Stephen Blackmoore

Stephen Blackmoore is the Los Angeles based author of the noir / urban fantasy Eric Carter series (DEAD THINGS, BROKEN SOULS, HUNGRY GHOSTS, FIRE SEASON, GHOST MONEY and BOTTLE DEMON) about a necromancer in modern-day Los Angeles, and the stand-alone CITY OF THE LOST. He has written tie-in novels for the role-playing game Spirit of The Century (KHAN OF MARS), the video-game Wasteland 2 (ALL BAD THINGS) and the television series Heroes Reborn (DIRTY DEEDS), as well as part of the Gods & Monster series (MYTHBREAKER). His short stories can be found at Fireside Fiction, Plots with Guns, and in anthologies such as Urban Allies, Deadly Treats, Don’t Read This Book, Uncage Me and many others. 

Find Stephen on his website, or follow him on Twitter @sblackmoore.

Bibliography

  • Standalone
    City of the Lost
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  • Eric Carter Series
    Dead Things (#1)
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  • Eric Carter Series
    Broken Souls (#2)
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  • Eric Carter Series
    Hungry Ghosts (#3)
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  • Eric Carter Series
    Fire Season (#4)
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  • Eric Carter Series
    Ghost Money (#5)
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  • FORTH
    Eric Carter Series
    Bottle Demon (#6)
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Reviews

Standalone

City of the Lost
“A head-shakingly perfect blend of zombie schlock, deadpan wit, startling profanity, desperate improvisation and inventive brilliance.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Stephen Blackmoore writes like an old pro, and doesn’t flinch from some of the more violent characteristics of his anti-hero. He’s really, really good at writing gray characters, and yet manages to infuse his creations with humanity, even if they aren’t themselves human, which is a neat trick. CITY OF THE LOST is fast paced, funny, scary, at times, charming, and I couldn’t put it down.”

My Bookish Ways

“CITY OF THE LOST is fast-paced, sometimes gory (Joe is a zombie), sometimes amusing, and always well-written. It will keep you on your toes and you will enjoy being there. I suggest you set out a block of time for reading because once you start City of the Lost you are not going to want to put it down.”

The Qwillery

”You’d think at this point putting a fresh spin on the zombie/magic genres would be hard to do, but Blackmoore has done it with such ease one wonders if he’s not dipping into a source of magic himself. Considering nearly every character in the book is something other than entirely human, it’s amazing how, well, human Blackmoore has made them [...] Indeed, it’s the ordinariness that Blackmoore infuses into the extraordinary that truly makes CITY OF THE LOST so magical.”

Musings Of An All-Purpose Monkey

Eric Carter Series

Dead Things (#1)
“Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot, with occasional leavening provided by smart-aleck humor. Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels.”

Publishers Weekly

“Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative, Blackmoore’s sophomore book is a pitch-perfect success […] Snappy, sarcastic yet heartwrenching style that defines the best noir narratives […] With wonderfully inventive paranormal elements, readers are sure to get lost in Eric’s journey and enjoy every moment of the ride, emerging at the end hungry for more.”

RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“Stephen Blackmoore’s DEAD THINGS is a demon punch to the face. It will make you sit up and notice. Or fall down spitting out broken molars. Don’t mind the bloody drool, either way you’ll be smiling.”

Pulp 300

“DEAD THINGS is a devilishly good read. Blackmoore’s tight, clipped prose and dark wit bring Eric Carter to life, and his portrayal of L.A. is morbidly enchanting. This is urban fantasy noir at its best.”

Elitist Book Reviews (5/5 stars)

Broken Souls (#2)
“Blackmoore’s bottomless imagination concocts some truly twisted, weird, bloody and deviously clever stuff in this latest novel, featuring his acerbic necromancer, Eric Carter. In a world where Aztec Mythology, dark magic and grim reality blend together, nothing is what it appears to be, leading to an adventure full of high-octane action and a number of unpleasant surprises. Best of all, Blackmoore’s chillingly good storytelling skills ensures that fans will enjoy every step of this adrenaline fueled journey.”

RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“Eric Carter is a great character, and Blackmoore’s first two books featuring him, DEAD THINGS and BROKEN SOULS, are phenomenal urban fantasies with a gritty, noir edge.”

