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Review of Jonathan Moon’s “Mr. Moon’s Nightmares”

Mr. Moon gives us a bevy of tales that run the gamut from outright horror drenched tales that grab you immediately and desperately try to tear you limb from limb to the more subtle, nuanced stories that slowly reveal themselves, much like an old legend or ghost story told around a campfire on a cold, crisp fall evening. While I was perhaps expecting more tales like “Wasp Stings and Fever Dreams”, which deals with a blurred line between reality and dark fantasy, based on my exposure to another one of Mr. Moon’s works, The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole, I think I was quite surprised, in a very good way, that the author can spin a diverse range of yarns that are compelling and reveal themselves with a ease that is very satisfying. Mr. Moon is quite the story teller and he gives his audience an introduction to a region of the country that gains more richness with each story. I am reminded of Stephen King’s consistent return to parts of a gloom cloaked part of Maine when I read through each of Mr. Moon’s tales of the dark reaches of the mountains and forests of Idaho. It is clear that there is an affinity for this region that allows the author to present both an appreciation for this area of the world while still making it almost oppressively mysterious and frightening for the reader.
There is a diversity of stories here, a bit of something for everyone, with a couple of larger novella sized, along with several short stories and even a few poems. Grasshopper season is a winding tale that weaves in and out of this book in eight different chapters. I enjoyed most every story, but if I were to find something to critical about, it would lie with “What Really happened to ‘Dirty’ Dick Wilkins.” The story itself is a fine, creepy novella that takes us back to the old west and a mysterious town where no one seems to grow old, but the editing needed to be tightened up. There were some minor spelling gaffs throughout the book, but they were far more significant within that story. But again, the story was good-holding my attention throughout with its rich characters and gruesome secrets hidden inside the mountains. For punch in the gut impact, my favorite story had to be “The Little Box of Ladybugs” which was a quick shock to the system. “The Full Moon Express” and “Parched” also stood out for me as top-notched short stories that dealt with tantalizing, good old fashion horror that I found highly entertaining.

Overall, this book is eminently satisfying. Mr. Moon is a crafter of stories, pure and simple. He knows how to set the mood, give the right amount of ambiance, and then provides the eerie creepiness that immerses the reader in the doom and gloom of each tale.

Mr. Moon’s Nightmares can be found at Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Moons-Nightmares-Jonathan-Moon/dp/1451577249/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280633669&sr=1-1

Comes The Dark is now live on Amazon.com!

My first novel has hit amazon.com.  So if you’ve been waiting for it to arrive there, now is the time to get your copy.  Don’t wait, buy one today!  And once you’ve read it, please feel free to write a review on Amazon as well.

Thank you…oh, and here is the link:


Another Anthology I am in has been released! The Zombist.

Yep, ladies and gents, I am pretty excited about this one, which has both zombies (awesome) and the Wild, Wild West (kick ass!).  So if you love zombies, cowboys, and indians, then you will love this sucker.

Oh and did I mention, it’s HUGE.  Twenty Nine stories from twenty nine different authors…this sucker is one thick book of gunfights, bloodbaths, and gruesome old west fun.

Check it out here: https://www.createspace.com/3422384

It will be on Amazon and other online stores in the next couple of weeks, and on the Kindle as well in a short while too.

Interview with That Book Place and book signing announced.

I was interviewed for a book signing I will be doing with my good friend, Ben Rogers on October 23rd at That Book Place in Madison, Indiana (www.thatbookplace.com) and it appears on their website, here: http://www.thatbookplace.com/interviews/56-interview-patrick-dorazio

I would like to that Beth, PR Guru Extraordinaire for setting up both the interview and the book signing, which will be a lot of fun.  I would like to also thank Frank Hall from That Book Place for inviting us to sign books at his store.

Review for Tony Scaab’s The G.O.R.E. Score Volume 1

I have written quite a few reviews on Amazon. Most of those reviews have been of zombie related books. I have tried my best to be both detailed and honest, giving the reader an honest overview of the content of a book without (hopefully) giving away too much of the plot or providing spoilers that would take away from their enjoyment of the book. I have done all this because I love the zombie genre and appreciate both the good and the bad when it comes to zombie fiction. Originally, I just started pounding away on my keyboard without any consideration for a larger zombie “community” out there, some of which can be found here on Amazon in the Community section-people who are like minded, sharing their thoughts on books, movies, games, and any other zombie related…stuff. Naive as it may sound, I hadn’t popped around the web looking for websites created for and by people who have this addiction to the rotting buggers. As time went on and I got to know some of the authors and other folks in the community, I started to discover a group of folks who actually have websites dedicated to zombie…stuff, and in particular, reviewing zombie stuff. That is how I stumbled upon Tony Schaab’s website and his very unique and creative scoring system for all things zombie.
Tony has done a bang up job with creating a system (G.O.R.E. stands for General Entertainment, Original Content, Realism, and Effects and editing) that gives you a thoroughly detailed guide when it comes to zombie…stuff.
Now I will admit that I am happy to receive a few favorable votes here on Amazon for my reviews. When I get a comment now and again about someone saying they appreciate my effort to give them a fair overview of a book. So I say this with all sincerity: The GORE Score puts my reviews to shame, hands down. Tony not only gives his opinions, which are based on a strong appreciate of zombie lore, but does his research so that he can provide little tidbits and details on a particular book/movie/etc, that he is reviewing. It’s not only about the score, but about what the product has to offer, and what it will mean to the zombie aficionado. Now understand that his reviews are straight from the perspective of someone who is in love with the undead (and not in pervy sort of way), so while most of the reviews are of zombie-centric products, he does take a swipe at a few things where zombies are not the central figures.
I think the bottom line with any book that claims to be a source for review material of a particular topic is whether or not you find the reviews intriguing enough to take a look at a product you either had no intention of acquiring or gives you some more hesitation on a product that you were certain that you would like, but after reading the review you realize it may have been a waste of money. I think the GORE Score does this quite well, as there are several books, movies and even a piece of music that I am going to be checking out after reading this compilation that would have never crossed my mind before. Tony Schaab is articulate, funny, and gives you the lowdown in an easy to read and understand format. Good stuff for all the zombie lovers out there.

The G.O.R.E. Score Volume 1 can be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/G-O-R-E-Score-Review-Things-Zombie/dp/1453654194/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280107483&sr=1-1

Video Trailer for Comes The Dark

Here is my attempt at a video trailer for Comes The Dark.  Many thanks go to Ben Rogers for making my mediocre effort into something presentable.  He did a great job of adding effects and turning this into something compelling.  Enjoy!

Copies of my book arrived today!

Copies of Comes The Dark arrived in the mail today, which may seem like not a big deal, but given that this is my first published novel, it is HUGE for me.  That this thing is real and not just something that I created in my imagination, but is something that is tangible and can be shared with everyone else out there feels pretty dang remarkable.