Brendan Gerad O'Brien

Biography

Brendan Gerad O’Brien was born in Tralee, on the west coast of Ireland and now lives in Newport, South Wales with his wife Jennifer and daughters Shelly and Sarah.

As a child he spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry, where his uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop, now long gone.

The shop was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that his love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered into the shop for a chat and bit of jovial banter.

After serving nine years in the Royal Navy, Brendan progressed to retail management, working as a Department manager with the UK’s second largest Supermarket.

Now retired, his hobby is writing short stories, twenty of which have already been published individually over the years, and also as a collection called Dreamin Dreams

Dark September is his first full novel

Where to find Brendan Gerad O'Brien online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Hospital
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: British English. Published: November 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A short horror story in 6670 words - If anyone tells you that hospitals aren’t creepy, they are dead wrong. I’m John Smith. This story is about my time in hospital, and let me tell you; it was the only time in my life that I was ever utterly and unbelievably scared. And the terrifying part of it was; in a hospital at night, no one can hear you scream.
Hit and Run and Déjà vu
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 5,970 words. Be careful, if you're struggling with your business, about employing someone to do your books - especially if she's young and beautiful. Could you resist the temptation, even if it meant compromising your life ...
Leg O’Lamb: Family Butcher
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 3,230 words. Everyone in Ballycumscut thought Leg O’Lamb was a little bit strange. It wasn’t something you could actually put your finger on, though, and if you heard people talking about him, they’d always add that he was nice enough really! He’d smile, too, of course, but it was always just the mouth. The eyes didn’t smile ...
Dressmaker
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short humourous story in 3,600 words. Moss Scanlon was sitting on his stool in his Harnessmaker’s shop, busily repairing a donkey saddle, when he heard the thud from the room above. He didn’t have time to react. A fraction of a second later he was slapped on the head by a lump of plaster the size of a dinner plate and enveloped in a cloud of grey flakey dust.
Who's that in the Attic?
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,850. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short mystery story in 5,780 words. Claire had never been in the attic in her life. She was just a baby, only a few months old, when her mother vanished off the face of the earth, and her father took her to Dublin to get away from the rumours and the wagging tongues. Yet the attic in her dream was so familiar ...
Exorcizing Uncle Peter
By
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,240. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short horror story in 9,200 words. Suddenly it's night - black, empty night. I'm lying in my bed and outside the moon is shimmering through the ghostly trees. Everything is silent - a deep eerie silence. Then out of the silence ...
Maeve Ryan’s Wicked Secret
By
Price: Free! Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
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 ...
The First Cut
By
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 1,320 words. Patrick Flynn lifted the WW2 Samurai sword from the plaque above the fireplace and held it carefully, and his eyes narrowed as he focused on the object of his consuming hatred ...
The Big White Coffin
By
Price: Free! Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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 ...
Spider's Web
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 3,170 words. We called him Spider. With his long legs and gangly arms he actually looked like a spider too, but to me, seeing him sideways on with his tongue hanging out, he looked more like a zipper on a crumpled old anorak. But that didn’t mean he was soft. When the moment came, Spider could be as vicious as any mad black widow ..
My brother's Half-Crown
By
Price: Free! Words: 2,010. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
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.
The Ghost of the Silver Screen
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 1 review)
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short ghost story in 3,500 words. It was strange seeing the old Picturedrome again. After twenty-five years I don’t know what I expected, but I never thought it would be exactly as I remembered it. A gust of wind threw rain against me and peppered the door with tiny droplets, and somewhere in the deep, dark clouds, thunder rumbled ...
Last Train to Cork City
By
Price: Free! Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
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!
The Last Confession of Father Stone
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short ghost story in 4,800 words. Jennifer Marshall is an obnoxious, unruly teenager who takes great delight in being downright rude to everyone she meets. So what could she possibly have in common with a gentle old priest, whose wise words mesmerised her ...
Eavesdropping
By
Price: Free! Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 1,5oo words. Sometimes you just have to know - who's doing what to whom. But beware! The answer might not be what you'd like ...
Dapper Danny's Amazing Welsh Cousin
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A humourous short story in 4,500 words. Dapper Danny is everything that people say he is - a dapper little man. But why is he so tormented by his visit to Wales to see the beautiful Helen..
Dancing for Bunny Dundee
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A funny short story in 3,300 words. The donkey was mad. We all knew that. You only had to look at the cut of it. It stood to reason, of course, that an animal like that would have an owner who would be every bit as odd. And Bunny Dundee was as odd as you could get. Then Bunny gets a letter ..
I Dreamed Another Dream
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short mystery story in 4,000 words. What did the dream actually mean - why did it disturb my brother so much, turning it into an obsession? Was he really serious about coming back after he was dead? 'I'll prove it to you,' he insisted. 'I'll come back and show you!' Then he drove along the railway tracks into the path of the Cork Express ...
A Very Peculiar Christmas Holiday
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short humorous story told in 4,000 words. Michael Galvin thinks he's found the bargain of a lifetime - a Christmas holiday in San Francisco. But why is Micky Dunn being so nice to him? What is he really up to ...
Going Through Changes
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short coming-of-age story in 6,000 words. When Katie's father died the whole family fragmented, but how could she possibly repair things, bring them all back to how life was before ...
Footsteps
By
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,200. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short thriller in 14,000 words. A young American hitchiker wanders into a brutal and terrifying situation when visiting a beautiful but isolated seaside town in 1960s Ireland. Who are the sinister men in the dark car? Are they the shadows that are stalking her on the beach? And who is the dark, mysterious figure hovering by the water's edge?
Can’t Take You Home Again, Kathleen
By
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,770. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
From the collection Dreamin’ Dreams; A short love story in 14,000 words. You promise to love and cherish her, but then you believe you've lost her and you find someone else. Then it all comes back to haunt you and the question is - were your promises just a pack of lies, and your actions a cowardly betrayal?
Dreamin' Dreams
By
Price: $3.45 USD. Words: 89,010. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Capture the mood of Ireland with a wonderful collection of short stories that take you from humour to romance, from sad to sinister, from downright scary to laughing out loud

Brendan Gerad O'Brien’s tag cloud


Brendan Gerad O'Brien's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Brendan Gerad O'Brien

  • The Royal Navy & Me on March 24, 2010
    (no rating)
    What a lovely story! This is a trip down memory lane for anyone who served in the Royal Navy - or any other Navy, for that matter. I have to admire Fredrick for his ability to conjur up events from all those years ago and then relay them so colourfully, thus triggering memories of our own - sheer nostalga ...and I'm sure if he put his mind to it he could write much more about his time in the Senior Service. Brendan O'Brien
  • A Submariners Story (Sinking to Crush Depth)(short story) on Oct. 07, 2011
    (no rating)
    You have to admire those guys who work in submarines, and the oppressive athmosphere of that is captured beautifully in Frederick's story. Amazing - and well told.