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An Introduction to Angel Hill

Posted 7/30/2015

If you’re on this site, chances are you already know I’m C. Dennis Moore, and if you know that much, you probably already know I write the Angel Hill novels. If not, here’s some info.

Angel Hill, Missouri is a fictional town I created when I first started writing in 1991 as my own version of Stephen King’s Castle Rock, only set in Missouri and more metropolitan than King’s small country town. In fact, Angel Hill started as a slightly more sinister version of my own town of St. Joseph. The difference is, Angel Hill has about half the population (St. Joe has around 76,000 people), and there are ghosts in Angel Hill. I mean a LOT of ghosts. And not just ghosts, but all kinds of weird things.

It’s set just outside St. Joseph, on the spot where the Platte River crosses US169, forming an X and splitting the town into four sections.

The first Angel Hill story I wrote was “The Man in the Window”, which I eventually rewrote several times over the years until this final version was published in 2011 by Crossroads Press. The problem with “The Man in the Window”, in terms of Angel Hill, though, is that the climax takes place in the next town over, Fairfield (another fictional town), but I like the think whatever energies power Angel Hill served as a catalyst for anything to happen at all.




Next was THE THIRD FLOOR, which I wrote, again, several times, and self-published in December 2012. This novel has always held a special place for me because many of the haunting events that take place there happened to me in that actual house. Yes, for years, I lived in the house depicted in the novel. This was also the novel where the town began to feel more fleshed out and readers really started to connect with it. It’s a dark place, but it’s also an interesting one, I think. Luckily, several tens of thousands of readers have felt the same.



Then came THE GHOSTS OF MERTLAND. This novel established an important landmark in Angel Hill, one that would come into play in another novel later, and allowed me to further explore some of the darkness in the town. This was a very short novel, just over 50,000 words, and many of the scenes read like fever dreams, but it’s an important establishing story for Angel Hill.




THE FLIP centers not on ghosts in Angel Hill, but a curse. And four friends trying to start their own business are caught in the middle of it. This novel is more like THE THIRD FLOOR in tone and length, and anyone who liked the first one will almost definitely dig this one.





The most recent Angel Hill novel was a collaboration with my buddy David Bain, RETURN TO ANGEL HILL. We decided to take his character, Will Castleton, and bring him to Angel Hill for a few days. This is the first of the novels not set in one main location, but utilizing the entire town and its wonders. I loved the chance, with this book, to stretch out and see what else was going on in town instead of focusing on whatever main stage the other novels were set.

And the best thing about the Angel Hill novels? They don’t have to be read in any particular order. There’s no over-arching story here. Each novel is a standalone, with the only real tie being the town they’re set in.

For 2016, I have two new novels I want to write. I’m not fast at the novels, though, so I’m HOPING to get them both written, but at my speed, and with my work schedule, it’s not a guarantee. I’m going to try my best. Especially since one of them is something of a sequel to THE THIRD FLOOR.

And it doesn’t stop there. I’ve also written some Angel Hill short stories. These are a ball to write, too, because they’re something of a challenge, and I LOVE a writing challenge. In the case of the Angel Hill shorts (which so far consist of “Carlotta Valdez”, “Flagpole Sitta” and “Woolly Muffler”), I’m basing the titles on songs by the band Harvey Danger, starting with their debut album, WHERE HAVE ALL THE MERRYMAKERS GONE? and working my way through the tracks from start to finish. Already, I’m trying to figure out what the next story, “Private Helicopter”, could possibly be about that wouldn’t be trite and predictable.

Of all the stories I’ve written over 20+ years, and that’s a LOT, the Angel Hill stories and novels have been the ones to most widely connect with readers, and that’s just how I wanted it when I conceived of the town back in 1991. What I hadn’t considered back then was just how complex the place would become. Every story I discover some new aspect of it, and it’s always a surprise, sometimes a terrible one.

