You’ve found the website of Keith C Blackmore–fantasy and horror writer, DIY publisher. Read on for a quick history or click away at the links on the side there.


Why did I go Indie?

  Good question. Why haven’t I tried to get published with traditional book companies? Well, actually, I did. Tried for about 20 years to get my stuff into print, but selling a book to a publishing house has become really, really difficult. In fact, I’ve heard other authors suggest that getting your foot into a publishing house is much akin to winning a (small) lottery. Or you have to be really really good, and even then it depends on how many books a publisher can afford to put out, so they’re only going to publish the books they feel they can make money on–the established bestsellers first, and then the rest.






Now, some small publishers thought I was good, so that was nice, but ultimately, they rejected my stories for reasons that weren’t always the same and often conflicted. This really confused me. I mean, these are the professionals, right? They should all have an idea on what works and what doesn’t? If there is something wrong with the book, these guys should all be able to identify the same issues or problems. Sorta like having a broken leg, and going to multiple doctors to confirm that, yep, your leg is broken.


Not so.



One editor thought I head-hopped too much, while another liked the omniscient telling. One thought my stuff was fast moving, but another thought it took too much time taking off. Yet another thought my voice was great, but the pacing was off.  An agent thought I was trying too hard to emulate another author. A publisher “loved” one of my books, but went out of business. Yet another publisher really really enjoyed my work–thought it was the best written material they had seen submitted in a looong time (so they said), but couldn’t publish it because their schedule was full until early 2012. But they would be in contact.



I didn’t really think about becoming an Indie writer until late in 2010, mostly because of all of the reasons listed above and more. I wanted to be a writer. Studied to be a writer. I read a lot. I wrote when I could. I read the works of my writer friends and I had mine read in turn.


And somewhere leading up to the decision to becoming an indie, it occurred to me, that my work was fine.


It was the publishing system that was f*cked up.


A system governed by people who wanted fresh new voices, yet only read the initial few pages of a work before passing judgment. A system that encourages submissions, but through an agent (and agents can be as elusive and as conflicted as editors), otherwise they can’t be bothered. A system being run by folks that all have different tastes, different moods, and different opinions on how things are done in the industry.



I’ve read a lot of books; a lot of books that were put into print by these professionals which, after all of their opinionated directions, sucked. When I actually finish a book written by an established writer, and it blows, I wonder about it. What was it that impressed the hell out of the agent or editor, enough for them to say, “we’ll print it!”


I just didn’t understand anymore. I really didn’t.


So I decided to go independent. After twenty-two years of trying to break into the industry… I’m creating my own.



Self-publishing and Ereaders came along at exactly the right time, if not a little late, for me. I’m happy it’s here. I can do the job. I hire freelancers for the technical side of the publishing process, but the writing is all mine. Even better, I maintain control over cover art and my book release schedule. I have readers who are happy with my work thus far, and I’m building a readership.


131 days by Keith C. Blackmore


I write Heroic Fantasy and Horror, with a few other genres thrown in. There are samples here on my site and the work is for sale on Amazon.com and Barnes and NobleKobo, and iBooks. There are reviews out there as well from people who paid anywhere from .99 to 4.99 for my work. I don’t know any of them, but what really puts the smile on my face, is that after reading, they took the time to write reviews. They saw something in there that the pros didn’t see or couldn’t agree upon.






I don’t need approval from the pros anymore. I have the approval from someone I value much more.

That’s why I went Indie.



These days, I’m usually working on new projects of either Heroic Fantasy or Horror. I’ve reached best seller status on Amazon’s Kindle Horror Fiction and Science Fiction top 100, and I have ideas and stories aplenty in my noggin. I grew up on a bunch of different genres, but fantasy and horror are the ones I mainly write. I’m still learning as I go, trying to improve on areas I feel weak in, but thus far, I’m happy.





So, take a look, read, and if you like (or don’t like) let know me.





September 29, 2011, 10:05 am





Update on last five years (2010-2015).

Five years later and I’m still here. Business is still going. Not as strong as I’d like but… enough to keep at it for another year. A couple of developments has happened in that time: my work was picked up by an audiobook publisher. “Mountain Man” was optioned for film and adapted into a script. Not too bad. And there are a couple of other things going on behind the scenes that I’ll announce in the months to come–depending on how sales and negotiations go.

