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Marvel Collector Corps: Secret Wars

Posted 8/27/2015

It's Marvel Collector Corps time!

There wasn't a lot in the box this time, but I liked what there was:














 See what I'm saying?  Not a lot in there.  But the Secret Wars shirt (pic #2), which I'm wearing right now, and the Thor and Spider-Man Pop figures are great and, if bought in a store, would have definitely cost more than the subscription itself.

I like the comic, but I've got the original printing so I won't be opening or reading this one.  And the patch and pin are sitting on top of my desk along with the patches and pins from the first two boxes.

I'm enjoying this subscription a lot, and if DC had one that didn't cost $50 a month, I'd get that, too, but I think, for me, LootCrate is still the best geek box around.

That being said, I definitely recommend the Marvel Collector Corps boxes if you're a Marvel fan.

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This Week's Comics Haul, 8/26/15

Posted 8/26/2015

This week was a pretty good sized comic haul.  My daughter got 2, my son got 6, and I got 4.  Here's the haul:





























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August 2015 LootCrate: Villains 2

Posted 8/21/2015

The theme for this month's Lootcrate was Villains2--the previous Villains box coming out the month before I started subscribing, but it had some awesome stuff in it from what I saw.  I wish I'd gotten it.  This month's Villains box was decent, I guess, but a little underwhelming with only FOUR items:














  From top to bottom and left to right, I got a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, which fans of "Breaking Bad" will enjoy, but which I don't have much use for.  I tried to give it to my daughter to use while painting, but she wasn't interested, either.  It's hanging on the back of my office door until I think of something else to do with it.

Next is an exclusive Joker wooden figure, which I obviously gave to my son, the Batman fanatic.

There was a 3D Venom mug which looks pretty cool, but isn't very practical for drinking out of, and my Doctor Who travel mug works just fine.

Last there was a pretty cool Captain America Hydra pin from eFX Collectibles.

As you can see, this was a really small crate this month, and that's disappointing, but they can't all be winners, right?  And that's not to say it's a worthless crate.  If nothing else, from a comic geek perspective, the mug, pin, and Joker are pretty cool display items.  I can live with that.  And anyway, my Marvel Collector Corps box is on its way too, so hopefully there'll be some really good stuff in there.

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Music-Talk Thursday: Ani.

Posted 8/20/2015

 Yesterday while getting comics, I also picked up a new album.  Well, a new album for me.  Well, a version of an old album that I already own on CD.

I was first introduced to Ani Difranco in 1999 by my friend Aaron who had made a copy of her live album, LIVING IN CLIP, and presented it to me out of the blue.  I'd never heard of her, knew nothing about her, but holy shit what a great album.  And I'm not big on live albums at all, but hot damn, she played her ass off.

So eventually I went back through her catalog and stocked up.

I'd have much rather found LIVING IN CLIP on vinyl yesterday, but this was the only one they had.  And that's okay, because as Ani's studio albums go, this is one of the best, if not THE best from start to finish.

If you're unfamiliar with Ani Difranco, look her up here and then go to youtube or itunes and check out some of her music.  Most likely you won't be disappointed.

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This Week's Comics Haul, 8/19/20

Posted 8/19/2015

This was a pretty decent haul this week.  My daughter got 2, my son got 3, and I got 4.  Not bad.  Here's the haul:




















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This Week's Comics Haul, 8/12/15

Posted 8/12/2015

This week was a pretty big haul.  For me, anyway.  My son only got 1, my daughter got 2 (plus the new MAD Magazine), but I got 9 this week.  Here's the haul:





























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Currently Reading:

Posted 8/10/2015

 The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with bated breath for years, and it's everything they've begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker's horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming. Are you ready?

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August publication: The Return of Alison Wonderland

Posted 8/7/2015

They’re Retrieval Specialist, and they’re the best there is. 

Snow and Cinder, operatives of an organization called The Kingdom, have been tasked with one of their most dangerous missions: find former teammate Alison Wonderland and bring her back alive. 

A year ago, Alison went missing, presumed dead, but now satellite imagery has revealed she’s alive. Wherever she’s been, whoever she’s been with, Snow and Cinder have to take special care in bringing their friend home because Alison, like every other Kingdom operative, is more than she seems. 

