Welcome to my website. Here you will find examples of my writing, as well as details of all my published work.
Michael O'Connor has had stories and poems published in a large number of UK/North American print and online magazines (including A Collection of Words 3, All Hallows, BAD Press, Bloodletters, Book of the Dead, Connections, Crystal, Delivered, Dementia 13, Doppelganger Broadsheet, The Dragon Chronicle, The Dream Zone, the Electric Acorn, Fire, Footsteps, Gateway Monthly, Gentle Reader, Gravity’s Angels, The Heliograph, Kimota, Lateral Moves, Lost In The Dark, The Magpie's Nest, Mensa Magazine Short Story Supplement, Nasty Piece of Work, The New Cauldron, Omega, Peep Show, Pennine Ink, Pendragon, Revelation, Roadworks, Sepia, Sierra Heaven, Strix, The Errorist, The Weekly News, The Writers’ Cauldron, Thirteen, Threads, Twa Dugs, Verse Noir, Xenos, and Zest.)
One of his stories received an Honorable Mention (sic) in the tenth annual edition of the international publication Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and another in the thirteenth edition. Others have been successful in the 1998 Department for Education Cancer Research Campaign competition (First Prize) and the Camberley Writers' Circle 1998 Competition (Highly Commended), as well as in the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Lewis Wright Competitions and the 1996 Redcar Writers' Competition. Another of his stories and two of his poems were short-listed in Writers’ News Magazine competitions, and he won first prize in their 2011 ghost story competition.
He has written articles on popular culture and literary history for local magazines, most recently a series of four articles for Bygone Kent published in 2013-14, and has had essays and book reviews published in The Baum Bugle (Journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club) and in The Carrollian and The Lewis Carroll Review (publications of the Lewis Carroll Society (LCS)). Until January 2015, he edited and wrote for the LCS’s quarterly newsletter Bandersnatch and was on their Committee and Editorial Board.
A collection of my short stories published by Urban Fox Press entitled WHERE DO THEY ALL BELONG? The Press is, sadly, no longer in existence, but I have a handful of copies of this book for sale myself at £7.50 a copy inc. UK postage.
My non-fiction book FROM CHAUCER TO CHILDISH -- WRITERS AND ARTISTS IN THE MEDWAY TOWNS published by Medway Delta Press (ISBN: 978-0-9564022-0-2) at £8.99 a copy inc. UK postage. See www.medwaydeltapress.co.uk
My second non-fiction book, ALL IN THE GOLDEN AFTERNOON; THE ORIGINS OF ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (ISBN: 978 0 904117 38 7) can be purchased from the Lewis Carroll Society website at: http://lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk/store/index.html for £4.50 a copy (£3 to LCS members).
My e-novella CAGES is available from Eternal Press at $4.50: you can order it in electronic form (ISBN: 978-1-61572-107-8) from the Eternal Press website by clicking on 'titles' from their home page, or you can go directly to it via Google by following the link: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615721078
I do have a very limited number of print copies of CAGES (ISBN: 978-1-61572-108-5) available, which you can buy from me at £7.50 including UK postage.
MULTIPLE AUTHOR WORKS
I was one of the writers involved in a fascinating literary experiment that resulted in an equally fascinating novel: PASSAGE TO REDEMPTION. "Imagine the uncertainty ceased and the world was faced with an indisputable, stark truth:- reduce atmospheric CO2 to pre-biblical levels within three years or the human race will be destroyed. What would we do, what could we do? Who would lead us?" About the Authors: The Crew is an international writing group started by the novelist Peter Lihou with the objective of proving that a disparate group of authors could work together and complete a successful novel in twelve months. Over the months the authors have faced a multitude of challenges aside from those created by the project, ranging from extreme climatic emergencies (including a volcanic eruption) to life threatening illnesses and several bereavements, financial hardship, lifestyle and career pressures. Inevitably some have been unable to accommodate the project and consequently there have been reductions in the membership of The Crew. The creative process, however, has continued to be nurtured by the remaining authors. During the life of the project a total of 53 individuals contributed to either the planning or writing phases. Seventeen embarked on the yearlong writing phase that has taken the equivalent of 12 man (and woman) years to complete as well as more than 8,000 messages on the closed Internet forum. These required over 133,000 page views by the authors or an average of 12,000 each, over the course of the year. To date, none of the authors have met in person and the only contact has been via the Internet.
Paperback: 514 pages. Publisher: CreateSpace (September 10, 2010) Language: English
ISBN-10: 1453804889. ISBN-13: 978-1453804889
Available for $19.95 plus postage from:
I have work in the following print anthologies from Urban Fox Press, all published in 2004. The Press is no longer in existence but it may be possible to track down copies of the books from various online or other retailers.
THE MEDWAY SCENE
THE ARTS IN MEDWAY (VOL.2)
NEW ART FROM NORTH KENT
One of my stories is in the e-anthology VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES AND GHOSTS, OH MY! edited by Eve Paludan and published by NoTree Books.com. Available from Amazon.com and Smashwords.com at $7.99 US.
I have stories in each of the following print anthologies, available on Amazon, Lulu and/or from their respective publishers' websites:
REVELATION (VOL.1) published by Fourth Horseman Press (2004) No ISBN available
MAKING CHANGES published by Bridge House Press (2008) ISBN: 978-0955791-0505
IN THE SHADOW OF THE RED QUEEN published by Bridge House Press (2009) ISBN: 978-0-9557910-6-2
WARRIOR WISEWOMAN 2 published by Norilana Books (in USA) (2009) ISBN: 978-1-60762-028-0
SCREAM published by Bridge House Press (2009) ISBN: 978-1-907335-00-6
MOSAIC published by Bridge House Press (2010) ISBN: 978-1-907335-07-5
ALICE IN WONDERLAND ANTHOLOGY -- WRITING, ART AND ISBN: 978-0692608555 (col)
PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRED BY LEWIS CARROLL'S CLASSIC BOOK ISBN: 978-0692589397 (b/w)
published by Silver Birch Press (2015)
STRANGE VACATIONS published by Horrified Press (2016) ISBN: 978-1-326-65138-1