Contest time — 2 Weeks to go!

SPIED has been available for two weeks.

Have YOU started your new career as a secret agent?

As part of the fun, I have two contests running right now. In case you missed the original announcements — here is your reminder!

Contest #1 — Earn a Cameo in a future book!

Passphase: “Sharing is Caring.”

This contest is running over on social media and is all about spreading the word. Want to see your name in print in a future book? Well, if you’re someone who resides in the book of faces or chirps like a bird, head over to Facebook or Twitter and join in the fun!

Contest #2 — Get an exclusive enamel pin!

Code word: “Deep-cover”

I had these beautiful lapel pins made (or backpack pins or cushion pins or…) and I want to give them to you! This month is also my birthday, and I’m giving a gift to my loyal fans. The video below illustrates how you get one of your own (while also showing off Click Your Poison book covers throughout the years), but here’s the short version:

There are secret references to each Click Your Poison book lurking within the pages of SPIED. Your mission is to discover this intel: characters, places, events referenced. If you can find any of the references (to INFECTED, MURDERED, SUPERPOWERED, PATHOGENS, or MAROONED) during the month of February — I will send you a pin as your reward.

Well? What are you waiting for?

If you haven’t gotten SPIED yet, now’s the time!

You have two weeks to complete your mission.

Oscars 2017: Results

We had 23 players this year (counting me). Thanks for playing! Unfortunately (for me), I didn’t learn my lesson, and ended up with two winners. James, remember a tie-breaker question for next year! This…is awkward…

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If you look closer…

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Must have been a duplicate card. Guess I’m getting a new accounting firm for next year! For my Grand Prize winners, unlike the Best Picture winners, you each get a prize.

In all seriousness, though, I feel awful that these two groups had a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experience tarnished by a silly mistake. Not to mention the poor Matt Damon lookalike with the briefcase. Wouldn’t want to be that guy right about now.

And from the results, you all were just as surprised. With 23 entries, no one picked Moonlight for Best Picture!

That’s it for 2017’s contest. All participants should have received an email with your results. See you next year!


Did you watch the show? How many winners did you manage to see this year?

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2017 Online Oscar Pool

Although I’m now living in the UK and will certainly not be watching live, I still have my online competition to turn to. That’s right — It’s time for the 4th Annual, James Schannep Oscar competition!

If you beat my predictions for the 2017 Academy Awards, I’ll gift you or a friend an e-copy of a Click Your Poison book. The highest scoring participant also gets a $10 giftcard to Amazon.com.

All you have to do is fill out the form below before showtime on Feb 26th (I’ll post mine online before then too) to qualify.

The complete list of the nominees can be found here.


























If I messed something up, please let me know in the comments.


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Oscar 2016: Results

We had the biggest year ever with 22 entries! And…most of you beat me. So, I’m gonna owe a lot of books. Here’s a fair representation of yours truly as I’m grading these things:

There was also a four-way tie for second place, and only a single-point lead for first, so I narrowly avoided having five winning players! I better come up with a tie-breaker question for next year.

All participants should have received an email with your results. Unless your name is “dasdasd” and you chose to input your email address as “adasdasd@dasdd.com.” Umm, thanks for playing?

Interesting trends:

  • No one predicted Mark Rylan’s win. Literally no one. That’s the only weighted category no one got.
  • Most people (me included) over-estimated Gaga’s chances. She and Stallone were the most common “wrong” answers.
  • Likewise, Ex-Machina’s visual effects win was a shocker to most. But it’s a great movie and I’m glad it got some love.

That’s it for 2016’s contest. See you next year!


Did you watch the show? How many winners did you manage to see this year?

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2016 Online Oscar Pool

It’s time for the 3rd Annual, James Schannep Oscar competition!

If you beat my predictions for the 2016 Academy Awards, I’ll gift you or a friend an e-copy of a Click Your Poison book. The highest scoring participant also gets a $10 giftcard to Amazon.com.

All you have to do is fill out the form below before showtime on Feb 28th (I’ll post mine online before then too) to qualify.

The complete list of the nominees can be found here.

