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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:

http://www.amazon.com/Comes-Dark-Zombie-Patrick-DOrazio/dp/1453701281/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280505117&sr=1-26


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.


Review of Tim Long and Jonathan Moon’s “The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole”

Dip yourself in whatever numbing agent is your preference, strap yourself in tightly, put on some welding goggles, and then perhaps you might be able to absorb this little slice of delightful insanity, brought to you by two authors who apparently have a strong fetish with glory holes, demons with, shall we say, impressive dangly bits, some very odd and phallically shaped bugs, feces, LSD, the “F” word, and anything else you can think of that might disrupt the sensitive minds of virtually everyone on the planet.

The apocalypse is here, and everything is screwed up. God the father has decided to take a hike to another universe and start all over, while the angels and demons are waiting to get the party started. Jesus is tired of being taken advantage of, the four horsemen of the apocalypse are mostly all around incompetents, the Antichrist is a no show, and Satan…well, Satan is rising out the desert, ass first. And none of them hold a candle to the main characters in this truly freaked out story.

We have an assortment of people who are all trying to sort things out during the apocalypse, whether they are trying to prevent it or get the party started, including a General who strives to find new and fun ways to curse like a madman, a Sheriff and one of his deputies who just came from the orgy to end all orgies and are dressed appropriately in a g-string and ball gag, a man who can best be described a narcissistic, delusional, drug addled blogger who has a one armed, heroin addicted ape for a pet named Phil, an employee of a sex shop whose beverages have been spiked with so much LSD that he can only speak in what can be described as porno-linguistics, and a militant lesbian who seems to be the most sane person amongst them. Oh, and we can’t forget Goatboy…the half man, half goat who speaks with a British accent and can’t stop telling dirty jokes.

This book is a riot of psychotropic incidents and disturbing imagery…and yes, plenty of glory holes. For me, the most visually intriguing scene had to be the battle between the angels of heaven and the half man/half demon that occurs in the sex shop. It was also one of those rare moments when I am reading where I virtually laughed my butt off. I couldn’t help myself. But to say that this particular scene came even close to being the most outrageous, the most jaw-droppingly absurd in the book would be stretching it quite a bit.

Do not read this book if you do not a) have a strong stomach b) a mind willing to be twisted into little pretzel shapes, then allowing the salt on said pretzel shapes to be licked off by goats and various farm animals with questionable morals, and c) don’t have a great fascination with feces and the sexual practices of demons. You have been warned. Everyone else, come on board for a strangely compelling mind-F of the highest magnitude.

The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole can be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Satans-Glory-Hole/dp/1452862036/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279596785&sr=1-1


Review for Wayne Simmon’s “Flu”

Wayne Simmons has returned with another tale of the apocalypse that transports the reader back to the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, much like he did with Drop Dead Gorgeous, although this tale is very much distinctly different in its approach to the dead who rise up in the story.  IN DDG, the undead are VERY unique and take most of the story to appear-perhaps they are not even undead, as it were, given how they act and react.  Much will be revealed in the sequel to that tale, I would gather, as the reader is left with something of a mystery on their hands after book one as to what to expect from them…a good, intriguing mystery, mind you.

Flu is, in many ways, a more ‘traditional’ tale of the dead rising.  The premise here is a flu that rips through the populace, putting down almost everyone as it goes airborne.  The police cannot handle it, nor the army, but they are doing their grim best to quarantine the initial victims of the outbreak in a way that I found to be quite disturbing.  Those afflicted by the flu don’t rise immediately-at least not at the beginning of the story, but it does not take long for it to be clear that we are dealing with a zombie outbreak as we see one body rise in a tenant where the police can barely contain the rioting citizens.  After that, we skip ahead six weeks and discover that the city of Belfast is a wasteland, with few survivors and undead numbers growing exponentially.

Wayne brings the reader back to his little corner of the world and makes it as detailed and vital as he did in DDG.  We again are introduced to characters who were immersed in the ‘troubles’ of that area-policemen, the military, and a member of the IRA, whose past existences haunt them and impact how they try to survive through this horrible reality they find themselves in.  They are not the only characters, as Wayne doesn’t scrimp on the introduction or development of others, including a heavily tattooed and pierced character named Lark and his buddy McCall, who inject some color into this new world of death and mayhem, alongside the beautiful Geri, who share time with cops George and Norman and Pat, an IRA operative who has taken it upon himself to protect a naive girl he’s found in the aftermath of the apocalypse, Karen.  We also get to see some things going on behind the scenes with the military, although our time with Major Connor Jackson and Dr. Miles Gallagher, two men at crossed purposes, is limited in this book-just enough for us to guess at what grim possibilities await the other survivors in a sequel to this novel.

