Daniel James is an author of speculative (and sometimes dark and weird) fiction, from Liverpool, England.
He is the recipient of two Kirkus Star reviews for his character-driven, action-packed urban fantasy novels Hourglass and The Ferryman’s Toll. Hourglass was also voted one of their Best 100 Indie novels of 2021.
He first began writing as a hobby and creative outlet to distract himself from the mundanity of completing his Bachelors of Science at Liverpool Hope University.
Growing up, he spent perhaps a little too much time daydreaming about superheroes and horror movies. In his mid-teens he got his first bass guitar and joined his first band, and growing up he maintained this interest in music, playing in several other bands and gigging locally. After experiencing a mugging at 18 (and some serious procrastination), he decided to take-up kickboxing and jiu jitsu. Despite loving the thrill of getting soundly beaten-up several days a week, this bruising hobby fell by the wayside. And that left only the writing, the one hobby he couldn’t shake.
His noir thriller novel Pigs landed him a New York literary agent in Ethan Ellenberg, who subsequently released it through his in-house imprint. Although Dan is currently an independent author, his previous involvement with a professional agency drove him to continue his writing pursuits unabashed. He has since released Hourglass, The Ferryman’s Toll (Hourglass #2), Fable and Heathens.
When not writing, he loves reading genre fiction and comic books, watching movies, listening to music, and playing guitar.