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  • Just Published: Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton Back to News > Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton – a collection of bittersweet tales – Life, death and all things in between, including the decisions that we make or have thrust upon us; how we face the consequences and how we allow those consequences to shape our destinies. Such are the themes and narratives that emerge in Portraits of the Past, a collection of short stories and flash fiction from Michael Whelton, which has just been published. Poignant moments and personal epiphanies are skilfully captured in a collection of bittersweet tales that are usually self-contained but often hinting at a larger story. The stories themselves are told with honesty, candour and a sense of humour that always shines through ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2018, 04:51 by Oscar Duggan
  • It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly Back to News > It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly – positive news journalism for the 21st century – posted 14 May 2018, 19:03A new book by veteran journalist, Seamus Kelly, soon to be launched, addresses both the challenges and opportunities that modern media presents, not just in terms of the form (e.g. how news is delivered) but also in terms of content (how news is presented and reported). In a world of spiralling, almost out-of-control negative media, Seamus Kelly tackled the sensationalised press portrayals of the day by creating and producing a more sensitive, positive journalistic style of news reporting. His reporting of positive news stories in Ireland's national and regional press, including his ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2018, 04:46 by Oscar Duggan
  • John Toland (1670-1722) Centenaries Web Project Back to News > John Toland (1670-1722) – Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker – posted 14 Mar 2018, 21:31 A new website dedicated to the life and work of the philosopher, John Toland (b. 1670), was launched last Sunday, 11 March (the anniversary of his death in 1722). John Toland was an Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker of the early Enlightenment period. He made important contributions to the various fields of philosophy – in what today would be regarded as both the natural and social sciences. "If you would know more of him, search his writings," he wrote in a self-penned epitaph that appeared following his death. The purpose of of this web-based project is to serve as ...
    Posted 6 May 2018, 14:40 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M Back to News > Book Launch: Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M – a collection of morality tales with underlying comedy – posted 7 Mar 2018, 14:53 Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M (the author's fourth published outing to date) will be formally launched on Thursday, 15 March at Parnell's GAA Club in Coolock Village, Dublin, starting 7.30pm. The author's offering is a collection of morality tales, told mostly through verse and delivered with impeccable comedic judgement and effect. The author displays a craftsman-like knack for word play, colourfully illustrating the problems and predicaments drawn from everyday life, which are rarely black and white. Dezi Jay M says that he grew up in a world ...
    Posted 14 Mar 2018, 14:29 by Oscar Duggan
  • Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan | Irish Civil War 1922-23 Back to News > Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan – The Irish Civil War, The Truth, Where and When it all Began – posted 20 Feb 2018, 20:54A new book about the Irish Civil War (1922-23) uncovers shadowy events that took place, shedding important light on the very origins of that conflict, where and when it began. It also offers an assessment that challenges certain assumptions about the course of events, the personalities and leadership dynamics involved. Most people, with any knowledge of Irish history, know that hostilities in the Irish Civil War commenced with the move, by the Provisional Government, to take the Four Courts in Dublin (held by anti-Treaty forces) towards the end of June ...
    Posted 7 Mar 2018, 06:44 by Oscar Duggan
  • Reflections by Verona Pentony. Now Available in Kindle Editions Back to News > Reflections by Verona Pentony – popular poetry series now available in Kindle editions – posted 24 Jan 2018, 12:57 The Reflections series by Verona Pentony – two volumes of poetry previously available only in print editions, that have just been made published in Kindle – will be free to download on Amazon this coming weekend, from Thursday 25th to Monday, 29th January. Verona Pentony is a poet with a love of humanity and of nature: a love nurtured and distilled from her childhood experiences growing up on a farm in north Co. Dublin and from summer holidays in Co. Leitrim. Spirituality, political events, leadership and world peace are among the chief concerns and abiding themes of her poetry. In making ...
    Posted 18 Feb 2018, 05:59 by Oscar Duggan
  • Festive Season's Greetings from The Manuscript Publisher Back to News > Festive Season's Greetings to All Our Friends and Followers – from The Manuscript Publisher – posted 24 Dec 2017, 12:42 Festive season's greetings go out to all of our friends and people who followed us in 2017. It was another busy year for us, that saw some great new titles hit the bookshelves but also, plenty more to follow in 2018 – watch this space! Before we down tools and take a short break, there is just enough time to alert you to the inaugural Smashwords End of Year Sale 2017. From December 25, when you wake up on Christmas morning, to January 1, 2018, when you ring in the New Year, thousands of titles will be ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2018, 05:01 by Oscar Duggan
  • Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan: Pulse and Hearts above Zero Back to News > Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan – Pulse and Hearts above Zero – posted 5 Dec 2017, 12:03Poetry that fears not to go wherever the heart leads it is what the reader can expect in the forthcoming, second volume by William Tiernan, soon to be released. Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero has just been published and will be on general sale from Saturday, 9 December, when the book will be formally launched at a special reception in the Galway village from which the book takes its title. William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions, as well as strong ...
    Posted 24 Dec 2017, 04:33 by Oscar Duggan
  • Our Halloween Literary Offerings: read them and weep! Back to News > Halloween Literary Offerings – tales of ghosts, ghouls and haunted locations – posted 29 Oct 2017, 11:17The Ghost in My House – a short story by Susan R. Murphy – "Welcome to your new home, Donald. I died in this house and cannot leave, and so shall it be with you and your family." A treat (not a trick!) awaits horror fans this Halloween. The Ghost in My House is a short story by Susan R. Murphy that has just been published in Kindle edition and is on sale now on Amazon. However, as part of a special Kindle promotion, readers can download it for free during Halloween. This offer ends at the stroke of midnight on 31 October ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2017, 04:01 by Oscar Duggan
  • SiarScéal Festival 2017: Exciting News for Authors in October Back to News > SiarScéal Festival 2017: – Exciting News for Authors in October – posted 3 Oct 2017, 23:23Previous SiarScéal Festivals Rose Morris reads from her winning entry at the 2014 SiarScéal Hanna Greally International Literary Awards. As Overall Winner, her prize was to see her book published professionally, resulting in The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox (see below), a whimsical adventure story with a cautionary ecological message, told in the form of children's illustrated verse. The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris Published by The Manuscript Publisher (2015) and available to buy online in print and e-book editions A last call for entries for the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 has just gone out ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 by Oscar Duggan
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Just Published: Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton

