I recently posted on Facebook about my seven books currently available as eBooks. They’re all available in all the normal formats at Amazon, Apple, Sony, Koby, and from the publisher, Cemetery Dance. I thought I’d provide the same information here. I hope you’ll take a look at any of the books you haven’t read yet. The links are all for Amazon, but you can easily find them in the format of your choice.
As always, thank you for your support. Keep checking back here for information on my upcoming publications (four books coming out in the next couple of years…!)
The Memory Tree
This was my first novel. It's a time travel story that mixes horror, science fiction, fantasy, with a solid love story. I'm very proud of this one, since a good portion of the sentiment in the book is autobiographical and it's hit a chord with many, many readers.
The Memory Tree was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award®, which thrilled me to no end.
In the book, Sam Ellis is a middle-aged stock broker living in Seattle, successful, married to a woman he dearly loves, with everything he could want. But below the surface, there are scars. Then his world changes. For reasons he doesn't understand, Sam is thrust back in time to 1968, the summer he turned thirteen. He meets his parents and his own childhood self. That summer changed Sam's world. Monsters walked the streets of his hometown, and now Sam will come face to face with those monsters again, this time as an adult. Nothing will ever be the same.
One of my own favorite authors, Gary A. Braunbeck, said, "John R. Little achieves something rare and wondrous with The Memory Tree. Writers work their entire lives in the hopes of one day producing something this astonishing. The Memory Tree is a privilege to experience."
I hope you’ll check it out. Thank you!
The Memory Tree at Amazon
Placeholders is a story I wrote when I was in tremendous physical pain due to a herniated disk in my neck. Every keystroke was agony, but the story was too important, so I had to type through the pain.
I'm glad I did, because I absolutely love this one. It's a story about a man who somehow has his consciousness embedded into the bodies of people who are about to die, normally within minutes. He has no memory of a life before he started taking the place of people about to die.
Gradually, though, even with no memory and no ability to influence anything, he finds a way to overcome and to understand how things came to be.
The remarkable Ray Garton said, "John R. Little's Placeholders is a strange, mind-bending trip that opens with a blow to the solar plexus that leaves the reader gasping for breath. Little is a wildly talented writer whose writing is matched only by his tremendous imagination."
And the equally amazing Thomas F. Monteleone wrote a terrific introduction to the book, saying he felt "totally transported" by the story. "John Little created scenes full of genuine human emotion, yet shot through with wonder, mystery, and some nasty splashes of loathing. There are some scenes in this story that will never leave me."
I was very honored that Placeholders was nominated for Black Quill Award.
Placeholders at Amazon
Miranda was my third published book and the one that has received the most amount of attention. I was truly honored when it won the Bram Stoker Award® as well as the Black Quill Award. I was shaking in delight when I accepted the Stoker.
In the book, Michael is a man who lives his life in reverse, from the day he died back to the day he was born. It's hard to make friends when you're travelling in the wrong direction of time. In fact the only true friend he has is his little dog, Doof, until one day, Michael meets Miranda, and his life changes forever.
The great author Peter Straub said, "This dazzling, melancholy, and thoroughly gripping book reminds me of why the now unjustly-forgotten Robert Nathan was such a satisfying writer. In Miranda, John R. Little uses crisp writing and a masterly sense of pace to structure a brilliant short novel filled with invention, courage, and baffled love."
In his introduction, Gary A. Braunbeck said, "Mark my words, because you are about to read a piece of work—a masterpiece in my opinion – that will outlive all of us. I wish I’d written Miranda." He also said a lot of other fabulous things about me and writing in general, and I'm very grateful to him.
I may never write a better book…but I’ll keep trying!
Miranda at Amazon
The Gray Zone
I'd written a number of books dealing with the nature of time, and I had an ambitious goal of writing the ultimate story I could imagine about time. The Gray Zone was that book and until recently it stood as my final word on the subject. (Hey, things change eventually, right?)
In The Gray Zone, Henry Davidson takes the trip of a lifetime to Aswan, Egypt. The trip changed his life in many ways, but when he swallowed a secret powder handed down from generation to generation, the biggest change was yet to come.
Now Henry could remember his future as well as his past, and he could live his life out of sequence, choosing the age he wanted to live, from when he was a small child to when he turned 52. Beyond that is a hazy Gray Zone where he has no memories.
What happens when Henry is finally able to break through and live in the Gray Zone? It is horrifying and deadly, and Henry has to face the consequences of the decisions he has made through his life.
James A. Moore wrote the introduction to the book, which pleased me to no end, since I love his writing. One of the things he said was, "When you're done reading this, think about why the hell John Little isn't being read by a lot more people. For now he's like a little secret. I hope that doesn't last. Some secret were never meant to be kept."
