C. Dennis Moore

Biography

Bio: With over 60 publications including short stories, poetry, anthologies edited and appearing in, solo collections as well as his long-standing personal website, C. Dennis Moore (http://www.cdennismoore.com/page1.php) is dedicated to showcasing horror fiction as literature. Most recent appearances were in the Vile Things anthology, Fiction365.com, Dark Highlands 2, What Fears Become, Dead Bait 3 and Dark Highways. His novel, Revelations, is available in hardcover, trade paperback or ebook formats from Necro Publications.

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Books

The 'I Hate You' Book of Love Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Influenced by a heavy dose of Nine Inch Nails and Harvey Danger music, The ‘I Hate You’ Book of Love Poems collects 30 anti-love poems, a chronicle of love and rejection, heartbreak and despair.
The Power & the Gravy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This collection includes seven poems and four short stories. Devil’s Dream A Horse Inside the Night Isolation Looked Back Pink Jellybug Mink (the song) Pink Jellybug Mink II (the poem) The Raven’s Spears Senses Warm Bodies What the Blind Man Saw Widow’s Veil
It's Over Chronicles: Just One Fix
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
In this sort of prequel to IT'S OVER, Dwayne and Scott are headed to an out of the way place to make a score on a hot Texas afternoon in 1977. Dwayne is in dire need of a fix and as the day wears on he's not entirely sure if the hallucinations he's having are brought on by the sickness or if there's something about his friend Scott he doesn't know.
Cunt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
One man finds it hard to let go of his obsession, especially when his favorite part of her is hanging on the wall.
Biscuithead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Cody thought he could get away with it. But he forgot what his mother said happened to the bad children...
The League of Liars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
After an encounter with a mysterious stranger, Maya wakes in the next town over with no idea how she got there. Her search for answers leads her to an even stranger encounter with a homeless schizophrenic, a masochist, and a seemingly harmless pet store owner. But what lies below the surface with this trio is beyond anything she ever imagined.
Welcome to the Trust
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The road to Hell. These stories are set in the world of the novel REVELATIONS and provide some backstory on a few of that novel's more interesting characters.
The Caterpillar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A shiftless loser gets more than he bargained for when he comes to stay with his cousin while he gets back on his feet.
Pink Jellybug Mink
Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Five poems connected by a common theme of nonsense.
Short Stuff: 5 Stories
Price: Free! Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
5 of my shortest stories, the longest one (the previously unpublished "Mr. Self Destruct") only 1260 words. One of them, "Preparations", was my first publication and was made into a short film which aired on Chiller TV in 2007.
Obsessive Compulsive Dismemberment
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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Grady has a lot of compulsions. He always answers the phone on the third ring. He locks, unlocks, and re-locks his door every time he leaves the house. And he kills. But only if he can count right number of movie posters and light poles on the way to his target.

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  • The Tingles on Jan. 18, 2011

    Despite some grammatical issues and way too much repetition of the character's name in such a short story (when "he" would have sufficed and not been so distracting), I liked the idea, and the ending was very unexpected.
  • Island Ghosts: A Will Castleton Adventure on Jan. 21, 2011

    Castleton is a great character, allowing Bain to show another side of himself I hadn't seen in previous writings. The end of this one is very well-done.
  • The Bone Tree on Feb. 03, 2011

    Hands down the best Christopher Fulbright story I've read yet. This is a new level of craft for him and I'm even more eager now to see what's next.
  • Prodigal Blues on July 02, 2012

