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I've been sitting a novella for a long time now and its a very personal story about a father and son's struggle for survival shortly after a global collapse. Yes, this was inspired my favourite book, The Road, but also from my own experiences with fatherhood. It's called, The Swarm. Synopsis:

A swarm of deadly creatures came one night, forever changing the world in this post-apocalyptic horror, leaving a father and son stranded near the Arctic after their plane crashed. Lost in the wilderness, they must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of their makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek into the bitter unknown.

Releasing this winter on Friday the 13th of January 2023, which is hard to believe as I wandered through the publishing process for this one in some sort of catatonic auto-pilot state of mind... eBook, Paperback and Hardback editions are all available to pre-order now from all the usual major online retailers:

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“With echoes of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, The Swarm is a tension-filled apocalyptic nightmare… as stark and unrelenting and chilling as its Arctic setting.”

Richard Chizmar

New York Times best-selling author

“Shocking and brutal, The Swarm explores the gruesome, desperate distances we'll travel to protect those we love. You can feel the cold, smell the death, and taste the terror on every page.”

Tim Lebbon

New York Times bestselling author of The Silence & The Last Storm

“A chilling tale for the end of the world.”

Priya Sharma

British Fantasy & Shirley Jackson Award winning author of Ormeshadow

“If ecological, apocalyptic, survival horror is a thing, then O’Connor has tapped the vein of those genres and bled them dry. A gripping and tension-filled read.”

Ross Jeffery

Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Tome


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