Kevin L. O'Brien
Kevin L. O'Brien was born with a pen in his hand.
Well, not quite, but he has been writing for as long as he can remember, at least since First Grade. Writing has always been his first, true love, but it hasn't always been his career. He worked for 15 years as a biomedical researcher, then for 3 years as a web designer. However, after 30 years of trying to be published in print with little success, he has decided to try his hand at self-publishing. Most of his works will be sold as ebooks through Smashwords, Kindle, and Kobe, but he also plans to make some available for free on Wattpad.
He writes primarily speculative fiction -- fantasy, science fiction, horror, and their sub-genres -- but he also likes to try his hand at thrillers, suspense, mystery, and even westerns. However, his stories tend to have a fantasy element, no matter how subtle.
Most of his stories involve the following three main characters:
Medb hErenn (http://www.medbherenn.com/) -- One-time queen of Ireland, she is over 3500 years old. A warrior and a sorceress, she cannot be harmed by any weapon made by the hand of man.
Eile and Sunny, Team Girl (http://www.teamgirlforever.com/) -- They are two adorable, vivacious, fun-loving young women whose motto is ONWARD TO ADVENTURE!!! Yet trouble follows them like a love-sick puppy wherever they go.
Sir Differel Van Helsing (http://www.sir-differel.com/) -- The descendent of Abraham Van Helsing and King Arthur, she heads the Caerleon Order, the premier monster-hunting organization of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. She commands Dracula, the most powerful vampire extant, and the greatsword Caliburn, better known as Excalibur.
He also writes a series of sword & sorcery stories set in an alternative universe known as the Lands of the Dreams of Men.
Kevin lives in Denver with his family and 4 cats.
For more information, see his website: http://www.seanchaisongs.com/
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The Adventure of the Cats' Peril
After a snowstorm, Eile and Sunny find a cat nearly frozen to death. They take it to the vet, who finds an identity chip with an address. It turns out to be an abandoned factory, but they go in to try to find the owner. That's when they encounter the robots, which take them captive and present them to their mad scientist creator. This is a short novella, with a Preface and Story Excerpts.
Henry Helsing-Plunkett, the son of Sir Differel Van Helsing, finds a black lacquer puzzle cube in a secure storage vault in the family mansion. Curious, he takes it and solves it, and accidentally summons the Cenobites. Can his mother stop them before they take him back to their realm of eternal torment? This is a short novella, with a Preface, Postface, and Story Excerpts.
The Adventure of the Double Image
In their capacity as Team Girl! Inc., Dr. Mabuse has hired Eile and Sunny to perform preliminary investigations of the parallel Earths she discovers. On their latest, they get blackmailed into playing decoys for their in-world counterparts, Sonya and Ellen. They just hope it doesn't get them both killed. This is a short story, with a Preface and Story Excerpts.
Dribble & Maggot in the Land of Dreams
Sir Differel and Lady Margaret, aka "Dribble & Maggot", need a vacation in the worst way, so Differel decides to introduce her frenemy to the Land of the Dreams of Men, in the hope that she will grow to love it and give her another adventuring companion. Margaret just wants to relax; too bad she won't get her wish. This is a short story, with a Preface, a Bonus Story, and Sample Excerpts.
Someone has kidnapped Differel's Dream-husband, Victor Plunkett, and has demanded a huge ransom for his release. She has no intention of paying, and she mounts a rescue operation with the help of her BFFs, Eile and Sunny of Team Girl. If he's unharmed, she might not kill them. This is a short story, with a Preface, a Bonus story, and Story Excerpts.
Checkers Pizza feeds the appetite of the college students of Keekishwa University in Delasalle, Illinois, by offering guaranteed 30-minute delivery or the order is free. The delivery drivers often see some weird people and happenings, but nothing tops the night they delivered 24 pies to a haunted cemetery. This is a short story, with a Preface, a Bonus Story, and Story Excerpts.
A Little Hospitality
Kuranes has asked Differel to deliver some important messages, but she must cross a range of mountains and she cannot do it before nightfall, so she accepts of the hospitality of a fellow adventurer to share his camp for the night. Michael is a witty, mischievous rogue who puts her at ease, but he isn't what he appears to be. This is a Short Story, with a Bonus Story, Preface, and Story Excerpts.
