Welcome to the webpage of author M. Jones.  M. Jones has been published in various venues, both online and in print, with a heavy emphasis on horror fiction and speculative, weird fiction.  M. Jones has worked as a sous chef, was in nursing, did web design (good ol’ css!), graphics design for brochures/newsletters, professional baker, owned and edited the short lived ezine The Random Eye, ran several web serial sites, was an author for BigWorldNetwork.com, is a stubborn indie mind doodler.  

What people have to say about the work of M. Jones:

GANGSTER.  Originally published by 1889Labs.

REVIEWS:

“A good story from the start, I like the fact that there was action from the start of the book, and just kept going. Kept you reading wondering what would happen next with our favorite alien. “ –Amazon reviewer

WALKI'S REVIEW via MASQUERADE CREW

`Gangster' is a road trip from Chicago to California, from a speakeasy in a basement to a party on a beach, from one dead body to the next at the tip of Clara's switchblade.

1926. 20-year-old Clara dreams of fame and success as a film star. Frankie, an alien sent to Earth for a mission, drinks motor oil like humans drink alcohol. Clara is rather psychotic and very experienced with a switchblade, while Frankie, almost a wimp, has a target to execute and will not willingly kill, despite his need to renew his body host.

They are unlikely travel companions and symbiotic at the same time. Frankie needs Clara because she claims to know where his target is, and she won't hesitate to kill and provide a new body host to his jelly form. Clara needs Frankie maybe because, stifled with principles, he is a passive witness to her actions, like a punter watching a film on a screen.

`Gangster' is a captivating tale that will make you miss the bus you are waiting for, if you let its words insinuate and unwind and twist and foxtrot through your mind at the bus stop. M. Jones's style could be described with the same words one of her characters uses to describe Clara. It is "like that motor oil, slick and black as death and just as smooth when it goes down."

“Gangster is a mind-bending road trip through time, space and madness. This novel contains really interesting insights on humanity and the lack thereof, and I recommend it to anyone interested in this genre. I look forward to reading more books from this author in the near future!”–Goodreads review

SOLIEL via BLACK SUN REVIEWS

Gangster is one hell of a book. Not only is it set in one of my favorite time periods (1920s), but it’s just so dark and gritty and clever. The writing style is gorgeous even in its grit. The dialogue is smart and thought-provoking while also being fun, if your sense of humor is more than a little sardonic that is. (Guilty!) Clara is a fascinating character. She’s such a compelling liar that I myself couldn’t help wondering whether any thing she said throughout the entire novel was true. She’s charming in the same way a Cobra is, swaying back and forth with it’s hypnotic gaze before it strikes. The Alien, whose name escapes even himself, meanwhile is a man on a mission. His one track mind is constantly being challenged by Clara’s quest for fame and her odd compulsion to murder along the way. Their dynamic was so intriguing, I found myself riveted with each conversation that put them further and further at odds. Clara believes the two of them are two sides of the same coin, but The Alien knows that can’t be any further from the truth….or could it?

Reader beware, Gangster is not for the faint of heart! I, on the other hand, look forward to reading more by M. Jones in the future.


BLACK WREATH published by Bloodletters Ink

REVIEWS:

A. M. Harte via WEBFICTION GUIDE

The story follows the Victorian gentleman Arthur Endswell who has fallen upon hard times due to his threadbare family inheritance. In order to keep up appearances and frequent the upper class social circles, he turns to the most lucrative job available: corpse-robbing for a surgeon keen to practice dissection. Through this morbid occupation, Arthur hopes to gain the hand of his beloved—who is incidentally due to inherit a large dowry. But Arthur’s carefully arranged plans are thrown into disarray when bodies start turning up filled with poison, and a murderer is on the loose….

I have to admit, I was very hesitant when I started reading Black Wreath as I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But despite his unwholesome job and duplicitous nature, Arthur is a very charming narrator and I was soon drawn into his tale.