If I messed something up, please let me know in the comments.


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It’s a Trilogy Now (and You Can Win FREE Signed Books)

New art celebrating Click Your Poison by DC Comics artist and co-creator of Malice and Mistletoe, Jack Purcell!
New art celebrating Click Your Poison by DC Comics artist and co-creator of Malice and Mistletoe, Jack Purcell!

We’re a month out from the SUPERPOWERED release, and to celebrate my third “gamebook” in the Click Your Poison series, I’m giving away three signed copies of each book, anywhere in the world. Each book is a standalone title, so there’s no need to read them sequentially. But hurry, this contest ends soon.

Click below to enter each raffle:

INFECTED — Will YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? [Ends midnight, 10 April]

MURDERED — Can YOU Solve the Mystery? [Ends midnight, 25 April]

SUPERPOWERED — Are YOU a Hero or a Villain? [Ends midnight, 10 May]


Add your opinion in the comments below. And don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe!

87th Academy Awards — My Picks

If you haven’t joined in yet, you have until the first award is announced to submit your online ballot. 

Here are my picks. Winners will be announced early next week. Good luck to everyone!

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Best Picture (3 pts): The Imitation Game
Directing (2 pts): Boyhood
Original Screenplay (2 pts): The Grand Budapest Hotel
Adapted Screenplay (2 pts): The Theory of Everything
Leading Actor (2 pts): Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Leading Actress (2 pts): Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Supporting Actor (2 pts): J. K. Simmons – Whiplash
Supporting Actress (2 pts): Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Production Design (1 pt): Interstellar
Documentary Feature (1 pt): Last Days in Vietnam
Documentary Short(1 pt): Crisis Hotline – Veterans Press 1
Animated Short(1 pt): Feast
Live Action Short Film (1 pt): Parvaneh
Foreign Language Film (1 pt): Ida – Poland
Animated Feature (1 pt): Big Hero 6
Film Editing (1 pt): Boyhood
Sound Editing (1 pt): Interstellar
Sound Mixing (1 pt): Interstellar
Cinematography (1 pt): Birdman
Visual Effects (1 pt): Interstellar
Costume Design (1 pt): Maleficent
Makeup and Hairstyling (1 pt): Foxcatcher
Original Score (1 pt): The Theory of Everything
Original Song (1 pt): “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie

2015 Online Oscar Pool

As is my tradition, I’m hosting a friendly Oscar competition. Friendly in that I don’t get anything if I win, but if you beat my predictions for the 2015 Academy Awards, I’ll gift you or a friend an e-copy of a Click Your Poison book. The highest scoring participant also gets a $10 giftcard to Amazon.com.

All you have to do is fill out the form below before showtime on Feb 22nd (I’ll post mine online before then too) to qualify.

The complete list of the nominees can be found here.

If I messed something up, please let me know in the comments.


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Oscar Pool 2014

It’s time once again for the SuperBowl of Cinema!

I love movies. If you put a gun to my head and told me to choose between movies and books, I’d probably tell you to just go ahead and shoot me.*

*(NOTE: If I ever get famous enough to have rabid, crazy fans, please do not track me down to try the aforementioned hypothetical.)

If you’re like me, you’ve got your predictions. Come March 2nd, you’ll be around a TV, computer, or projector watching the Tinseltown’s big night.

So why not make it interesting? Standing offer: If you can beat me at predicting this year’s winners, I’ll gift you (or a friend) a free copy of either one of my Click Your Poison ebooks. I’ll post my picks just before the event starts, so please send me your own choices before that to qualify. All you have to do is fill out the form below.

The complete list of the nominees (with trailers!) are here.

We Have a Winner…

Congratulations to Eddie, the first reader to successfully solve the case in MURDERED!

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The Amateur Detective Contest is now “Case Closed” but if you haven’t solved it yet, don’t worry. This book was meant to be lingered over and enjoyed. Take the time to smell the poisonous jungle flowers. There’s a lot more to the story than simply winning! Keep trying, and challenge your friends. See who’s got what it takes.

Congrats again, Eddie!