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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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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…

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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 …

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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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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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Babushka’s Basket
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Babushka’s Basket — Exhausted by “holiday season” commercialism? Looking for a more heartfelt and rewarding alternative to staging yet another Christmas pageant? BABUSHKA’S BASKET is an uplifting one-act drama inspired by the cherished Russian folk tale about a peasant woman whose grief-inspired compulsiveness prevents her from joining the Wise Men on their journey to meet the Christ Child. Devastated by the death of…

Nutcracker
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Nutcracker — Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker without toe shoes! No dancing or choreography is required in this swashbuckling comedy that leaps back to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale and spins comic gold. The short and silly children’s musical adaptation of the classic holiday fantasy combines Tchaikovsky’s famous score with cute and clever lyrics, arranged and simplified for young voices by Bill Francoeur. On Christmas Eve…

Rip Van Winkle
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Rip Van Winkle — When Van Winkle lets the laughter rip, no one nods or dozes! Washington Irving’s supernatural time-warping tale comes to vibrant life in this action-packed comedy that combines faithfulness to the original text with slapstick humor, hilarious dialogue, and oddball characters. Young Rip Van Winkle escapes from an overly-critical wife, bowls with the ghostly Henry Hudson in the Catskill Mountains, then myste…

Saints for the Seasons
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Saints for the Seasons (Four, 20-minute monologues for church or theatrical use) Put the “holy” back in several popular but misunderstood “holidays.” Four great Christians with famous names but less familiar legacies step out of history to share the inspiring, often funny, and historically accurate stories of their lives of heroic faith, sacrifice and service in the name of Jesus. Nicholas of Myra (December 6) — Popularly referr…

Pilgrim’s Progress
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Pilgrim’s Progress — John Bunyan’s rolling in his grave…with laughter! In this hilarious, action-packed and contemporary adaptation of English literature’s first great allegorical fantasy, the thrilling adventure of Christian’s perilous journey to heaven is punctuated by uproarious characters and situations. Favorite scenes from the original classic, though wacky and warped, keep the ages-old…

The Gingerbread Man
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

The Gingerbread Man — Every child’s favorite talking cookie leaps off the picture book pages and onto the stage in The Gingerbread Man, an action-packed, fun-filled, easily staged comedy for kids. In a surprising and delightful variation on the beloved tale, city girl Sally is unhappy staying at her aunt and uncle’s farm while her parents are on vacation. To cheer her up, Sally’s aunt makes a gingerbread cookie, which prom…

Tales of Terror for Tweens
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Comedic ‘Twin Tales of Terror’ for Tweens! Spooky Slumber Party (for seven girls) and Creepy Camp Out (for five boys) are a pair of frightfully funny, easy-to-stage one-act comedies in which young teens get together and scare themselves silly, telling and acting out gross, gory and ghastly urban legends and classic ghost stories. These low-cost, east-to-stage extended skits and sketches may be rehe…

O Holy Knight
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

O Holy Knight — Celebrate next Christmas in a Castle! In this mirthful, medieval, 60-minute Christmas comedy, a blizzard has confined a motley mix of commoners, merchants and courtiers together in the castle’s banquet hall. The ladies-in-waiting are becoming inpatient, Christendom’s oldest squire has the hiccups, and Jabber the Jester’s outrageous antics aren’t helping. To pass the time, and to cheer Lady Dolores, whose hu…

The Pinocchio Shows (three versions)
Plays and Musicals / June 6, 2017

The ‘Pinocchio’ Shows… Pinocchio’s nose may have grown, but his story has become a FRANCHISE! Everyone’s favorite knot-head gets an extreme makeover in this teen-friendly, hip and hilarious stage adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic “Pinocchio,” now available as a full-length musical, full-length stage play, or one-act musical. When Carl decides to run away from home, he lands a job with the mysterious Professor Pinecone …

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 …