James Renner

Biography

James Renner is a reformed muckraker who now writes novels and short fiction. He also occasionally dabbles in film and comedy.

At Kent State, Renner founded Last Call Cleveland, a sketch comedy group, along with Mike Polk, Chad Zumock, Aaron McBride, and Jef Etters. For a time, they were the most-watched late-night television program in the dorms–take that Conan!

Renner was once voted one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine. It was between him and the Norton Furniture Guy. The editors have come to regret that decision.

In 2005, Renner directed a short film based on the Stephen King story, All That You Love Will Be Carried Away. King sold him the rights for $1. It starred Joe Bob Briggs and the late-great Harvey Pekar. And it premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Renner spends his spare time hunting serial killers and writing about his adventures. One of his true crime stories was published in the Best American Crime Reporting anthology. It was the first nonfiction true crime article to use a dream sequence as a narrative device.

Sometimes Renner pretends to smoke cigarettes because he wants to feel relaxed but is too afraid of the harmful effects to actually light it.

Renner has recently signed a two-book deal with Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, for a couple of novels: The Man from Primrose Lane (Feb 28, 2012) and The Great Forgetting.

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Videos

Who is the Man from Primrose Lane?
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Books

Enormous Stories: Hard-Boiled Cleveland Journalism
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 96,740. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 21st Century
A collection of short nonfiction by Cleveland journalist James Renner.
The Winds of Astrodon
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Price: Free! Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set during the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, the father of a murdered girl retreats into his writing to escape the tragedy. As his story progresses, he realizes he may have a chance to create a better world for his daughter inside the pages of his fantasy novel. As a parent of a child the same age as those gunned down in Newtown, I wrote this as a way to explore my understandin
Googleplex
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A young couple discover their home may exist within a computer glitch.
Gordie and Skoot Kill a Bear
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,530. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Two young veterans return to Iraq to reclaim their souls, which fled from their bodies during combat.
Keepsakes
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Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A hoarder is forced to come to terms with the disappearance of her husband by finding something, anything to throw away.

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