Hey, here’s a link to my creative nonfiction piece entitled “The Martian Artifact” published at Welter, a University of Baltimore journal.
Coming Soon from Richard J. O’Brien and Between the Lines Publishing
The Cosmic Prankster Universe Novels
The Cosmic Pranksters are an advanced alien race who manipulate humankind through a variety of means for their own selfish amusement. Sometimes they pose as gods. Only, they’re not very good at it.
Book 1: THE CHIMP OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD (Coming Spring/Summer 2023)
Blake McCarthy, a young widower, inherits his dead uncle’s house in South Philadelphia in the weeks preceding Y2K. On his first night there, Blake discovers a talking pygmy chimp in his backyard dressed in a spacesuit and helmet filled with green gases. Blake learns that the chimp, once lost in space in 1960, has returned to Earth as the new messiah to spread the Word…again.
Book 2: THE GODS ARE MORTAL AND NEAR
Milo Thorn is a former television writer turned college professor who gets let go from his teaching position shortly after he moves back to the town where he grew up. Not long after he loses his teaching job, Milo discovers that no one can leave town. As he navigates his old town full of anomalies, among them a missing water tower that no one can recall when it was removed, Milo learns that The Cosmic Pranksters, an obscure French sci-fi novel, holds the key to escape. Prama Tao, a psychiatrist charged with keeping the aliens and their handiwork a secret, however, has other plans for Milo.
Book 3: THE ANAMNESIS CLUB
Dylan Page is a teen who finds himself pulled into several alternate universes against his will. In one of those universes he confronts Tony Alberta, a boyhood friend who has created a world of his own, based on several Dungeons & Dragons campaigns he created back in middle school, where he has fashioned himself into a murderous demigod. All Dylan wants to do is get home, but how long he can remain there is another story now that the Cosmic Pranksters have targeted him.