posted 6 Jun 2018, 04:50 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 04:51 ]

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton
– a collection of bittersweet tales –

Life, death and all things in between, including the decisions that we make or have thrust upon us; how we face the consequences and how we allow those consequences to shape our destinies. Such are the themes and narratives that emerge in Portraits of the Past, a collection of short stories and flash fiction from Michael Whelton, which has just been published.

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton
Poignant moments and personal epiphanies are skilfully captured in a collection of bittersweet tales that are usually self-contained but often hinting at a larger story. The stories themselves are told with honesty, candour and a sense of humour that always shines through, even as the characters portrayed themselves seem to dwell in a certain twilight.

"She caressed the faded ribbon and thought of returning it to the secret drawer. Realising that this would only perpetuate the dream, she tenderly dropped it. The love knot burned, closing an unfulfilled chapter in her life."

Carefully crafted, written with keen observation and rare insight, the author's style is inviting. In the end, we are left with a powerful sense of the intensity of living in this world, coupled with an understanding of what it means to be alive within the context of it.

Michael Whelton is a retired medical doctor who has lived and worked in Cork for most of his life but, has also travelled extensively. Both of these circumstances are reflected in his writings. It could be said that, much like what Joyce did for Dublin, Michael Whelton does for his own native city, with his naturalistic depictions that allow time to stand still for just long enough to afford the reader a glimpse inside.

Portraits of the Past by Michael Whelton is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online. RRP €9.99 plus P&P.

Watch out for other books by Michael Whelton coming soon. Through the Pages of History: an art, music and medical miscellany is a collection of essays that will also be published this summer while a volume of memoirs, No Plough Stops, will be coming out in autumn.

It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly

posted 14 May 2018, 11:03 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 04:46 ]

It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly
– positive news journalism for the 21st century –

posted 14 May 2018, 19:03
A new book by veteran journalist, Seamus Kelly, soon to be launched, addresses both the challenges and opportunities that modern media presents, not just in terms of the form (e.g. how news is delivered) but also in terms of content (how news is presented and reported).
It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly

In a world of spiralling, almost out-of-control negative media, Seamus Kelly tackled the sensationalised press portrayals of the day by creating and producing a more sensitive, positive journalistic style of news reporting. His reporting of positive news stories in Ireland's national and regional press, including his own Ballymun Concrete News newspaper, introduces a new concept in journalism.

