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Featured Item , Free Offer / August 15, 2017

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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. 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. * * * IN OTHER NEWS, I encourage you to fill out the form in the right-side column and subscribe to the Patrick Dorn Author Newsletter, which will come out monthly or thereabouts, with updates on all my various writing projects. I’ll be giving free stories and previews of upcoming works to subscribers.

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 to your Kindle app or device. 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
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 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. Order from Pioneer Drama Service OR Amazon.

Western Horror Short Story: ‘Thin Skinned’
Featured Item , 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 English lord who wronged her family. This is a western horror short story, approximately 2,250 words. NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN. Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or PURCHASE for only 99 cents.

Fiction Update: Weird Western series in the works
Featured Item , 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 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…

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: This 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!

Sir Nose the Burger Rat

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 Wienerschnitzel, Dragon Panda, and Short John Silver kidnap the Burger Queen, the fat hits the fire! Sir Nose and his clumsy sidekick Pizza Mutt race to “take out” the criminals before the Dairy King is forced to fork over the recipe to his secret sauce as ransom. Though low in nutritional value, the super-sized portions of slapstick humor, non-stop action and tongue-in-cheek puns make this play a recipe for hilarity. The simple set and flexible casting provide the ingredients for a deliciously fun, economical, and over-easy comedy that can be produced on short order. CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy today. Published by Pioneer Drama Service.

A California Surfer in Cleopatra’s Court

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 sleeping bags to Cleopatra and her Roman boyfriend, Mark Antony. When Cleopatra’s wicked adviser Pothinus and ambitious sister Arsinoe attempt a venomous coup, Brody saves Cleo and the Romans, then returns home in time to compete in a totally gnarly surfing competition and be crowned Boss Kahuna. Inspired by Mark Twain’s classic time-travel tale, this action-packed, hilarious 90-minute comedy boasts a flexible cast, silly but simple costumes and props, uproarious gags and jokes, and loads of slapstick humor. The play is a mash-up of the goofy “beach party” movies of the Sixties and a comical take on the Antony and Cleopatra story from ancient history. King Tut is rolling over in his sarcophagus—with laughter—and all because there’s… “A California Surfer in Cleopatra’s Court”! CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy today. Published by  Brooklyn Publishers

The Wacky Wizard of Oz

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 Terrible Wizard of Oz and confronts cackling crows, rock-star Ozzies, poppy peddling gangstas, screechy winged monkeys, zombified Winkies, and finally the epically aquaphobic Wicked Witch of the West. With a large, flexible and active ensemble, there are moments for everyone to shine in this 60-minute, flat-out farce. This contemporary adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic adventure is filled with jokes, gags, puns, surprises and slapstick humor, and can be produced on a shoestring budget. CLICK HERE to purchase your reading copy of WACKY WIZARD OF OZ today. Published by Brooklyn Publishers.