My Brothers Half-Crown

      Brendan Gerad O'Brien
My Brothers Half-Crown

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short humourous story in 2,000 words.In Ireland 1942, you made your own fun!Anyway, my turn came and I threw the shovel the highest, but this time it came straight back down like a guillotine and it took the tip off my brother’s nose. We all froze in horror. Then my sister picked up the tip and stuck it back on his face a second before the scream came.Every family has a secret. When a peculiar couple moves into the derelict house across the street, Marty White, the only kid resident of the Dullest Place in the Universe, is certain they have something to hide. What he discovers is something not only out of this world, but in a different world entirely.Marty's new neighbours, the Beatniks, have uncovered a connection to Over There—a world just like Marty's one, but backwards—in their bathroom mirror. Over There is filled with reflections: malevolent doppelgängers his world was never meant to see. No sooner does Marty discover this place when he finds himself standing in it. At first this seems like nothing more than his neighbours' cruel attempt at getting rid of him, but he soon realises there's much more to it than that.Marty has his own secret. A big one. He just doesn't know it yet.
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    Maeve Ryan’s Wicked Secret

      Brendan Gerad O'Brien
Maeve Ryan’s Wicked Secret

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 2,400 words.When Edward O'Leary came home from America in the summer of 1904, Joe Coffee knew there was going to be trouble. Old flames were bound to be rekindled, and old wounds were bound to be reopened ...In this first part of a series, set in the early 1960s, painter Eric Snyder harbors a secret known only to his wife, Lynne. When Eric’s latest disappearance raises the suspicions of best friends Sam and Renee Ahern, Lynne can no longer keep the truth under wraps. While the Aherns ponder this phenomenon, Eric embarks upon a search for his father, once again taking him far from the woman he loves.
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    The Big White Coffin

      Brendan Gerad O'Brien
The Big White Coffin

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 2,400 words.For years we blamed Pat Hurley - he was the one who told us about the cannibals.I was seven, going on eight and Pat was already eight, so he was the oldest and we believed him.The next day two men came to our house and the tall one bent down and gave a grin that showed a mouthful of enormous teeth ...‘I’ve traded my old enemies for just this one…’ The axe thundered home. ‘I miss the old ones.’Every man has a past, none more so than Draven Reinhardt. Abandoning his old life to settle down as a villager, he struggles to fit in, let alone hold down a job. When opportunity offers the much needed coin, Draven is torn between a promise and a purpose. But, what’s one last job if you’ve already got blood on your hands?‘From Man to Man’ is the story of how one man can change – or not – for the best. Prequel to the upcoming novel ‘It Began With Ashes’, the short (6400 words) introduces the reader to a world of suspense, intrigue, and action.BONUS MATERIAL:Exclusive preview chapter from ‘It Began With Ashes’.
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    Last Train to Cork City

      Brendan Gerad O'Brien
Last Train to Cork City

From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 2,ooo words.The letter said; You knew in your heart that this day would come, and I only hope that we can part with dignity. By the time you get this letter I’ll be far away, starting a new life somewhere else. I want nothing from you, so you’ll never hear from me again.'Unfortunately, Richard Mann didn't know how fatally true that was!When the twins' pen-friends Gerry and Laura arrive for a week in not-so-sunny South England, the responsibility is once again Harley's. Her mum and stepdad are far too busy preparing for the new baby, and even Charlie is up to just about anything other than chores and orientation.At the same time, Kitty runs wild in the house with older brother Zak away at the study centre, and Aimee is a continual gale of emotions. Harley's almost glad to be one hyperactive sibling down for the week.Will she check her priorities before he realises?
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