Stephen Blackmoore has his hand in a little bit of everything these days, from his two blogs (L.A. Noir and StephenBlackmoore.com) to organizing Noir at the Bar, and a multitude of things in between. Yet Stephen’s still found time to write Dead Things, his second novel. Dead Things is set in the same world as his debut novel, City of the Lost, an alternative L.A. where magic is real, dirty, and very bloody, but with a completely different set of characters. The protagonist, Eric Carter is a Necromancer and bad decision maker. We promise to keep the Necromancy to a minimum, but we can’t make that promise for Stephen. Either way, there will be cupcakes.
Stephen Blackmoore also signs in San Diego on Sunday 10 February 2013
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.
Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing