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October 12, 2014

AUDIOBOOKS ARE AVAILABLE!!!

So far I have three of my novels available at Audible.com in audiobook format. A collected 17 1/2 hours for all three. Click below to go to their Audible pages and you can be listening within minutes. Afterward, hopefully you'll be moved to leave a review and tell a friend. Audible currently has a sale going where, IF you have already bought THE MAN IN THE WINDOW for Kindle, you can get the audiobook for only $1.99!!!

The Man in the Window:
http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The...

The Third Floor:
http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The...

The Ghosts of Mertland:
http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The...
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Published on October 12, 2014 23:31 • 84 views • Tags: angel-hill, audible-com, audiobooks, the-ghosts-of-mertland, the-man-in-the-window, the-third-floor

October 6, 2014

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When I started reading comics again, back in 2007, I started because Marvel was publishing the comic adaptations of Stephen King's DARK TOWER series, which turned into less an adaptation and more an expansion. At the time, however, I had no idea Wednesday was new comic day, and I went on Fridays, because that's when I got paid--and I didn't even go every Friday. If on one Friday I got the new issue, I didn't go back for another couple of weeks. And as a result of being uninformed as to when exactly comics were released, I missed these two books.

Both are one-shots, single issue books released as extra material for the main story, sort of like DVD bonus features. I probably will never read either of these as one of them is a who's who of this universe, giving bios on all of the important characters, and the other book is an almanac of the places and things that make up the universe, things like Fedic, Billy-Bumblers, and The White Lands of Empathica. At one time I would have read them cover to cover, because that's how I rolled in my teens. But as an adult, who's got that kind of time, or that kind of attention span? But I bought them anyway, simply to add to my Stephen King comic book collection.

Now here comes the bright side. I missed these books by 6 and 7 years, but when I did find them--which I did completely by chance last week--I saved $6. The original cover prices for these books are $3.99 each. I got them for $0.99 each. And for two books I wouldn't have read no matter if I'd bought them in 2007 or 2014, that's a pretty good deal.

I can live with that.
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Published on October 06, 2014 02:49 • 45 views • Tags: back-issues, comic-books, stephen-king, the-dark-tower

October 5, 2014

Today I will start reading a BOOK for the first time in a while. I've spent so many of the past few weeks reading and catching up on comics I'd almost forgotten what it felt like to hold a paperback in my hands. Now, the book I'm going to start reading is one I've already talked about here, so I don't bother with the cover and synopsis again but will instead merely link to that post. http://www.cdennismoore.com/news-even...

Instead I'll take this space to mention how nervous I am to dive into a book this thick (497 pages!) after so many weeks of 20-25 page comics. The introduction alone runs about 50 pages, and I get the feeling this book is going to be work. That's not to say it won't be interesting; it looks like I'm going to love it. But, man, is it a thick one. And a paperback, at that. The text is sort of small, the pages are sort of grey, and the book is kind of heavy. Still, I'm pretty happy to have those comics caught up and to be reading a book again for a change. Of course, once I finish this, I'm diving right back into comics. Someone--me--bought the ENTIRE Walking Dead comic series in 21 trade paperbacks and 6 single issues. But first, The Haunting of America.
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Published on October 05, 2014 01:21 • 69 views • Tags: america, hauntings, paperback, reading

September 27, 2014

1117 words this morning, which makes a total of 6782 words added to RETURN TO ANGEL HILL since last Saturday. That's a decent amount, and I'll take it, even though I did zero words yesterday and only 597 a few days before. Most days I made my 1000 word minimum and on Wednesday, I wrote 2015. I know the deadline for my portion of the book is October 14, but I'm going to go ahead and beat that by almost two weeks and have it to Dave some time next week, the earlier the better.

I'm eager to have this one off my plate because I got word yesterday that my job, and my schedule, is changing again. Starting Monday night I'll be working third shift, from 10:30 PM to 6:30 or 7:00 AM--most likely 7:00 because these are 8 1/2 hour shifts, minus the half hour unpaid lunch. I'm not looking forward to it in the least, not only because it's back to the department I was so desperate to escape last month, but I have no idea what this schedule is going to do to my writing time. So I want to get this novel out of the way as soon as I can. I think, if I push myself, I can have it done by Monday and off to him. But that's still two days away and I know how much I still have to write on it, so I'm not making any promises just yet.