If you’ve come this far, chances are pretty good you’ve already been to Angel Hill a time or two. If not, then hopefully this served as a decent introduction and has made you curious. If so, just click one of the covers above to go to that book’s Amazon page. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you in Angel Hill real soon.

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This Week's Comics Haul, 7/29/15

Posted 7/29/2015

This was a rather small week for comics.  Only 8 altogether.  My son and daughter got 3 each and I got 2 (and technically one of those is going to my oldest son the next time I see him).  There were a few more that Comixology said were out this week, but I didn't see them on the rack.  But for now, here's the haul:




















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LootCrate, July: Heroes 2

Posted 7/28/2015

Saturday was LOOT CRATE DAY!!!  The theme this month was Heroes 2.  For a change this time, most of the box went to my son.  Here's what we got:




























 From top left to bottom, we got the full Crate, a Wonder Woman poster, a Legend of Zelda sweatband (which is going to my son who loves both Legend of Zelda and sweatbands), a Batman multi-tool keychain (going to my son), a LootCrate exclusive edition of THE LEAGUE OF REGRETTABLE SUPERHEROES from Quirk Books, an exclusive TV series Batman Q-Pop figure from Quantum Mechanix, going to my son, and a Star Trek air freshener.

Next month's theme is Villains 2, which I'm excited for, because I saw the original Villains box right after I signed up for LootCrate, but had already missed it.  So hopefully the next one is just as good.

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Music-Talk Thursday: What I'm Currently Listening to, and a Thank You to Brent Tychalos

Posted 7/23/2015

I swap out the music on my phone every couple of weeks, after I've made my way through it all.  A few weeks ago I had a lot of 80s hair bands, Motley Crue and Poison and Bon Jovi and Faster Pussycat.  Then I had all my RUN-DMC and Beastie Boys albums.  Currently I don't have THAT much of a mix.  But here are the albums I'm currently listening to.  Note, I usually listen to them by alphabetically by song title.

Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way?

Letters to Cleo: Aurora Gory Alice

Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead

George Carlin: Back in Town

Lenny Kravitz: Baptism

Crank Yankers: Best of Volume 1

Spinal Tap: Break Like the wind

Tegan and Sara: CBC Radio 3 Sessions

Lenny Kravitz: Circus

George Carlin: Complaints and Grievances

Gary Gulman: Conversations with Inanimate Objects

Eminem: Curtain Call: The Hits

Tegan and Sara: Dallas Buyer's Club

Tegan and Sara: Dare to Wonder (Oreo commercial jingle)

Andrew Dice Clay: The Day the Laughter Died (1 and 2)

Tegan and Sara: Daytrotter Studio

Harvey Danger: Dead Sea Scrolls

Andrew Dice Clay: Dice, and Dice Rules

Marilyn Manson: Eat Me, Drink Me

Tegan and Sara: Endless Love soundtrack

Andrew Dice Clay: Face Down Ass Up

Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile

Tegan and Sara: Germs of Perfection, Gift Wrapped Vol. II, Girls Vol 1, Heartthrob, I Hear Noises, I Was a Fool remixed

Lonely Island: Incredibad

Lenny Kravitz: It's Time for a Love Revolution

George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya, Jammin' in New York

Harvey Danger: King James Version

Marcy Playground: Leaving Wonderland in a Fit of Rage

Tegan and Sara: Lego Movie soundtrack

Lenny Kravitz: Lenny

Marilyn Manson: Lest We Forget: The Best of

Lenny Kravitz: Let Love Rule

George Carlin: Life is Worth Losing

Harvey Danger: Little By Little

Tegan and Sara: Live Session EP

Lenny Kravitz: Mama Said

Marcy Playground: Marcy Playground, MP3

Macy Gray: On How Life Is

Marilyn Manson: The Pale Emperor

George Carlin: Parental Advisory, A Place for My Stuff

Tegan and Sara: Playday Demo

George Carlin: Playin' With You Head

Lenny Kravitz: Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Tegan and Sara: Red Demo

Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack

Tegan and Sara: Saints: Live

Marcy Playground: Shapeshifter

Eminem: The Slim Shady LP

Tegan and Sara: So Jealous X, The Spotify Sessions

Lenny Kravitz: Strut

Tegan and Sara: Live at the Phoenix

Lonely Island: Turtleneck and Chain, The Wack Album

George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?

