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Publication Order of Pine Cove Books

Practical Demonkeeping (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stupidest Angel (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bloodsucking Fiends/Love Story Books

Bloodsucking Fiends (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Suck: A Love Story (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bite Me: A Love Story (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Grim Reaper Books

Publication Order of Fool Books

Fool (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Serpent of Venice (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shakespeare for Squirrels (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sammy and the Cheese Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Our Lady of the Fishnet Stockings (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat's Karma (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Publication Order of Anthologies

Chewing the Page: The Mourning Goats Interviews(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death by Chocolate(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Christopher Moore is an American writer of comic and horror fantasy genres. He is the author of many novels, including the worldwide best-sellers Lamb, You Suck, and A Dirty Job. Christopher was born on January 1, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio, and was raised in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a highway patrolman, and his mother marketed major home appliances at a department store. He attended Ohio State University and the Brooks Photography Institute in Santa Barbara. At 19 years old, he moved to California and lived in the Central Coast until 2003. Since June 2006, Moore has been living in San Francisco, spending time on the Kauai Island of Hawaii.

Christopher Moore’s interests
Before publishing his first novel, he worked as a roofer, grocery store clerk, hotel night auditor, insurance agent, waiter, professional photographer, and rock ‘n roll DJ. Chris has drawn on most of these work experiences to create the characters in his novels and stories. In his leisure time, Chris enjoys sea kayaking, deep-sea diving, digital photography, and painting portraits with oils and acrylics.

Christopher Moore’s turn-ons are scuba and deep-ocean exploration, hippo and elephant polo, and talking animal creatures on TV. His turn-offs are heavy traffic, salmonella, and mean individuals. Chris enjoys cheese crackers, otter grooming, and acid jazz. He lives on a secluded island castle off the coast.

Moore’s Inspirations
As a child, he believes he was inspired by Ray Bradbury and Jules Verne. It was in Ray’s novels that he first recognized that there was a craftsman behind the story, making everything work. That’s when he was in 6th grade. Later, he was motivated by horror story authors like Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch, and then, as he continued his journey, by humorists like Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams. All three were creating humorous books and getting away with it, and that’s what he wanted to accomplish.

Christopher Moore loves John Steinbeck’s work, but that is based on his comic work, not so much the serious issues that he is more famous for. Steinbeck wrote about flawed people with great fondness and forgiveness. Christopher aspires to that particular aspect in his own work.

All the characters in Chris’s novels are generally created from something he read before. It could be a single sentence in a newspaper article or magazine content that sparks an entire book. Ideas are cheap and easy. Telling a great story once we have an idea is difficult.
Since his father was a state patrolman and policeman, and a terrible day at work for him often involved dragging dead and wounded people from burning cars and trucks. One has to cultivate a dark sense of humor to cope with that kind of situation as a defense for their peace of mind. Christopher believes that his father’s sense of humor rubbed off on him to some extent.

As an only child, Moore learned to entertain himself with his imagination. He loved reading as a kid, and his father brought him plenty of books from the library each week. He began writing at the age of 12, and recognized that this was his talent when he was 16, and he started to think about making it his career and going professional. It took him until his early 30s before anyone would actually pay him to write.

His creations
Practical Demonkeeping is Christopher Moore’s first novel, released in 1992. It revolves around a demon from hell and its master. This novel has been translated and published in Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese languages. The plot synopsis is that Travis was born in 1900, but he has not aged since 1919, when he accidentally summoned a demon from hell named Catch as his servant, possibly forever. Since then, Travis has been trying to get rid of Catch, but he is unable to do so as he has misplaced the repository of the essential incantations. He traces their location to a fictional town called Pine Cove, along the Big Sur coast, where he believes the woman he gave them to may be living. Interactions with the townspeople and with a djinn, who is pursuing Catch, create significant complications.

Coyote Blue is Christopher Moore’s second novel, published in 1994. The plot concerns a salesman in Santa Barbara, California, named Sam Hunter who, as a teenager, fled his home after being involved in the death of a law officer. The novel begins when the adult Sam has his life turned upside down by Coyote, the ancient Native American trickster god.

With the possible exceptions of Fool, Sacre Bleu, and The Serpent of Venice, all his stories take place in the same universe, and characters appear interchangeably from book to book. According to an interview in the Writer’s Digest issue in 2007, the film rights to Moore’s first novel, Practical Demonkeeping, were bought by Disney before the novel had a publisher. In response to repeated questions from fans over the years, Moore stated that all of his books have been optioned or sold for films, but as of now, none are in danger of being turned into a movie. IMDB lists a movie adaptation of The Stupidest Angel as supposedly planned for an October 2013 release, though the author denies this claim.

Several of his novels were nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Fiction and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Cover Art. While his work is primarily fantasy, it is comical and irreverent rather than serious. Christopher’s books are highly imaginative and engaging, which is why readers enjoy them. Moore’s books typically involve conflicted everyman characters struggling through supernatural or extraordinary situations.

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6 Responses to “Christopher Moore”

  1. Karen Wolf: 3 months ago

    Christopher Moore is a great writer. I almost read all of his books and the way he sees the world is hilarious and very refreshing. I like Lamb the most, but A dirty job is ranking second place. Reading it made me laugh out loud almost every 5 minutes. People were looking at me strangely. Thanks Mr. Moore for brightening up the world.

  2. Harry Donnelly: 4 months ago

    Sacre blue and fool are my favorites but have enjoyed most of what he’s written lamb being my least favorite but not only would I recommend him I do recommend him to anyone who will listen !! I read a critique by whom escapes me at present which said in part that Moore is a non thinking mans Tom Robbins I thought that was very accurate

  3. Marylin Batt: 9 months ago

    I have read most of these books however for anyone that likes hilarious sea stories you can’t beat Fluke. It’s still my favorite.

  4. Patty Henshaw: 2 years ago

    I have read all his books but the last 2. Enjoyed them all. I even have the special edition Lamb that looks like a bible. Lamb, Fool, The Stupidest Angel and Dirty job are on the top of my list but all are wonderful in their own way. Thank you Mr. Moore for the wonderful entertainment!

  5. Frederdickton Youstretch: 2 years ago

    Wow i love all these books. I had a thorough read of most of them and was fully into the story. Would recommend to family and friends.

  6. Sheila gagne': 3 years ago

    Just finished reading “Lamb” my first Christopher Moore book. It was very funny, I found myself laughing out loud. Looking forward to more readings soon.
    Thank you.


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