M Jones has been published in many venues, both online and in print, and made her first foray into the experimental medium of web serials with 314 Crescent Manor.
The fidgety dead have been known to rise and walk about, especially in M Jones's novel Frankie And Formaldehyde, available at Smashwords.
Experimental horror that blends science fiction, suspense, drama and a good scare are the tools of M Jones's trade.
That sound heard in the upper floors of a semi-detached home are the scrapings of poisoned knife tips on an old Olympia typewriter. The letters hit the blank page like clacking teeth.
Never read over her shoulder.
PRAISE FOR M JONES
"A great story premise, a great cast of quirky characters, and fantastic dialogue." - Zoe E Whitten, author of Peter the Wolf
"A fantastic, fun, and philosophical read." - Nancy Brauer, author of Strange Little Band
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by M Jones
(5.00 from 1 review)
From the basement speakeasies of 1926 Chicago to the decadent Hollywood parties, psychopathic Clara slices her way through people across America in her quest for fame. Brought along for the whirlwind ride of her murderous rampage, her enigmatic alien companion patiently waits for the opportunity to find his own target, a former friend set for assassination.
Humans. They're a bloodthirsty lot.
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Smashwords book reviews by M Jones
on June 03, 2010
Cool book on the zombie POV with engaging characters and an interesting, quiet take on the zombie concept. The ending felt rushed, however, and I would like to know how things got on with Ray and Cookie and the others. Maybe a sequel?
on June 16, 2010
Really enjoying this book. A good, tense read with great characters and a beautifully described eerie setting. Definitely an author to watch.
Hungry For You
on Feb. 28, 2011
If you have never read A. M. Harte's work before, you are missing out on an author of exceptional talent. Though better known for her web serials, especially Above Ground and the more recent Darksight, this collection of short zombie stories expresses an excellent range of voice that can encompass even that most difficult of subjects--Our human obsession with death and hunger. With deft precision, A. M. Harte brings a tooth grinding delivery of emotional famine, the flavours drizzled hot upon her tales of woe and horror.
Sadness is not usually the first emotion one feels when thinking about zombies, nor is empathy, which is a strange omission. With selfish single-mindedness, the hero or heroine of every zombie tale strives to survive, with the zombie dead littered like so many pieces of human debris from Grand Theft Auto in their wake. In the short story 'Hungry For You', also the collection's namesake, a police sergeant is forced to deal with a horrible case of zombie abuse. Within this tale of zombie prostitution, there is a cautionary fable against the emotional disconnect that can occur between the physical want for sex and the need for a deeper understanding, whether we be living or not.
But this need is not the only part of the human zombie universe, not when the need for control takes on a hunger of its own. In 'Dead Man's Rose', a woman is haunted by her abusive husband's force of will, a hunger that feeds on itself thanks to her own inability to confront him. In this story, even the very flowers can take on a zombified hue, their black petals curled backwards, their vines full of apathetic, vengeful fury. Human dilemmas lurk beneath the surface, where guilt and fear seep into exposed cadaver cavities. Through intense characterization, we ache for the people in her tales, be they alive or dead. There are no zombies to be shot and left twitching into their uncomfortable afterlife in these tales. They are full of the grey matter that makes us human.
With 'A Prayer To Garlic' we are assured that zombies are full of the same moral questions that plague their living counterparts--though perhaps they are muted beneath the realities of life versus death, and thus become simpler problems. Problems such as whether or not someone is vegan or a meat-eater--not really a moral issue for many so much as a liberal choice. Perhaps this is the greatest appeal of many zombie novels and movies, the idea that human beings are not above a voracious food chain that could very easily put them on the menu. While our bovine friends look on with perplexed, dark brown eyes at our predicament, one has to wonder just what kind of moral high ground we justify our diets with, especially when emotions get in the way of what's for dinner.
Hunger is a perversely needy, ugly thing, especially when it can't be sated. There is a hunger that lasts with the reader long after the last page in this collection has been turned. Like the zombies in these stories, you will long for something more, something to really sink your teeth into and enjoy the heady aroma of iron and the tough sinews of red muscle. 'Hungry For You' is a good entree, but like all good meals, you will definitely long to have it again. Keep A. M. Harte's work on your delivery list, and don't be afraid to order take-out.