Harvey Danger: Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?

Nine Inch Nails, With Teeth, Year Zero

Tegan and Sara: Yellow Demo

George Carlin: You Are All Diseased

Jon Lajoie: You Want Some of This?

Arrested Development: 3 Year, 5 Months and 2 Days

Lenny Kravitz: 5

Tegan and Sara: 5 Songs from The Phoenix

Andrew Dice Clay: 40 Too Long

Tegan and Sara: 2010 Summer Tour sampler


And this time I HAVE to give a HUGE thank you to Brent Tycholas who showed me there was a TON more Tegan and Sara out there than I knew about.  Thank you, Brent.  Happy listening.

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This Week's Comics Haul, 7/22/15

Posted 7/22/2015

This was a much bigger week for comics than usual, mostly due to a few new #1s that had to be bought, and my daughter decided she wanted to check out HARLEY QUINN & POWER GIRL, so I got her the first two issues.  In the end, she got 3, my son got 7, and I got 4.  Here's the haul:




























    Hell yes I bought ARCHIE VS. SHARKNADO!










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Currently Reading:

Posted 7/20/2015

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume.

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013—as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. InAdventure Story—a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year—stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

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July publication: The Night book 1

Posted 7/18/2015

I've got this son, Caleb, whose 18 now, and has been, for several years, obsessed with Batman.  So much so that, when he got back home from Basic Training last summer, he spent a good deal of the money he had earned buying bits and pieces here and there and constructing a pretty damn good Batman suit.  But I love my son and always thought he could do better.  Because Caleb is all kinds of awesome in his own right.  So why model yourself after someone else?  Why not just be YOU?  With that in mind, I decided to write Caleb a story in which he does just that.  And now it's ready and published.

There’s a darkness falling over town, and it’s trying to wipe out the worst of the worst. High school student by day, vigilante by dark, THE NIGHT is part Batman, part Spider-Man, with only one goal: clean up his neighborhood and his city. 

But how can one young man hope to accomplish such a task on his own? One person at a time. 

It starts with getting one troublemaker off the streets and into a safe place. Then he gets a fellow student to get rid of his stash. After that it’s time to investigate a ring of thieves. But during it all, his main goal is simple: find the one supplying drugs to his community and deal with him. 

THE NIGHT is on a mission. The only real problem: he’s only seventeen and his parents have no idea of his secret identity. 

Click here to get it in print or on your Kindle.

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This Week's Comics Haul, 7/15/15

Posted 7/15/2015

Today was a pretty small comics haul.  Probably the smallest ever, in fact.  My son and daughter got 1 each and I only got 4.  Here's the haul:











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In the mail yesterday: Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?

Posted 7/10/2015



































Got this in the mail yesterday, the 17th anniversary edition of Harvey Danger's debut album, WHERE HAVE ALL THE MERRYMAKERS GONE? on vinyl.  Yes, that's a clear album up there.  That's awesome.  The sleeve opens up to reveal a very long essay written by band frontman and songwriter Sean Nelson, as well as the lyrics.  The cover is slightly different, designed to show the progress of the world in the intervening 17 years since the cover photo was first taken.  This is one of my favorite albums in my collection now.

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This Week's (late) Comics Haul, and some Music

Posted 7/9/2015

Comics were a day late this week, due to the holiday.  And I wasn't happy about it.  But they're out today, and I got them.  GOOD stuff this week.  My daughter only got 1, my son 2, and I got 7.  Here's the haul:




























That's right, Star Trek/Green Lantern #1 came out this week.  How could so much awesomeness be crammed into one comic?  I'll find out.

Also, since this is, technically, Music-Talk Thursday, I bought a new record, too:

 Can you dig it?

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