conjures is at once vibrant, seedy, and mysterious - streets so mean, they feel as though plucked straight from Chandler's DT nightmares. CITY OF THE LOST effortlessly blends the grit with the fantastical, and paints a world in which magic is to be feared - but not nearly so much as the people behind it."
(Chris F. Holm, author of DEAD HARVEST)

"The gritty streets of CITY OF THE LOST are filled with snappy dialog, and fascinating characters, as well as a rollercoaster of a plot that doesn't slow down from beginning to end. This is the zombie crime novel we didn't know we were all waiting for."
(Seanan McGuire, author of DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON)

About the Author

Stephen Blackmoore is an author and a blogger. His first novel is City of the Lost, a paranormal noir with zombies, demons, witches, and a lot of action. He can be found at and on Twitter @sblackmoore.

Product Details

  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0756407745
  • Publisher: DAW (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strap Yourself in for the Ride June 17, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I knew after reading the first chapter that it was time to strap myself in and enjoy the ride. Excellent world and magic system, tortured lead character, lots of danger and action - hells yes.

First off, the setting: Los Angeles. LA has always been hellish for me, so a story set there with a rampaging, ravenous ghost, the personification of Death, gangsters, a magical hitman, it all worked.

Eric is our hitman. His magical talent is control of the dead. He left LA after avenging the death of his parents, but his sister's murder brings him back. He is looking for payback and finds way more than he was expecting.

I am a sucker for any story where Death is a character. I love it, and I always want to see where the author will go with it. Here we get Death across different belief systems, in particular the Loa and Santa Muerte. Santa Muerte is so creepy.

The magic system worked for me. I got plenty of show versus tell and it made sense. I liked Eric's attitude to his power. Control over the dead is one that would make most squeamish.

This isn't a book with romance. There are lots of relationship issues. Eric spent years trying to keep a distance from anyone who mattered to him. He also left without a goodbye. I liked his interactions with Alex, his childhood friend, and Vivian, his ex. There is so much give and take, issues of trust and anger on all sides.

A fast-paced, action-packed read that solved our main issue but left room for more, I will be eagerly awaiting the next Eric Carter adventure.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I'll admit it. I'm a shallow book-lover. You know that adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" Well, I do, I did, and I'm glad for it.

Surely, the cover of this book - reminiscent of my other literary loves of Harry Dresden and Cal Leandros, to name a few - initially piqued my curiosity. Mysterious, attractive looking gentlemen who teeters on the darkside of life and may or may not have wizard powers? SIGN. ME. UP.

Then, I read the book description.

Then, the first chapter.

Then, the next.

And the next.

Before I know it, a few hours pass and I realize that sleep will not come until I figure out what happens next in this gripping piece of urban fantasy set in a noir landscape.

The good?

1. A strong male character that apologizes neither for his actions nor the mess he leaves in his wake. Eric Carter is the lovable, terrifying, foul-mouthed hero in a lovable, terrifying, and foul world. Blackmoore's lead is quick-thinking and - dare I say it? - MacGuyver-like in his spell wielding. That is, he can create a lot of explosive magic out of just a few, everyday objects, and that is FUN.

2. A world that sucks you in. Blackmoore has painted a world, just behind the veil of reality, that is steeped in the mythos of our own nightmares. Tangible ghosts. Petty ancient gods. Some monstrous...thing...with really sharp teeth and claws.

3. The potential for more. MUCH more. Without giving too much away, Blackmoore has written this first novel in a way that hints at much greater things, not only for Eric, but for many of his characters. The problems seem only to have just begun, which is why I pray for a litany of follow-ups.

The bad?

1. It ended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare thing; excellent Urban Fantasy! May 13, 2013
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Urban fantasy, when done well, is excellent. However, it's hard as hell to find that mythic beast that is well done urban fantasy. The genre is dominated by weird cross pollinations of Harlequin Romance novels and Penthouse Forum letters - done with vampires.

Even if this weren't the case, I think Stephen Blackmoore's DEATH THINGS would stand out. This is an example of that rare thing, the fantastic Urban Fantasy. It's sharp, clever, tough and unrelentingly noir. It wears its influences proudly on its sleeve (HELLBLAZER, anyone?) while being far from a knock off.

Excellent read! A no-brainer for fans of Richard Kadrey's SANDMAN SLIM books, Mike Carey's Felix Castor novels and Chris Holm's Collector series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great hard-boiled detective urban fantasy February 5, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fifteen years ago necromancer Eric Carter fled Los Angeles with no plans ever to return as too many essences wanted him dead. Estranged from his family, over the decade and a half he used his paranormal skills to make a nice living mostly helping spirits move on and occasionally some more dangerous missions, but he always adhered to his vow until now. Something ripped to shreds his sister Lucy in her home. Feeling guilt as he may have been the motive for her torturous death, Carter needs to know who did it so he can bring Lucy justice.

Carter comes home to learn his worst fears seem true when his sibling's killer left a message that only he could read. Anguished Carter knows Lucy was an avenue to get to him. However, he knows so many want to perform the act of his gruesome murder, but who was amoral enough to use Lucy as an expendable tool? His answer to his rhetorical question leaves him with numerous suspects as he woks the blighted streets.

Dead Things is a great hard-boiled detective thriller inside an urban fantasy landscape. Fast-paced from the moment the kick butt necromancer comes home to the "Mad City" to investigate his sister's murder and never slows down, readers will appreciate this terrific paranormal mystery as few writers capture Los Angeles as the City of the Lost as well as Stephen Blackmoore does.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-boiled supernatural noir
What a great read. Eric Carter, a sort of freelance ghost hunter, returns home after his sister's death to a series of double-crosses, beautiful dames and one really angry enemy... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Andy Grieser
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Well written. Interesting blend of mythology and L.A. culture and history. I wasn't sure if I'd like the necroman cy, but it could have been worse.
Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Eric Carter sees dead things. Well, more accurately, he’s a necromancer, and wherever he goes, the dead unfailingly linger. Read more
Published 17 days ago by MyBookishWays
4.0 out of 5 stars great start of a series
It is always fun to see the direction taken for a male protagonist in the modern supernatural genre. Read more
Published 28 days ago by W. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise
I saw this book a few times and put off buying it. U read somewhere of the reviews and decided to give it a try. What a great book!! I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CK
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste
I wish that more people had been honest with their estimations of this guy's writing ability. The style is simplistic and Blackmoore fills in most of his word count with F-bombs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars This book kicked ass.
This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. It reads like any other noir novel, but with a lot of death-related magic and cussing. My kind of book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not excellent
It's a good book. Not excellent, but good. The plot is very good, but the main character feels like he has to carry the world on his shoulders. I mean, don't get me wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ingo Siegfried
5.0 out of 5 stars Noirtastic! Hilarisad!
Eric Carter is more than a literary match for the (in)famous Harry Dresden; this ridiculously powerful necromancer's gritty heart gets broken so often, it's amazing he still has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ellie Di Julio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great world
One of the best things about a book like this is how the author works with character development and world building. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve Weddle
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More About the Author

Stephen Blackmoore is a pulp writer of little to no renown who once thought lighting things on fire was one of the best things a kid could do with his time. Until he discovered that eyebrows don't grow back very quickly.

He is the author of the urban fantasy novels CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS and the upcoming BROKEN SOULS.

His short stories and poetry have appeared in Plots With Guns, Needle, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, Shots, Demolition, Clean Sheets , Flashing In The Gutters and a couple of anthologies with authors far better than he is.

He is represented by Allan Guthrie at Jenny Brown Associates

You can even stalk him on Twitter (@sblackmoore) or check out his website at .

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