Is the modern media world open to Seamus Kelly's new concept of positive news and prepared to steer clear of the sensationalised, negative, grizzly, horrific, front-page, in-your-face tabloid press stories?

His book, It's Written in Concrete, shows his successful journey in battling against the odds to have his positive news stories, not only published in his own newspaper but also accepted and reported in national and regional newspapers. Much of this happened against the background of Ballymun's urban re-development programme, the largest of its kind to be initiated in the history of the Irish State.

Seamus' positive stories, over the years, have been widely publicised. He hopes this book will help to stimulate debate in media circles and lead to a different outlook in the reporting of both negative and positive news, in which consideration for their effects on readers and society in general will be of paramount importance.

"Positive news, incorporated into everyday news reporting,” Seamus says, “will have a feel-good effect on readers, acting as a force for community regeneration in the long-term, by presenting to the world a more powerful, positive news media."

It's Written in Concrete by Seamus Kelly is published by The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online as well as certain bookshops. RRP €14.99 plus P&P.

The book will be formally launched at Axis Theatre, Ballymun on 7 June, starting 7pm. Admission is free but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP Axis, who can be reached on 01 8832100. See map below for directions.

Axis Art Centre and Theatre, Ballymun

John Toland (1670-1722) Centenaries Web Project

posted 14 Mar 2018, 14:31 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 May 2018, 14:40 ]

John Toland (1670-1722)
– Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker –

posted 14 Mar 2018, 21:31
John Toland, philosopher
A new website dedicated to the life and work of the philosopher, John Toland (b. 1670), was launched last Sunday, 11 March (the anniversary of his death in 1722).

John Toland was an Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker of the early Enlightenment period. He made important contributions to the various fields of philosophy – in what today would be regarded as both the natural and social sciences. "If you would know more of him, search his writings," he wrote in a self-penned epitaph that appeared following his death.

The purpose of of this web-based project is to serve as a free, online resource and repository of knowledge pertaining to Toland, his writings, the times in which he lived and to the social movement that he, along with others, spearheaded and represented, with particular reference to the enduring legacy and effect.

There is a lot that has been said about John Toland and probably a lot more that could be said. This web-based project will serve the purpose of ensuring that nothing that should be said will go unsaid. This is also why we are making the material posted to this website freely available and open to anyone who may wish to contribute. Furthermore, we invite those who may wish to contribute to get in touch with us.
John Toland plaque, Ardagh, Co. Donegal

The unveiling of the website on the anniversary of Toland's death is not coincidental. In fact, the date has been deliberately chosen, with an eye to the impending 350th anniversary of Toland's birth, which will be observed on 30 November 2020 and the 300th anniversary of his death that follows less than two years later, in 2022.

John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic
We particularly encourage anyone who has an interest in these anniversaries to get in touch with us, to ensure that they are properly observed and accorded the respect that they are due. We will do our best (without fear or favour) to publicise events that are taking place, using networks and channels of communication within our reach.

John Toland (1670-1722) website is owned and managed by The Manuscript Publisher, an Irish-based publishing services provider who have published, or otherwise made available, several works by or relating to John Toland, including J.N. Duggan's short biography and critical appraisal, Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic (2010).

This, however, is presented simply as a 'by-the-way' and not intended as an advertisement or an endorsement. Furthermore, we welcome correspondence from all authors, publishers, educationalists, historical societies, groups and individuals who might see some aspect of their own interest or remit reflected in this initiative.

People interested in this web project are invited to keep in touch. If you would know more, visit the website. You can also follow on Facebook and on Twitter.

Book Launch: Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M

posted 7 Mar 2018, 06:53 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 14 Mar 2018, 14:29 ]

Book Launch: Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M
– a collection of morality tales with underlying comedy –

posted 7 Mar 2018, 14:53
Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M
Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M (the author's fourth published outing to date) will be formally launched on Thursday, 15 March at Parnell's GAA Club in Coolock Village, Dublin, starting 7.30pm.

The author's offering is a collection of morality tales, told mostly through verse and delivered with impeccable comedic judgement and effect. The author displays a craftsman-like knack for word play, colourfully illustrating the problems and predicaments drawn from everyday life, which are rarely black and white.

