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Book Review: Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) by Stephen Blackmoore

Dead Things (Eric Carter #1)
by Stephen Blackmoore

295 pages
February 5th 2013 by Daw

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.

Why can’t you go home? Eric Carter, in Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore, is about to find out. Eric heads home after he learns of the death of his sister. Finding out she was brutally murdered, he swears he will discover the identity of her killer. As a talented necromancer, he will make use of some of his talents to avenge his sister’s death. That is, if he doesn’t get himself killed first.

Romance lovers be warned, this is a true urban fantasy. There are no goo goo eyes to be found in this story, but trust me, you don’t need them. Eric Carter is a great character, sarcastic and just screwed up enough that you have to like him. In addition, the supporting cast was super interesting. Some of my favorites are Darius, his bar and Santa Muerte. If that’s not enough, I also enjoyed many of Eric’s special talents. I would love to tell you more, but I just can’t bring myself to write spoilers. I will tell you this, I love, love , love the ending and can’t wait to read book two.

Dead Things is probably one of the best urban fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time. It definitely has the big three; great characters, great writing all wrapped up in a great story. Make sure to add it to your must read list and check back soon for a review of book two.

5 Ghostly Sheep that don’t mind being Dead Things


About the Author:
Stephen Blackmoore is a pulp writer of little to no renown who once thought lighting things on fire was one of the best things a kid could do with his time. Until he discovered that eyebrows don't grow back very quickly.

His first novel, a dark urban fantasy titled CITY OF THE LOST is out through DAW Books and is available at all the fashionable bookstores. Hopefully some of the seedier ones, too. He would, after all, like to buy a copy.

His short stories and poetry have appeared in magazines like Plots With Guns, Needle, Spinetingler, and Thrilling Detective, as well as the anthologies UNCAGE ME and DEADLY TREATS.

He is represented by Allan Guthrie at Jenny Brown Associates.

Despite evidence to the contrary, he does not have rabies.


  1. Great story, characters and writing ? I'm in ! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I read this a while ago and enjoyed it, looking forward to the second book, creepy ass cover

  3. The cover reminds of Keanu Reeves in Constantine so I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  4. This looks so tasty! Thank you for sharing with us, off to add to TBR :)