Survival and Sacrifice
Eile and Sunny of Team Girl are visiting Sir Differel Van Helsing at her ancestral manor when the estate is overrun by a horde of monsters. Their first and only thought is to protect their friend and her son, but will they have to pay the ultimate price to succeed? This is a short story, with a Bonus Story, Preface, and Story Excerpts.
Shasta Taffaday, a streetwalker, is hired by Clarissa MacCandels, a rich Denver socialite, to seduce her son and initiate him in the ways of the flesh, so to speak. But Shasta soon realizes that something about the whole affair is decidedly off, and she can't be sure what Ms. MacCandels really intends. This is a short story, with a Preface and Story Excerpts.
The Adventure of the Denver Walker
Col. Eile and Maj. Sunny have been given a desperate mission: destroy the alien robotic Walker before it destroys Denver. However, their weapon uses unproven technology, and the Walker's defenses are nearly impenetrable. They know it's a suicide mission, but millions of lives are at stake. They must succeed, somehow, no matter the cost. This is a short story, with a Preface and Sample Excerpts.
The Adventure of the Peril Gem
Eile and Sunny play Braveheart and White-Lion, fighter and magic-user role-playing characters in the online game Otherworld. In their current session, they attempt what no one has accomplished: steal the Eye from the Devourer, the idol of a tribe of savages. It seems so simple; why hasn't anyone done it before? They are about to find out. This is a short story with a Preface and Sample Excerpts.
Fun 'n' Games
The Princess in Orange has taken control of Sir Differel's staff and directed them to subject her to an especially brutal rape and S&M demise. Only her manager and best double Maggie King seems unaffected. To survive, they must find out how the Princess is controlling their colleagues and try to break it, and they don't have much time. This is a short story with a Preface and Sample Excerpts.
The Adventure of the Jigsaw Dragon
Eile, as the fighter and thief Braveheart, and Sunny, as her magic-user partner White-Lion, are playing a scenario in the online role-playing game Otherworld. They have been hired by a powerful count to rescue his young wife, kidnapped by a dragon. However, there is a snag; the mission won't be as simple as it sounds. This is a short story, with a Preface and Sample Excerpts.
A zombie apocalypse has nearly wiped out Mankind. One of the last intact Marine platoons protects a self-described wizard as he summons an ally that can destroy all zombies for good. But is the enemy of our enemy really our friend? This is a short story, with a Preface and Sample Excerpts.
A Deliberation of Morality
Few of us ever see our shoulder-devils, those personifications of our own evil side, and those who do are generally hallucinating. But Sir Differel Van Helsing has to be different.... This is a short story.
The Adventure of a Typical Friday Night
Eile and Sunny of Team Girl love to go pub-crawling in the Dreamlands, especially when a mysterious patron offers them adventure and financial reward. However, trouble follows them like a love-starved puppy, and this Friday night will be anything but relaxing. This is a short story.
Felis ex Machina
January Ian Mariposa is a time traveler who studies the effect of the Cthulhu Mythos on Victorian England with his feline familiar Bastet. To support himself he poses as a consulting detective in the manner of Sherlock Holmes. He expects most of his cases to be fairly mundane, but occasionally he gets a weird one, such as when Scotland Yard asked him to examine a body.... This is a short story.
Rhapsody in Orange
Sir Differel is slowly going insane! And no one in the Caerleon Order can help her. Aelfraed calls on Eile and Sunny, Team Girl, to get to the bottom of the situation. But can they solve the mystery without going insane themselves? This is a short story.
Ted was only looking for a good lay, to help a boring afternoon pass more quickly, and he thought he had hit the jackpot: a practicing witch who liked to perform fertility rites. Unfortunately, he didn't inquire about just what kind of rites she participates in. This is a short story.
The Adventure of the Golden Mushroom
Eile and Sunny are commissioned by an apothecary in Ulthar to collect medicinal herbs in a remote forest, but what starts out as an adventurous lark turns into a battle for their very souls. This is a short story.
The Price of Folly
In the future, Medb hErenn is sent to a colony world to evaluate an artifact that might prove, once and for all, that alien civilizations really exists. However, her primary concern is whether it is safe, and if it isn't, how she can take it from the colonists and destroy it before they can activate it. This is a short story and contains strong sexual themes. Reader discretion is advised.
