I am a novelist who specializes in epic fantasy. Previously, I was an award-winning journalist for several large newspapers and a public information director for Clemson University. You can purchase my books directly from this site. Dark Circles can also be purchased on Amazon. The Death Wizard Chronicles is available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Apple Books. Please explore this site and then learn more about me and my novels at the following links:

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It's a miracle!!! Book 3 is here

Do You Believe in Magic?, Book 3 of my teen fantasy adventure trilogy, is live starting April 21. This is the perfect time to introduce yourself to this exciting coming-of-age saga that is appropriate for readers 13 and older. 

Seven prestigious international awards!

Dark Circles has won highest honors with seven awards in four international contests in April 2024. 

Book 1: Do You Believe in Magic? (debuted May 25)
Book 2: Do You Believe in Monsters? (debuted Oct. 30)
Book 3: Do You Believe in Miracles? (debuted April 21)




The Death Wizard Chronicles (18 and OLDER)

For a thousand years, none have rivaled the power of Torg, the Death Wizard, as he ruled his people and kept peace on Triken.
Now a new evil has arisen. The sorcerer Invictus is greater even than Torg, and his greed and ambition threaten to engulf the land
in eternal darkness. Torg becomes freedom’s final hope, but first he must die to earn the victory.

Forged in death

Book 1: $0.99

Chained by Fear

Book 2: $2.99

Shadowed by Demons

Book 3: $4.99

Torn by War

Book 4: $4.99

Blinded by Power

Book 5: $4.99

Healed by Hope

Book 6: $4.49

Torg’s First Death

Short story

The Black Fortress

Short story

Rise of the Sun God

Short story


We have a masterful new fantasy writer on the scene ... (Jim) Melvin shows his literary mastery as he weaves elements of potential and transformation.
Ann Allen
The Charlotte Observer
I loved Jim Melvin's Death Wizard Chronicles. So, when I heard he'd published a Magical Adventure YA story, I snapped it up. I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first in a new, epic fantasy series.
Pat Van Wie
multi-published book author, editor and creative writing teacher.
Be prepared for a full-blown launch into a fantasy realm loaded with magic, monsters, courageous acts, and a dash of sweet romance.
Chris Harold Stevenson
award-winning author of everything fantasy and paranormal
If the first book of (Dark Circles) is any indication, you are in for a big treat and wild fantasy ride.
Dave Scheiber
nationally renowned journalist and author
Jim Melvin has written a thrilling fantasy tale that transports readers of all ages to a fast-paced world of action and adventure!
Cory Dodgens
Amazon reviewer
Jim Melvin’s new series for middle grade readers ages 13 and older plants its feet firmly in South Carolina and the struggles faced by so many who are coming of age.
Chris worthy
Upstate parent magazine
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