Dead Things (#1)

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Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it’s a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left L.A. fifteen years ago he thought he’d never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister’s been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it’s the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who’s taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter’s going to find out who did it and he’s going to make them pay.
As long as they don’t kill him first.


“Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot, with occasional leavening provided by smart-aleck humor. Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels.”

Publishers Weekly

“Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative, Blackmoore’s sophomore book is a pitch-perfect success […] Snappy, sarcastic yet heartwrenching style that defines the best noir narratives […] With wonderfully inventive paranormal elements, readers are sure to get lost in Eric’s journey and enjoy every moment of the ride, emerging at the end hungry for more.”

RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“Stephen Blackmoore’s DEAD THINGS is a demon punch to the face. It will make you sit up and notice. Or fall down spitting out broken molars. Don’t mind the bloody drool, either way you’ll be smiling.”

Pulp 300

“DEAD THINGS is a devilishly good read. Blackmoore’s tight, clipped prose and dark wit bring Eric Carter to life, and his portrayal of L.A. is morbidly enchanting. This is urban fantasy noir at its best.”

Elitist Book Reviews (5/5 stars)

Awards & Accolades


Winner A Drop of Ink Reviews: “Best Book of 2015 Award”


RT Award Finalist: “Best Urban Fantasy (2013)”