Lee Edward McIlmoyle


Married to NYC book reviewer who won't review my books.
Two cats, both insane.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the east end of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in a housing project we nick named the White Survey, which was a large, sprawling complex of over a hundred and fifty units. I lived in #19 for most of my pre-adult life. I think my oldest remaining friend, Scott, lived in #142. Living in the survey for so long, I learned to get along with people of various backgrounds and not to look down on people if I could help it. It also inspired me to write about the chaos of people entering your life unannounced, which is a recurring theme in my work, I think.
When did you first start writing?
Childhood, in the 1970s. I was into storytelling even as a boy. My most distinct early writing memory is of writing a fanfic adventure of Rom the Space Knight, with little crayon drawings of battles taking place in the margins.
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Lee in Limbo's The Limbo Record Review
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 132,240. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Music » History & Criticism
A collection of over fifty album reviews written and posted online from between 2011 and 2017. All reviews have been updated and corrected. All embarrassing gushiness still intact.
Athena's Eyes
You set the price! Words: 1,840. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 12, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A man. A dog. A loss. A lifetime ago. When is love true, and can it be for someone other than another human being? And when you look into Athena’s eyes, do you see yourself?
Unplanned Detour To Limbo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 153,430. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A hefty collection of speculative fiction in several flavours, featuring students and labourers, detectives and dames, spies and assassins, murderers and con men, and perhaps worst of all, a slightly oversexed, overweight aspiring author of little consequence. The road to Limbo is long. Have a safe journey.
The Back Roads of Limbo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,850. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Private Detectives. Giant squid. Secret agents. Sultans and Djinn. Thieves and sorceresses. Children and a band of Gypsies. Crime in a city run by angels. Man's best friend. Working in your sleep. Christmas dinner. A writer takes a long walk. Psychic vampires. And a man who rescues his protégé and then loses the love of his life.
Return Trip (The Approximate Distance To Limbo, Act 2)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,080. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Richard Burley has met with a life-changing event: his death. But it doesn't end there.
Sudden Departures (The Approximate Distance To Limbo, Act One)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,290. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Richard Burley has finally come out of the mental hospital, over a year after checking himself in, and almost three years after the events of TERMINAL MONDAY. He says that all he wants to do is help and repay debts, but are his friends and family really glad to see him, or do they wish he'd stayed away? And what has become of his friends in the meantime? This story is just one dark possibility.
Angela The Huntress - a Tale of Euroboros
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,970. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Richard Caslon hopes to secure his immortal soul by corrupting the soul of an innocent young woman. However, he doesn't realize he is about to be offered a very dangerous choice: redemption, or damnation. Before the night is through, allegiances will be shifted and more than one soul will be changed forever.
Never Apologize; a Dream of New York City
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Richard Burley is suffering from writer's block, and takes a long bike ride to clear his head. He covers more ground than he'd ever imagined possible, as the first snow of the season begins to fall, and he is confronted by possibilities he'd never considered before.
Dream Job: a Dreamtropolis Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,770. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Morgan's adventure begins with a dream of a woman dying, and then learning the truth behind her dreaming and waking world deaths. What Morgan learns is that the civilized, futuristic world she has called home for most of her life has a dark secret it will do anything to protect, and she'll need to unravel the web of lies if she hopes to keep her sanity and her life intact.
Winterlude, A Sterling Carcieri Christmas Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,010. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Jeannie's Christmas Eve dinner goes more or less according to plan: Dinner, drinks, a little armchair sleuthing, and a night to remember. Breakfast with Sterling proves to be short-lived, however, when he rushes off to finish a case, and she is left to fend for herself. Fortunately, she won't be alone for long, but she may not enjoy the company, when the whole truth about her family comes out.
Terminal Monday, a Dream of New York City
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 260,800. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Richard Burley is a writer and aspiring musician who is having a mid-life crisis. Set during the Writer's Strike of 2007, his copy writing job is unsatisfying, his marriage is dissolving, and a job he's taken under the table is getting him in hot water with everyone, including the author of the novel being adapted to film. And it only gets weirder from there.
The Bride of War
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,920. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Martin Gorman is Steward of Aachen, a mountain village locked in the past by a malevolent dragon who oversees everything they do, and demands a new Bride of the Winter Roses every few years. Martin's sense of duty and love for the current girl selected to 'wed' the dragon comes to a head, when the girl's father hires mercenaries to kill the dragon... and Martin with it.
Ashes: Infinite Redress
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,780. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Djoran is a space biologist in charge of a project to study a fantastic form of interdimensional space travel called Foldspace. When one of her space probes infects her with an alien spore, she wakes up in a military hospital for political prisoners and has to find help breaking out before she winds up the subject of her next research assignment.
LinkTales volume 1: Unfinished Novels and Unplayable Games
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,810. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of stories and resource material from the LinkWorlds™ series of (mostly unpublished) RPG games. The main piece is a novella entitled 'The Dark Guild' consisting of a series of interconnected vignettes, told in world with a terrible secret: the Darkness, a corrupting organism that passes from victim to victim, slowly rendering them incapable of anything but feeding and corruption.
Terminal Monday: Under Observation
You set the price! Words: 39,220. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Richard Burley finds himself detained under observation in a psych ward, paranoid and suffering from delusions.