A Writer’s Musing #28,963 (things I think of wot normal people don’t)


One of my favorite movies is An American Werewolf in London. John Landis, I feel, did a pretty damn good job of revisiting the old classic monster. The monster was not romanticized as werewolves appear to be now (bare-chested monkey-boys wooing milquetoast teen girls). The underlying theme is not so much just a horror movie, but a disquieted study in something that destroys the normalcy of two average young men, and causing a tsunami of terrible consequences for everyone within a 20 mile radius of them. As a writer, I love the underlying tragic theme because it makes the main characters deeper and more profound than what their normalcy would dictate if left alone – however, Landis, as a storyteller, begs much suspension of disbelief from his audience for his premise to work. For example, the main plot-hole I find is why the main character remains in London. These are normal people; they would go home after such tragic events on the moor where one boy is murdered. Instead, in Landis’ script, we have the MC wandering around London detached with nothing more to hold him there other than the cute nurse he’s met in the hospital.

Why am I telling you this?

Good writing, good visualization, means nothing if the plot is tenuous and built on your reader’s suspension of disbelief. Most speculative fiction works demand much – too much – and often miss the mark of a very important and classic literary work. It might work out all right in a movie, however, the plot holes become apparent in afterthought, that is, if the audience doesn’t think too much. Classic speculative fiction pieces like Frankenstein and Salem’s Lot work when the characters and motivations therein are well-thought-out and rounded. In other words, when they make sense.

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Reviewer: JW Hicks author of Rats

What we thought: This novel could be aptly summed up with this tagline taken from the text – It was time to place a haunted past to rest.

I came to this second offering from D’Angelo without having read his first, Dark Running. Thankfully it wasn’t necessary as D’Angelo insinuates the backstory with subtlety.

Artemus Dark, AKA the Big AD, is a metaphysician extraordinaire. In his world the paranormal is an accepted part of life, existing side by side with everyday normality. The Big AD is a psychic investigator par excellence – a self-proclaimed occult scientist who investigates crimes perpetrated by the shade community.

His latest case concerns two psychics being blasted with an identical blast of psychokinetic energy, resulting in mental meltdown. One of the psychics is his old pal Eddie de Winter, the other – Big AD himself. Turns out it’s no coincidence but the result of a direful happening they experienced in the past.

Add to the mix a dark-magic hit man hot on AD’s trail, plus the visions of a spectral zero-Fahrenheit ice-woman haunting his dreams, whispering ‘Come back to me…’ and you have the ingredients for a real terror ride.

Overall, Darkness Becomes You is a thrilling read, though in some places the pacing falters a tad, forcing a speed-read to catch up on the action. But despite this nit-pic D’Angelo’s novel spins the reader into a dark world-scape that both perturbs and fascinates. Darkness Becomes You is a gripping read and a supernatural TV hit in the making.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: Paranormal thrillers akin to Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt vampire series and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files.


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Avoid if you don’t like: Ghouls, evil spirits and psychic phenomena.

Ideal accompaniments: Halloween treats – Dead Man’s fingers, Marshmallow Ghosts and a Bloody Mary.

Genre: Horror. Noir thriller.

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Bibliography of M Cid D’Angelo

We writers should all be proud of a published bibliography. It takes some while to build a platform, and when we attain it, it needs to be lauded or the main reason why we, as artists, have been trying to make a living is utterly lost.

I submit my current (Fall/Winter 2014) Bibliography for those of you interested in trying to find pieces of my works. Many of these can be found online:

“Reading Between the Lines: Researching Little Known or Unknown Treasures” (Lost Treasure Magazine, November 2001) (PRINT)

“With the might of a shôgun, Oda Nobunaga rose from obscurity to becoming one of Japan’s most formidable rulers” (Military History Magazine, accepted not published, 2002)

“The Light” (Aoife’s Kiss, December 2006)(I) (PRINT)

“A Far Away Place” (CC&D, Accepted Withdrawn, 2007)(I)

“Girl Sunday” (Eureka Literary Magazine, Fall 2009)(I) (PRINT)

“Thumbs Up” (Midway Journal, Spring 2010)(I) http://www.midwayjournal.com/Oct10_Fiction-ThumbsUp.html

“Adagio in the Dark” (Lady Jane’s Miscellany, Summer 2010) (PRINT)

“A Far Away Place” (Urban Mozaik, Accepted not Published, 2010)(II)

“Thumbs Up” (Third Wednesday, Summer 2010)(II) (PRINT)

“Don Quixote de Las Vegas” (Moronic Ox, December 2010) http://www.moronicox.com/don-quixote-de-las-vegas-dangelo.html

“Chad and Willie Break a Leg” (The Legendary, Spring 2013) http://www.downdirtyword.com/authors/mciddangelo.html

“In the Garden” (decomP magazinE, Spring 2013) http://www.decompmagazine.com/inthegarden.htm

“Girl Sunday” (Calliope, Fall 2013)(II) (PRINT)