Dezi Jay M says that he grew up in a world that seemed confusing. Neither he, his parents, his teachers, nor anyone else were aware that he was autistic. Today he has come to acknowledge his Asperger's as a gift. He looks at life from a clearer perspective, allowing him to express his sense of humour in a healthy environment.

"Some say life is a gamble. I would prefer to say that in life, one may take risks. Much of my work is about people going through difficult situations and turning it around. Each poem, each story has a meaning to it, has a consequence. It has vindication and most importantly, the essence of Love."

Dezi Jay M is an author, actor, performing poet (AAPP) who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. His writing reflects themes and personal preoccupations with issues related to alcoholism and addiction, homelessness, church and state and the state of the world in general. Previous publications include, The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock (2014), The Resurrection of Peter (2015), Legacies (2016). He is currently working on a volume of memoirs that he intends to have ready for publication shortly. Further information about his literary and other activities can be found at his website – DeziJayM.com

Would You Believe? by Dezi Jay M is on sale now and available to buy online (RRP €12.99 plus P&P), along with the author's other publications. It will also be on sale on the night of the launch (Thursday, 15 March) at Parnell's GAA Club, Coolock Village, Dublin. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome.

A sample or teaser edition has already been published and is available to download for free.

Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan | Irish Civil War 1922-23

posted 20 Feb 2018, 12:54 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 7 Mar 2018, 06:44 by Oscar Duggan ]

Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan
– The Irish Civil War, The Truth, Where and When it all Began –

posted 20 Feb 2018, 20:54
A new book about the Irish Civil War (1922-23) uncovers shadowy events that took place, shedding important light on the very origins of that conflict, where and when it began. It also offers an assessment that challenges certain assumptions about the course of events, the personalities and leadership dynamics involved.

Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan
Most people, with any knowledge of Irish history, know that hostilities in the Irish Civil War commenced with the move, by the Provisional Government, to take the Four Courts in Dublin (held by anti-Treaty forces) towards the end of June 1922. But, most people would be wrong! That is the view of Jack Kiernan, who sets out to investigate the roots of a tragic and bitter conflict, that proceeded apace with the emergence of independent Irish statehood.

Growing up in an Irish Midlands town, Jack Kiernan remembers being told by his teachers that "if anything of importance happened in Mullingar, it would have been recorded."

Bullet holes remnants in the walls of prominent local buildings seemed to give lie to these bland assertions, as did the recollections of older neighbours, alluding to "the shooting of unarmed prisoners during the Civil War."

What he only discovered, much later, was that events of, not just local but national significance had taken place in the town where he grew up. What's more, they had been recorded, only to be buried deep within the archives – almost as if they had been deliberately covered up!

The evidence that he reveals here, confirms that open hostilities between pro- and anti-treaty forces were already in place, throughout the country, early in 1922 and prior to the events in Dublin. Furthermore, gun battles took place in the town of Mullingar during the month of April 1922, resulting in deaths. Evidence also suggests that British forces, though officially withdrawn, may have fired the first shots.

The events of the Irish Civil War (1922-1923) have cast a long shadow over Irish life. This book sheds important light on a dark chapter in Irish history; a contribution towards the debate that surely must accompany the centenaries of these events, which are now just around the corner.

Why Did They Lie? by Jack Kiernan is published by The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, as well as from certain bookshops.


Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story by Jack Kiernan
Jack Kiernan is an author, historian, retired Irish Army Corporal Fitter Technician and former National Welfare Officer with PDFORRA (the army representative association). He lives and works in Mullingar, the town where he was also born and raised. He has a particular interest in cold cases, unsolved murders and alleged miscarriages of justice.

Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story, first published in 2011, deals with the murder of Mary Walker, on a hot summers day in Mullingar in 1909 – a crime that shocked the nation and Joseph Heffernan, who was tried and convicted, paid for it with his life. He would be the last person to be hung in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol. However, rumours have persisted, down through the years, that he may have been innocent.

He is also the author of the soon-to-be-published, I Declare Before My God, which deals with the sad and tragic cases, from the 19th century, of a father and son – Brian and James Seery – both of whom were sentenced to hang, in entirely separate circumstances, 24 years apart, both having been convicted on questionable evidence. Further information about these and other projects can be found at the author's website.

