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James Austin McCormick

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I'm a college lecturer from England and a fan of all types of speculative fiction, most notably science fiction, horror & sword and sorcery fantasy. Where possible I try to blend these elements together in my own writing.

H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs were my first writing inspirations and more recently Frank Herbert and Clive Barker whose works I never grow tired of re-reading.

I live in the rainy city of Manchester with my wife and two young daughters, the elder of which is something of a budding writer herself.

You can find my Amazon author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/James-McCormick...

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Dragon: Smuggler Tales (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
1 chapters   —   updated May 18, 2014 08:20AM
Description: A (sort of) sequel to my first scifi novel, Dragon. The short novel (a series of adventures really) is set between chapters 1 and 2 of Dragon and follows Brok and Sillow, the ill matched, incompetent duo as they try their hand at smuggling. It doesn't go too well. The novel opens with Sillow stealing the Dragon ship he was loaned in the first chapter of Dragon, The Legacy of Suleiman. This should be published early next year.

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After reading Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone I was disappointed overall with the Haunted Hotel. It really isn’t in the same class. The start is gripping enough and compelling enough to keep you reading. In fact, Countess Narona (pale skinned and dark ...more
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An almost perfectly crafted book with deep character studies. It was very easy to become immersed in this story. I also liked the way it used the Gothic tradition of the unreliable narrator. What is really going on in term of the supernatural activit ...more
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I really didn’t expect to post anything but a glowing review when I started reading Ghost Story. I loved the film (which is quite different in terms of the actual source of the horror) and fully expected to feel the same way about the book. There are ...more
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I fine western and one that although continuing a family saga doesn't require the reader to be familiar with the previous book (The Man from Tipperary). What backstory is required is economically summarised early on in chapter seven.

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I really didn’t expect to post anything but a glowing review when I started reading Ghost Story. I loved the film (which is quite different in terms of the actual source of the horror) and fully expected to feel the same way about the book. There are ...more
Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon
"Falcyn is a Primordial Dragon/demi-God who has sworn to protect the birth of the world's egg from anyone that would try to take it as he hates humanity and everything else with it. When he asked by Stryker's Appolite Demon daughter Medea for help..." Read more of this review »
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"This is basically just another haunted house story...but my, such a great one, Stephen King brings all his considerable talents into view. Though his tendency to overwrite shows too, a little editing would have made it even better by cutting out s..." Read more of this review »
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I gave up on this own initially as I felt the initial chapter(s), narrated by the head servant Gabriel Betteredge, were just too rambling, which of course was completely intentional as it is an epistolary narrative, that is a series of first person a ...more
The String of Pearls by Thomas Preskett Prest
" Henry wrote: "Sounds like a wonderful read, James. I can see all the throats being cut..."

It is very tastefully done Henry- you never actually witness
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David Balfour by Robert Louis Stevenson
"David Balfour (also known as Catriona), is a sequel to the great classic, Kidnapped, though not as good, it still delivers excitement . Young David after many adventures, arrives finally in Edinburgh, Scotland, to receive his fortune, he hopes. Ho..." Read more of this review »
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