Legendary cave man abducts a girl, and three unlikely heroes come to the rescue

 

The Ugliest Man in Albuquerque

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When the legendary Hairy Man abducts a teenage girl from her Quinceañera, a Dominican priest, a German muleskinner, and a lovesick young tailor mount a rescue mission. Their pursuit takes the unlikely heroes into the steep and treacherous Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque.

This is a Weird Western short story from The Inquisitor series, detailing the fantastic, supernatural, and strange exploits of a brawling Irish priest sworn to defend and protect the Faith and the faithful in New Mexico, 1824-1851.

Rated PG for action, mild innuendo, and obscured nudity. Approximately 8,100 words or 42 pages.

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Gold Faever, a Weird Western short story, now available

Gold Faever

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Dandy Danny Sheehan is raking in a fortune, thanks to his Pot o’ Gold Saloon in the remote California Gold Rush town of Downieville. But when feisty Sister Bedelia steps through his batwing doors to take up a collection for an orphanage, it will take more than the Luck of the Irish to keep the wily leprechaun from losing his greatest treasure.
 
This is a light-hearted Weird Western short story with a Catholic twist. Approximately 5,200 words, or 30 pages. Rated “G”.
 
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‘Chupacabrón: A Weird Tale of the California Missions’ is now available

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Chupacabrón

A Weird Tale of the California Missions

A warrior monk with a mechanical hand hunts a shape-shifting, blood-sucking creature that has been slaughtering goats at San Antonio de Padua Mission.

This is part of the Weird Tales of the California Missions series, featuring the exploits of Teutonic Knight Otto Eisenschaf, “peculiar intercessor” for Father Junípero Serra, from 1778 to 1783.

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This is a Weird Western short story with a Catholic twist. Approximately 8,200 words. Rated “PG” for action.

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I just finished my first draft of a new Weird Western story!

 

Today I finished the first draft of a short story that takes place in my “Inquisitor” universe. Dominican priest Aidan McGrath joins forces with a youthful tailor and a homely muleteer to climb the formidable Sandia Mountains and rescue a Quinceañera from her abductor, the legendary Hairy Man. The story, which is set in 1833 New Mexico, has action, humor, and a mythic monster–with a Catholic twist.

I’m going to let the story rest for a few days, do my first round of revising and editing, then share it with my critique group and my editor.

Next comes formatting, organizing pre-launch marketing, and finally publishing the story on Amazon-Kindle. All this will take place within the next month or two.

I’ll let you know when I’m ready to launch this fun, exciting story.

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The Night Nurse – western horror short story is now available!

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When the mysterious Night Nurse at a hospice for dying miners selects Sister Angela as her successor, the young nun must walk the fine line between faith and fear to discover the truth about the Night Nurse’s dreadful Gift. This is a Western Horror short story with a Catholic twist.

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Approximately 7,500 words. NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN.

Check out my Weird West Roundup blog for all things Weird Western, Western Horror, and Western Fantasy.

Audition Monologues for Young Men

I co-edited this textbook, though Gerald Lee Ratliff did the heavy lifting.

SELECTIONS FROM CONTEMPORARY WORKS

EDITED BY GERALD LEE RATLIFF AND PATRICK RAINVILLE DORN
 TEXTBOOK:  $16.95
This compelling collection of 70 monologues for young men approximately 15 to 30 years old includes a complete chapter that details how to choose a monologue, develop the character, and audition with confidence.  With a variety of contemporary sources including both published plays and original works, this book provides selections that will help capture the minds and hearts of directors.  Each monologue is prefaced by a description of the character and his emotional context, as well as hints on how to effectively portray the mood of the piece.  The characters are diverse in age, background, ethnicity, and social status.  The book is organized into unique categories based on the mood of the monologues:  A Lighter Touch, Guilt and Regret, Tragedy and Trauma, Hope and Gratitude, Outsiders, Birds of a Feather, and Literary and Period.  With excerpts of various lengths that are ideal for auditions, contests, workshops, and acting classes, this anthology belongs in every school and theatre library.

Western Horror Short Story: ‘Thin Skinned’

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Thin Skinned: a short story of a woman’s revenge in the West

By Patrick Dorn

on April 27, 2016

In the barren, unforgiving desert outside Las Cruces, New Mexico, a sadistic Irish immigrant exacts gruesome revenge on the English lord who wronged her family. This is a western horror short story, approximately 2,250 words. NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN.

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Fiction Update: Weird Western series in the works

I’m currently developing a series of short stories in the Weird Western genre. The tales will take place around 1780, during the California Mission period, and involve cryptozoological (creature of the week) storylines.

My hero is Otto Eisenschaf, a Hessian mercenary who lost his left hand and part of his arm in the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. Rescued from a colonial POW camp by a Jesuit priest, Otto is spirited away to Alta California, and fitted with an iron prosthetic that is full of gears and gadgets and accessories.

Otto serves under Father President Junípero Serra in various capacities, especially investigating strange occurrences in the New World.

My current project, Chupacabron, involves a wily shapeshifting creature that sucks the blood from goats during the full moon at St. Anthony Padua mission.

The stories will have gobs of action and humor. As soon as one is fit for print, I’ll make it available for free on this website, in exchange for subscribing to my newsletter. Or, if you subscribe beforehand, I’ll send you a copy when it’s ready.

The idea for a German mercenary with an iron hand came from a real life character, Gottfried “Götz” von Berlichingen, who fought in the 1500s, nearly 300 years before my stories begin. His prosthetic is pictured here.

Patrick Dorn’s reviews and theatre promos have migrated to a new site

Greetings!

Effectively immediately, I have migrated my theatre reviews, theatre promos, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel, and movie reviews to my NEW BLOG: “Patrick Dorn, Reviewer.”

Here’s the new address:  http://patrickdornreviewer.blogspot.com/

This www.patrickdorn.com website is now my author/playwright website. Here you will find news about my published plays and fiction, works in progress, and other posts relevant to indie authors.

Thanks! And I hope you’ll decide to follow BOTH my sites!