The bottom line is that this is a richly developed story with characters that you can love or hate based on the depth with which they are developed.  My criticism, which is minor, has to do with the fact that the action is limited because of the detail with which all the characters are given.  Don’t get me wrong, the story moves forward, it is just not at a lightning pace.  I am guessing that the author is setting the reader up for a thrill ride of a sequel that is less heavy on character development and more on action, as is often the case with sagas such as this.  Honestly, I can’t say it is really a criticism that is heavy, because I think when this tale is complete, after two or three books, we will see something that is vibrant with characters that fascinate as well as action that resonates.  Good stuff, and again, Wayne Simmons does not disappoint.

Flu can be found at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1906727198/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=00GQ22E3DTS4YD6FT7JS&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846


COMES THE DARK is live on Createspace!

It has finally happened.  My book is live on Createspace.  The publisher has approved the proof and this book is now available to the world!  This is the first step.  It will be available on Amazon and other online sources within a week to ten days, and then will be available on the Kindle (no release date on that as of yet).  You will be able to pick it up in PDF format via The Library of the Living Dead website for a very aggressive price as well.

More to come on all of that, but here is the link which will allow you to purchase my book from Createspace.  Again, it should be available from Amazon very soon for those of you who want to wait for it’s release there.  But don’t wait, buy a copy…buy 2!  Buy several for your friends, family, your dog, your cat, and anyone else you can think of!

https://www.createspace.com/3469412

Thanks to everyone who has made this book possible…too many to thank without making this post a mile long, but you know who you are!


First review of Comes The Dark!

The first full review of my book has show up out on in the world!  That along with the news that the book may be ready to go within a week or two if the proof looks good have me feeling quite giddy at the moment.

Matt Nord, aka Zombie Custodian, posted a review of Comes The Dark on his blog that can be found here:

http://zombiecustodian.blogspot.com/2010/07/review-of-comes-dark-by-patrick-dorazio.html


Final Cover of Comes The Dark complete as well as formatting…as well as a few other things

Well, the file is pretty large, so it would be tough to add it here, but the finalized cover is complete for the book and it looks great.  Philip Rogers did a fantastic job with it and was able to fit all the blurbs on the front and back along with all the logos and other little touches that will make this complete.

Since it’s a pdf, it’s too large to effectively post here.

Also complete is the formatting for the inside of the book.  An ISBN number needs to be set up for the book and then a proof will be ordered from the printers, which I get to look over and make sure it looks good.  If it is all set, then the book gets rolling.

In some ways, it is pretty scary that things have gotten to this point so quickly.  I sort of find it hard to believe that my first book is this close to being completed so that I can start bugging everyone to start buying this sucker.

In other ways, it feels completely right after such a long saga.  Many thanks to Michael West, aka Dr. Pus, for making all of this possible.  I can’t repeat that enough.  The man is driven and dedicated to his authors, and I have always felt as if the Library is a wonderful home for a lot of great people, with Doc as our wonderfully wild patriarch.  Imaging a trip to Pittsburgh in September to meet him and everyone else is almost too much to imagine.  It’s going to be a profound experience.  Especially since I will be on one of the author panels with the chance to read from my book.

As Doc has told me more than once:  “Buckle up and keep your hands and feet inside the cabin-it’s gonna be a wild ride!”

Update: I was able to get a lower sized version of my wraparound cover saved…so here it is:


Review of J.L. Bourne’s ‘Day by Day Armageddon Beyond Exile’

