City of the Lostby Stephen Blackmoore
Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing. See more details below
Joe Sunday has been a Los Angeles low-life for years, but his life gets a whole lot lower when he is killed by the rival of his crime boss-only to return as a zombie. His only hope is to find and steal a talisman that he learns can grant immortality. But, unfortunately for Joe, every other undead thug and crime boss in Los Angeles is looking for the same thing.
— Seanan McGuire, author of DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON
"CITY OF THE LOST is the best kind of paranormal noir: gritty, breakneck-paced, and impossible to put down. Joe Sunday is a new antihero to watch, and the next installment can't come soon enough."
— Caitlin Kittredge, author of THE IRON THORN
"Bruja, demons, bloodsuckers, the living dead and bucketloads of bloody magic - you'll find all of those in CITY OF THE LOST, but the real magic is how Blackmoore deftly breathes secret supernatural life into the City of Angels. This is an auspicious debut that's at turns violent, hilarious, and tragic. Can't wait make a return trip to Blackmoore's voodoo version of L.A."
— Chuck Wendig, author of BLACKBIRDS
"For a debut author, Stephen Blackmoore knows perfectly well how to snatch up his readers and barrel away with them from page one. In Joe Sunday, he's created the perfect hard-boiled anti-hero - an inexorable protagonist who's short on tongue-wagging and long on visceral brutality, yet is totally sympathetic due to his singular narrative voice. Oh, yeah. He's also dead. CITY OF THE LOST is one hell of a fast and thoroughly enjoyable ride. The perfect book for fans of crime noir, urban fantasy, and horror. One of my favorite reads of the year."
— John Hornor Jacobs, author of SOUTHERN GODS
"The funhouse reflection of L.A. Blackmoore conjures is at once vibrant, seedy, and mysterious - streets so mean, they feel as though plucked straight from Chandler's DT nightmares. CITY OF THE LOST effortlessly blends the grit with the fantastical, and paints a world in which magic is to be feared - but not nearly so much as the people behind it."
— Chris F. Holm, author of DEAD HARVEST
- Publication date:
- Sales rank:
- Product dimensions:
- 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.62(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
What People are saying about this
Meet 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.
He is the author of the urban fantasy novels CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS and BROKEN SOULS.
His short stories and poetry have appeared in Plots With Guns, Needle, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, Shots, Demolition, Clean Sheets , Flashing In The Gutters and a couple of anthologies with authors far better than he is.
You can even stalk him on Twitter (@sblackmoore) or check out his website at http://stephenblackmoore.com.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
There aren't enough books from Blackmoore in print. Someone needs to tell him to write faster!! The story is very dark & gritty, & while I try to stay away from books this dark, there's a light sprinkling of humor that helps suck you into the story even deeper. A must-read for those who love Butcher, & Simon R Green.
I thought the plot was decent. I enjoyed it. Not a work of art but pretty good. If you can't take graphic violence you might want to skip this one.
If you don't like blood, guts and testosterone...STOP! Go read something else. If you DO enjoy a book that oozes cool and packs a punch from start to finish, READ THIS. I rarely post reviews but this book was that good. My only(minor) complaint is that the book is only 182 pages(Nook version). I wish I could've read this for weeks and I very eagerly await a sequel(hopefully many of them).
The story hooked me from the first few pages. The descriptions of the people and the local area makes you picture it in your mind. There is always something happening. There is always a new twist in every chapter, making you want to get to the next chapter. I'm looking forward to the next book.
In Stephen Blackmoore’s City of the Lost, we have a gritty, noir-inspired tale set in modern Los Angeles. Joe Sunday is a common thug for hire who gets sent on a job that gets him killed. Fortunately the story doesn't end there. The target brings Joe back, into a sort of zombie-ish unlife which brings Joe face to face with the hidden underworld of the City of Angels’ magic population; vampire drug addicts, ghosts, demons and devils, and wizards and witches. The story weaves several perspectives together cleanly, from a cop with a hidden agenda to an ambitious club owner, a woman whose sordid past reveals revenge on the highest order and a witch social worker. Mr. Blackmoore’s ability to keep tabs on these many sub-plots is like an IRS agent doing an audit, he knows where it all adds up. The story is fast paced and a quick thrill ride of fun. There are definitely some enjoyable scenes that are not only comical but downright violently entertaining. This book is certainly not for the faint of heart but at the same time it isn’t gory or violent for violence sake. Blackmoore runs this story from the protagonist’s perspective and, after all, he is a street thug. It has just the right amount of detail for the comic-horror this tale is; think Evil Dead, some dark comedy and funny but gross violence and you’ve got it. The writing is easy on the eyes, allowing the reader to immerse themselves into the story quickly and happily. I think it’s only real downfall is that it’s too quick a read. There was a lot of good story here and I think it shirked a little on stretching out some details and adding deeper filler. Joe Sunday isn’t the smartest but he does have a certain sense of street wisdom and experience that I will credit the character but in the story we’re dealing with several characters that have had far more experience putting together plots, schemes, and plans with more available resources than Joe Sunday that ultimately made the story shallower than I would expect. I did like the book, it was fun and it was enjoyable, and it’s definitely a page turner. The description is spot on and relevant, the characterization isn’t deep or profound but, as I mentioned, it is very noir inspired so the characters are notable and quirky and interesting enough to spend time with. It’s a fun read that I would compare to books like Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey or Double Dead by Chuck Wendig, you’ll get solid entertainment that is hard to pass up.
