Spooky reads for your Halloween!

Looking to set an eerie tone this October before the Trick-or-Treaters grace your porch? Any of these three haunted anthologies are sure to frighten you …

The 13:  Tales of the Macabre
Pre-order only.
Release Date:  October 26th

Can you survive all 12?
Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more…
This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you’ll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 12?
This is the second collection in The 13 series. Will you survive all 13?

All stories by Stephanie Ayers
Poetry by Stacy Overby
Foreword by JM Ames

A Haunting of Words AHOW
Featuring ‘Only the Dead Go Free‘ by JM Ames, and 29 other ghostly tales.
On sale via the publisher Scout Media only throughout October – paperback for $12.99 (reg $19.99) and eBook $2.99 for (reg $5.99)

From Scout Media comes A Haunting of Words—the third volume in an ongoing short story anthology series featuring authors from all over the world.
In this installation, the reader will experience a multi-genre journey beyond traditional haunts; from comedy, to drama, fantasy, romance, and horror, these stories put eclectic spins on the every-day ghost tale. Whether you are running from the ghost of a vengeful mother, falling in love with an apparition, touring with a deceased famous musician, saving a newborn from a possessed crib, or having a specter cat as a sidekick, these stories of hauntings and apparitions will warm your heart, send shivers down your spine, and tickle your funny bone.
Whether to be enlightened, entertained, or momentarily caught up in another world, these selections convey the true spirit of the short story.

The shower’s hiss behind me competes with the roaring inferno raging down the hallway. Breathless and without thought, I gaze with lifeless eyes into the bathroom mirror. This gore-drenched nightmare of a witch is no longer recognizable. What have I done? What was the lesson here? I never wanted this.

AHOW Book Trailer by Kari Holloway:

Mirrors & Thorns: An OWS Ink Dark Fairy Tales Anthology 21768049_962982633843036_4316917078508812273_n
Featuring ‘The Snow Bride‘ by JM Ames, and 13 other dark fairy tales

Where the fairy tales ends and the reflection begins….
A dark fairy tale collection from the twisted pens of:
JM Ames, Kerry E.B. Black, J.K. Allen, C.L. Bledsoe, Lucy Palmer, Stacy Overby, T.S. Dickerson, Edward Ahern, Melanie Noell Bernard, S.L. Scott, Sarah Nour, Paul Stansbury, Cassidy Taylor, and J. Lee Strickland.

The icy wind outside screeched and wailed like a banshee seeking to devour children’s souls. Frosted windows rattled in their frames so hard the glass threatened to shatter. The camels and horses tied to the posts in front of the Tsas Ber Tavern whickered and spat their displeasure at being left exposed in such inhospitable weather.

Have a wonderfully dark October!

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

JM Ames Foreword for Stephanie Ayer’s ‘The 13: Tales of the Macabre’ is official.

Folks, it is now official. I have written the foreword to Stephanie Ayers‘ upcoming horror collection, The 13:  Tales of the Macabre, and it has been accepted. This is a unique honor for me, one which I am quite humbled by.

The book comes out October 26th, but you can preorder it via the following links:
Amazon Kindle 
Barnes & Noble

Stay wary, my friends, and remember to always Expect the Unexpected!
~JM Ames

JM Ames to pen foreword in upcoming short story collection!

Fall is shaping up to be quite the busy season!

In addition to two electrifying Flash Fiction anthologies that contain a story of mine coming out, I have had the honor of being asked to write the foreword of an upcoming collection of short stories by a well-known and respected member of the Indie Author community. I am still writing said foreword, but once it is done and the author approves, I will reveal who it is. This really is an incredible honor and a first for me.

Upcoming releases:  ‘Waves‘ in Charmed Writers Presents Flash Fiction 2018, and ‘The Californian‘ in A Flash of Words.

I also have ‘Not Yet Dark‘, ‘Thankful‘ and ‘Karma‘ out to publishers now.