Reflections by Verona Pentony. Now Available in Kindle Editions

posted 24 Jan 2018, 04:57 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 18 Feb 2018, 05:59 by Oscar Duggan ]

Reflections by Verona Pentony
– popular poetry series now available in Kindle editions –

posted 24 Jan 2018, 12:57
Reflections from the Heart by Verona Pentony
The Reflections series by Verona Pentony – two volumes of poetry previously available only in print editions, that have just been made published in Kindle – will be free to download on Amazon this coming weekend, from Thursday 25th to Monday, 29th January.

Verona Pentony is a poet with a love of humanity and of nature: a love nurtured and distilled from her childhood experiences growing up on a farm in north Co. Dublin and from summer holidays in Co. Leitrim.
Reflections of Time by Verona Pentony

Spirituality, political events, leadership and world peace are among the chief concerns and abiding themes of her poetry. In making her work available for free in this manner (on a once-off, limited basis), she looks forward to feedback from readers who might be interested in her views on peace and reconciliation in the world today: maybe have their own thoughts and expressions that they would like to share. She is, as she says, inspired by the experiences of life – her own and other people's.

Reflections from the Heart (published in 2012) and Reflections of Time (2014) have gone through several re-prints since initial publication and have received praise from many quarters:

Verona has truly captured the essence of life in Reflections of Time and Reflections from the Heart. Her words drive home the important things in life and cause us all to reflect and re-evaluate what's right in front of us and what's important.Lesley Everett, Personal Branding Coach and Speaker

Now, both titles are available to a much wider public audience.

Further information about Verona's future writing, publishing and public performances will be posted to her recently launched website. In the meantime, sample her work for free, for a limited time only, by downloading the Kindle editions on Amazon, between Thursday 25th and Monday 29th January.

Festive Season's Greetings from The Manuscript Publisher

posted 24 Dec 2017, 04:42 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 24 Jan 2018, 05:01 ]

Festive Season's Greetings to All Our Friends and Followers
– from The Manuscript Publisher –

posted 24 Dec 2017, 12:42
Festive Seaason
Festive season's greetings go out to all of our friends and people who followed us in 2017. It was another busy year for us, that saw some great new titles hit the bookshelves but also, plenty more to follow in 2018 – watch this space!

Before we down tools and take a short break, there is just enough time to alert you to the inaugural Smashwords End of Year Sale 2017. From December 25, when you wake up on Christmas morning, to January 1, 2018, when you ring in the New Year, thousands of titles will be significantly reduced as part of Smashwords' site-wide promotion:

The week after Christmas is typically the biggest e-book-buying period of the year as readers unwrap their new e-reading devices and smart phones and look to fill them with great new e-books! For eight days only, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will offer readers exciting discounts on their e-books.

We will be offering 50% off all of our e-book titles on Smashwords over the course of the promotion. Just use the coupon code SEY50 at checkout to claim your discount. Find out more about how you can avail of these and many other offers a Smashwords.

In 2018, look out for new titles from Jack Kiernan (author of Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story), Michael Whelton, Dezi Jay M, Faye Boland (Overall Winner at this year's Hanna Greally International Literary Awards) together with new editions of previously published titles from T.J. Gillespie, Verona Pentony, Susan R. Murphy, to name just a few.

All this and more to come in 2018.

Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan: Pulse and Hearts above Zero

posted 5 Dec 2017, 04:03 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 24 Dec 2017, 04:33 ]

Bluesy Ballymoe by William Tiernan
– Pulse and Hearts above Zero –

posted 5 Dec 2017, 12:03
Poetry that fears not to go wherever the heart leads it is what the reader can expect in the forthcoming, second volume by William Tiernan, soon to be released.

Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero by William Tiernan
Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Hearts above Zero has just been published and will be on general sale from Saturday, 9 December, when the book will be formally launched at a special reception in the Galway village from which the book takes its title.
Greetings from Guilka, Ballymoe: Poems from the Heart and the Head by William Tiernan

William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions, as well as strong ties to the community in which he lives and his identification with the place where he grew up. His first collection of poems, Greetings from Guilka, Ballymoe: Poems from the Head and the Heart (also available to buy online) was published in 2016. Previously, he was National Winner in the poetry category at the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards in 2014, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon.

As a poet, he says, he is always a loner but, in his heart and soul, he strives to be a real people's person and not a fair-weather friend, not least to those who suffer the torments of this world.

