Welcome!

Welcome to the website of Jonathan Moeller!

I am the author of THE GHOSTS, DEMONSOULED, FROSTBORN, THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, and THE THIRD SOUL series of fantasy novels.

Check out my free booksCHILD OF THE GHOSTS, DEMONSOULED, THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, FROSTBORN: THE FIRST QUEST, and THE TESTING.

You can email me at jmcontact at jonathanmoeller.com, and follow me at Facebook and also at Twitter. Be sure to sign up for my new release newsletter to receive free bonus stories!

If you are looking for the reading order of my series, keep scrolling down!

THE GHOSTS SERIES:

  1. CHILD OF THE GHOSTS
  2. GHOST IN THE FLAMES
  3. GHOST IN THE BLOOD
  4. GHOST IN THE STORM
  5. GHOST IN THE STONE
  6. GHOST IN THE FORGE
  7. GHOST IN THE ASHES
  8. GHOST IN THE MASK
  9. GHOST IN THE SURGE

THE GHOST EXILE SERIES

  1. GHOST IN THE COWL
  2. GHOST IN THE MAZE
  3. GHOST IN THE HUNT
  4. GHOST IN THE RAZOR
  5. GHOST IN THE INFERNO
  6. GHOST IN THE SEAL
  7. GHOST IN THE THRONE

THE DEMONSOULED SERIES

  1. DEMONSOULED
  2. SOUL OF TYRANTS
  3. SOUL OF SERPENTS
  4. SOUL OF DRAGONS
  5. SOUL OF SORCERY
  6. SOUL OF SKULLS
  7. SOUL OF SWORDS

THE FROSTBORN SERIES

  1. FROSTBORN: THE GRAY KNIGHT
  2. FROSTBORN: THE EIGHTFOLD KNIFE
  3. FROSTBORN: THE UNDYING WIZARD
  4. FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF
  5. FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER
  6. FROSTBORN: THE DARK WARDEN
  7. FROSTBORN: THE GORGON SPIRIT
  8. FROSTBORN: THE BROKEN MAGE
  9. FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE

THE THIRD SOUL SERIES

  1. THE TESTING
  2. THE ASSASSINS
  3. THE BLOOD SHAMAN
  4. THE HIGH DEMON
  5. THE BURNING CHILD
  6. THE OUTLAW ADEPT
  7. THE BLACK PALADIN
  8. THE TOMB OF BALIGANT

THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS SERIES

  1. THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS
  2. A KNIGHT OF THE SACRED BLADE
  3. A WIZARD OF THE WHITE COUNCIL
  4. THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS

THE CLOAK GAMES SERIES

  1. CLOAK GAMES: THIEF TRAP
  2. CLOAK GAMES: FROST FEVER
  3. CLOAK GAMES: REBEL FIST

now starting MASK OF DRAGONS

I’m now starting MASK OF DRAGONS, the second book in the MASK OF THE DEMONSOULED trilogy and the ninth DEMONSOULED book overall.

Wait! That’s not quite right. I actually started MASK OF DRAGONS back in December, and worked on it from time to time while finishing FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS. So I’m already on Chapter 6 of 20 for MASK OF DRAGONS.

It’s funny to think about. I’m writing MASK OF DRAGONS on a Surface 3, a computer that did not exist when I first started writing DEMONSOULED fifteen years ago in 2001. It’s running Windows 10, an operating system that did not exist in 2001, and I’m going to mention this on Facebook and Twitter, websites that did not exist in 2001. Additionally, of those of you who have read DEMONSOULED, I bet 99.9999% of you read it in ebook format, a technology that was only in its infancy in 2001.

A lot has changed!

More than that has changed. When I finished DEMONSOULED in 2001, I had my copy of Writer’s Market handy, and a list of agents and publishers to whom I planned to send the manuscript. When MASK OF DRAGONS is finished, I’m going to self-publish it right away without bothering with any of the vestigial structure of legacy publishing. In fact, at least one copy of a DEMONSOULED book (and usually more than one) sells every day around the world, with no help whatsoever from traditional publishers.

Thanks everyone! Odd to think that I’m still writing about Mazael Cravenlock 15 years on, but I suppose one cannot keep a good medieval warlord down!

If all goes well, I think MASK OF DRAGONS will be out towards the end of March.

-JM

FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS is finished

I am pleased to report that FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS is now finished, and I will start uploading it as soon as I finish writing this post.

