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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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The Pebble
Children's Book , Featured Item / March 1, 2017

Read FREE on Kindle Unlimited! The Pebble By Patrick Dorn –This colorful, whimsical, rhyming religious picture book tells the story of David and Goliath from the stone’s point of view. The Pebble is lowly and meek, mocked by nearby stones and boulders because it dreams of flying. As part of God’s creation, the Pebble trusts that it has value, meaning, and purpose. Suddenly, a hand reaches down, picks up the Peb…

The Death and Life of Everyman
Plays and Musicals / February 25, 2017

The Death and Life of Everyman — Moldy Medieval Morality Play turns out to be contemporary, funny and relevant! Who’d have thought it? This modern and comedic adaptation of the classic allegory concerns a man who learns he must meet his Maker, and then does! As his doom approaches, Everyman discovers that family, friends, and fortune cannot accompany him and that even strength, beauty, intellect, and emotion are no match f…

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Plays and Musicals / February 15, 2017

The Hunchback of Notre Dame — Here’s a comical classic to set your bells ringing! The unforgettable characters from the beloved novel come to thrilling, laugh-happy life in this funny and frill-free “festival” adaptation of Victor Hugo’s popular literary classic. A troupe of youthful players recreates the riotous adventures of the misshapen, but tender-hearted bell-ringer Quasimodo, the beguiling gypsy dancer Esmeralda and her c…

Don’t quit your day job!
indie author , Uncategorized / December 3, 2015

During the Thanksgiving holiday, my wife Abby, our rescue dog Frankie and I headed to the high country of Crested Butte, CO for three days and three nights of rest and recreation. To quote Tina Fey from 30 Rock: “I want to go to there.” What a beautiful town! For this southern California boy, Crested Butte is the perfect embodiment of everything I thought Colorado was supposed to be, with snow-capped peaks, low-key l…

Fiction: The Bunny and the Big Black Dog
Children's Book , Fiction , Uncategorized / November 15, 2015

Dear Readers: After the catastrophic loss of all my website data a couple weeks ago, I’ve started re-posting some of my most popular posts. Please feel free to share this story with others. THE BUNNY AND THE BIG BLACK DOG (Based on an actual event, as refined through theological reflection) By Patrick Dorn Early one cloudy morning, a big black dog trotted along a narrow dirt path, sniffing the air and enjoying the freedom …

‘Thin Skinned’ seeks reviewers. Free copies available from author.
Fiction , Free Offer , Uncategorized / November 10, 2015

Thin Skinned: 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. Thin Skinned is a very short (about nine pages), gory horror/western mashup and is available on Amazon/Kindle for 99 cents, or FREE if you contact me and ask for a copy! No, it’s not a western with horses and cattle drives and shootouts and saloon girls. In…