Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Upcoming Ottawa International Writers Festival Reading

I am thrilled to announce that I am reading from my debut horror novel, Town & Train​, at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

The book launch is Monday, April 27 at 6:45pm at Christ Church (Festival Café) at 414 Sparks Street.

While I have had a great rapport with the Festival organizers for years, this is my first appearance at the prestigious venue as a bona fide novelist. Thank you for the honour, Fest' folks - including, but not limited to, Sean Wilson, Neil Wilson, Kira Harris and Leslie Wilson.

Book Signing in Hometown

This is a heartfelt thank you for the hometown support today at my book signing for Town & Train at Fantasy Realm, the comic-book store I used to haunt in Cornwall. While it was a rainy, cold Saturday in March, I had great sales and reconnected with people I hadn't seen in years. I talked shop with Randy Sauve, store owner of 30 years. We covered everything from mutual friends to director Kevin Smith's storytelling to the state of Marvel Comics' mega-series to the state of the comic-book retail business. I thank Randy for agreeing to the signing and also thank Carol Grant for snapping my picture for the Seeker, a free weekly. 

May "the Realm" shine on. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Friday the 13th Ottawa Launch of Town & Train

Photo credit: Anita Dolman, 2015.
The Friday, March 13 launch for my debut horror novel, Town & Train, published by Lethe Press, was a huge success. 

I owe a thank you to Steve and Vaughn of Black Squirrel Books for giving me a launch pad. What a fine space and a fine store. Of course, I always thank my publisher, Steve Berman, for making a struggling writer’s dream a reality. Thanks, also to Anita Dolman (Next book's for her.). 

Many friends attended, including fab fellow first-time novelist Robin Riopelle, as well as ChiSeries organizer Matt Moore. A groundswell of folks who do not use social media also appeared, in an astonishing show of support. While I only sold a few books, I was more than happy in the knowledge that most of those in attendance had already purchased a copy. How flattering is that? 
Photo credit: Jackie Stanford, 2015.
Photo credit: Anita Dolman, 2015.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ottawa Book Launch for Town & Train Today!

I am re-posting the official listing for my book launch in Ottawa. It's happening today - Friday the 13th!

A train is coming today.  Please join Ottawa’s James K. Moran as he launches his debut horror novel, Town & Train (Lethe Press, 2014), at Black Squirrel Books. 

About Town & Train
Seventeen-year-old John Daniel wakes by the railroad tracks with no recollection of how he got there. Soon, he and police officer David Forester suspect a pervasive and menacing collusion in their small Ontario border town when an antique steam train arrives late in the night. 

Event Details
Friday, March 13. Doors already open at 7 p.m. Reading at around 7:30 p.m. 
Wine and socializing to follow. 
Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street, Ottawa. 
For info.: 613-600-3405. 

What they’re saying about Town & Train
“A ticket to ride an antique train, mysterious dream visions and vanishing towns—these are the things that will set your heart racing in James K Moran's very welcome addition to small-town horror stories. Wondrously weird and eerily compelling, it is a knockout.”
—Jeffrey Round, Lambda Award-winning author of Lake on the Mountain and The Honey Locust

Moran does an excellent job of conveying the desperation that drives people to seek salvation in the supernatural...”
Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Share Town & Train, get Free E-chapbook

Cover image courtesy of Lethe Press, copyright 2015.
Spooky and stylish graphic design by Matt Cresswell.
Quick update—if you ask your library to purchase my debut horror novel, or share the Town & Train amazon page, I will send you a link to "Drawing Out",  a free electronic chapbook of not one, not two—but three—of my short stories.

The first piece is “Wild Eyes”, a tale of backpacking in Ireland and an encounter with a shape-shifter, which appeared in Chase The Moon - The Magazine of Misfit Stories​. The second, “Burial Ground”, is a ghost tale about a haunted Akwesasne family, which appeared in the October 2014 Glitterwolf: Halloween. The final piece is “Drawing Out”, a tale set on Halloween night that features a Jehovah's Witness, a nine-year-old kid who can draw monsters like nobody's business, and a mysterious woman named Esmeralda. “Drawing Out” appeared in issue 18 of Icarus. These stories are not for the faint of heart, kiddies!

I send a heartfelt thanks to Steve Berman​ of Lethe Press​ for making "Drawing Out" possible and to Matt Cresswell​, graphic designer extraordinaire.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Getting your library to purchase Town & Train

Quick update -if someone requests that their library purchase my book, and this someone already has my book, and this someone is the first to respond - I will send them a electronic chapbook of not one, not two, but three of my short stories.

I am finalizing the details on a e-chapbook that will feature three previously published stories.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Request Town & Train at your local library

Just a quick call-out to writerly and readerly folk. If it's not too much trouble, please request that your local library order my first horror novel, Town & Train, wherever you are in Canada, (and outside Canada, for that matter). Why, you ask?
Well, I just applied for the Public Lending Right Program (PLR). Through the PLR, the Canada Council for the Arts distributes annual payments to Canadian authors as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries. As Town & Train was published through Lethe Press, a small but renowned U.S. publisher, my book does not automatically get distributed to Canadian libraries. However, the more Canadian libraries the book is in, the better the chances of the Canuck author getting compensation.
So, thank you if you request my book at your local library. If you do, lemme know, true believer. If you are the first to respond, saying they asked their library to order my book, guess what? I will send you a free signed copy to get in your hot hands, wherever you are in Canada.