James D. Macdonald

Biography

Dr. Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald have written over 30 novels. These novels span science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and techno-thrillers.

Dr. Debra Doyle attended University of Pennsylvania, where she received a PhD in English. She was expert in field-stripping semniotic weapons and disarming plot bombs.

James D. Macdonald attended the University of Rochester, where he learned that a degree in Medieval Studies wouldn’t fit him for anything. He went off to sea “to forget,” though he’s forgotten exactly what. As an enlisted Boatswain’s Mate in the Navy, and later as an officer, he saw the world, and discovered that three quarters of it was water.

Together they were nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and received the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature in 1992.

They were founding instructors of the Viable Paradise Writers Workshop.

For thirty years they lived in a big 19th-Century house in Colebrook, New Hampshire, where they learned to drink Moxie and collaborate in writing science fiction and fantasy for children, teenagers, and adults. Following the passing of Dr. Doyle in October of 2020, new Debra Doyle Memorial Editions of their backlist, with new covers, updated formatting, special memorial pages, and all-new essays written by Jim specifically for these editions are being created. Jim intends to release them over the coming years in her memory.

James D. Macdonald is represented by Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc.

As Munngralla says in The Price of the Stars, “It’s all for sale.”

Where to find James D. Macdonald online

Where to buy in print

Books

On Suivi Point
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,900. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Before her adventures begin in the acclaimed Mageworlds series, Beka Rosselin-Metadi was just trying to be a regular spacer. Her first shore-leave is on the avaricious asteroid of Suivi Point, where she sets out to find herself a good time. The good time finds her first, though, as a friend is kidnapped and Beka is dragged into a murder plot.
Conspiracy!
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 56,900. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016 by NESFA Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Conspiracy! is an anthology of science fictional short stories about conspiracies.
The Clockwork Trollop
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Professor Haversham's latest invention will cure the evil of prostitution and stop the spread of social disease all at one go. A story of steampunk horror from the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
Val Sherwood, Werewolf
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 136,350. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The BAD BLOOD trilogy by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, complete in one volume. Includes Bad Blood, Hunters' Moon, and Judgment Night. As an added special, "Up the Airy Mountain," a Bad Blood short story, is included in this book.
Vampires and Shapeshifters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,190. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Werewolves ... and worse. A collection of dark fantasies from Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Looking For Futures
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Science fiction short stories from Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Set on or near a future Earth, a collection of tales military, mystery, and the bizarre that may lie ahead. We know the past. Now we're looking for futures.
Ghosts and Legends
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,960. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of fantasy stories by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. From King Arthur's court to modern New Hampshire, from the high seas to high society, join us as we speak Ghosts and Legends.
Hunters' Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,690. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Hunters’ Moon +++ Bitten by a werewolf, Valerie had no choice but to accept the bloodthirsty call of the full moon. Even though she vowed never to kill humans, children were being murdered in the night–drained of blood. On their necks was the mark of the vampire.
Bad Blood
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,890. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
BAD BLOOD is a fast-paced Young Adult horror novel about a girl, a camping trip, and a werewolf problem from the height of the 1990s horror boom, told with humor, realism—and a lot of blood.
Judgment Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,760. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Judgment Night: Haunted by strange, terrifying dreams, Valerie discovered an ancient force that lives in the mountains–and feeds on human fear. Like a werewolf, it has the power to change its shape. And Valerie has only one hope for destroying the evil that cries out for her soul–by facing her own darkest fears.
Witch Garden and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,350. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A short story collection by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Fantasy and science fiction from the best selling and award-winning team of Doyle and Macdonald: From humor to horror; realistic and fantastic; past, present, and future.  Seven tales to amaze and delight.
Holly and Ivy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
It's Christmas Day at Camelot, and King Arthur wants to see a marvel.  It's up to Sir Gawain and Sir Lancelot to provide one or the feast can never begin.  Before the day is over Gawain will see a bigger marvel than he ever expected.
Up the Airy Mountain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When one of their friends goes missing after a school dance, it's up to Val Sherwood and Freddy Hanger to find and rescue her ... if they can. A short story in the "Bad Blood" continuity from the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Two From the Mageworlds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,950. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Two short stories by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, set in the universe of the popular Mageworlds series. In one, a pair of free-spacers have more fun on shore-leave than they really wanted when their ship touches down in the wide-open asteroid town On Suivi Point. In the second, a murder, a mystery, and academia mix with surprises aplenty during A Death in the Working
Remailer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Pretty Enid is looking for lost Fremont. She hires a not-reporting to look for him. That starts a wild ride of mystery and death in a far future of mixed-gender and lost genetics. A science fiction short story from the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Crossover
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
A young girl lives on a space station. One corridor leads nowhere; its far door is always locked. +++ A science fiction short story by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, the award-winning and best-selling authors of the Mageworlds series.
Ecdysis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A serial killer is murdering strippers. But there's more to this case than just some loony with a taste for blood... it will take the talents of Orville Nesbit, psychic investigator, to find and stop the killer. +++ A short story from the best-selling and award winning team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A short story, first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy 9. With overtones of paranoia and undertones of unresolved sexual tension, it’s also an origin story for one of the major characters in our novel Land of Mist and Snow.
Jenny Nettles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Exploration & Discovery, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In 1773 the ship JENNY NETTLES, a sweet-sailing brigantine with the figurehead of a beautiful Highland woman attached to her bow, leaves Liverpool with a hold full of fine goods and a new captain at her helm. But there are secrets on board this ship now, and soon the crew will discover the truth of a ghostly vengeance that only death can make right.
The Last Real New Yorker in the World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,900. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
It's the future. New York City is an amusement park. And the guy who calls himself the Last Real New Yorker in the World is about to get an offer he can't refuse. Short story from the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Bad Blood: A short story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
(3.00 from 1 review)
The moon is full tonight. And something is going hunting. A short story of teens, werewolves, and a backpacking trip gone terribly wrong. First published in Werewolves, edited by Jane Yolen.
The Queen's Mirror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Sometimes it's more than just a fairy-tale. A haunting short story from the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Uncle Joshua and the Grooglemen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
The grooglemen come by night and leave death behind them. A short speculative fiction story by the best-selling and award-winning team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
A Tremble in the Air
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A classic country-house detective story with an occult twist. Family secrets aren't the only things buried in this drawing-room mystery featuring Orville Nesbit, psychic researcher.
The Confessions of Peter Crossman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,650. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
Collected in one volume, three tales of Peter Crossman, Knight of the Temple in modern-day New York. Urban fantasy by the award-winning and best-selling team of Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. +++ From the Spear of Antioch to the Holy Grail, Crossman keeps the holy things holy and the pilgrims safe with cool wit, hot lead, and perfect faith.

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