Today, my new novel Under the Bronze Moon was published by Sinister Grin Press. Please click on image below to purchase your copy today (Kindle version now, print version coming in a few days).
In Under the Bronze Moon, Professor Harold Miller discovers the otherworldly inspiration for the late writer R.J. Hyatt’s only published novel, The Land of Dust and Honey—a long, dense exploration into an alternate world discovered by a soldier of The Great War and a young girl from a different century. When his publisher tasks him with locating a ‘lost novel’ by Hyatt, the scholar travels to meet Hyatt’s literary estate heir, May.
There he learns that Hyatt’s heir wants his assistance in her passing from this world. For his help, Miller is rewarded with a well-guarded treasure and access to the fabled world from which Hyatt drew his inspiration. For a scholar who devoted his adult life to R.J. Hyatt’s work, it is a dream fulfilled. How long the scholar will remember his life-changing experience, after May is gone for good, is something else altogether.
Thomas E. Kennedy, an incredible writer (hint: go find his work and read it!) and professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, provided this to say about my upcoming novel The Garden of Fragile Things:
“A group of small-town New Jersey adolescent outsiders, a forest, a mysterious abandoned house, and a secret world within the world we inhabit provide the intriguing ingredients for this compelling, breezily-told tale by Richard J. O’Brien. From the first couple of paragraphs, The Garden of Fragile Things holds you in its charm. Anyone who is young, anyone who can or wants to remember the mystery, enchantment and fragility of youth will enjoy the rich mystery of O’Brien’s Garden of Fragile Things. You won’t want to put it down – and you probably won’t either until there are no more pages to turn.”
–Thomas E. Kennedy, author of In the Company of Angels, Beneath the Neon Egg, and Falling Sideways
Many thanks to Tom and everyone else who read this book in its various guises before it was accepted at Dark Alley Press (an imprint of Vagabondage Books). Here’s to June and the release of my novel!