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Author Spotlight: Werewolf Odyssey – The Nick Lupo Series

By On Apr 2 2014, 8:45 am

My first novel, Bram Stoker Award finalist Wolf’s Trap (Samhain), was a crime thriller that just happened to have a werewolf as its protagonist. Having started writing it in the heady year or two after the movie “Silence of the Lambs” made its mark in the horror and thriller world, I wanted to craft a novel that upended the usual trope regarding who is more monstrous, the so-called monster or the human, retelling a sort-of origin story with echoes of Frankenstein as well as “The Wolf Man,” and playing off the ambiguous questions: protagonist and antagonist, man versus monster versus himself?

I wanted to explore, and built in, themes of various kinds of duality: most characters have dual natures, or live in dual worlds, or exhibit dual personalities, or some combination of the three. I also thought of it as a written-word example of what I’ve come to term “hick-noir” in movies and television dramas (think “Fargo,” “Blood Simple,” “Clay Pigeons,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Bridge,” the Elmore Leonard-driven “Justified,” and the recent “True Detective,” for a sense of what I mean, though I’ve seen the more genteel term “rural noir” used, as well). Half its length is set in Wisconsin’s lush northern forests, so I dubbed its genre “North Woods Noir” to celebrate its crime fiction roots, and went on to write a mostly straight thriller, Savage Nights.

Faced with better than decent sales and a request for a sequel, I was forced to make some serious decisions. Would Nick Lupo, the Larry Talbot-inspired cop whose lycanthropy had thus far ruined his life, find himself facing a series of normal antagonists (read that: human)? Or would I bring in the proverbial kitchen sink and let out the monsters? And where would I draw the line? How wild was this world going to be?

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Taking Samhain Publishing to New Heights!

By On Mar 19 2014, 9:55 am

The Bram Stoker nominated novel Redheads has become a huge hit among one group of Air Force U2 pilots. This book is just too good to put down! 

Congratulations to Jonathan Moore on his 2013 Bram Stoker Awards® Nomination

By On Feb 25 2014, 8:21 am

Samhain Publishing’s novel Redheads by Jonathan Moore named to final ballot of 2013 Bram Stoker Awards®

REDHEADS is available in e-book and trade paperback format

Feb. 24, 2014 – Cincinnati – Author Jonathan Moore has been named to the final ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards® in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel, with his novel Redheads.

“Like everyone at Samhain, I’m extremely proud of Jonathan,” said Don D’Auria, editor for Samhain’s Horror line.  “After a debut novel as good as Redheads, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”

Redheads is the story of a man searching for his wife’s killer—who finds far more than he expects:

A killer far worse than insane.

Chris Wilcox has been searching for years, so he knows a few things about his wife’s killer. Cheryl Wilcox wasn’t the first. All the victims were redheads. All eaten alive and left within a mile of the ocean. The trail of death crosses the globe and spans decades.

The cold trail catches fire when Chris and two other survivors find a trace of the killer’s DNA. By hiring a cutting-edge lab to sequence it, they make a terrifying discovery. The killer is far more dangerous than they ever guessed. And now they’re being hunted by their own prey.

The Bram Stoker Awards® will be presented at the 27th annual Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet held during the World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, Oregon, on May 10th. Purchase of tickets to both the convention and the banquet are open to the public. The awards will also be live-streamed online for those who cannot attend in person.

About Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore and his wife, Maria Wang, live in Hawaii. When he’s not writing, or fixing his boat, Jonathan is an attorney. Before completing law school in New Orleans, he was an English teacher, a whitewater raft guide on the Rio Grande, a counselor at a Texas wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents, and an investigator for a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C.



Uncharted Territory

By On Feb 20 2014, 8:37 am

I admit it. I’m a sucker for destruction. I know, that sounds incredibly…odd? Maybe. You see, I have a weakness for end-of-the-world shows and movies, be they natural disasters or the results of disease or war. One of my favorite game series is FallOut.

I’ve had ideas for such stories of my own for a while now. I even have the bare bones of a few plots brewing in various stages of research. One is the result of disease wiping out the majority of the human race, another is the aftermath of World War 3, and another is something like a mix of the two with vampires taking over. (Not much of a surprise there, I suppose, eh?) Read more…

Charlie Cochrane w/ the Deadly Dames @ Purbeck Literary Festival

By On Feb 14 2014, 12:00 am

Tickets: £6

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Durlston Country Park

Discover Purbeck Information Centre  Tel. 01929 552740

Swanage Tourist Information Centre  Tel. 01929 422885

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