Look for the new-release newsletter later this week! If you haven’t already subscribed to the list, you might want to do so – subscribers will get a free copy of the short story THE BONE ORCS when the newsletter goes out.

Subscribe to my new-release newsletter here.

-JM

introversion vs. extroversion in fiction

I recently read an interesting book on extroversion vs introversion, which made me think about extroversion and introversion in fiction.

Of my lead characters, I would say that Mazael Cravenlock, Ridmark Arban, Calliande, Annarah, Claudia Aberon, and Kylon of House Kardamnos would be extroverts, while Caina Amalas, Corvalis Aberon, Morigna, Lucan Mandragon, Nerina Strake, and Molly Cravenlock would be introverts.

Though Caina could pretend to be an extrovert for a very long time if necessary.

Nadia Moran would be an introvert, while her brother Russell Moran would be an extrovert, which is why Russell needs Nadia to drive him places so he can go be extroverted.

Morgant’s level of extroversion varies depending on how annoyed he is feeling at any particular moment.

The Old Demon is extremely extroverted, much to the regret of anyone who meets him.

Conventional models of psychology would not apply to someone like the Red Huntress.

-JM

a GHOST EXILE fix-up?

A confession: I was looking at putting together a GHOST EXILE fix-up from the GHOST EXILE short stories like CHAMPION OF THE GHOSTS, and in hindsight I really like the GHOST EXILE short stories.

I’ve enjoyed writing and reading short stories for a long time. If you think about, two of the most famous characters in literature – Sherlock Holmes and Conan of Cimmeria – got their start as recurring short story characters. Robert E. Howard, in fact, only wrote one actual novel with Conan, THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON, though some of the longer Conan stories like RED NAILS and THE SCARLET CITADEL got up to novella length. The novel is the dominant form of written fiction nowadays, but I’m pleased I’ve found a commercially viable niche for short stories in my new-release newsletter and the eventual fix-up novels.

But I think the GHOST EXILE short stories are my favorites in hindsight. I really like GHOST PRICE, GHOST RELICS, GHOST NAILS, GHOST KEEPER, and GHOST ARTS. I enjoyed the scene in GHOST ARTS when Caina and Morgant go to the art gallery, and Caina pretends to be Morgant’s empty-headed girlfriend (to Morgant’s great annoyance). Or the band of hapless thieves in GHOST RELICS, and Damla wincing at the hakim’s atrocious table manners in GHOST NAILS.

The question becomes, though – what stories to include in the fix-up? Right now GHOST RELICS is part of GHOST EXILE OMNIBUS ONE, and any short story that’s in the fix-up couldn’t be in the omnibus because of Kindle Unlimited’s terms.

On the other hand, maybe I could write a short GHOST EXILE prequel in the vein of BLADE OF THE GHOSTS, like a short novel or a really long short story, or do that instead.

Decisions, decisions. :)

-JM

Sherlock Holmes vs Caina Amalas

A Sherlock Holmes marathon tonight – I shall watch THE SPECKLED BAND and THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER with Jeremy Brett playing Holmes. I think the Jeremy Brett version of THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER achieves the rarest of all feats – a TV adaptation that slightly improves upon the original short story. Like, if I was rewriting THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER, I would make the changes to the story that the TV adaptation made.

Still, THE SPECKLED BAND and THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER are some of the best examples of short fiction in the English language, and everyone should read them.

It’s a pity that the public domain status of Sherlock Holmes is still in flux. About two years ago I wrote an outline for a short novel where Sherlock Holmes meets Caina Amalas, in a version of Victorian Britain where the Royal Magisterium uses sorcery to defend and protect the British Empire, and the Ghosts act as a check upon the power of the Queen’s Ghosts, but I decided that the risk of legal complications was simply too high, so I dropped the idea.

I suppose I shall simply have to write GHOST IN THE PACT instead. :)

-JM

 

 

FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS rough draft finished!

I’m pleased to report that the rough draft of FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS is finished! 103,000 words in 33 days.

Next up is UNTITLED FROSTBORN SHORT STORY, which I will give away to newsletter subscribers, once 1.) FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS is ready, and 2.) I think up a better title than UNTITLED FROSTBORN SHORT STORY.

I hope to start editing FROSTBORN: THE HIGH LORDS on Monday, and I’ll share the cover image then.

-JM