The Gray Zone at Amazon
Dreams in Black and White
For my whole life, I've had difficulty sleeping. I wake ten, fifteen, or twenty times each night. It'd be weird for me to sleep through the entire night. Well, I wondered how I could turn my sleeping habits into a nice little horror story, and Dreams in Black and White is the result. I'm very proud of this story, as it covers a lot of the themes I've written about before but perhaps with a different spin.
James Newman was kind enough to write a wonderful introduction to this book, and in it he talks about some of the themes that are important to me as a writer. I thought it was really very perceptive how he reached across all of my work to write this intro.
In the story, Charlie Parkinson is one of the best photographers in New York City. And now, he's even better. Each night he dreams, and his dreams tell him where to go to find the best possible photo opportunity. His dreams seem to predict the future, showing him tragedy and death. And his fame grows with every snapshot. Somehow, the dream predictions are close to reality, but not perfect. That's a good thing, when one night Charlie dreams that he's going to kill his beloved wife.
The story was partly inspired by a famous horror story, "The Monkey’s Paw," by W.W. Jacobs.
Dreams in Black and White at Amazon
I started out as a short story writer and started publishing them professionally in 1982, with a sale to Cavalier magazine. The editor paid me several hundred dollars and I never looked back. It wasn't until 2007 that I started writing longer works.
So I was happy when Roy Robbins at Bad Moon Books asked me if I'd be interested in putting together a collection of my best stories. I loved the idea and asked Mort Castle (also a former Cavalier author) to write an intro, which he did in fine fashion.
This book has 23 pieces of various lengths. I liked them all (which was really the only criteria for inclusion), even that first old piece from 1982.
People sometimes ask what my favorites are. I'd have to say "Following Marla" and "Ever After," but if you ask me a month from now, I could easily have a different answer.
Little Things at Amazon
My last post in this series is about Ursa Major. This book has a very strong emotional connection to me. It's about a step-father trying to bond with his young step-daughter by camping with her in the middle of Alaska. Unfortunately their weekend is interrupted by a Grizzly bear, who traps them in a small space in their cabin. The bear is hungry and very patient. The unlucky campers have no food, no water, and no way to escape.
The story was inspired by my own young step-daughter, and so it's a very personal one for me. It was particularly gratifying when this book was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award®.
The introduction to this book was provided by my good friends Gene O'Neill and Gord Rollo, who both said some very nice things about my writing. I'm very grateful to them for their long-term support of my writing.
Gene included a terrific teaser in the intro when he said, "It has the same kind of scary as The Terminator. You know, like being chased by a relentless pursuer, a heartless android . . . who is getting closer, closer, the ending inevitable."
I plan to announce some very exciting news about this book . . . soon. Have patience, friends!
Ursa Major at Amazon
It’s summer of 2012, and I’m very pleased that Scavenger Hunt, my new novel co-written with the very talented Fatima Monteiro is shipping. This new novel is the book that has been the most fun for me to write. I hope you’ll take a look over at Bad Moon Books, my publisher, or check it out at Amazon.com.
Scavenger Hunt is about a reality TV show taken to an extreme. The producer, who is dying of leukemia, wants this to be her most memorable show, by raising the bar on sex, conflict, and danger.
Famous Monsters of Filmland says, “If you are a reality TV fan, you will absolutely love this book; if you are not a reality TV fan like myself you will still absolutely love this book and I highly recommend it!”
In other news, I recently published my first (and possibly only) children’s book, What Mrs. Pumpernickle Really Does on P.D. Days. It was a blast to write.
And coming in the summer of 2013, a new story collection, Little by Little, will be published by Bad Moon. Keep checking back for more details.
My new novella Ursa Major is now available for order from Bad Moon Books. The novella features cover art by Frank Walls, and introduction by Gene O'Neill. According to Dreadful Tales, "it’s damned near impossible to come away from this without losing one’s breath", and Horror Drive-In calls it "some of the best writing that the genre currently has to offer".
Six of my books are now available as ebooks from Cemetery Dance (in epub or Mobi formats). Check out the Buy Books page for more information and direct links.
Still available: The reprint of my first novel The Memory Tree is still available. Also: My novella The Gray Zone is still available in either the gorgeous signed and limited hardback or the trade paperback; the reprint of my Stoker Award-winning novella Miranda; my story collection Little Things; and my novella Dreams in Black and White, in a beautiful signed and limited hardback. You can read reviews for most of these works on the Reviews page.
Wow. Last weekend the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony was held in Burbank, California. My novella, Miranda, was nominated and I was thrilled when it won the Stoker for Long Fiction. I was also very fortunate to be awarded the President’s Richard Laymon Award for my volunteer work on behalf of the Horror Writers Association.
