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Dead Things [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Blackmoore
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 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

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"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 a Los Angeles-based writer of crime and horror. His short stories have appeared in the magazines Needle, Plots With Guns, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, Shots, and Demolition. He has also written essays on Los Angeles politics and crime for the website LAVoice.org and the LA Noir true crime blog (la-noir.blogspot.com). His work also appears in the noir anthology Uncage Me and in the anthology Deadly Treats.

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
  • ASIN: B00AVA4NPM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 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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11 of 13 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare thing; excellent Urban Fantasy! May 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 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 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 2 days ago by Steve Weddle
5.0 out of 5 stars STEPHEN BLACKMOORE IS THE KING OF UNDEAD NOIR
Oh, this book. DEAD THINGS hits the ground running and never lets up. Marry the fast-pace with the wonderful voice of Stephen Blackmoore…and sigh. Read more
Published 15 days ago by anne frasier
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait for the sequel
I loved it! It kinda reminded me of the Jim Butcher books. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Published 23 days ago by James Studyway
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story and main character
I'm a paranormal investigator and picked up this book based on the book jacket description. What a find! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rob Gutro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Urban Fantasy Read
I started this book expecting a good read, and instead got a book I couldn't put down. The slightly noir style is enough to give the book some voice, but it's not so stylistically... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of Five stars!
Dead Things by Author Stephen Blackmoore is the first in the Eric Carter series, following the exploits and bad luck of a necromancer who has been running for fifteen years away... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Loring
5.0 out of 5 stars One good read
Didn't quite know what to expect but like this one from page one.

Eric is a necromancer.

Whats a necromancer? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claudette
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but some problems.
I will say that the writing is what I expected, and the story was good, but my major problem was that this felt like it was the third or fourth book in a series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by browncoat
5.0 out of 5 stars original
The author kept me interested and involved in the story I thought I had the ending solved but was surprised
Published 3 months ago by Laurie w
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much
A little too much. Editors should have worked harder as there are the bones of story here. Might learn more from Lansdale' s balance of horror & heroics.
Published 3 months ago by S. Unmacht
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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.

As a writer he strives to be a hack. Hacks get paid.

He's not sure if hacks talk about themselves in the third person, though. That might just be a side effect of his meds.

His first novel, a dark urban fantasy titled CITY OF THE LOST will be coming out January 3rd, 2012 through DAW Books and will be available at all the fashionable bookstores. Hopefully some of the seedier ones, too.

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.

Occasionally he helps edit NEEDLE: A MAGAZINE OF NOIR. You should buy a copy. Really. It's good.

He is represented by Allan Guthrie at Jenny Brown Associates

You can even stalk him on Twitter (@sblackmoore)

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