Arthur stands out for being an unusual protagonist. He’s not a hero, nor is he a villain—while he does steal bodies, he nonetheless abides by a certain honour, and his money-driven behaviour seems more born by necessity rather than greed. He also has a certain wit and intelligence in his observations (although, perhaps he credits himself with slightly too much intelligence, often to the amusement of the reader).

The supporting cast are equally as well-developed and distinct. Fanny, who passes herself as a medium capable of taking photographs of the dead, is stubborn, independent, and has sharp business sense—perhaps she is the most intelligent character in the story. Then there’s Arthur’s beloved Amelia, wan and pale at first but with surprising depths. Not to mention Amelia’s dreaded aunt, the kind of small-minded woman who always has a complaint ready.

On top of that, M. Jones has put considerable thought into the setting: the Victorian London of Black Wreath is as colourful as it is filthy, and – living in London myself – I had the sense that the author knew my city very well, could actually see the traces of the London I know beneath the grime and pollution. Even the writing contributed to the sense of setting—the turns of phrase M. Jones uses capture the essence of the time period.

All these elements combine into an intriguing tale of murder, money-grubbing, and deceit, where nothing is as it seems and the world is full of shades of grey. At the end of the day, this is very much a story about people, and the choices they make in order to improve their lot in the world.

In sum, recommended for lovers of history and murder-mysteries. The cast and setting are engaging, and the plot is delightfully unexpected. This is one whodunit you might not be able to figure out.

“The book description is excellent, so I won't rehash it. The mystery is written in the slightly formal style we have come to expect from Victorians, after being trained by such as Anne Perry. The main character and voice of the book, a "gentleman" fallen on hard times, pragmatically and coldbloodedly does what he has to do to survive and stay in his class, including investigate a murder. It is a treat to look at the Victorian world through his self-serving view. There were some diatribes on Americans issued in that snotty upper class British voice that made me fall out of my chair laughing. At the same time,the brutal and short lives of the poor are clearly depicted, and there is a strong sense of place and atmosphere. Like most mysteries of this time period, the solution depends on understanding the rules of class and culture, and how people must operate within them. The only niggle in the reading experience is that when the killer was revealed, I somehow missed how we got there. Still,interesting historical mystery read if only for the outstanding, less than stellar main character. I will look forward to more in this series. “ – Amazon US review

“The unfortunate Arthur Endswell, Victorian gentleman, has fallen on hard times and has had to supplement his meagre and dwindling inheritance by resorting to becoming a "resurrection man", procuring fresh bodies for Dr. Faustus Grey, a surgeon keen to expand his anatomical knowledge and skills. Unfortunately, Arthur's latest procurement is deemed unsuitable, as the young woman has been poisoned. A second body which he secures for Dr. Grey has also suffered the same untimely fate and this now poses a big problem for both the surgeon and Arthur, as Dr. Grey disposes of his finished cadavers by feeding them to his herd of pigs and will be unable to utilise this method of disposal in the presence of poison. This comes as a huge and unwelcome blow to Arthur, who during the day spends his time playing the part of a London gentleman whilst trying to woo a certain young Amelia Cox (despite stiff opposition from her guardian aunt, the redoubtable Mrs. Lettuce Cox) in the hope of securing a sizeable inheritance upon their marriage. He decides he must try and find the murderer and put an end to his foul deeds so that he can resume his resurrecting duties as before and guarantee his income once more. It becomes apparent that one of these poisoned young victims, Constance Gowain, was actually a cousin of his beloved Amelia and that Constance was not all that she purported to be. With the help of the mysterious and astute Madame Spectro (in reality feisty Fanny Sainten) Arthur begins to piece together evidence and unravel the thread of deceit that eventually leads to the culprit.

