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. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER from Am…

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  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…

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Now available on Amazon-Kindle… Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited! 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. ORDER NOW for only 99 cents and The Night Nurse will automatically download to your K…

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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 inclu…

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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 releva…

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Phobia Factory — What’s better than screams of fright? Shrieks of laughter! Phobia Factory is a non-stop comedy machine, churning out thrills, chills, giggles, and guffaws. Four high school students visit a prototype “Phobia Factory” at the mall. Using cutting edge virtual reality simulations, the teens face their subconscious fears in supposedly safe computer generated environments..until a glitch makes the program go terrifyingly,…

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Sir Nose, the Burger Rat — This rhyming rodent has a nose for adventure! An alley rat with the smarts of Sherlock and Cyrano’s schnoz finds the game’s afoot at the Kingdom of Mall’s Food Court. Sir Nose helps the bashful Taco Bill woo the lovely Wendy Freiberger by feeding him romantic rhymes from a nearby trashcan. But when the ace detective/poet’s “arch” enemy Professor McRonald, and his henchmen Corporal Saunders, Herr Wienerschn…

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A California Surfer in Cleopatra’s Court — Cowabunga Dudes! Surf’s up…in Ancient Egypt! Totally awesome teen surfer Brody Morgan is mysteriously transported from a California beach in the 1960s to 41 BC Ancient Egypt and Cleopatra’s court. After proving himself worthy by surfing a tsunami up the Nile River, Brody introduces hilarious 20th-century inventions like flip flops, Egyptian cotton sheets, and mummy-style s…

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Wacky Wizard of Oz — Visit the WACKY world of Oz and you’ll NEVER want to go home! After her tornado-tossed house smooshes a wicked witch, Kansas farm girl Dorothy steps out in her Ruby Crocs and onto a wild and crazy adventure that is stuffed silly with giggles and guffaws. Encouraged by a bunch of goofy Munchkins, a brainy Scarecrow, tender-hearted Tin Man and lionhearted Cowardly Lion, Dorothy seeks out the not too terribly Terri…

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The all-important Story Crisis and a link to a fascinating video
Fiction / September 2, 2017

Here’s an article from The Write Practice which describes the Story Grid approach to making sure there’s a “crisis” in your story. Best of all, there’s a link to a 16-minute video of people standing on a 10-meter diving platform deciding whether to jump or to chicken out. I couldn’t stop watching the amazing variety of human responses to a moment of decision/crisis. Wow! http://thewritepractic…

‘Chupacabrón: A Weird Tale of the California Missions’ is now available for pre-order, launching Sept. 22!
Featured Item / August 25, 2017

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. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORD…

Great advice for first readers and writing critique partners
Fiction / August 25, 2017

I LOVE my first readers and my critique group partners. If you are ever lucky enough to be an author’s “first reader,” I affectionately suggest you listen to this amazing podcast about how you can best help us do our best work. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-every-day-novelist/id1054772732?mt=2&i=1000391247756

Subscribe to Patrick Dorn’s Author Newsletter
Featured Item , Free Offer / August 15, 2017

Would you like to get the latest updates on my fiction and playwriting projects? And get FREE stuff, like short stories or plays? And early access or discounts on new books and stories? Sign up for Patrick Dorn’s Author Newsletter, and make it happen! I’ll send out attractive and interesting newsletters approximately once a month. I will not bombard you with e-mails. I will not share or sell your e-mail address. R…

I just finished my first draft of a new Weird Western story!
Featured Item , Fiction / August 13, 2017

  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. IR…

The Night Nurse – western horror short story is now available!
Featured Item , Fiction / August 4, 2017

Now available on Amazon-Kindle… Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited! 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. ORDER NOW for only 99 cents and The Night Nurse will automatically download…

Audition Monologues for Young Men
Featured Item / July 11, 2017

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 sou…

Western Horror Short Story: ‘Thin Skinned’
Fiction / July 10, 2017

Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited Thin Skinned: a short story of a woman’s revenge in the West By Patrick Dorn 5 out of 5 stars Revenge is best served…. By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2016 Thin Skinned was delicious! A perfect journey of the macabre… I was left surprised and satisfied. In the barren, unforgiving desert outside Las Cruces, New Mexico, a sadistic Irish immigrant exacts gruesome revenge on the Englis…

Fiction Update: Weird Western series in the works
Fiction / July 5, 2017

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…

Patrick Dorn’s reviews and theatre promos have migrated to a new site
Featured Item / June 6, 2017

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 po…