This may be a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing, and I’m still thrilled and humbled to have won. You can see a photo of many of the winning authors who were in attendance here.
During the Stoker weekend, I also received my copy of the uber-cool lettered edition of Miranda. This is an extremely limited edition (only 26 copies) hand-bound hardcover. And every copy is slightly different. This edition is the only place my short story “Hunting for Miranda” will ever appear in print.
During the weekend, I also found time to sign all the signature sheets for The Gray Zone, so that’ll be rolling out from the printers soon, likely in early autumn. The publisher is Bad Moon Books, who did such a wonderful job on Miranda, and the cover art is by the always-amazing Alan M. Clark.
My other forthcoming book, Dreams in Black and White, is being published very soon by Morning Star Books (an imprint of Bloodletting Press). This is going to be a beautiful hardcover edition, only available to those who pre-ordered it. The book will be out in August or thereabouts. The cover art is by Zach McCain, and it may be the most haunting cover of any of my books.
I have a couple of short stories being published soon as well. “The Slow Haunting” will be in Dark Delicacies 3, edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb. That’s pretty cool. Also “George’s Head” will be coming out in Legends of the Mountain State 3, edited by Michael Knost.
And what’s coming down next? Well, right now, there’s two main projects underway. I’m co-authoring a novella with the very talented Lisa Morton. This is an intriguing horror/mystery story called By Insanity of Reason. And I’ve also started pounding away at a new novel. This one is a big mainstream thriller that I’m very excited about. I can’t tell you anything about the plot yet, or even the title, but I’m very pleased with the concept, and I think all my fans will be, too.
That’s about it for now. Thanks for keeping in touch!
I’m very pleased that my novella Miranda won the Black Quill Award this week. These awards are presented by Dark Scribe Magazine in various categories and you can see all the winners here. It’s a great honor to win this award and I want to thank Dark Scribe and their readers.
Miranda is also on the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award in the category of Long Fiction. The Final Ballot will be published on April 1 and the winners announced at the Stoker Weekend on June 13.
My next book to be published is Dreams in Black and White, coming mid-June from Morning Star Press, an imprint of Bloodletting Press. This book is a haunting novella of love and loss. Morning Star creates books of exceptional quality. You can see a synopsis of the book here. The book includes a wonderful cover by Zach McCain and an introduction by James Newman.
I am the Featured Author at Horror World for the month of February, and if you check out the site, you’ll find a new short story of mine there.
What’s to follow? The lettered edition of Miranda will be out soon. In late summer or autumn, my next book, The Gray Zone, will be published by Bad Moon Books. More details on that when we get closer.
And for those of you interested in attending the Stoker Weekend, you can find all kinds of information here. I hope to see you in Burbank!
My novella, Miranda, is now up for preorder from the publisher and from Horror Mall. It should be shipping in September, but with the limited print run of 250 copies, it will likely sell out long before then.
I will guest at an online chat session at Horror Mall on Sunday, August 3, at 8:30 EST. We’ll be talking about Miranda as well as other upcoming projects.
Since my last update, I’ve had a couple of new short stories, in the anthology Darker Discoveries and the magazine Doorways. Also I had an article published on the history of The Memory Tree. If you’re interested in these, hop over to the Bibliography page.
Next up is the new edition of The Memory Tree, being published by Bad Moon Books around the end of the year. I’m looking forward to seeing the book back in print.
In other news I’m happy to say that the I’m the co-chair of the 2009 Stoker Weekend, along with my good friend Lisa Morton. This will be the biggest Stoker event ever held, from June 12-14 in Los Angeles. There’s a lot of work to pull this off, but I’m happy for the challenge. We’re announced our first invited guest is . . . the great John Farris, and I’m thrilled that he’s accepted. More guests and the programming will be announced over time.
The Bram Stoker Awards were held this year in conjunction with the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City. I volunteered to be the coordinator of the Stokers, and you can read my article about it here.
It’s looking like a good year for me. My novella, Miranda, will be published in June from Bad Moon Books, and they’ll be following up with another novella, The Gray Zone, in the fall.
While at WHC this year, I signed a contract with Bloodletting Books that will see them publish Dreams in Black and White in early 2009.
And perhaps the most interesting news is that I talked to a publisher at WHC about having a new edition of The Memory Tree released. We were both excited at the idea but haven’t nailed down a contract yet. Hopefully this will work out and allow the people who’ve wanted to read the book another shot at it.
Yesterday, The Memory Tree was announced as being a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in the category of First Novel. It's a tremendous honour, and I'm very grateful to the Horror Writers Association for including me on the ballot. The awards will be announced at a banquet in Salt Lake City as part of the World Horror Convention on March 29, 2008.