What writing projects are you currently working on (and are eager to be done with)? Tweet me@CDennisMoore or email me here and let me know.
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Published on September 27, 2014 07:26 • 51 views • Tags: angel-hill, david-bain, will-castleton, writing

May 31, 2013

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Published on May 31, 2013 05:58 • 115 views • Tags: books, reading, sale, summer

December 14, 2012

Just a quick announcement, my horror novel THE THIRD FLOOR is available at smashwords and Amazon for only $0.99 through December. Get it while the sale is on because once January comes, the price goes up:

Hell House. The Amityville Horror. The Haunting of Hill House.

Horror author C. Dennis Moore invites you to the newest haunted house on the block, a place so mean, even in a town where strange is the norm, the stories surrounding this house are legend. The problem is they’re all true.

THEIR NEW HOME IS OUT TO GET THEM

Welcome to Angel Hill, Missouri, a town that shot blood from the ground at its own groundbreaking. There are only two roads in or out of Angel Hill, and everything within those borders is subject to the whims of reality. Those who grew up here are immune to the town's peculiarities. But Jack and Liz have just moved here, and for their young son, Joey, it's almost like coming home again.

As the Kitches settle into their new home, a large abandoned house in need of a lot of TLC, Angel Hill welcomes them the only way it knows how. Footsteps in the middle of the night. Voices on the phone. Their big empty house wasn't so empty after all. There's a presence, and it's growing stronger. And angrier.

DOES MADNESS LIVE ON AFTER DEATH?

A hulking figure stalks the halls while childlike voices whisper in mourning. And there's something unexplainable happening to Joey. His hair is shorter now, and his eyes . . . they didn't used to be that color, did they? And that birthmark on his neck looks more like a scar every day. Jack doesn't want to believe his own eyes, but for Liz the threat is all too real, and it's closing in.

From the invisible shapes under the sheets, the eyes she feels on her constantly, and the banging coming from the third floor . . . is that something trying to get in? Or something wanting out? Welcome to Angel Hill.

C. Dennis Moore is the author of REVELATIONS and “The Man in the Window” as well as over 60 published stories in the speculative fiction genres. THE THIRD FLOOR is based in part on his real experiences in the house on which this novel is based. His horror fiction has appeared most recently in VILE THINGS, WHAT FEARS BECOME, DARK HIGHWAYS, DARK HIGHLANDS 2 and DEAD BAIT 3. In the review of his first short story collection, TERRIBLE THRILLS, CEMETERY DANCE MAGAZINE called him “an author worth keeping an eye on.”

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...
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Published on December 14, 2012 04:02 • 186 views • Tags: announcement, haunted-house, horror, novel, sale

November 1, 2012

I suppose I should just be glad I got any words written at all today, considering I just finished story #4 of this series the day before yesterday. I would normally give myself a few days to figure out the course of the next story before getting started, but the first 84 words came to me last night while I read in the tub, so I got out and came in to start the story before I forgot. And this morning I wasn't sure I'd have anything more to say on the matter just yet, but it turns out I did. I'm finding the voice of the story and have reached a point this morning where I can go one of two directions. But that's the thing I'm worried most about.

I can write this story in the allotted two weeks, but how much of it would I have to tell versus show in order to get it done in that amount of time? I don't know. The beginning I've established has the potential for a much longer story, I just don't think it's the story I WANT to tell, or at least not the way I want to tell it. I'm not interested in writing a novella, if for no other reason than I can't, currently, see a way to tell it without it being bland and predictable and cliche, and I try very hard to avoid those things as much as I can. There's a way with this one, too, I just need to figure out HOW.

I think I need to break out the notebook and work it out that way. I carry the damn thing everywhere, and half one already practically filled, and every single time I use it, it helps greatly in figuring out the story I want to tell. But just like the self-imposed deadlines, I sometimes forget and just stumble along blindly. I really need to get back to making the notebook AND the deadlines a regular thing when I write. I keep underestimating the effectiveness of both in favor of just jumping in and WRITING.

Organization. I know better than that. I just have a bad memory sometimes.

