Literary Alchemist: Justin Macumber

Literary Alchemist: Justin Macumber
Justin Macumber

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Justin Macumber

Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 8


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I’m the author of HAYWIRE and the forthcoming A MINOR MAGIC. When not hard at work on my next story I host the popular Dead Robots’ Society podcast. I and my lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with our motley pack of dogs and cats that we think of as our children. I’m also a co-host on The Hollywood Outsider, a weekly podcast about movies and television.

Works of note…


A century ago, super-soldiers known as Titans drove alien invaders from the solar system and back to their home world. Now the Titans have returned, infected by a virus and compelled to destroy humanity. Will a scholar, her son, and the only Titan able to resist the infection find a way to stop them and save humanity from its own greatest weapon?

“A riproaring adventure through the galaxy, full of sound and fury, yet at its center it is a surprisingly touching commentary on what it is to be human.”
— Philippa Ballantine, author of “Geist” and co-author of “Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)”

“Justin Macumber’s HAYWIRE is a thrill ride from first blood to closing sigh. I found it difficult to put down.”
— Nathan Lowell, creator of the “Golden Age of the Solar Clipper” and the “Tanyth Fairport Adventures”

“HAYWIRE is sure to satisfy cravings for Saturday matinee high adventure space fantasy.”
— Matthew Wayne Selznick, author of the “Sovereign Era” storyworld

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  • The Stand
  • Stranger in a Strange Land
  • The Exorcist
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight


  • Star Wars
  • Casablanca
  • The Matrix
  • the LOTR trilogy


  • Lost
  • BSG
  • Buffy
  • The X-Files


  • Pearl Jam
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Candlebox



“There is nothing more frightening or exciting than a blank piece of paper. Frightening because you’re on your own, leaving dark tracks across that snowy plain, and exciting because no one knows your destination but yourself, and even you can’t say exactly where you’ll end up.” –Robert R. McCammon, “Boys Life”

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Comments (3)

Dragons of Autumn Twilight is one of my favorite books, too. I never read Fantasy before that book, and it turned my life upside down into being a Fantasy geek. I barely had time to watch The Stand, let alone read it, so kudos there ;).

Pearl Jam is also one of my favorite bands. Kids used to make fun of me in sixth grade for my adult XL Pearl Jam t-shirt I got from a carnival, but I didn’t care. I still get goosebumps rocking out to Vs. Candlebox is one of those groups I listened to in between my fifteen straight listens to Pearl Jam albums, so hearing one of their songs recently took me back, like, “Oh yeah, they were pretty good, too.”

Excellent choice, Roundtable Podcast, on snatching Justin for an episode. I can’t wait to hear it.

By the way, Justin’s book HAYWIRE was awesome and the kindle version is on sale, currently, at $3.99. That is a steal.

When we confronted him, Justin confessed that The Roundtable Podcast is indeed his lovechild (and we have it on record now). We’ll be sending him a Father’s Day card this year. 😉

I was actually a little surprised to see a game-based book in a “Favorites” list. I realize the Dragonlance adventures were a pivotal point in RPG literature (heck, I DMed the games as they came out) but I never realized how big it was (there’s a DVD for crying out loud!).

My personal introduction to fantasy lit was Robert E. Howard’s “Conan” novels, and Michael Moorcock “Elric” (for contrast). “The Hobbit” is in there somewhere as well. It kind of blows my mind to hear that Dragons of Autumn Twilight was someone’s first fantasy book (dang… I’m getting old).

Thanks for the heads up on the AWESOME price for Justin’s “Haywire”. Your episode with Justin and Dave Wood was excellent, by the way (!

Ha, you’re not the only one who’d felt old at me saying that was my first Fantasy book. I suppose it doesn’t make you feel any better if I say I haven’t heard of the two you mentioned. Were they written on paper or carved into stone? 😉 Just kidding, I have heard of both of those authors, and know Mike Stackpole wrote a novelization of the Conan movie.

Thanks for the shoutout to my podcast. I hope you found a comfy chair to listen to that one in, as it was a long one.

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