The other books that are nominated in this category are all terrific:
I Will Rise by Michael Louis Calvillo
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni
In other news, I've sold three new novellas that will soon be published as limited edition books. The first is Miranda, coming in May, 2008 from Bad Moon Books. In September, Bad Moon will be publishing The Gray Zone. And later this year or early 2009, another publisher will be coming out with Dreams in Black and White. I'm not at liberty to name the publisher just yet.
Placeholders, my new novelette from Necessary Evil Press, sold out in three weeks. The reviews have been terrific, and this past weekend I learned that the book has been nominated for the Black Quill Award for best horror book published by the small press. It's a very big honor and I was more than a little surprised to be on the ballot. If you're interested in seeing all the nominees, click here.
If you'd like to vote for Placeholders or any other title, you'll have to register. It's free and easy.
Thanks to everyone who's enjoyed the book!
My next book will be a novella called The Gray Zone. More details to come soon.
I'm very pleased that my newest book, Placeholders, has just been
published by Necessary Evil Press. NEP is one of my favorite
publishers, and when you combine that with stunning cover art by
Caniglia and a great introduction by Thomas F. Monteleone, it makes a
wonderful package. As I write this, the book has been available only a
few days and is almost sold out. Depending on when you read this a few
copies may still be available. If you're interested in one, drop me an
e-mail and I'll let you know if there's any still to purchase.
I'm still getting wonderful feedback on The Memory Tree, and that's
really nice. People have e-mailed me after finding it in a small-town
library or having it passed to them from a friend. Unfortunately, the
publisher went out of business shortly after the book was published, so
there's a lot fewer copies in circulation than I'd like. You never
know, one day, another publisher may pick it up.
About 15 terrific reviews have been published about the book, in
Booklist, The Magazine of Fantasy&Science Fiction, Dark Discoveries,
Apex SF&Horror Digest, Hellnotes, Horror World, and others. All the
reviewers have been very kind, and I appreciate their kind words.
If you happen to read Horror Fiction Review, the current issue has an
interview with me.
It’s time I posted an update on The Memory Tree. Copies of the book are now available at Amazon.com. All preorders are finding their way through the system and should be in your hands soon.
If you’re interested in a personalized autograph, drop me an email. I have some copies of the book that you can buy directly from me and I’d be happy to sign them for you.
There are two upcoming bookstore signings lined up as well. If you’re nearby and have a chance to drop by, I’d love to see you.
|Saturday, May 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
White Dwarf Books
3715 Tenth Avenue
|Thursday, June 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Chapters (North London)
The first print review of The Memory Tree was recently published in Horror Fiction Review. Among other nice things, the review called it “The first great debut of 2007,” and added, “First novels rarely pack this much punch.”
January is a time when we think about the past and the future at the same time. In some ways, that’s part of the theme of my novel, The Memory Tree, which is being published next month. I spent part of my Christmas holidays going through the advanced copy of the book, looking for any stray typos that remained. These final edits have gone off to the publisher, and now, all I have to do is be patient and wait a bit . . .
The first two reviews of The Memory Tree have been posted online. You can read them at Hellnotes and Apex Digest.
My wife, Lynda, gave me the most amazing Christmas gift. She hired an artist / woodcutter, Dave Danchuk, to duplicate the cover art of The Memory Tree in wood. Here’s a picture of me holding the final piece. In person, it looks amazing. The black parts are where the wood has been cut away. (There’s a black piece of wood behind.)
I’ve finished writing my second novel, 10 Days. I’ll be looking for a publisher for it soon. I’m now working on my third novel, which doesn’t have a firm title yet.
2007 is going to be a terrific year for me. Publication of anyone’s first novel is a pivotal event, but I also have stories coming out in two highly anticipated anthologies, Until Somebody Loses an Eye and Monster Noir. I have a pair of novellas scheduled for book publication together mid-year (“Miranda” and “Dreams”), and there’s a surprise publication I can’t talk about yet.
Hopefully 2007 will also bring the sale of 10 Days and completion of novel number 3. I’m sure to place a few other short stories as well.
At the end of January, I’ll be attending the Borderlands Writers Boot Camp in Baltimore. This is a highly regarded writing weekend sponsored by Borderlands Press. Instructors include Thomas F. Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, Douglas Winter, and Ginjer Buchanan, who will all be critiquing 10 Days (along with the other boot camp attendees). In March, I’ll be attending the World Horror Convention in Toronto. This is the first time WHC has ever been held outside the United States.
Thanks for dropping by my web site. Check back when you have a chance. See you then. All the best to you in 2007.