However, in the case of THIS story, I already know the STORY, I just have to decide if I want to tell it completely, or write the condensed version. Maybe I'll give it another thousand words or so and see how things are going. If it looks like I'm on the path to a 20,000 word story, or more, I will probably condense it. This story is part FIVE of a six-part story series; I think it's important to keep them all at short story length, and not have one installmant swallow the others. So we'll see how it goes.
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Published on November 01, 2012 04:36 • 186 views

October 31, 2012

In celebration of Halloween, for today only my two Halloween-themed short stories, "In the Veins" (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...) and "Terrible Thrills" (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...) (the short story version, not the collection), are discounted a whopping 66% and you can get both for only $0.99 each for your Kindle, Kobo, Nook, or Sony reader. PDF versions are also available. Both stories contain free back-up stories ("Mistress" and "The Stand-In", respectivelly), so altogther that's 4 stories for less then $2. Print versions are also discounted from $4.99 to $3.99 for today:

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Published on October 31, 2012 05:48 • 122 views

October 23, 2012

I think that, finally, after weeks of turning it over and over in my head, trying to find the right angle, and searching desperately for an ending, I finally have the new story figured out. I started writing it this morning, but did so few words I'm not even going to bother telling how few. It was under 100, though. But I do know the direction the story will take now, and it's not at all what I'd expected. Which, of course, means I could be totally wrong and by later today or tomorrow morning it could have changed again. We'll just have to see.

Meanwhile, I am now reading

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Cages and Those Who Hold the Keys is a collection of five novellas from Gary A. Braunbeck.

150,000 words.

In the Midnight Museum - Bram Stoker Award-nominated for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, 2005
Martin Tyler is a 44-year-old janitor whose life has come to a sputtering halt; he has no friends, no family, and no promise of better days ahead. In the grip of blackest depression, he attempts to take his own life, only to find himself waking up in a local mental health facility where he has been placed for observation.

But something more has happened to Martin than just a failed suicide attempt; certain doors of perception have been unlocked in his mind, allowing him to see fantastic creatures that lurk outside on the streets of Cedar Hill - creatures only he can perceive.

Over the next 48 hours, Martin will discover what these creatures are, who controls them, and why he must enter The Midnight Museum, a place with no doors or windows, but many entrances and exits; a place just outside the perception of everyday life; a place where Martin will discover how and why he inadvertently holds the fate of the world in his hands.


The Ballad of Road Mama and Daddy Bliss

In the novella The Ballad of Road Mama and Daddy Bliss, a man assigned community service duty with the city morgue after a DUI arrest is offered a simple deal: transport an old woman's body back to her hometown, and his record will be wiped clean. But this is no typical old woman, and -- as he soon discovers -- he is taking her to a town that is on no map. The old woman's identity, as well as the reasons behind the town's secret existence, will be revealed to him over the course of a few nightmarish hours between midnight and dawn -- the time when The Road demands its sacrifices.


Kiss of the Mudman

International Horror Guild Award for Long Fiction, 2007

A haunting story behind the lyrics of a rock song from the 70s. It is a story of music, stardom, death, and the combination of notes that brings dirty destruction to the Cedar Hill halfway house. Along the way, a visit from the "ulcerations" of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, and Billie Holiday enlighten the legend of just why the greatest guitar player that ever lived was a woman. Music fans will love it, and Braunbeck's fans should not miss it. It has all the things that make his work special: the pain, the despair, and the fear, all combined but with each one allowed its own moment in the sun, each one getting its own time with your nerves before they all come crashing down, leaving you with just enough energy to turn the page.

Tessellations

A haunted, young actress returns home after the death of her father to discover that her brother has seemingly gone insane. Over the course of one unnerving night she first witnesses — and then becomes a part of — a Halloween nightmare that, piece by piece, physically brings back the past, rips a hole in her consensual reality, and allows demons, monsters, and even a miracle or two to shamble into this world and transform it into the darkest of fairy tales...

The Sisterhood of Plain-Faced Women

'The Sisterhood of Plain-Faced Women' is the story of Amanda, who gains beauty but at a terrible price as her new physical attributes are torn from other people, the tale never less than compelling and with a heartfelt moral at its core.


This is my final Braunbeck, but it's a whopper. I'm enjoying it so far, but I've barely made a dent.

And finally, I think I have officially designed the very very last covers for the Five Fates books. I hope to get the new covers up tomorrow, and they look awesome. I think I'm FINALLY getting the hang of making them look like real book covers and not just a photo with a title splashed across the front. I'm really pleased with how they've turned out.
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Published on October 23, 2012 04:30 • 92 views

October 17, 2012

I've been having some website issues lately. Everything seems to be working ok EXCEPT the blog page. Hopefully it'll get straightened out soon.

In the meantime there's this page.

I'm still, technically, proofing DEATH SIGHT for David Bain, however he's still working on the last 7000 or so words, so I'm taking a couple days and reading a few quickies as well.

Yesterday I read and reviewed:
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and today I'll be starting:

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Published on October 17, 2012 06:25 • 144 views