The third Author Spotlight reading at Elissimo is Thursday, September 5th!

Hello again, folks!

I am thrilled to announce that our third Local Author Spotlight reading over at Elissimo Coffee is right around the corner – Thursday, September 5th. Come on by and hear some of your favorite local authors read their art for you!

If you are a local author and want to read in this or future events, please email me at, with the subject ‘Local Author Spotlight at Elissimo,’ and we will get it all set up.

Scheduled readings:

  • Introductions
  • Lydia Nolan – TBD
  • Nick Mazmanian – TBD
  • R. M. Morgan – ‘Crown Hunt’
  • Caddy Everett – TBD
  • OPEN\Q&A\Critiques

I hope to see you there!

~ JM Ames

Rewrites and new stories

I’ve decided to pull both ‘Not Yet Dark‘ and ‘Beneath the Blue Irises‘ from the market, so I can do some significant rewrites and additions to them. Although the details are different, in both cases I felt the stories were not fully baked and needed changes to get them where I want them to be. I do feel that both contain some of my best writing in parts, just not as a whole.

I’ve also begun outlining a story I’ve had in mind for years, one which I unofficially call ‘All the Changing Seasons.’ This is significant for me personally for a few reasons, one of which is that this is the first net new story I’ve begun writing in well over a year. All other work has been on tweaking\finalizing\marketing old stories, as well as things like the website and the monthly local author readings at Elissimo. Feels good to have those creative juices flowing again!

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

‘Karma’ released TODAY!

Hello folks!

I am thrilled to announce that my San Francisco-based horror drabble ‘Karma‘ has been released TODAY in Black Hare Press’s dark drabble anthology ‘Monsters.’



Wendigos, vampires, things that go bump 👹 or hide under the bed, witches 🤡, demons, upirs, kelpies, toad people, zombies 👺, sirens and hundreds of other tiny 🎃 terrifying tales.

AVAILABLE in paperback, hardback, and digital formats



~JM Ames

Expect the Unexpected