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Moonfire Publishing is an independent press specializing in speculative titles ranging from fantasy and science fiction stories to humorous works that touch upon paranormal themes. We seek out the strange, the unusual, the macabre, and the unconventional, and our titles reflect that vision. Follow this site today for updates and announcements.


Hardy Coleman will be reading from his new book Game Day on Friday, June 3 – 5 pm at
The Bookstore in Pine City, Minnesota.

Meet the author and get your own copy signed

The Bookstore 253 Main Street, Pine City, MN 55063




Game Day Book Launch Party at the Blackforest Inn Minneapolis


By Hardy Coleman

With Special Appearance by Moonfire Author and Storyteller Loren Niemi

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2022
3 PM to 5 PM
Black Forest Festaal Auditorium

Meet the author and get your own copy of Game Day signed.

Black Forest Inn, 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis




Upcoming Titles

Written in Blood, by Sheila Marshall and Scott Stenwick.
David Killian is an ancient vampire with the power to write the fate of the Northland in his own blood. When he writes the ideal lover and companion into life, he summons artist Kristie Slay from Chicago to Castle Danger on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Kristie is drawn by the town’s mystery, and the surprise of a new love springing from her past. But she carries with her a hidden secret that may lead to both their undoing. JUNE 2022.

Game Day, by Hardy Coleman.
Here is what you gotta do: If you’re a grown-up, read this out loud to some kids. You can read it to your own kids, or you can borrow somebody else’s kids and read it to them.
If you’re a kid, then corner your little brother or sister or, again, take out a loan on some neighbors’ kids.
But read it out loud to somebody and if they say, “No way!” just tell them that there certainly IS a way and if they’ll pipe down and listen, they just might discover how things turn out. JUNE 2022.

The Case of Elena and All That Went Wrong, by Aprille Clarke.
Ice cube trays full of dead people take up a lot of freezer space. Elena wished they weren’t in there, partly because there was no room for her frozen pizza, and partly because her roommate’s boyfriend once accidentally popped Robert F. Kennedy into a glass and poured Coke over him. It’s only going to get bigger, Elena thought. I’m going to need a dedicated deep freeze. JUNE 2022.

Current Releases

What Haunts Us, by Loren Niemi.

“EVOCATIVE! Truly a delicious read! Some chills, some sadness. Magical!”

“Not your usual ghost stories…”

“Strange and mysterious…”

A fresh, new collection of ghost stories by award-winning storyteller Loren Niemi. His first published story collection is an evocative compendium of stories he has performed on many stages, along with new explorations of paranormal mysteries which arise at the intersection of the ordinary, flicker in the imagination, and dwell in memory. “Storytelling is my life’s work. From the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota to the Great Wall of China, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to PS 122 in NYC, and at Fringe Festivals across America, I’ve explored the power of narrative and the beauty of poetry to illuminate what it is to be human and why it matters.”

Available in paperback on Bookshop and at Amazon. E-books can be purchased for Amazon Kindle and also Smashwords E-Book Editions.

What Haunts Us won the 2020 MIPA Midwest Book Award in the Fantasy / SciFi / Horror / Paranormal Fiction category.

“Loren Niemi tells stories about his life’s adventures and how those adventures spark his fantasies. This group of ghost stories are not what you expect but reading them gives you an insight into the magical mind of the author. Enjoy the whimsy, the fantastical, the poignancy, and the ghostly.” – Dorothy C.

“For those of us interested in the strange and mysterious unfinished experiences of life, I can strongly recommend this book. It is an evocative read, but not a comfortable one. After finishing each of the stories, I was left with a feeling, more than an understanding. That made the book a moving experience for me, and yes, in a haunting way. I was left with a sense of the almost indescribable, in that our feelings are often layered and complex, sometimes hidden, and so are the stories in this book. Feelings can surface seemingly out of nowhere, and this book takes us there, scene by scene, place by place, love embrace by love embrace.” – J. Thomas Sparough

Go Fork Ye Crooked Spoon, and Let Me Live My Knife! by Sheila Marshall and Illustrated by Sarah Marie Wash.

This whimsical guide to cooking and carving meats is written in Shakespearean language and includes amusing quotations (and almost-quotations) from the Bard. It is filled with a collection of striking black and white illustrations by Twin Cities artist Sarah Marie Wash that complement the instructive and nonetheless often irreverent text. Learn to cook and carve, with hearty laughs all the while. Now available in Paperback, Amazon Kindle and Smashwords E-Book Editions.


Ipswich, by Scott Stenwick.

This long-awaited sequel to Scott Stenwick’s 2009 debut urban fantasy novel Arcana tells the story of Sara Winchester, a young heiress and newly-empowered magician.

With the help of the centuries-old order of magicians known as the Guild, she explores the mystery of her mother’s untimely death. On her travels she must face a killer who can control the spirits of the dead, and the remnants of an order of dark magicians who seek the Guild’s destruction. Now available in Paperback, Amazon Kindle, and Smashwords E-Book editions.

New Cover art

The Vampires’ Guide to Dining, by Moonfire.

Everybody knows that vampires don’t drink wine. But what do they eat? In this humorous cookbook and compatibility guide, author Moonfire (Sheila Marshall) explores the world of dating and hosting the various personality types that make up the vast legions of the undead. The book is filled with funny and imaginative illustrations, and is a perfect handbook for undead-themed party planning. Now available in Amazon Kindle and Smashwords E-Book editions.


The Zombies’ Guide to Dining, by Moonfire.

Let’s face it – you just can’t eat all brains, all the time. There comes a point where you need some variety in your diet. In this follow-up to The Vampires’ Guide to Dining, author Moonfire (Sheila Marshall) moves on from vampires to the world of zombies, outlining their personality types and suggesting recipes for their unique anatomies. Like the previous volume, the book is filled with humorous illustrations and plenty of new ideas for navigating the world of the undead. Now available in Amazon Kindle and Smashwords E-Book editions.