I enjoyed this book and had I not found the lead up to the denouement confusing would have rated it 5* rather than 4*. The tale was told in a manner befitting the era with detailed and graphic descriptive narrative and the characters were well-developed and credible. It would be hard not to empathise with Arthur who was portrayed as a likeable chap, desperate to maintain his self-perceived gentlemanly status in Victorian London and yet acknowledging that his covert night time activities rendered him liable to disgrace and social exile if discovered. I would recommend this book and would look forward to a sequel.” – Amazon UK review


FRANKIE & FORMALDEHYDE published by Bloodletters Ink

REVIEWS:


“Frankie and Formaldehyde is a strong story right from the start, and it just keeps building on those strengths as the plot unfolds.

Take a zombie nursing home similar to the kind depicted in Michele Lee’s Rot. But instead of magic animating these undead, a corporation, Osmosis, Inc. has created a compound to bring the dead back to life. But unlike most zombie apocalypse stories, Osmosis does not entirely lose control of the situation, and the undead are herded into arenas and fed. Afterward, the company is even selling the compound to grieving family members using predatory ad campaign to prey on peoples’ inability to accept death.

Enter into this cold world an elderly woman named Frankie, who along with coworkers Shirley and Larry, shovels rotting meat to the corpses in one of the arenas. She works constantly because Osmosis has taken over her bank and swindled her on her home loan.

Did I mention that Frankie’s husband is a zombie? George isn’t like the others, and instead of being a violent “rogue” he passes most of his days watching TV and eating bacon raw. But when Frankie leaves her door unlocked in a fit of worrying, George gets outside and begins to uncover a plot by Osmosis to strip everyone’s land. Only...George seems to have discovered this before, back when he was alive...

Enter into this mess a S.I.R. investigating officer, Chuck. A retired cop know working to investigate and eliminate rogues, Chuck is rightly seen by everyone as the corporate errand boy of Osmosis. Like Frankie, Chuck is in denial about how bad things have gotten, but as the story unfolds, Chuck sees how scummy Osmosis really is. Eventually, he must come to terms with this, but not before confronting George and Frankie in a truly explosive finale.

But, this is not a fast-paced story. The cast’s ages range from 40-70 in most cases, so the pace moves a bit slower, befitting the cast’s age. But this is not to say the story is slow or dull. It unfolds at just the right pace and delivers a great ending. There’s resolution, but Shirley predicts that there can be no happy ending. And this is perhaps the most realistic assessment of their future.

So to recap, this is a great story premise, a great cast of quirky characters, fantastic dialogue, and a romantic angle that’s all about love and sacrifice and nothing about sex. The scenes were descriptive enough to rip shudders from my jaded black heart, and toward the end, I was giggling gleefully with every line from Shirley or Larry. Can I gush about this story further? Yes, but I’ll spare you.

I give Frankie and Formaldehyde 5 enthusiastic stars and recommend it to all zombie and horror fans who like a little brains with their blood and guts.” Zoe E. Whitten, author, Goodreads review


WESTMARKET published by Bloodletters Ink


“It's a really neat story, lots of great characterization, a good mix of people with all sort of attitudes and views of all walks with all kinds of history to add to this group thrown together in an attempt to survive something most of them could never comprehend.” – Amazon.ca reviewer

“Westmarket is not your typical zombie apocalypse story. The action of the story takes place in and around a big box store that bares a striking resemblance to another store that starts with a "W". The author rotates point of view in the third person throughout the story and by using this device, the characters are well developed by the time the major action of the story begins.

The beginning of the story in which the characters are developed can be a little slow, but as soon as the main action picks up it is a page turner. The main characters are a cross section of society and are trapped together in this store as hordes of the undead press against the store windows and doors attempting to get inside and devour those within.

As the story progresses, the usual commentary on humanity emerges: what happens to society when all walks of life, all socioeconomic classes are put in a literal pressure cooker?

I truly appreciated the sci-fi, Stephen King-esq twist on the zombies. I would have liked more of an explanation on how the zombies came to be (I won't expand here too much, I don't want to be a spoiler).

Overall a very interesting read and I would recommend to anyone who likes zombie and apocalypse books.” – The Eclectic Bookworm, Amazon.com review




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