B&N SciFi Blog

“This series is so fucking good. Blackmoore can’t write these books fast enough to suit me. BROKEN SOULS is hyper-caffeinated, turbo-bloody face-stomping fun. This is the L.A-noir urban fantasy you’ve been looking for.”

Kevin Hearne, Author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

“BROKEN SOULS is a deliciously gritty thrill ride. I can’t get enough of Stephen Blackmoore’s warped imagination and superb noir sensibilities. This is a must-read for any fan of awesome things.”

Jaye Wells, Author of the Sabina Kane and Kate Prospero series

“Eric Carter’s adventures are bleak, witty, and as twisty as a fire-blasted madrone, told in prose as sharp as a razor. Blackmoore is the rising star of pitch-black paranormal noir. A must-read series.”

Kat Richardson, Author of the Greywalker series

“Demons and dark magic and gods of death: what’s not to like? Blackmoore’s hard-charging prose hits like a bullet fired from a cursed gun. He weaves a tale that’s not just about magic, but may itself be magic. Fast becoming my favorite urban fantasy series, BROKEN SOULS is a welcome addition to the necromancer chronicles of Eric Carter. Read this book. Read it now.”

Chuck Wendig, Author of the Miriam Black series

Hungry Ghosts (#3)
“Blackmoore keeps the action brisk and the mood light, sprinkling his text with breezy witticisms.”

Publishers Weekly

“Refreshingly different worldbuilding.”

Library Journal

“[Eric] Carter’s grounded and grim narrative voice makes his quest believable, gripping and increasingly emotional, especially as he confronts the ghosts of his own past.”

RT Book Reviews

“HUNGRY GHOSTS is a dark, action-packed thrill ride and is Blackmoore's best writing so far. It's full of rich detail and exceptional character development wrapped in a great story.”

The Qwillery

“The plot is fast-paced, action-packed, and detail driven. It is a dark urban fantasy full of magic, bad guys and justice […] All in all, this story was riveting and kept me completely captivated until the end. I highly recommend!”

The Genre Minx

Fire Season (#4)
“Blackmoore once again delivers a high-octane thrill ride of mayhem, magic and murder and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

The Qwillery

“The story is compelling, immersive, and the author’s writing has only improved with time. I look forward to more and can’t wait for the next book in the series.”

Ducan’s Books and More

“Loved reading this book, and I can't wait to read more!”

Writing Crazy Me

“What kept my eyes glued to the pages of FIRE SEASON was that there were many amazing magical battles, tons of action, and wise-cracking humor. I was fully engrossed in this fantasy world from start to finish. I can’t get enough of Eric Carter and I am looking forward to more in this series!”

The Genre Minx

“Fast paced, fanatical action that never stops. This book is a shot of adrenaline and what a heady rush!”

Bookaholics Romance Book Club

“The world that Stephen Blackmoore created here is fantastic […] This book has a great cast of side characters as well as some really brave female characters that made my day. The story was fast paced, it was fun and I enjoyed the writing. I will be looking for more.”

Night Owl Book Cafe

Ghost Money (#5)
“The breathtaking fifth urban fantasy from Blackmoore [...] Carter’s wry voice is amusing as ever, but the grief he carries is palpable, adding depth and a sense of desperation to this action-packed adventure. Readers will be eager for more after this thrilling, emotionally fraught installment.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Blackmoore’s fast pace and no-holds-barred prose give him a unique place in the genre.”

Booklist

“Loved this book so much, I’m really excited for more.”

Words I Write Crazy

“Stephen Blackmoore is a master of noir, and a magician at paranormal noir.”

Slippery Words

“Damn, I loved this book. It’s snappy. It’s well paced. It’s […] kind of gross, but in the perfect urban fantasy way (don’t judge).”

The Roarbots

“Eric is a wounded, cynical, dark and sarcastic character but also damaged by life. A character we love to follow!”

Between Dreams and Reality

“The ending of GHOST MONEY was shocking and I find that I am very curious to see what events will take place in the next book.”

The Genre Minx Book Reviews

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

City of the Lost
United Kingdom

British Fantasy Award Finalist: “Best Newcomer”

Eric Carter Series

Dead Things (#1)
USA

Winner A Drop of Ink Reviews: “Best Book of 2015 Award”

USA

RT Award Finalist: “Best Urban Fantasy (2013)”

Hungry Ghosts (#3)
USA

RT Award Finalist: “Best Urban Fantasy (2017)”