Day by Day Armageddon was one of the first books I read when I became interested in zombie literature, to go hand in hand with my fascination with zombie movies, almost exactly four years ago. As is the case with many people who enjoyed its personal approach to the apocalypse as told by an active officer in the military, I have waited all this time for the long hoped for sequel. Since J.L. Bourne is himself an active member of the military, my guess is that he was only able to write bits and pieces of this update of the saga between active tours of duty. While it may have been frustration for us fans of the first book to have waited this long, I have to say that the wait was well worth it.
An issue that some people had with the first book was perhaps the intentional diary approach to the book, with typos left in and even the text a bit rougher than you would get from a traditional novel. That is no longer an issue, as the format of this book is more traditional, with no errors in the text, intentional or not. I myself had no issues with that previously, but with it gone, it is one less point of criticism that someone may have with this type of storytelling. We once again get a diary of a military officer facing down the zombie apocalypse and this one picks up where the last journal ended, under ground, in the nuclear missile silo the author has dubbed Hotel 23, shortly after an attack by hostile survivors that failed to penetrate its defenses.
This is once again a personal journey of one man, with other people entering and exiting the story at different intervals. The characters in the first novel that are with the main character in Hotel 23 remain, but do not play a pivotal role here. The story has more dramatic swings to it than the previous tale, where it was mainly one man gathering who he could with him to find any place they could to survive. In this story, the military is reintroduced and play a huge role in the goings on of this tale. This allows the story to progress beyond what could have amounted to a group of people just trying to hide out underground for the duration of the apocalypse. Instead, the main character is required to make tough decisions and take on new responsibilities that will lead him away from H23 for the bulk of this tale and once again make this a intriguing saga of one man’s path, out in the open, during the zombie apocalypse.
My favorite character, and one which I am gathering much more will be revealed about in a future journal, is Saien, who our main character meets during his desperate travels and appears to be equally as capable (if not more so) than the main character at surviving in zed infested territory. His background is perhaps not completely shrouded in mystery, but it is clear there is more to the man than what the diary indicates. Suffice it to say, he is an interesting addition to the characters in the book, and the only one that shared a great deal of pages with the main character.
While there is a bit of romance afoot for our hero, it is certainly not a significant part of this journal. Personal interactions like that are kept to a minimum, with some character commentary that reveals bits and pieces, but the action is what the author targets, as is natural in a journal format such as this. While there is a great deal of military terminology, the author goes to significant lengths to make the layman, like me, feel comfortable with the equipment and hardware being used in the story. This is not a story about an every day guy beating the odds and surviving, but about someone who has gone through survival training, has a great familiarity with weaponry, hand to hand combat, and battle tactics most of us are not privy to, which makes this book fairly unique among most zombie stories written.
I personally enjoyed the gritty, personal perspective that this book and the previous novel have. A journal format does have its weaknesses: minimal dialogue, limited perspective, and by necessity, we know that the person who is penning the journal is okay because they continue to write about their exploits day after day. But done well, it is a compelling format, and it is hard to say that anyone out there does it any better than J.L. Bourne.

Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile can be found on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/143917752X/ref=cm_cr_thx_view


Review of Eric S. Brown and Jessy Marie Robert’s Kinberra Down

Eric S. Brown and Jessy Marie Roberts have created a faced paced and slick little tale of war, aliens, and mayhem that is packed tightly into 80 pages that go by even quicker than you would think.  This novella starts out fast, with the Kinberra, a human warship, getting assaulted immediately after coming out of void space into a war zone.  Humans and Darians, a cat-like race, are fighting in the system, and before the Kinberra can get annihilated like the rest of their fleet, the ship takes a blind jump into void space…which sends them to a mysterious ice planet with some very dangerous indigenous life forms, where they are forced to crash land and make a desperate attempt to repair their vessel before they get annihilated by the giant ants that swarm the snow drenched planet.

This book barely gives you barely enough time to breath, as we get space battles, hand to hand combat, gruesome ant like enemies, mutiny, and even a bit of a love story jam packed into this very quick read.  I devoured this one in one quick sitting and enjoyed it a great deal.  This could easily be part of a much bigger saga of the war between the Humans and Darians, and we even get to meet a Darian that is a prisoner aboard the Kinberra, so the reader gets a taste of these enemies and how the fight.

My only real complaint has to be that this book is so brief that we don’t get too much of a chance to really get to know the people involved in this tale in any depth.  This is true in particular of Jordon, Rebecca, and Xar, the Darian prisoner who is forced to fight alongside the humans against the menacing ants.  I would have liked to seen more of them.  This is a brief jaunt into space that gives you action that is fast paced with absolutely no filler, though, which marks it as a blast in my book.

Kinberra Down can be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/161706016X/ref=cm_cr_thx_view


Review for the Orange Bizarro starter kit

You may not like bizarro.  It may not be your cup of tea.  I decided to read the two bizarro starter kits after having read a small dosage of it in a few other forms and wanted to be immersed in it, to really understand what it is all about.  After reading both kits, I have decided that trying to extract a particular logic or style of writing from the various authors who participated in these books is a futile effort.  Bizarro may not make sense on a traditional level of thinking, but I think the main thing is that it makes sense in whatever realm or universe the story that is created inhabits.

I have seen some bizarro that seems to be heavy with symbolism while other tales perhaps don’t have any more depth than a lark the author decided to take off on, but some of it is quite beautiful and obscene at the same time.  I probably haven’t read enough of this style of writing to be an honest judge of it, and haven’t read enough of what influences its authors, which is conveniently posted in the bio of each of them in both of the starter kits, but I know that I can go from enraptured to repulsed within the same tale with more frequency in bizarro than anywhere else.  And I think that is a key element of this type of work-it is something that doesn’t allow you to relax, or rest as you breeze through passages that are interconnected with regular, everyday logic.  Instead, you are forced to remain vigilant, observant of every word, every phrase, because within may lie a totally different experience, a different exposure to something unique and strange.

The Orange Bizarro Starter Kit can be found at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933929006/ref=cm_cr_thx_view


Updated Cover and back of Comes The Dark

Here is the updated version of the cover and back of Comes The Dark.  Note that there will be some more text and some other touches added still.  Philip Rogers, the artist, is incredible, and more of his artwork can be found here: http://philipr.deviantart.com/gallery/