Set against the backdrop of San Francisco during the presidential elections, we follow Nathan Valmont and Oliver Merteuil as they set out on their respective paths of conquest and revenge in this daring and imaginatively faithful but no-less trangressive adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ iconic epistle; Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
For Valmont, it is a constant pursuit of pleasure and indulgence, and for Merteuil; to be the avenger–the right hand of God–bringing justice for those like him.
Bound by a wager that will be impossible for either one to get out of, Nathan and Oliver embark on a game of seduction and psychological warfare that turns their chosen targets into helpless flies caught in their web.
Like the original work, Where the Vile Things Are confronts, challenges, and holds a mirror up to class, marginalization, privilege, and the tribalism of today.
“With his ninth novel, WHERE THE VILE THINGS ARE, Marcus James finds the metaphysical in passion–superstitious, automatic, and measuredly paranoid passion. Patterned on the French eighteenth century novel Dangerous Liaisons, Vile Things relocates the wickedly jealous machinations of the Ancient Regime to contemporary gay San Francisco; a society complex enough to accommodate drop-dead-handsome bisexual cockswains and gay right-wing Christian pundits working the MAGA field, and the women who love these disgusting creatures. The novel takes a microscope to the problems of gay feeling and identity, and through the character of twice-bitten Oliver Merteuil tenderly examines the appalling beauty of sincere universal romantic emotion. It is a plea for and a treatise on understanding, which only propels the story toward its take-no-prisoners climax and wistfully wise ending. It is that enviable narrative: uncannily clever and breathtakingly felt.”
–Michael Carroll, author of Stella Maris and Other Key West Stories and the Sue Kaufman Prize-winning Little Reef
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I have been writing since the age of five. At the age of 17 I finished my first novel and at the age of 19 I was signed to my first literary agent. From 2005-2009 I was published in a dozen anthologies from Alyson Books. I have published nine novels. All of them varied and wonderful, filled with complex and engrossing people. I host a podcast called Queerly Spoken (on hiatus; thanks Covid), which focuses on curating the individual queer experience of everyday people by having them share their stories on air.
I am the winner of the Festival of Words Book Awards for Best Lierary Fiction in 2017 for the Blackmoore 2nd edition, a 2020 International Book Awards Finalist, and a 2020 Top Shelf Magazine Book Awards Finalist for Ghosts of Blood and Bone. My experience with conversion therapy at the age of 14 led to a lifelong activism for LGBTQ rights and sharing my story to help end clinical conversion therapy in Washington state.
I am a horror FANATIC. I love to cook. my passion for cooking shows and grocery shopping for ingredients and imagining I am Nigella Lawson or Ina Garten pretty much gets me through my day-to-day. I love my pets, history, and music. I LOVE going to live shows, drinking champagne till I can’t take the bubbles anymore! I’m a Leo through and through, and I love it. Fashion as art, as beauty, as a window in time and an exploration of societal movement and change is EVERYTHING! I used to produce runway shows back in the day and my Vogue subscription is a heavy weight in the best way. there is so much art around us and I love to absorb it in all of its forms.
Through my novels I hope to always show that everyone can be a hero, everyone can save the world, even a fem gay boy with a swish in his step!
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The Blackmoore Legacy
2017 E-Festival of Words award winner for Best Literary Fiction
Blackmoore is a heart-wrenching, adventurous supernatural suspense in the tradition of television’s Dark Shadows and Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches. This novel introduces Marcus James and the bewitching Blackmoores to the world.
Sex, Witchcraft, and Rock & Roll on the Sunset Strip. Rise of the Nephilim is the first of a two part erotic paranormal romance/thriller revealing the beginnings of one of the most captivating characters in The Blackmoore Legacy Series. It is a stand alone prequel of Eroticism, romance, and suspense.
Los Angeles, 1987. Bodies have been turning up all over the city for months. Broken, bloodied, and mutilated with their hearts and brains missing, while dark entities are stalking the streets of the infamous Sunset Strip, gathering strength for some unknown purpose that seems to center around Kathryn Blackmoore, future matriarch of the Blackmoore dynasty of witches.
“…if you aren’t afraid to explore the deeper and darker sides of love, fear, and humanity, and you fancy the supernatural, then this book should already be in your hand!”
“James blends psychological thriller elements, mystery, and queer romance into a deeply unnerving tale….James creates a genuinely unsettling atmosphere while ratcheting up the tension but still allowing readers moments of relief in the sweet romance between Chase and Aaron….this frightening tale will appeal to fans of I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
A story of love, friendship, religious bigotry, and the courage to be yourself; In God’s Eyes is based on the author’s own experience, and explores the fragile stability of adolescence, and the horrors of religious conversion therapy. It’s a lyrical and theological coming of age story exposing the very real human horrors of religious dogma.
Armed with their unrelenting curiosity to learn the truth. Kelly and Michael set off on a road trip that leads them to more than just the facts about the mystery of Joan and Gordon Kaehee and their disappearance, it leads them to each other and themselves.
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“A nerve-tingling, nail-biting, superb masterpiece… A superb bit of story telling from a true master of suspense, love, evil, and witchcraft.”
“Every word on every page is a work of art and Marcus James is the master painter.”
“Spellbinding and enchanting. Marcus James is the present day Goth Dickens. The depth of narrative, and the painterly way the author pulls together detail creates a surprisingly plausible netherworld set in the midst of gritty urban Seattle.”
“These ‘characters’ could just as easily be real people that we know and love. He pours life and vulnerability and history into ever person that graces the story. He gives us everything we could possibly want in a novel, not just in terms of the characters he crafts, but the tales he tells. He really cares about what the reader wants.”
“Blackmoore is a beautiful, passionately written gothic novel that was nearly impossible to put down. The story manages to be suspenseful and thrilling, while also being touching and coming-of-age.”
“Five stars!! what a wonderful book! I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end! Marcus has a very magical way with words that drags you into the magical world of the Blackmoores and wanting more! I can’t wait to see what happens next! READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!”
“Such an amazing read! Blackmoore will keep you up at night! Not only is it impossible to put down, but the dynamic characters and riveting mystery will haunt your dreams!”
“Gripping and Addictive”
“Marcus James succeeds at being something that has all but died out in books of late: fearless!”
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