Stories I am actively working on:

  • Phil – Those of you who have been with me since the beginning may remember this one. It was the very attempt of mine at writing a story. It is quite interesting for me to revisit what I thought was good writing 3 years ago. This is getting a full rewrite. A struggling beauty salon in Cambria, California gets the karmic balance it needs when a highly unusual Rhododendron is placed in it’s waiting area. Fantasy, PG-13.
  • Allie’s Dog – Fate brings young Allie together with a young seal pup off of Catalina Island, California. As they grow older, their bond grows unusually deep. When an unnatural disaster threatens the island as a whole, the two must work together to save everyone, including each other. This is a Destiny Reborn story.  Fantasy, PG-13.
  • Blackstar – Modern-day prospectors search for long-lost veins of gold and silver near Silverado, California. They finally find what they were searching for, but have also found what has been protecting it all these years- and it is not at all happy about that. Fantasy, PG-13
  • The Cleansing – Follows a twisted psychopath’s descent into madness, mayhem, and murder. Horror, NC-17.

Which one interests you the most?

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected.

‘Karma’ on the market, ‘Not Yet Dark’ wrapping up, and teasers


The 100-word, San Francisco-based horror drabble ‘Karma‘ is now officially on the market, and has been added to the Coming Soon page.

My wartime family drama ‘Not Yet Dark‘ is going through some minor last-minute revisions, and will be on the Market within a couple days.

Some teasers for other stories in the works:

* Ally’s Dog – Catalina Island-based story of a powerful young girl, and her unusual connection to an unusual seal – and a Pacific leviathan that threatens the California coast. YA Fantasy

*Untitled – Modern prospectors discover a rich vein of silver in the unincorporated mountains of east Orange County, California. Unfortunately, they discover something else that may not let them leave. Horror

Stay well-read, my friends,  and remember to always Expect the Unexpected!

~JM Ames

‘Love Dust’ by Pixie Forest Publishing released today!

Pixie Forest Publishing released their debut anthology, Love Dust, today. While I did not make it into this anthology, I am friends with both of the publishers, as well as many of the authors – some of whom I’ve worked with personally in the previous anthologies*. An incredible amount of talent is behind this book!


Become immersed in worlds where love is key. In these twelve stories, enjoy tales of new, unexpected, and lost love. Open the pages to discover love that fights through war, abuse, curses, death, and withstands time itself. These stories will touch your heart, make you laugh, and make you cry. Let the authors show you the many ways love can tug at your heartstrings in Love Dust.

Publishers Jensen Reed and Donise Sheppard bring you twelve love stories by these talented authors:




I will give you 20% off the cover price of any one of my books (when ordered direct through me) with proof of purchase of Love Dust. Limit one discount per purchase.

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

Updates on stories coming soon, and more!

Hello folks, just wanted to give you an update on several short stories coming your way soon!

Waves‘ has been accepted into the anthology Charmed Writers Present Flash Fiction 2018, due out later this year.

Thankful‘ has been sent out to a couple publishers, and I am waiting to hear back on it.

The Californian‘ is in the hands of one of my editors. Once I get it back, I will work with him on the corrections until we are both satisfied, then it will go out to publishers.

Not Yet Dark‘ is out to Alpha readers currently. Once I get input from them, I will make another round of revisions, then send to the Beta Reader team, make another round of revisions based on their feedback, then it goes out to another editor – hopefully while it is still August.

I had fully intended on going back to the unnamed superhero story I am working on with my daughters after those, but I have an opportunity to enter a writing competition in which the winner not only gets published, but also gets a scholarship that can be given to whomever they wish – which would be for my daughters. So I am focusing on that next.


In addition to those updates, I thought I would ask you what else you would like to see on this blog besides updates. Author interviews? Memes? Articles on writing? More personal talk? All of the above? None of it?

Let me know in the comments below, or use this form. 🙂


~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected