New Titles in 2020

Thanks to Between the Lines Publishing, two new titles will be released in 2020:

The Accidental Hero of the City Brotherly Love tells the story of a young writer who dreams of becoming a published novelist only to find himself at the mercy of the media after he thwarts a terrorist attack.

The Aleph Cafe: Stories is my first collection of short stories with tales that first appeared in publications like Pulp Literature, The Del Sol Review, Weirdbook, and other publications.

Stay tuned this coming fall for more on release dates.

To Dream the Blackbane

My own troubles began in earnest the night I set out to meet with a client to show him some surveillance photos I had taken for him. His name was Gaylord “Knuckles” Mouser—just a small-time crook and former amateur boxer. If it hadn’t been for old Mouser, I might have avoided the vampires altogether when they called on me at my office. Instead, I went to see Mouser. If I hadn’t gone to see him, maybe the lady in the red dress wouldn’t have hired my services either. Fate had a funny way of fucking you over. I might have avoided the whole mess if Mouser hadn’t owed me money for services rendered, but I had to collect my fee all the same. After all, I wasn’t running a charity foundation.

So, in 2018 Between the Lines Publishing published my fantasy novel To Dream the Blackbane. Last year I should have posted news of this, but due to some personal issues (work, health, and otherwise) I did not. This is no reflection on Between the Lines Publishing. The whole gang there has been great!

I am admittedly a bit of a dinosaur when it comes self-promotion in the social media age.

Here’s a description of the book:

A cosmic event in 2015 fused earth with the faerie realm. Scientists refer to the event as the Anomaly. A byproduct of the Anomaly was the advent of hybrid beings – people who became mixed with whatever animal or object was nearest them the moment the Anomaly occurred. Humans, or Pedigrees, soon relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghetto zones in large cities.

Seventy years later, Wolfgang Rex, a second-generation hybrid – part human, part Rhodesian Ridgeback – is a retired police detective who runs a private investigation business in Chicago’s Southside. It’s a one-hybrid show: though Rex couldn’t survive without his assistant, the faerie Sally Sandweb.

One evening, two vampires visit Rex and offer him a substantial reward for the recovery of a stolen scroll. Later that evening, Charlotte Sweeney-Jarhadill, a Pedigree woman from Louisiana, visits Rex and hires him to exorcise the headless ghost of a confederate soldier from her home.

To complicate matters, the private detective ends up falling for Charlotte. Meanwhile the vampires demand results in the search for the missing scroll. When Rex’s assistant Sally goes missing, he must stay alive long enough to find her. Charlotte and the vampires, however, have other plans for Rex.

If you’re an Amazon die-hard, click on the cover below to buy the book there.


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Here’s what some people are saying about To Dream the Blackbane:

“A compelling, original tale with a strong narrative voice…” ~ Kirkus Review

“A futuristic American Gothic dark fantasy about a gumshoe who can’t say no, even though at times, he ought to. Delightful!” ~ Chanticleer Review

Delectably wild and intentionally jolting, Richard J. O’Brien proves he is a master of this creatively difficult medium. Highly recommended!” ~ San Francisco Review of Books
As always, be sure to visit the My Books page if you want to purchase other books.