With the powers of Madness at her fingertips, the mystery of Alison’s whereabouts for the past year only makes this mission all the more dangerous. What if she’s been turned? What if she doesn’t remember them? Alison’s got the power to warp all of reality around her with a flick of her wrist and Snow and Cinder could be walking directly into a danger they can’t possibly understand. 

THE RETURN OF ALISON WONDERLAND, the first book in the Kingdom series, is now available in print or ebook formats for only $1.99.

It is currently available for Kindle with other platforms, Kobo, Nook, Sony, and several others to follow.  If you're a Nook or Kobo reader and don't mind side-loading, you can get it here from Smashwords right away.

As always, if you read the story and like it, PLEASE consider leaving a review and telling a friend.

This story came about one day when, as a joke, I emailed my friend David Bain and said I was going to write a story involving two female super heroes.  Snow and Cinder.  Snow would have ice powers while Cinder would have fire powers.  I then went on to name others in their little group, a woman named Red who used a red cape as a weapon, a duo named Beauty and Beast.  Rapunzel with the living hair.  There were others. All of this was just a joke, though, to make Dave laugh.  But the more I thought about it, the more I really DID want to write this story.  So that's what I did.  And now you can read it.  Enjoy.

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Music-Talk Thursday: My current playlist

Posted 8/6/2015

Time for new music.  I've swapped out most of what was on my phone for a new batch.  Okay, that's not entirely true; I swapped out SOME of it for SOME new stuff.  A good deal of what was on there before is still there, though.  Here's what I currently have to listen to:

2 Live Crew: As Nasty As They Wanna Be

Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead

Salt-N-Pepa: Best of

Fat Boys: Best of

Crank Yankers: Best of Vol. 1

LL Cool J: Bigger and Deffer

Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind

David Bowie: Changesbowie

DMC: Checks, Thugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Dramarama: "Anything, Anything" single

Squeeze: "Tempted" single

The Escape Club: "I'll Be There" single

Gary Gulman: Conversations with Inanimate Objects

Eminem: Curtain Call: The Hits

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

Harvey Danger: Dead Sea Scrolls

Andrew Dice Clay: Dice/Dice Rules

Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle

Green Day Dos!

Toad the Wet Sprocket: Dulcinea

Marilyn Manson: Eat Me, Drink Me

Veruca Salt: Eight Arms to Hold You

Finoa Apple: Extraordinary Machine

Andrew Dice Clay: Face Down Ass Up

Marilyn Manson: The Golden Age of Grotesque

Goth Oddity: A Tribute to David Bowie

Gypsy Blood: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

T'Pau: "Heart and Soul" single

Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob

David Bowie: "Heroes"

Marilyn Manson: The High End of Low/Holy Wood

Michael Ian Black: I Am a Wonderful Man

Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Drive...

NAS: Illmatic

Lonely Island: Incredibad

Heypenny: A Jillion Kicks

Harvey Danger: King James Version/Little By Little

Tone-Loc: Loc-ed After Dark

David Bowie: Lodger/Low

Sean Nelson: Make Good Choices

Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals/The Pale Emperor

Thomas Dolby: "She Blinded Me with Science" single

Pure Funk

Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt

David Bowie: Scary Monsters

Eminem: The Slim Shady LP

David Bowie: Station to Station

Young MC: "Bust a Move" single

Lenny Kravitz: Strut

The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

Fiona Apple: Tidal

Green Day: Tre!

Lonely Island: Turtleneck and Chain

Green Day: Uno!

Lonely Island: The Wack Album

Fiona Apple: When the Pawn...

Harvey Danger: Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?

The Escape Club: Wild Wild West

Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth/Year Zero

David Bowie: Young Americans

Andrew Dice Clay: 40 Too Long

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This Week's Comics Haul, 8/5/15

Posted 8/5/2015

This week was a pretty depressingly small haul.  There were NO Marvel books that came out that I wanted so I'm ready for this Battleworld stuff to be over and get back to the books I want to read.  For now, my daughter and I each got one and my son got four.  Here's the haul:



















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Dancing on a Razorblade

 DANCING ON A RAZORBLADE, is 45,000 words of intense, hard-hitting horror fiction that refuses to let up until the bloody end.