I've never met a zombie that I didn’t like. That is so not true. Zombies are gross, disgusting. They stink like rotten meat baking in the desert sun, and they’re always oozing all kinds of bodily fluids while dripping flesh all over the freakin’ place. I’ve never met a zombie that didn’t make me puke… would be more accurate. Well, not until I met Joe Sunday, that is! One look at the cover for City Of The Lost and I knew, just knew, that I was going to fall in love with Joe Sunday. I mean, come on… look at him. Look. At. Him. He’s a hottie… with a perfectly kissable jaw line, messed up hair that my fingers long to touch, eyebrows with a sexy but distinctive arch, and a hole in his chest large enough to see the street lamp just down the road from where he’s standing. Yeah, about that - Joe Sunday is your average “leg-breaker for hire,” the kind of guy that most of us wouldn't date, and definitely not the kind of guy that if you did choose to date, you’d take home to meet your Mamma. We first meet up with Joe at Henry’s Bar and Grill checking up on his friend, and coworker, Julio. Julio had been sent by their back-stabbing boss, Simon, to retrieve an ancient stone from some guy named Giavetti. But ever since meeting with Giavetti, Julio’s been acting a little strange. Mumbling about his hands not being his hands, breaking his bottle of beer, attacking the bartender, attacking Joe, and ending the very first scene in this novel by jamming the broken bottle into his throat and… dying, I’d say Julio isn't quite himself anymore. Now, Julio’s behavior and death doesn't just have Joe asking questions, it has his boss, Simon, confessing to knowing and killing Giavetti back in his younger days. After telling some pretty unbelievable stories, Simon puts Joe in charge of getting rid of this Giavetti guy, finding the stone, and breaking the news to Julio’s wife about Julio’s death. That last part would have been easy to do had Julio not shown up at his home as a newly risen member of the walking dead, and a puppet being pulled by the tight strings of Giavetti. After walking into a world of chaos and total disbelief, Joe finds himself battling it out with Julio, losing his life, waking to find himself the best zombie Giavetti has ever created, and on the hunt for an ancient stone with the power to grant immortality. In this story you’ll read about the one thing Joe needs to eat every day to keep from rotting; a social-working witch that wants to save all the little, not-so-human misfits in Los Angeles; an incredibly crazy Nazi wizard named Dr. Neumann, who happens to know the secrets behind the ancient stone’s power; a midget with razor-sharp teeth; a demon tending bar that likes to talk in riddles; an officer seeking revenge; the truth behind Giavetti’s beauty secrets; and a beautiful woman named Samantha Morgan... holding one hell of a grudge. And the stone - wanted by all the characters cast in this deliciously written book - not only has the power to grant immortality to those that seek it, but has the power to destroy the magical world Mr. Blackmoore has so perfectly hidden in plain sight within the City of Angels. Some want the stone to save others. Some want the stone so they can live forever. And one person is willing to do anything to use the stone for the purpose of destroying another… even if it means killing Joe Sunday in the process.
Take a shot of noir, a shot of supernatural, a shot of mystery, add a dash of levity. Shake. Serve neat and you've got City of the Lost, Stephen Blackmoore's exciting debut novel. I completely enjoyed City of the Lost. Joe Sunday, the 'hero' is a thug. No two ways about it. But he's a thug with a heart, more or less. When he gets caught up in supernatural shenanigans because of his boss, Simon, things really go sideways for him. He's turned into a sentient zombie...with an expiration date. He's got to figure out what's going on, who to trust, and how to save himself and Los Angeles at the same time. I really like Joe. He's a bad guy who's easy to like, which continually amazed me. Despite his profession, he's got his own sense of honor. He'll often do the right thing... under the circumstances. Joe is a great noir anti-hero. You know, the bad guy who is also heroic. While Joe is the central figure, Mr. Blackmoore does a great job fleshing out the rest of the cast of memorable characters in City of the Lost. It's quite a collection of characters too, some of whom I hope to see again in further novels. Stephen Blackmoore is particularly adept at writing dialog. He captures the back and forth conversational patter that I would expect to find in a noir-infused novel. It is a pleasure to read. City of the Lost is fast-paced, sometimes gory (Joe is a zombie), sometimes amusing, and always well-written. It will keep you on your toes and you will enjoy being there. I suggest you set out a block of time for reading because once you start City of the Lost you are not going to want to put it down. I give City of the Lost 5 Qwills. Originally posted at The Qwillery.