"No matter how strong faith is, fear and doubt will test it to its core, weaken it if they can and, in some cases, sadly, destroy."

He goes on to say that "love can be a cold stone nesting in a warm fire with its flame reaching out to heal, but cannot reach a dying wound."

Tiernan's poetry burns with insight; a true example of the fire inside the head that drives a person to create. Influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Patrick Kavanagh will be discerned but the voice is all his own. It is a distinct voice that reaches out to people, addresses itself to themes that are universal, reflections that are often sadly true but, able and willing to rise to the challenges that they present.

"Never let the sun go down on your hatred or your anger; it will eat you away. Depression is an illness of the mind and body, a cancer of the soul. Let's support one another and defeat it."

Bluesy Ballymoe: Pulse and Heart above Zero by William Tiernan is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is available to buy online (RRP €12.95 plus P&P). It will also be on sale at the book's launch, to take place on Saturday, 9 December at Fr Flanagan Community Centre, Ballymoe, Co. Galway, following 8pm Mass.

Our Halloween Literary Offerings: read them and weep!

posted 29 Oct 2017, 04:17 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 04:01 ]

Halloween Literary Offerings
– tales of ghosts, ghouls and haunted locations –

posted 29 Oct 2017, 11:17

The Ghost in My House
– a short story by Susan R. Murphy –

The Ghost in My House by Susan R. Murphy
"Welcome to your new home, Donald. I died in this house and cannot leave, and so shall it be with you and your family."

A treat (not a trick!) awaits horror fans this Halloween. The Ghost in My House is a short story by Susan R. Murphy that has just been published in Kindle edition and is on sale now on Amazon.

However, as part of a special Kindle promotion, readers can download it for free during Halloween. This offer ends at the stroke of midnight on 31 October (the Eve of All Hallows) when, as tradition tells us, ghosts and ghouls return to their unearthly realm.

The Ghost in My House is, as the title would suggest, a ghost story on a haunted house theme. Donny, together with his mom and dad and his sister, Tiffany, move into a new home – a small house in Lincoln Acres, part of National City in San Diego. At first, it seems like everything that they could ask for but quickly, they realise that they are not alone. A gruesome murder took place in the house many years before, and the victim is still crying out for revenge.
The Immortals by Susan R. Murphy

While it may sound like familiar territory for horror fans and aficionados nevertheless, it is Susan's distinctive storytelling style that will keep you turning the pages, right to the end.

Her previous book, The Immortals (published in 2014) is a collection of short stories that have been described as "very, very scary". Her writing reflects themes and preoccupations with horror, sci-fi, romance, legends and re-interpretations of tales from ancient Greek mythology.

The Ghost in My House by Susan R. Murphy is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online, in Kindle edition through Amazon.

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire
– now available in e-book edition –

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire
Of course, ghost stories and tales of hauntings challenge beliefs, dealing with subject matter and themes that span separate (though not entirely distinct) worlds, also crossing the genres of fiction and non-fiction in literary terms. A book that takes the reader on a journey through Irish haunted locations (on and off the beaten track) seeks to "to find spiritual and scientific reasons for the paranormal, the supernatural and similarly unexplained phenomena".

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan, Jenifer Kerrigan was published this time last year, in print edition, to great reception. It has just been published in e-book and available to buy online through all the major distributors – see below.

The authors are members of GhostÉire, a team of paranormal investigators based in the south-west of Ireland. Their research and investigations have taken them to locations all over Ireland, investigating possible hauntings and supernatural occurrences, accumulating volumes of recorded and independently verifiable source material in the process. Theirs is a world of whispering lighthouses, misty islands, mind-bending gaols, vanished forts and public houses where the spirits flow a little too unaccountably! Tales of sailors, smugglers, pirate queens, Irish rebels, Vikings and spies crop up along the way.

Providing a comprehensive overview of the world of paranormal investigations, their conclusions will interest the skeptic as much as the believer, as well as those who simply wish to form their own view. The bulk of the presentation comprises precise, detailed, often graphic descriptions of paranormal investigations, typically undertaken during the dark and eery hours in some of very remote and inhospitable places. It should be noted that the book does come with a parental advisory warning (not suitable for anyone under 16 years) containing as it does, some strong language and possibly disturbing themes.

