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

Most books in stock!


I now have all but Beach Reads: Lost and Found in stock and ready if anyone wants to purchase a signed copy of those directly from me.

  • A Journey of Words, featuring my story ‘The Last Ride’ – Paperback and ebook available everywhere now
  • A Haunting of Words, featuring my story “Only the Dead Go Free’ – Paperback and ebook available everywhere now
  • Mirrors & Thorns, featuring my story ‘The Snow Bride’ – Paperback and ebook available everywhere now
  • A Contract of Words, featuring my story ‘Endless Skies’ – Paperback available through myself exclusively until April 15th, then everywhere, and ebook available everywhere now
  • Beach Reads: Lost and Found, featuring my story “Blind” – Paperback available on April 20th, signed copies available in May

I will have Beach Reads within a month, or you can come get a signed copy in early May if you will be in the Southern California area for our official book launch. Email me for details.

The purchase links for the first three are set up on my site already, the last two will be up soon. If interested in purchasing any of those, please reach out to me.



“Endless Skies” to be published!

Hello Folks!

I am quite happy to report that my sci-fi short “Endless Skies” is slated to be published in Scout Media’s anthology A Contract of Words in Spring of 2018! This is the around the same time that my short “Blind” will the published in Third Street Writer’s anthology Beach Reads 2:  Lost and Found. Busy Spring!

The website is now mostly done – poke around and let me know what you think! There will still be a permanent new logo in the near future, and I think I will add a couple more pages – one for upcoming collaborations and another for upcoming novels.


Lastly, I am throwing out there a friendly reminder that whiles sales are awesome, so are honest reviews on Amazon and GoodReads. Any and all support is always very much appreciated. 🙂


Peace to you all,

J.M. Ames

Under Construction

Hello Folks! The website will be undergoing  some construction over the next several days, possibly weeks, so if you see things changing or not working properly, that is why (but if something is broken for more than a day, please do let me know!).

For now, I’ve updated the banner, added a page for completed works, which now has links to all three currently published books, including Mirrors & Thorns, finally (long overdue!).

Next up is a Coming Soon! page for works for which a contract has been signed, but are not quit available yet. My story “Blind” fits the bill here, to be release in Beach Reads 2: Lost and Found, in March 2018.

Third will be an On Market page for completed works which I am currently marketing out for a home. “Endless Skies” and “Thankful” fit the bill here. Both have been submitted to publishers, but no contract offerings yet.

Fourth and final is a Work In Progress page. I won’t list all of my WIPs here, as many never see completion, but it will provide details on ones near completion. “Not Yet Dark,” “The Californian,” “Waves,” and I am happy to say “Phil” will finally be detailed here. There are plenty of other stories I am working on, including a couple of collaborative works I am very excited about!

As I get closer on my novels, expect pages on them to appear as well.

I have a professional Logo Designer hard at work and revamping the official J.M. Ames Logo, so that should be up soon, too.

Stay Awesome!

~J.M. Ames

Mirrors & Thorns release day!

Folks, I am thrilled to announce that my third publication has been released today (10/25) via OWS Ink, LLC. My story ‘The Snow Bride’ is included in the anthology “Mirrors & Thorns,” alongside the works of many other fantastic authors such as J.K. Allen, Lucy Palmer, T. S. Dickerson, Melanie Noell Bernard, Särah Nour, Writer, Cassidy Taylor, Kerry E.B. Black, CL Bledsoe, Stacy Overby, Edward Ahern, S. L. Scott, Paul Stansbury, and J. Lee Strickland.
You can order through most retailers here (Amazon to be added shortly), or from Amazon here.
Paperback available shortly.