Starting with the first story, “Cuneiforms”, which finds a quartet of carpoolers following a strange school bus full of seemingly drugged children as they head for an abandoned school. The foursome watch as the kids are unloaded to the playground where they’re used in a mysterious and puzzling ritual meant to call forth an ancient beast from Hell by unlocking hidden glyphs in the playground diagrams. Guaranteed you’ll never look at a school playground the same again.

In “Maggie Andrews Gets the Facts”, a journalist desperate to keep her job follows a lead to a rich eccentric’s house when he tells her he has the devil locked away upstairs. Is he serious, or is the little girl Maggie finds just a little girl? The shocking end of this story will keep you awake long after you’ve closed the book.

DANCING ON A RAZORBLADE is a serious collection of horror fiction which reveals the monsters truly are hiding everywhere. In “Renovation”, Jack just wants to spend the day looking for a job and taking care of his son. But when the walls of his house start breathing, then calling his name, he has only one thought: survive.

In “Revenge of the Roach King”, Jerry has a serious bug problem stemming from a heist gone bad. It seems his dead ex-partner had a million silent partners of his own, and now they want his share.

In “Raw Materials”, a wrong turn leads a man into a strange little town where they use every part of the animal, leading to a desperate game of hide and seek as their hunger gets the best of them.

“Blood Bitch” introduces the world to a new and vicious monster that is sure to haunt your nightmares. Jason’s dad tells him the terrifying story of the Blood Bitch, a creature with no face and a mouth in her stomach which she uses to eat children in their beds. But dad’s untouched medication says the real danger may lie closer to home. This is a story that challenges the notions of real and make believe and how powerful the idea of belief really is.

Nine stories make up this bloody collection, and each tale is built on a deadly premise wherein the things and the people you interact with every day really are out to get you. Nothing is safe and DANCING ON A RAZORBLADE illustrates that point with a very fine and dangerous edge.

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With Just a Hint of Mayhem

 This massive book contains the full versions of my first three collections under one title and priced to sell.  At $5.99, you get two collections at the regular $2.99 price and the third for only $0.01.

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The Dichotomy of Monsters

THE DICHOTOMY OF MONSTERS contains fifteen terrifying tales of things that aren’t what they seem. Moore’s reality will leave you questioning your own senses and doubting the proof right in front of your eyes.

In “Reckoning”, Jody returns to his old home after his mother’s funeral to find some of the memories he thought he’d left behind aren’t so quiet nor so forgotten. Fans of his haunted house novel The Third Floor will find Moore’s take on ghosts in this story to be anything but typical.

In “Timesmiths”, Moore ponders the question of time travel and what happens to the perceptions of those being affected when alterations are made. In “Broken Man”, poor Mr. Sumner saw angels take away his dying wife and now he thinks he can bring them back for him if he makes himself suffer enough.

In the title story, an escaped Mr. Hyde sets out for America in search of a permanent cure to his weak alter-ego. But he soon discovers the real monsters are not quite as obviously recognized as he is.

In “Monday”, the one C. Dennis Moore calls “the best story I’ve ever written”, Maddy has only one goal today: die. But an old custom and a deep-rooted sense of routine keeps her locked in an unending cycle until she can figure out the key to breaking her pattern.

These are just some of the fifteen stories in THE DICHOTOMY OF MONSTERS, but each one offers its own unique view of hell and the monsters that dwell there. Leave your preconceptions at the door and let C. Dennis Moore show you just how beautiful monsters can be and, as in the story “The Garden”, how monstrous the beautiful.

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Love Jones

In this collection, I  leave behind the ghosts to offer five erotic stories, some with a speculative bent.

In “Cunt”, a disgruntled ex waxes poetic about the one who got away. 

 “Like the Fruuits of the Devil” tells of a bet between a demon in Hell and the Devil himself: seduce an angel and gain free reign. 

In “If I Was Your Girlfriend”, a man tries to discover if things with his ex would have been different if he’d been a woman. 

 “The Karma Factor at Madam Ruby’s” shows Richard’s attempt to repair his broken marriage by reliving the last time things were good between he and his wife: the last time he cheated on her. 

“Goodbye” is a bittersweet love letter, written by a man to the woman who broke his heart. 

 LOVE JONES isn’t a happy-go-lucky collection. These love stories do not have happy endings. Instead, these stories show the darker, less appealing side of opening your heart to someone. Fueled by sleepless nights and grey skies, LOVE JONES just might ruin your day. 

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