Posts by CN James

What to Expect at Your First Comic Con

I was a little apprehensive the first time I went to a comic con. I didn’t know what to expect. Would I be the only one not in costume? (I didn’t even wear my Superman graphic tee-shirt.) Would I get to see any of the listed celebrities? Would there be time to see everything? Would my wife, who came with me, think less of me somehow? Would I have enough money? Food? Water? Would I survive? It turns out I had nothing to worry about. That was four years ago at a Wizard World Convention in Columbus, Ohio; and my
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New News! New Book!

I couldn’t be more excited. Recently, Amy Joy and I attended our second convention as vendors and it was a huge success! And on top of that our newest novel, The Ghostlands: Part 1 has gotten nothing but positive feedback. We have our first star-rating on Goodreads.com (5 out of 5), and at the convention, everyone who read one of our free samples came back wanting a copy of the book. Anyway, just thought I’d share the good news. . . In other news: The Ghostlands: Part 2 has been written, and we are in the revising stage now. Look
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Behind the Pages of The Armageddon Factor

Usually religious arguments don’t include a clown on stilts, but this one did. At least, that’s what I was told. My wife called me on a pleasant October afternoon to tell me about it. At that time, she was finishing her second master’s degree and walking to class when she saw it: a group of people bobbing signs up and down about how the world was about to end, and how everyone needs to repent and be saved. They were in a shouting match with a large group of students who had stopped to watch their parade. And if that
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The Armageddon Factor

Believing they have found proof of God, religious radicals, with surprising support from the US population, have taken over the US government, ending democracy and rewriting the Constitution. These radicals, called Armageddonists, believe that it is their calling to fulfill biblical prophecy and usher in the Battle of Armageddon. Anyone who protests is arrested and forced to convert. Those who fail to convert are put to death. Meanwhile, while protesting the closing of the last university, two college students, Seth White and Jace Davis, are arrested and falsely accused of murder. Knowing they will be executed, they make a daring
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Bringing My Writing to a Boyle

I love literature that bends, distorts, twists, or otherwise rips reality apart. But ultimately, I just love great writing. And even though what I write normally has some kind of paranormal or science fiction element to it, one of my biggest, if not the biggest influence on my writing is TC Boyle. Since I play and record music, my desk is cluttered with speakers, a mixer, and a digital audio workstation. But despite the lack of space, I have two books that I always find room for: a pocket dictionary, and a collection of TC Boyle short stories. For reasons
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George Orwell: The Gateway Drug

In high school, none of my English classes required me to read 1984. We did read Animal Farm my senior year and I secretly loved it, but never once did I consider picking up anything that wasn’t assigned unless it was about rock n’ roll or some Star Was adventure. The truth of the matter was that I loved English class, but the thought to read this stuff outside of class never once crossed my mind. And I made it all the way to the end of my undergraduate degree before this changed. I think it was my birthday, and
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Inspired by Who

When I was somewhere around eight years old, I was introduced to The Doctor. My parents were having their carpets cleaned, so my sister and I were ushered over to a neighbor’s house for a few hours. They were good friends of my parents, and over summer vacation we would visit with them daily, but very rarely were we ever allowed inside their house. Most of the time we met under the shade of an old pine tree that marked the border between yards. I was a bit nervous. Usually when the neighbors were around, so were my parents. The
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Coming Soon: The Armageddon Factor

The United States is no longer a democracy. Taken over by an extremist religious group, universities, grade schools, businesses, and shops are being shut down in preparation for what they believe is the end of the world. Every US citizen is being recruited by this new government to fight what they are calling “The Battle of Armageddon.” Anyone who protests is sent to prison and ultimately, to their death. Seth and Jace, two college students, were protesting the closing of the last university when they were erroneously arrested for the murder of the daughter of a man known as “The
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A Tribute to Ray Bradbury

It was the future: 1999, back when the 2000s promised flying cars, silver jumpsuits, Y2K, and Jeston’s-like fare. For me, however, I was being introduced to the past. It was then that I went to hear a man named Ray Bradbury speak. At the time, I hadn’t read any of his work, but I sort of recognized the name. I thought it might be interesting to go and see a famous author give a talk, and I had to attend at least one public speaking engagement as a requirement for a theater and film class I was taking at the
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