Black Cat Day

Someone said it was National Black Cat Day, but as I'm Australian, I'm going to call it I'national Black Cat Day (as in International). So here are my pics of my favourite black cat. His name was Boof (aka Barbari Thom Thumper). Unwriting week it's been. Shoulder surgery last week (I think), next shoulder next … Continue reading Black Cat Day

Blue Moon

Not the song, the moon itself is appearing twice in the month. And more exciting, for those who wish to do dastardly scary stories on Halloween, the second full moon is 31 October (we are in Australia, so check your zone -- do you get a blue moon this month?). Halloween will have a full … Continue reading Blue Moon

All the books…!!!

Antipodean darkness creeps here … read on, if you dare

Things in the Well

I published a lot this year and not sure I really updated the news blog about them, so here’s the latest books. In fact, hell, here are all the books available through Amazon…!!!

If you see any advertised on Amazon at ridiculously high prices, or any books you don’t see here ( I counted 26 of 28 :P), feel free to email me (dillonstephen@hotmail.com) for a quote with your address as Amazon (AU especially) keep bumping up the prices….

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A New Story in The Month that was, Even While in the Middle of it!

Did you see the new addition off to the right? Yes, I finished another project. I'll say the genre is Dark Urban Fantasy with touches of metaphysical and horror, but the latter two are there as an indication, not a notice of classic witchcraft or slasher horror. The story is scary, it goes places Dante … Continue reading A New Story in The Month that was, Even While in the Middle of it!

Critiquing a friend’s book… how do you tell them it doesn’t work?

Ever had the feedback dilemma? Here’s the goss on how to do it:

Nail Your Novel

I’ve had this interesting question from Jan.

A friend has finished drafting her first novel. She asked me to proofread before she sends it to agents. I explained she would up her chances if she got it edited too, so she asked if I could do that.

I’m reading the manuscript and have found what I feel are fundamental issues. For instance, I’m 57 pages in and nothing dramatic has happened, I still don’t know the theme of the book, or what any of the characters are driving towards. There is a lot of description, but I haven’t been able to discern its purpose.

I really want her to have the best chance, so how do I essentially ask her to rewrite from scratch? She’s proud of the manuscript; (she should be, she wrote 92,000 words and had the dedication to stick to it). I’m trying to work out the…

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QotD Oct 9 Kindness

Let’s call it this day, every day — what’s your story?

Desert Musings

I decided to add a bit of description to the title because, whenever someone pings these it gets confusing after a while. I used to be pretty good at titles, maybe I’ll get my title mojo back again. We’ll see. Coming up with a good, descriptive title is hard, y’all. Especially if you have to do it every day. Other bloggers will back me up on this. Anyway, here is today’s prompt — it’s not really a question, but what can you do? The thing says Simple Prompt Generator not Question Generator. So maybe I misnamed this challenge. Ha! Either way, the prompt says: Write about the kindness of strangers.

Write about the kindness of strangers

There’s a lot of bad in this world, y’all, especially right now. But there is also a lot of good. It makes me sad, sometimes when I hear my friends bemoan the…

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It’s in the Eyes

It’s been a year, and it’s Dad’s birthday again, so I think of him and that day when I saw myself through his eyes …

Cage Dunn - Writer/Author

#FPQ: What do you believe, when it comes to people’s traits and personalities? Are they primarily formed and shaped by nature or by nurture, as defined above? What about your personality? Nature or nurture?


The bathroom window takes up all of one wall. It’s huge. Faces west. The afternoon sun makes the space as bright as an operating room. I like that. No mould.

The other day, I went in to dust and wipe and tidy. The doors to the mirror shone to a smear-free finish. The best time to do it is in the afternoon when the sun highlights all the marks and smudges.

I looked up, and …

My father’s eyes looked back at me.

It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the direct relationship between the two of us. We don’t look alike in any other way. Different hair, body shape, facial structure, ears, hands, feet.

But…

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#BadMoonRising: Diaballein by Cage Dunn #horror #darkfantasy

Pop on over to see the #BadMoonRising feature for October with Teri Polen sharing authors who love Dark Fantasy/Horror.

Books and Such

Today we have an author making a first time appearance at Bad Moon Rising.  I read a wonderful review of Diaballein last week at D. Wallace Peach’s blog HERE  The list of three items to take into a haunted house totally makes sense – well thought out.  Welcome Cage Dunn!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night, or spend a night in a haunted house?

For prickly-skin inspiration, I’d like to walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight on my way to sleep in the abandoned haunted house, but not in a coffin.

What three items would you take to the haunted house?

  1. eReader, of course, ‘cos how else am I going to get weird reflections of the ghosts who think I can’t see anything behind me?
  2. Pump-up mattress, ‘cos even sleeping with ghosts should offer some comfort, and old haunted houses are not conducive…

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