    A funny thing happened when I started collecting Gary Braunbeck novels. In 2006 I missed one. I mean, I’d heard the title several times over the years, but for some reason, it always seemed to me like an older novel, like something published before I’d started reading Braunbeck, and with that in mind I figured it was going to be one of those collector’s editions that would cost as much as my house payment anyway, so I never sought it out. Then I found the ebook on smash words for only $3.99, so naturally I snatched it up. Only later did I realize this book was only a few years old. PRODIGAL BLUES isn’t technically a Cedar Hill story, although the main character Mark does live in Cedar Hill. In this story, he’s in southern Missouri, on his way back from Kansas to sign some papers for his sister regarding their grandmother’s inheritance. On the drive back, the loaner car Mark got from his brother-in-law breaks down and a tow truck gives him a ride into town where he gets a motel room for the night, then goes across the street for dinner. While in the restaurant, Mark notices a particular VW van in the parking lot, pulling a silver Airstream trailer. He’d spotted the car a few times on the highway, noticing the little girl inside it who waved to him. While waiting for his food, Mark looks around the restaurant and notices that same little girl’s face, only this time it’s staring out at him from a MISSING poster. At first he wonders if this is a set-up, a test to see how much people really pay attention to the faces on those posters by having the little girl featured on it actually inside the restaurant. Then he goes back to his booth and finds the girl sitting there, waiting for him. There’s the expected hubbub with the police and news involved, but Mark escapes the scene unnoticed and goes back to his room. The restaurant owner says she’ll have his food sent over to him. Back in his room, Mark calls his wife, but then when he goes to answer the knock at the door telling him his food has arrived, he has only a second to realize this isn’t a waitress, and the tazer she zaps him with isn’t dinner. When Mark wakes up, he realizes he’s been taken captive. Eventually he learns his captors are themselves escapees from their own captor, only theirs was a sadistic pedophile who has permanently scarred them in various ways, removed body parts, flayed their skin, burnt them, just about any form of torture you can think of, these kids have had it done to them. Previous to the beginning of the novel, the kids finally, after several years, have made their escape. Now they need someone to help deliver them home without a lot of media attention or authorities. See, the guy who held them captive, Grendel, operated within a particular circle, and this circle included men in high places, in professions it just wasn’t safe to turn yourself over to. So they need a cover, someone they know isn’t connected to Grendel or his customers who can help get them back to their families. I had a bit of trouble following the logic of the story, however. With the quickest route being a straight line, why bother wandering the highways looking for a random stranger to take the kids home when the kids themselves were driving the van, had directions and everything to their homes, plenty of money to get them there. So why bother kidnapping someone else to assist them? Because he looked normal and wouldn’t arouse suspicion? How long could it possibly take to get everyone home? I mean the novel takes place in only two days. When the first kid is delivered to his home, Christopher, the oldest and leader of the group, holds a gun on Mark and forces him to call the boy’s parents, posing as a US Marshall, to hand over their son. As far as I could tell, the only thing Mark really did was wake them up and tell them there’s a network of perverts out there, we have a few more kids to get home so don’t go to the news or anything just yet. But couldn’t Christopher have done that? I mean it doesn’t seem like any chore to have the kids themselves deliver the kids home. In fact, if they’d all operated as a team, let the parents see what Grendel had done to them, and then Christopher had said “I need to get the rest of these guys home, and Grendel has a network of perverts out there, so wait a day or so before you call the news, okay?” . . . wouldn’t that have been just as effective? And saved time. I just didn’t get the logic of the novel. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong; the writing was all Braunbeck, and that’s good stuff, and the characters were fully developed and interacted well and the story flew by, but looking at it objectively, it just seemed a lot of time was wasted recruiting Mark when they could have just done it themselves. I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something here. This is the first non-supernatural horror novel I’ve read from Braunbeck, and he pulled it off nicely. The subject alone is something that no one could argue is the most horrible situation imaginable, and nary a ghost was needed to pull it off. Braunbeck has a knack for describing some seriously messed up stuff, and his eye for what details to show, what details to imply, is spot on. He perfectly conveys the hell the kids lived in without getting gratuitous in his descriptions, and of course the stuff he doesn’t show just makes the readers’ minds work overtime and the stuff we come with ourselves is bad enough and that in turn makes our connection to and empathy with the characters all the stronger. While I had trouble following just why they needed Mark’s help, Braunbeck drew me in with his prose, his story and his characters. I’ve yet to read a Braunbeck story I didn’t like, and PRODIGAL BLUES continues that tradition, and is just further proof, for me, why it is I continue to sing his praises.