All in all, the last five years haven’t been too bad at all, and going forward, we’ll see what happens.


*NOTICE!* There’s been a few folks attempting to post comments on the home page and, for the life of me, I’m not sure how they’re able to do so! It’s not supposed to happen. Anyway, please write your messages/thoughts in the “Reader Comments” page, or under the  applicable blog entry. Thanks 🙂

(Warning: the material on this site contains scenes of violence and language.)


  • Kevin
    Posted January 14, 2016 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I am relatively new to fiction books and I just finished the mountain man book series on Audible and it was the best book series I have ever done…. thank you so much for the hours of listening pleasure. I am now a 100% Keith C blackmore fan…..

  • Posted January 14, 2016 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Oh that’s nice to hear. Glad you like the books 🙂

  • Ryan
    Posted January 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I just wrapped up your Mountain Man series (audible) and I am thoroughly impressed. You do an excellent job of getting the reader (listener) in the mind of your characters. I snagged the MM Omnibus for a single credit but I easily would have used a 3 pack and a monthly on all 4. Your writing is fantastic and engaging and I’m sorry to hear that the big dogs wouldn’t touch your work. Their loss. Just wanted you to know that your characters and cliff hangers kept me sitting in my car, listening, long after I got home. My only complaint is that your books aren’t longer, but you pace everything just right for the stories you have to tell and I accept that. Keep up the good work, man. P.S. I’m not sure if you had any input in narrator selection, but Mr. Bray hooked me just as much as your writing. If you get other novels if yours into audio format I would love to hear him again.

  • Posted January 27, 2016 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Glad the books worked for you Ryan–and Podium selected RC as the narrator. I didn’t have any input there. Must say, they were spot on–RC’s the man! 🙂

  • Keanu coetzee
    Posted February 2, 2016 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Kieth realy injoyed the mountain man books, Im on the 4th one and still highly ingaged if (at any time) you need someone to beta read a books Im your man

  • Posted February 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear the books are working for you. 🙂

  • Adam Webb
    Posted February 8, 2016 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    I’ve listened to the first three Mountain Man books and working through Well Fed. I love the post apocalyptic genre and your work is far and away the best I’ve read or listened to. The character development and storylines are spectacular. My imagination runs wild. Like some of the other comments, I often find myself sitting in the car in the driveway long after I’d actually arrived home. Bravo on your amazing work and thank you.

  • Posted February 8, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Adam.

  • Craig
    Posted February 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely hooked, like Adam I find myself sitting in the car when I get home and even listening when cooking when I’m actually home. Fantastic and uncomfortable to read. Which is a great combination. Keep up the good work.

  • Posted February 17, 2016 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks Craig–glad the books worked for you 🙂

  • Andrew
    Posted February 20, 2016 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I had to get a message to you just to say thanks for creating one of the best zombie literature series…ever. Gus is a fantastic – everyman – hero. RC narration – spot on. Your use of words to paint the scene and the second by second pace…totally hooked me. My favourite “…toilet paper, sphincter gold…”, its verging on haiku minimalism while remaining so descriptively powerful. The scene where Gus was sick trapping it in and hoping he wouldn’t shit himself – brilliant writing. But thank you for introducing me to zombie rats and especially the zombie babies in the Hospital…wow. Thanks for making my journey with Gus possible…its been a blast.

  • Posted February 20, 2016 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Thank you for taking a chance on the books 🙂

  • Craig
    Posted April 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Really loved the mountain man series any news on audio versions of your other books?

  • Posted April 5, 2016 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Breeds is scheduled to be recorded but I’m not sure when. Podium is pretty busy these days, but I’ll announce any updates I get on a release date.

  • Mario
    Posted May 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Love mountain man…the you for the book:)

  • Ezequiel Gonzalez
    Posted May 16, 2016 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Just starting to listen to Well fed and I think the series has been great. I’ve read lots of series and lately opted for audiobooks, RC’s narration gives the perfect touch for Gus and the rest. Started from the martian narrated by RC jumped to the hospital and that was it had to keep on going, the zombie genre had me skeptical at first but the view point of Gus and the rest of the gang makes it fun and interesting at the same time. I’m exited to know wat will happen at the end, I’m hoping it’s as good as the rest of the series. I will post a new comment when I finish it and give ny humble opinion. Keep up the good work, hope to keep enjoying your job for series to come.
    Pd. Fan based question: Will Gus make it to the big screen?

