Spring Stories (and more) Update


Both ‘Endless Skies’ and ‘Blind’ are scheduled for release this spring. I’ve made a promotional image for each. I also have a tidbit of news for each – neither are official though.

A Contract of Words may be open for presale in as early as a week. I will of course keep you posted.


Beach Reads 2:  Lost and Found will likely have a public book signing in May, so if you are local to Laguna Beach, California, make sure you stop on by!


I will be featured on a horror blog on February 13th, for ‘Only the Dead Go Free,’ which was released last year in A Haunting of Words. More details to come!

I still have some more tweaking to do on the site (An About Me page, Pages for ordering ACOW and BR2:LAF as available, adding a ‘Fun Facts’ section for each of the published stories, new logo, a page dedicated to my upcoming Destiny Reborn series, etc.).

What’s next? I submitted Thankful to a flash fiction anthology. I am currently reworking an old story idea of mine, and plan on submitting it to a themed anthology that I believe strongly in. This one pays very well, so has my top writing priority. This will be complete in March. After that, I am focusing on the biography of my best friend. I am only writing part of it, but I want to get that part done and polished, so I can assist him with his part. The third on my list is another collaborative effort with my daughters – a Junior High age story, of a group of kids in a small town who develop superpowers as puberty sets in…

Until next time, stay awesome!

~J.M. Ames

Live On-Air interview in 2 hours today!

At 1 pm EST (10 AM PST) today, myself, author/vocalist Brian Paone, and Transpose bass player Tim Sigler, are going to be interviewed live on an internet radio show talking about writing rock fiction, Transpose’s song “Only the Dead Go Free,” and my adaptation of that song into a story of the same name. Stop on by and have a listen!

Here is the station:  http://www.main.crimsoncloakpublishing.com/crimson-cloak-radio.html

AHOW Blog Tour #4 – J.M. Ames

Today we have the fourth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – and what do you know, it’s me! Read on to learn about my story “Only the Dead Go Free.”

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Title and synopsis/blurb of your AHOW story:
Only The Dead Go Free
Wendy flees from her abusive boyfriend, daughter in tow, to her families’ cabin in the woods, only to discover what is already residing there is far worse. Based on the Transpose song of the same name.

What inspired you to write this story?
The desire to write a disturbing tale about a haunting, coupled with the imagery captured by the lyrics of the song.

How long have you been writing?
Professionally, since January 2016. As a hobby, as far back as I can remember.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing?
I am definitely a multi-genre author. I don’t really stick to any of them exclusively. I usually try to evoke some kind of emotion, include something unusual\weird, and incorporate a twist. With that in mind, Fantasy (all kinds), Horror, and Sci-Fi probably make up about half of my work. Rock Fiction (stories based on songs or albums) are becoming a fairly common thing for me, too.

What are you working on right now?
How much time you got? 🙂 I have too many works in progress to go through here so I will go through the ones I think you can see from me in 2017:
Not Yet Dark: War devastates a man’s life, and he goes to extremes to get revenge on those who’ve hurt him. Based on “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan
Fourteen Years: Nonfiction biography of my best friend of 38 years, and his struggle to return his life to normalcy after a horrific accident that left him heavily injured and another of our friends dead.
The River Sticks: An elderly man awakens in the middle of the night to discover his long-dead wife and poker buddies are back for one night only. Stakes are high, as he must now play for his own life. Somewhat inspired by (but not based on) Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.”
I have several other completed works I am actively marketing to various publishers.

What else do you have available/published:
“The Last Ride,” which is available in the A Journey of Words anthology.

What advice do you give to new writers?
Read, a lot. Write even more than that – never stop. Hire a good professional editor. Use Beta readers, but only make suggested changes that you agree with and make sense, or a large number of readers suggest. There are many paths to becoming an author, not just one – find your own path.

List links where people can find your work:
Website: https://jm-ames.com/  (includes links to many other Social Media Platforms)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JMAmesAuthor/

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at:www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive com

New bookmarks and business cards are here.

In anticipation of receiving A Haunting of Words in stock for direct sales, I have ordered a fresh batch of the classic A Journey of Words bookmarks, as well as new bookmarks for A Haunting of Words, and brand new business cards. One of each come free with every purchase of either signed anthology direct from me.


~J.M. Ames

A Haunting of Words full line-up

With the A Haunting of Words (aka AHOW) scheduled release just three months away, I thought I would share the author and story line-up to all of you. Presented in alphabetical order of story title, here are your AHOW authors and their stories:

William Thatch – A Wacky, Fantastical Misadventure in New Haven
Brian Paone – Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys)
B. Sharpe – Black Butterflies
Donise Sheppard – Coal Run Road
F. A. Fisher – Fighting Sleep
River M Daniel – Fragments
Quinne Darkover – Groceries Every Day
Kari Holloway  – Gunpowder & Wool
Laura Ings Self – Home
Ricardo Anthonio – I’m Not Sure What It Means
Travis West – If It’s Not Okay, It’s Not the End
Sunanda Chatterjee – Jimmy’s Shadow
JM Turner – Joe
D.L. Smith-Lee – Knock, Knock
Suanne Kim – Objects In Motion
J.M. Ames – Only the Dead Go Free
E.C. Jarvis – Outlook Supplies
Dawn Taylor – Pepe
Patricia Stover – Plastic Boy
DWVogel – Rowdy
Amy Hunter – Salted Ground
Monica Sagle – Storm House
K.N. Johnson – The Blue Amberol Turns Again
RJ Castiglione – The Jonathan of Bracken Manor
C. H. Knyght  The Last
Lauren Nalls – The Rub
Mariana Llanos – The Unimportance of Being Oscar
Laurie Gardiner – Thief
Virginia Carraway Stark – Widower’s Choice
Jacob Prytherch – Worm

Stay tuned for more about AHOW!


Author Confessions, Day Thirty-One

Pitch Only the Dead Go Free!

This is the last Author Confession – it’s been fun!

Only the Dead Go Free is about Wendy Sigler, an alcoholic, heroin-addicted woman who is trying to clean herself up for her daughter, Fiona. After her Hell’s Angel boyfriend Earl beats up Fiona, Wendy takes her to her late father’s cabin in the woods. What was supposed to be their sanctuary becomes Hell on Earth, when Earl arrives and wakes up what was already living there. Wendy fights ferociously to save her child and ends up discovering the mystery behind the cabin.

OTDGF has been submitted to a publisher. I will update on this blog once one has picked it up.