The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan, Jenifer Kerrigan, already available in print editions (hardback and paperback), is on sale now as an e-book edition and available through global distributors that include Amazon, Smashwords, Apple (iTunes), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, amongst others.

On sale now, in print and e-book editions.

The Battle for Coman's Wood
– by Mario Corrigan –

The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan
So far, we have been looking at literature best described as 'adult' in terms of subject matter and orientation (in other words, not for the squeamish or fainthearted!). Not so with The Battle for Coman's Wood by Mario Corrigan however. This is a story for children, teenagers and young adults – all ages in fact, including anyone who likes a good read that consists of fast-paced, historical and mythological adventure stories.

Halloween has its origins in Gaelic, pre-Christian and pagan customs and The Battle for Coman's Wood crafts a story from much of the mythology that surrounds it.

An American family come to Ireland, their ancestral homeland, in time for Halloween and the ancient Feast of Samhain. They have no idea of the adventure that is about to unfold. It is almost as if their journey has been anticipated. They soon become entangled in a quest to thwart the evil plans of Queen Medbh and The Morrigan, to bring forth a terrible army from the OtherWorld! Ireland and indeed the whole world is in danger and only the true-blooded heirs of Turlough O'Connor, High King of Ireland, can hope to prevent a cataclysm.

Terrible, evil creatures issue forth from beneath the earth, driven hard by the warrior queen who plans to conquer everyone and everything that stands in her way. Men rally round the ancient banners and defend what they hold dear. Plans are laid and a terrible battle must be fought, but help is on hand from unknown quarters – from long dead Kings and loyal Followers. Time is running out. Our brave heroes must face the might of these supernatural forces for, it is the blood in their veins that gives hope for salvation. All Hell breaks loose, literally, in an epic showdown in the ancient wood, Coman's Wood, near Owneynagat: gate to the OtherWorld ... the gate to terror and destruction.

A rip-roaring tale of mythical proportions, the story was sculpted from the imaginations of school children from the area of County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin, meaning "Saint Coman's wood") where the action takes place.

On sale now in print and e-book editions.

SiarScéal Festival 2017: Exciting News for Authors in October

posted 3 Oct 2017, 15:23 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 29 Oct 2017, 15:17 ]

SiarScéal Festival 2017:
– Exciting News for Authors in October –

posted 3 Oct 2017, 23:23

Previous SiarScéal Festivals

Rose Morris, author

Rose Morris reads from her winning entry at the 2014 SiarScéal Hanna Greally International Literary Awards. As Overall Winner, her prize was to see her book published professionally, resulting in The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox (see below), a whimsical adventure story with a cautionary ecological message, told in the form of children's illustrated verse.

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

Published by The Manuscript Publisher (2015) and available to buy online in print and e-book editions
A last call for entries for the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 has just gone out. The awards, which form part of the annual SiarScéal Festival, will be presented at this year's event, which takes place over Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October. Roscommon County Library in Roscommon Town is the venue.

All entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 10 October. Entries may consist of poetry or prose and can be posted or submitted online. The theme for this year's competition is Beneath Western Skies. Full details of how to enter, rules of entry, etc. are available from the website of SiarScéal – see Competitions page.

Authors and writers have every incentive to get their entries in. The Overall Prize winner will take away a publishing package valued at €2000, sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher. What this will mean is that the winner will have his or her book published professionally, in print and e-book editions, marketed, promoted and formally launched at a future SiarScéal Festival.

There is also a cash prize of €700 for winner of First Prize. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded to a local entry that best conveys 'sense of place' while trophy prizes will be awarded for Highly Commended entries in poetry and prose categories (local, national, international).

Mary Melvin Geoghegan will adjudicate at this years Awards. She will also be reading from her own work. Mary is the author of no less than four anthologies of poetry and has also edited several volumes of children’s poetry and verse. Her most recent collection, Say it like a Paragraph, was published in 2012 by Bradshaw Books.

Also headlining at this year’s festival is Eileen Battersby, journalist, art critic, literary correspondent. She will be reading from her debut novel, Teethmarks on My Tongue, published just last year to a great reception, both in Ireland and internationally.

An open mike session will wind down the evening's entertainment. The formal part of the festival concludes at 5pm. Full details, including programme of events, are available from SiarScéal website – see Festival page.

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