  • Posted May 21, 2016 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Happy to hear the books are working for you Ezequiel. Will Gus make it to the big screen? I don’t know. There are forces in play to make it happen, but, honestly, I’ve heard so many stories of movies on the absolute edge of being made only to never make it that I’m trying not to think about it. Less chance of being disappointed then 🙂

  • Steve Brian
    Posted May 18, 2016 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I sampled “The Hospital ” on Audible last week and was hooked! I just finished Safari and will begin Hellifax momentarily! I love your writing and look forward to your other books after I finish this series. I’m turning a friend on to your books, as well.
    Your new fan, Steve!

  • Posted May 21, 2016 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Glad you’re enjoying the books Steve, and thank you for reading :).

  • Guy
    Posted July 3, 2016 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Absolutely love your books! I have read all the 131 days and Mountain Man books in addition to Troll Hunter and The Bear that fell from the stars. You are just a fantastic writer and I really look forward to enjoying more of your work! Thank you very much for the trips to far away times and places!

  • Posted July 3, 2016 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Happy to hear you enjoyed the books, Guy–all the best!

  • Loup
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Just read your books, even paid for them, couldn’t stop when I started as was hooked from page one, can’t walk into a bar or shop without seeing the captain which makes me chuckle and buy a bottle, 3 ply to hand also, awesome books and well worth the time of my life to read, which is finite and normally people pay for. Thanks Keith

  • Elena
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Halfway thru mountain man books. Love them! I have never read zombie stories before. I am halfway thru “private property”. What a ride so far! You can be assured I will be reading more Keith C Blackmore books. Very very hard to put these books down. In fact, back to reading….

  • Cassandra Morgan
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Are you going to write a third Breeds book? Loved the first two.

  • Wayne
    Posted August 10, 2016 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Just finished the Mountain Man series. They were all great! I have started Private Property and was laughing out loud at the conversation about pants between Ray and Bernie. I love the way you spend time on the dialogue between the characters. You really get to know them that way. Captain Morgan was the best. Keep writing and I’ll keep buying.

  • Posted August 10, 2016 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Thank you Wayne :). Very much appreciated.

  • Posted August 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Hello Keith,

    I just finished Breeds and really enjoyed it! I left a review and gave it a 5 star rating (my Amazon name is Reveka). I am a writer as well. You can check out my web site or Amazon page. I’ve been a bit down lately thinking of quitting writing. Your thoughts on this page about going Indie really hit home and are so true!! I had two publishers and I just got disillusioned by the whole business. I went Indie with my last 4 books. The hardest part is getting the word out about one’s books. Tough going. Your welcome page was the boost I needed. Just finished a collection of short stories I’m publishing in time for Halloween. I’m now excited about getting out there. It’s called “Bewitched by Fear”. Anyway … thanks again and happy writing.

  • Posted August 12, 2016 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Hi James–thanks for the review and taking the time to write–keep up the writing. These days, yes, the hardest part is just getting one’s work in front of readers, but keep writing, keep getting new material out there, and things will improve in time. All the best with it…

  • Chris Royer
    Posted August 14, 2016 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Just finished the Mountain man omnibus and the hospital on Audible. It was one of the best series I’ve ever listened to. Thank you for entertaining us. I look forward to reading some more of your work soon.

  • Posted August 15, 2016 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you for listening 🙂

  • Connie
    Posted September 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Loved the “Breeds” books! Looking forward to the next one!

  • Matthew griffiths
    Posted September 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Just finished mountain man series 1-4,
    I never leave reviews but enjoyed the books so much that thought I owed it to the author!
    Fantastic books and gus is one of the greatest ever characters of fiction!

  • Donna
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Just to finished all 4 Mountain man books. I read voraciously, mostly post apocalyptic books and your series is such a delightful find! I love that your heroes are so well defined yet not “Hollywood” beautiful nor unrealistic. Kudos also to your proofreaders. You wouldn’t believe how much it matters that words are spelled correctly. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading! I rarely write reviews.