In an Octopus's Garden
Joshua and Victoria Matisse take an extended vacation cruise in the South Pacific, hoping to conceive a baby. However, beings older than Man target them to be the surrogate parents for the physical incarnation of their alien eldritch god, a fate they cannot escape. This is a short story. It contains foul language, sexual situations, and scenes of intense violence. Reader discretion is advised.
After the death of her husband, Sir Differel Van Helsing decided to take some time off and tour the English back-roads on a motorcycle, and rethink her life. Unfortunately, paranormal threats are everywhere, and she cannot ignore them. This is a short story.
The Adventure of the Temple of Ubasti
Eile and Sunny decide to raid a legendary ruined temple dedicated to Ubasti, an avatar of Nyarlathotep, for treasure, with the help of Medb hErenn and her companions, but a booby trap separates Eile from the others. She now must find a way to rescue them before they are sacrificed to Nyarlathotep, but she'll need help, and it comes from the most unlikely of sources. This is a short story.
The Council of Cat Elders and the High Queen of All Cats need vital information concerning a possible threat by the Fomorians of Hazuth-Kleg, but all their other sources have yielded nothing. So they call upon Medb hErenn to perform an act of desperation, one that could destroy them all. This is a short story.
A horde of the walking dead is ravaging ancient Ireland, and only Donall the Red knows that they are being led by his long-dead friend Somhairle the Black. The Morrigan, the goddess of war and death, has charged him with destroying Somhairle, or the whole of the land will be scoured of human life, but Donall loves Somhairle more than life or honor, and he cannot do it. This is a short story.
The Beast of Exmoor
The Beast of Exmoor is a legendary phantom big cat that haunts the moors of Devon in southern England. After it apparently took a farm girl, the Queen ordered Sir Differel Van Helsing to hunt it down and destroy it. But she soon learns she may be after the wrong monster. A rousing adventure involving a famous English cryptid. This is a short story.
The Adventure of the Steel Gazelle
Eile and Sunny are newbies to the Dreamworld, inexperienced and vulnerable. Their mentor, Medb hErenn, is teaching them the facts of Dream-life, but she can only do so much, and trouble seems to follow the Girls like a love-starved puppy. So when she leaves them in the care of a friend who owns a tavern while she runs an errand, it isn't long before all hell breaks loose. This is a short story.
When Differel Van Helsing married Victor Plunkett in the Dreamlands, it was between crises, so they never had a proper honeymoon. As such, when the opportunity arose for them to spend a week all alone on a deserted island, they jumped at it. Unfortunately, an old enemy has decided to crash the party. This is a short story.
Medb hErenn and her companions Morgiana the Thief and Mephitis the Apothecary are trying to get out off the Plateau of Leng, but the only way is across a deep chasm bridged by a web spun by a Leng Spider. Rumor has it that the spider offers safe passage to anyone who pays its toll, but will eat those who cannot. So the problem becomes, can they pay its price? This is a short story.
All scientific research has an element of risk, especially investigations that advance beyond the edge of the known into the unknown to probe the limits of what is possible and what is not. Jeremiah Arkenton must keep this in mind as he and his wife investigate the mysterious disappearance of a colleague while trying to avoid the same fate. This is a short story and a Cthulhu Mythos tale.
Lady Margaret wants Sir Differel to lose her virginity. To put her in the mood, they sneak into the buttery to pinch a bottle of spirits, but they must hide in the catacombs to avoid getting caught. However, there are other things prowling around down there, things that could drag them away to secret lairs, and no one would realize they were gone until it was too late. This is a short story.
Pride and Fall
Medb hErenn's confidence goes beyond arrogance to border on hubris. She often leaps into dangerous situations without thinking, and she can be goaded into doing so by pricking her pride. So when she heard of the Upas Tree and its deadly affect on anyone who saw it, she had to see if the stories were true. She just didn't consider what might happen if they were. This is a short story.
Do Unto Others...
Jack the Ripper had found Paradise when he went into the future. Humanity had evolved into people who knew no violence, hatred, or fear, who were governed by only two laws: Do As You Will and Do Unto Others. He believed he could slaughter them all with impunity, and no one could stop him. The problem was, he hadn't thought through the implications of the laws far enough. This is a short story.