“Band of Gold” (The Legendary, Spring 2014) http://www.downdirtyword.com/authors/mciddangelo.html#band

“The Road from Tahlequah” (Niche Literary Magazine, Summer 2014) Follow the link for issue No. 4 – https://nichelit.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/contributor-interview-m-cid-dangelo/

“Girl in the Window” (Stepping Stones, Accepted not Published, 2014)

“The Light” (The Sirens Call Magazine, Summer 2014)(II) http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/ezine.htm

“Lonesome Road” (Silk Road Review, 2015)

Dead Reckoning (J Ellington Ashton Press, 2015)

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Artemus Dark Novels Re-Released on Amazon/Kindle

The thing is, I was rather reluctant to self-publish these. I am at heart a traditional author, however, both Dark Running and its sequel, Darkness Becomes You narrowly missed a multi-book contract with Simon & Schuster in 2008.

Instead of allowing them to sit unread and unavailable in my archives, I have made them once more open to the public.



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J Ellington Ashton Press Publishes Horror Novel Dead Reckoning!

I’m extremely happy to report that my seaside horror novel, Dead Reckoning, has been accepted for a 2015 release by J Ellington Ashton Press!



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Short Story, “Lonesome Road”, to be published by Silk Road Sept 2014

 It's been a very good year when it comes to getting a few of my shorter works published. One was abortive however, when there was a falling out with the editor - but sometimes, even when you think you're done with the year, some good news comes unexpectedly. "Lonesome Road will be published in the September issue of Silk Road Magazine.  This story is based on 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson, an icon in music and a Hall-of-Famer. Legends says he sold his soul to the Devil to be great, and maybe he did.

It’s been a very good year when it comes to getting a few of my shorter works published. One was abortive however, when there was a falling out with the editor – but sometimes, even when you think you’re done with the year, some good news comes unexpectedly. “Lonesome Road will be published in the September issue of Silk Road Magazine.
This story is based on 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson, an icon in music and a Hall-of-Famer. Legends says he sold his soul to the Devil to be great, and maybe he did.

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Author’s Interview with Niche Literary Magazine

Niche: Tell us a little bit about your creative process? How do you get through difficult spots?

M Cid D’Angelo: I don’t think there is an easy way around them. I, like many other writers, go through “dry” periods where the muse doesn’t sing. No matter how I try, nothing comes out. When it comes to fiction, I’m a draft writer, meaning that I usually just start writing and discover much on the journey. Then I rewrite another draft, and then another, until the draft is set.

Niche: What are some things that inspire you for stories?

MCD: They can come out of nowhere. Reading articles in magazines, online. Sometimes other stories inspire too.

Niche: You dedicate your story to Leonard Peltier and Russell Means. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

MCD:  In 1977, Leonard Peltier, a Sioux Indian and Native American activist, was accused of killing two FBI agents in South Dakota. There is great controversy to his conviction and the investigation; much of which the FBI is considered to have whitewashed and pushed through evidence to convict him when many people believe Peltier is innocent of the crime. “The Road from Tahlequah” is a musing how it would be for an older Native American activist to finally come home after a long incarceration in Federal prison.

Russell Means was an outspoken Native American activist and actor I always admired. He passed away a year or so ago. Many people know him for his role as the father of Daniel Day Lewis’ character in the 1992 movie, Last of the Mohicans.

Niche: You have mentioned that the Road to Tahlequah is particularly special to you due to your Cherokee roots; did that make the story harder to write? 

MCD: Quite the contrary. The Cherokee, after their removal from the east coast to Oklahoma, via the Trail of Tears, there was always a deep-seated resentment in many of the locals about the injustice. It’s a sad story that can ignite much passion.

Niche: Your characters of Margaret and Tom Long show different sides of a Native American family, could you tell us a little more about them? Do you relate to one more than the other? 

MCD: Margret was inspired off, incidentally, a young Indian – that is, from India – woman. I transposed the character and her flamboyant in-your-face personality that reminded me of some other angst-ridden Native American girls I knew. They have become anglo-sized, that is, desiring to be “white” rather than Native American. I found that character persona to be indicative of the unrest in disaffected Native American youth across the 500 Nations. Tom Long is the old school; he is redolent of the old ideals of the civil rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. Nowadays, it seems, that those ideals have been trodden into the muck of forgetfulness, and that the Native American youth who still are harbored on reservations still face a barrier of what was then and what is now. Tom Long represents the courage and the desperation of those who fought for their civil rights while the younger generations are just doing what they can to eke by.

Niche: What, if anything specific, do you hope readers will take away from the Road to Tahlequah?

MCD: I want them to know of the other people who share this land with them. That just because they’ve been holed up on reservations far away, that they are still human. That they face not only the hardships of being Native American in the United States, but that their hopes and dreams are very much like anyone else’s.

Niche: Is there anything else that you want our readership to know?

MCD: Read. Read. And read some more. Read not only for entertainment, but read because perspectives make a reader worldly. Feel that we are all connected.


Niche No. 4 is now live! 


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