The Bookstore

Dreams of the Boardwalk

Lost in the Dream of the City.

Sarah Brannigan’s life has fallen to pieces at the age of forty-five. Her fairy tale marriage has ended, her job history has been a downward spiral since 2008, and she’s paying way too much rent to live in a tiny room in an apartment that she shares with five roommates.

To escape it all, she walks the streets of New York City, seeking out the hidden wonders of the City. And like many before her, she falls in love with Coney Island. Then one day, she falls asleep on a boardwalk bench after a long walk in the hot sun, and she falls into a dream. A dream that seems to reach into Coney Island’s past. A dream of everything she wished for when she was young. A dream whose effects linger even after she’s woken up.

Soon the dream begins to take over as Sarah uses it again and again to seek escape from her failed life. She’s getting everything she ever wanted: youth, love, and adventure. But as she goes deeper into the dream, she gets ever closer to nightmare.




Shadows walk in the autumn mist.

It’s the Fall of 1994 in the small milltown of Belford, New York. The leaves are turning, the kids are going back to school, and the heat of Summer is giving way to a cool, misty season. It happens every Fall.

Only this Fall, people are disappearing into that mist. Some people are found torn apart, some people are found dead for no reason, and some people aren’t found at all. Other people see strange things in the mist: ghosts and campfire stories.

There’s something out there in that mist. Something old. Something that has slept for a long time, but has now woken up hungry. Maybe the people of Belford could resist it, but as the terrible Fall wears on, more and more of them start…changing. Acting bizarre and violent. In the end, only a small group of teenage defenders are left to make their stand.


The Clan Brennan Family Album

An Irish-American family faces the dark together.

On the surface, the Brennan family look like any other Irish-American family: some serve their country, others left the old homestead to find work in the city, all of them just working for a living. But there’s something strange about Clan Brennan. For some reason, uncanny happenings and creatures of the night seem to seek them out.

But what the heck. They’re Irish. “Uncanny” is in their blood. Malevolent ghosts? Everyone has that one relative who ruins family gatherings. Wounded angels, cannibal spirits, vindictive fae? A rough day at work. It’s that New York City commute that’s a killer.

Besides, there are some things that are worse than any creature of the night…

Written as a gift to the author’s family, The Clan Brennan Family Album showcases the courage of ordinary people and the love of a family facing the dark together.


The Truth of Rock and Roll


Rock and Roll Magic!

A nameless young man is watching his dreams slip away when a man who let his own dreams die long ago sits down and begins to tell him a story: a story of young love and teenage dreams and rock and roll magic. A story about being young and being brave, and the girl who taught him how to be that way. As the story unfolds, the young man begins to wonder if there’s something more to this older man and his strange story…if maybe, just maybe, rock and roll magic is real.

A modern-day fable, The Truth of Rock and Roll is a cautionary tale about being young, being brave, and holding onto your dreams.


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