Other Worlds & Times Volume 1
Kevin L. O'Brien
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This is the first of a two-volume set that contains the remaining unpublished speculative fiction of Kevin L. O'Brien. It features 19 stories, 13 of which have never been published before. They run the gamut from novellas to flash fiction, they feature fantasy, science fiction, horror, action-adventure, thriller, splatterpunk, Cthulhu Mythos, zombie, and fairy tale fiction, and they include both humorous and serious themes. Bonus material is included, as are a few illustrations.
In this volume you will find:
In ancient Ireland, Medb hErenn accepts help from a time traveler to catch a supernatural monster ravaging her land and people, but he has a different agenda from her.
In the Dreamlands, Team Girl rescue a baby that survived the massacre of her family by vicious predators, but find that they are being stalked by the same predators who want the baby.
In the Dreamlands, Team Girl agree to help a tribe of nonhuman creatures find a cure for a mysterious illness that's killing them, only to discover a mining operation is dumping industrial waste into the river the natives drink from.
While playing the online fantasy adventure role-playing game Otherworld, Team Girl rescue a princess that was turned into a skunk, only to discover that her gratitude is far from rewarding.
In an Alternative Reality, Team Girl play hard-luck drifters who have lost their love of life, but get it back when jailed together for the night.
Sir Differel Van Helsing receives a visit from her frenemy Lady Margaret Chesham, who wants to sell her Girl Guide cookies, but a monster out for revenge crashes their party.
Sir Differel is helping Lady Margaret win a set of Girl Guide activity badges, when they are attacked by a pack of zombies being led by a little girl.
Sir Differel is kidnapped by a serial killer named Redjack, and Lady Margaret must rescue her before it's too late.
Sir Differel invites Team Girl to try out her new Finnish sauna, but Vlad Tepes Drakulya crashes the party.
In the Dreamlands, Sir Differel and Team Girl hunt a pair of vicious predators, but are hampered by the fact that they are shapeshifters who can look like anyone, including them.
In an Alternative Reality, Sir Differel and Team Girl play space soldiers sent to investigate why an outpost on an icebound world transmitted a mayday, then fell silent.
When Satan threatens to sink the Ark during the Flood, the first Cat saves them all.
Two ghouls try to assault a woman in a cemetery, but later seek to win her affection by wooing her.
A paparazzo vows to learn the secret of a wildly popular but mysterious pop singer, only to spot her retreating into the sewers.
A super-secret government operative uncovers a plot to launch an October Surprise during the 1980 Presidential election, that will reveal the presence of a dangerous adversary to mankind.
A social worker is kidnapped by an 11-year old serial rapist and murderer to be his latest victim, but she has her own designs on him.
January Ian "Jaim" Mariposa and his companion Bastet recruit Jeremiah Arkenton and Medb hErenn to help conduct an experiment in a haunted house of evil reputation.
In the near future, a cargo transport returning to Earth from the Moon is overrun by zombies, and the sole survivor must somehow keep it from infecting the rest of mankind.
A wizard who supplies actresses for pornographic projects is challenged to provide a naive innocent for Cecil B. DeMille.
Warning: these stories contain features that some people may find objectionable, even offensive; reader discretion is advised.