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Michael O’Connor writes both fiction and non-fiction, and does a little freelance editing on the side. He writes in a variety of genres, but most frequently Fantasy, under which he includes supernatural horror. He loves Lewis Carroll and it is rare to find any substantial work of his that does not include at least one reference to that writer, although he has grown more adept at hiding them over the years!
AUTHOR: Michael O’Connor
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael O’Connor has had stories and poems published in a large number of UK/North American print and online magazines (including A Collection of Words 3, All Hallows, BAD Press, Bloodletters, Book of the Dead, Connections, Crystal, Delivered, Dementia 13, Doppelganger Broadsheet, The Dragon Chronicle, The Dream Zone, the Electric Acorn, Fire, Footsteps, Gateway Monthly, Gentle Reader, Gravity’s Angels, The Heliograph, Kimota, Lateral Moves, Lost In The Dark, The Magpie’s Nest, Mensa Magazine Short Story Supplement, Nasty Piece of Work, The New Cauldron, Omega, Peep Show, Pennine Ink, Pendragon, Revelation, Roadworks, Sepia, Sierra Heaven, Strix, The Errorist, The Weekly News, The Writers’ Cauldron, Thirteen, Threads, Twa Dugs, Verse Noir, Xenos, and Zest.) One of his stories received an Honorable Mention in the tenth annual edition of the international publication Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and another in the thirteenth edition. Others have been successful in the 1998 Department for Education Cancer Research Campaign competition (First Prize) and the Camberley Writers’ Circle 1998 Competition (Highly Commended), as well as in the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Lewis Wright Competitions and the 1996 Redcar Writers’ Competition. One of his stories and two of his poems were short-listed in Writers’ News Magazine competitions, and he won first prize in their 2011 ghost story competition. His last work to date is the non-fiction book All in the Golden Afternoon: The Origins of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, which was published by White Stone Press in 2012. He has written articles on popular culture and literary history for local magazines, most recently a series of four articles for Bygone Kent published in 2013-14, and has had essays and book reviews published in The Baum Bugle (Journal of the International Wizard of Oz Club) and in The Carrollian (Journal of the Lewis Carroll Society (LCS)). Until January 2015, he edited the LCS’s quarterly newsletter and was on the Editorial Board of The Carrollian.
He has one story (or non-fiction article on Dickens in the first case) in each of the following print anthologies (available from their respective publishers’ websites):
THE MEDWAY SCENE published by Urban Fox Press (2004)
THE ARTS IN MEDWAY (VOL.2) published by Urban Fox Press (2004)
REVELATION (VOL.1) published by Fourth Horseman Press (2004)
NEW ART FROM NORTH KENT published by Urban Fox Press (2004)
MAKING CHANGES published by Bridge House Press (2008) ISBN: 978-0955791-0505
IN THE SHADOW OF THE RED QUEEN published by Bridge House Press (2009) ISBN: 978-0-9557910-6-2
WARRIOR WISEWOMAN 2 published by Norilana Books (in USA) (2009) ISBN: 978-1-60762-028-0
SCREAM published by Bridge House Press (2009) ISBN: 978-1-907335-00-6
MOSAIC published by Bridge House Press (2010) ISBN: 978-1-907335-07-5
A chronological survey of significant writers and artists who have connections with the Medway Towns in Kent. As well as detailing those connections, the books contains short biographies of all the people listed and is thus a useful reference work even for those who don't live locally!