In addition to her training to one day run the Caerleon Order, Vlad Tepes Drakulya is teaching Sir Differel Van Helsing how to hunt monsters, but it proves useless when she is caught by a Hag who threatens to eat her. The only person available to help her is one of the subordinate chefs. But how can a cook protect her from a powerful paranormal being? This is a short story.
The Adventure of the Christmas Vampires
On Christmas Eve, Connie, daughter of Eile and Sunny of Team Girl, runs away from home to become a vampire. Giovanna Borgia, the vampire BFF of Team Girl, invites her to a vampire Christmas party in a cemetery and introduces her to a little girl vampire. Unfortunately, some vampire hunters have decided to crash the party, and they have targeted Connie and her new friend. This is a short story.
The Lions of Inganok
Medb hErenn is commissioned by the Cats of Ulthar to retrieve their most sacred artifact, stolen from the Temple of the Great Ones and spirited away to the onyx city of Inganok, which cats are forbidden to visit by ancient decree. Seemingly a simple enough task, but she soon discovers that the force that had the idol stolen is after more than mere financial gain. This is a short story.
Guy Trousseau, Hollywood agent, doesn't much care how his clients make use of his stable of luscious young "actresses"; to him, they are nothing more than disposable commodities. But when he gets a chance at the The Big Time, he finds that Lily, his very silent partner, no longer wishes to remain quite so silent. This is a short story.
Oak Do Hate
Sir Differel Van Helsing awakens in the middle of the night to find her house empty. All her staff, guards, and servants have disappeared, including Vlad Drakulya. She is all alone and help from outside is hours away. Can she find her people and rescue them before it's too late? Without succumbing to the force that took them? This is a short story.
The Adventure of Immanuel
The night before Christmas is a time of miracles. Eile and Sunny do all they can to make this true for the homeless women and their children living in Pastor Sjauken's shelter. But there is another force at work this night, which makes use of the Girls for its own ends, even though they are unaware of it at the time. This is a short story.
Medb hErenn volunteers to become the Bride of the Black Ram, the male counterpart of Shub-Niggurath, to save an innocent girl's life and rid her village of their curse. She soon discovers, however, that the circumstances are not what they seem. This is a short story. Reader discretion advised.
A Fidus Aranea
Wendy Stroud is afraid that her mother's abusive boyfriend will hurt the members of her family. She wants him to go away forever, but she can't make him do so on her own. So she decides to ask a friend of her uncle for help. And all she has to do is recite a magic spell. This is a short story.
Dame Differel Van Helsing has survived her aunt's attempted coup, and with Dracula as her quasi-slave she is now in a position to successfully defend the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth from paranormal threats. But will he be enough to protect her from other enemies who seek to destroy her before she can fully claim the directorship? And can she really trust him? This ebook is a novella.
During her exile from Ireland, Medb hErenn has found respite with a tribe in the Pacific Northwest of North America, which has adopted her as one of its own. Yet a malign force seeks revenge for an old wrong, and has sent against her a power greater than her own. Now she must figure out how to deal with it, without her adopted people becoming unwitting casualties. This is a short story.
No Torrent Like Greed
NYPD Lt. Mark Thorner needs a vacation in the worst way. He heads west to Colorado, and lands in the middle of a feud over a lost gold mine between a sexy femme fatale and a greedy gangster. But other parties also want a piece of the action, and they won't take no for an answer. A noir paranormal mystery/thriller set in the 1930's, with January Ian Mariposa and his cat Bastet. This is a novella.
Differel Van Helsing is the heir to the legacy of her ancestor, the conqueror of Dracula. She is also a 12-year old girl, but when her father is killed she must fight for her very survival, her only ally a stable cat. Her only hope is a cryptic reference to a mysterious weapon, but she doesn't know if it's even real. Or if she can reach it before she is caught and killed. This is a novella.
The Adventure of Masie's Mind
Eile and Sunny are two adventurous young girls who share a house in Denver. However, unbeknownst to them they have a secret roommate, and she finally decides to reveal herself. This is a short story.
Barbarians R Us
In the Dreamlands, Medb hErenn works as a troubleshooter, using her powers and experience to solve other people's problems. When a barbarian causes trouble in Ulthar, she is asked to bring him back to make restitution, but she doubts he will come quietly. Can she persuade him to return, or will she have to use force? This is a short story.
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