  • Posted September 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Glad you liked the books, Donna. 🙂 Thanks for taking a chance on them.

  • Ed
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Well, my main complaint is, where is the Mountain Man number 5? The deeply flawed (read “real”) characters hooked me in immediately. And, the “good guys” don’t always win, an unhappy event for them, but making for a great read.

    Keep up the great work!

    Waiting for number 5…..

  • Posted October 3, 2016 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Glad you liked the books–but sorry, no MM5… still too burned out on zombies.

  • Nicole George
    Posted October 2, 2016 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I’ve read everything in the horror genre I can find. I’m a voracious reader and I can say with a few exceptions most of its mediocre. I just finished Breeds and it’s the best thing I’ve read in a long time. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find you. I will consume as much as I can in the forsee able future. I’m getting ready to download the Mountain Man series.

  • Posted October 3, 2016 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the note Nicole and glad the books worked for you 🙂

  • Posted October 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the Mountain Man series.
    It was worth your time and energy writing the hospital story as it sucked me into the rest!
    I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a group of zombie stories more!

  • Posted October 5, 2016 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you for reading 🙂

  • Peter
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Will there be any more mountain man books or do you consider the series finished; I have thoroughly enjoyed all the books. I did not think I would as the Zombie genre is not one I embrace but it is a tribute to you writing that could enjoy all the stories so much and the characters. I very much hope that Gus will be back.

  • Posted October 5, 2016 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    When I look at the first few pages I feel the writing can be a little smoother–there’s still work there to be done. But I do think it evens out by the 3rd book. To answer your question–yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m done with the series and those characters. I’m not considering any new novels with them at all, and any zombie scenarios I am considering are with all new characters.

    Whether or not those stories ever get written is unknown. Still suffering from zombie burnout. Maybe in a few years…

  • Ryan
    Posted October 5, 2016 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Keith, the fact that you feel that your writing in the first and second books (MM) could use some tightening up really speaks to your skill as an author. While i completely understand your zombie fatigue, just know that you made characters like Gus so damn likable and relatable that even with the torrent of walking dead/z nation/world war z content available, you still managed to leave myself and others wanting more from you ZA wasteland. Don’t beat yourself up too bad, good sir. Keep up the good work.

  • Posted October 5, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks man–very much appreciated 🙂

  • Posted October 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    So is it just because I am female that I want to now how to have a baby and raise a child in a zombie apocalypse?

  • Gord
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi Keith, I just wanted to drop a bit of appreciation your way. I got lost in the mountain man world on audible and then started with the written versions too. I became a rum drinker for the duration because I couldn’t let my friends drink alone. (Although Sailor Jerry was my wing man, not the cap’n). Great work sir. Just getting started on Private property next. Really enjoy your work. Thanks for the adventures. I’ll keep reading as long as you keep writing.

  • Posted October 15, 2016 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Haven’t tried Sailor Jerry myself, but I hear it’s a very good rum. Currently wrestling with concocting the (near) perfect mai-tai. 🙂
    Thanks for the note, man. Very much appreciated.

  • Parris Labeur
    Posted October 16, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Mr. Blackmore,

    BRAVO! Thank you for being YOU! You earned another new fan. Just completed “The Hospital”. WOW! Awesome! I left my review on Amazon but wanted to thank you for your gift of writing style. You kept me riveted with every word. You actually had me scared and willing Gus to get free of his ‘situation’. Whatever suspension of disbelief I owned was totally blown away. You are a damn breath of fresh air to my life and THANK YOU for going indie. You actually renewed my spirit with finding your work. A sincere debt of gratitude to you and your gift of storytelling Sir!

    Thank you!


  • Parris Labeur
    Posted October 16, 2016 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Mr. Blackmore,

    May I ask a favor? As an author, who has moved beyond the zombie genre, and produced a tremendous amount of well-written novels – Could you please direct my attention to what I should read next from your collection?

    Many thanks for your time.


  • Posted October 16, 2016 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I’d suggest just reading the samples Amazon offers there. 🙂 Thanks for reading…

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