Updates on Publications

Still hunting through the hardcopy records to recover my full list of publications, I meanwhile commit those recovered and those more recently accepted to this site.



I am also glad to announce that Mythic Blood is available in hardback.

The plague of “killer” clowns has alarmed me somewhat, because they are eerily reminiscent of a character in my 2001 play, initially titled The Camouflage Murders … which is among my ongoing projects … both to commit to publication as a play and develop as a novel.

I first thought of Stephen King’s ‘It’, but that was more a supernatural being taking the form of a clown and sticking to King’s ubiquitous Derry, Maine, rather than my own Derry, Northern Ireland. What is it with clowns and Derrys?

Anyway, here’s a look at my rough draft play.


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She’s young enough to be–-

but she’s not, and her eyes steam

like hot chocolate

above the solar flare of her smile

or not, depending…


Then she moves and her hair flows:

its subliminal susurration a siren call

for my fingers to follow its caress of shoulders

gleaming softly as the hurricane lamps

through the canvas walls of a base camp,

and my mind wanders.

I wrest it back to reality:

shamed by harder ardour

and pragmatic self-imaging.

If I were twenty years younger …

I still wouldn’t rate such beauty

even if I’d had the courage then.

Self hate and reality:

the two bastards in my life…

but I can dream.

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Great Love in Flash Fiction Magazine

Coming up on November 6th in Flash Fiction Magazine is the latest of my ‘human’ flashes. Great Love presents a humorous insight into the family dynamics between the generations: Wrinklies versus the fresh-faced. Read and enjoy.

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Where did September go?

And put the brakes on 2013.

I should really be pushing my latest publications: Pixels: The Cause and the Cloud Cuckoo and Mythic Blood (The Milesian Revised) as two excellent reads of Ireland past and of legend.

If I say so myself the Gortai character in Pixels represents the majority of children in Derry in the run up to and the beginning of The Troubles. It’s a myth in itself that most were out rioting or signing up for one faction or the other. Although the story of the norm isn’t as flamboyant or sensationalist as those of the combatants, it covers experiences from the perspective of the majority of the time.

Mythic… is an adaptation of the Cuchulain story surrounding The Cattle Raid of Cooley extrapolating and examining the political and emotional influences on the battle, what was so essential about the Brown Bull of Ulad. It doesn’t include the interference by The Morrigan or indicate Macha specifically as the author of the curse which incapacitates Conchobar’s armies, but interprets it on a more passionate level – vengeance.

And sure who has more right to fiddle about with Gaelic myths than an Irishman.

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They Both Loved Vonnegut

My pal Decater (DOC) Collins has released a collection of short stories available at Amazon. I recommend a read.

A darn good writer and editor, Decater is not afraid of writing or publishing either the literary or Knuckle-close topical stories, unlike some inferior publishers/writers.

If there is one thing that separates the passable from the great, it is this sort of bravery.

In a dictatorship, such writing is banned, the author persecuted, and the state condemned by democracy. In a democracy such writing is smothered by unspoken political correctness under the umbrella of editorial discretion – the dictatorships aren’t so hypocritical as to condemn.

Honesty comes in strange guises.



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http://thndr.me/iu9PA4My steampunk story ‘Lucky Escape for Goldilocks Girl’ appears in this book and apparently Thunderclap is a good thing for it – so anyone – please do us a kindness and “Please ask everyone you can to sign up. It will post only once on their facebook, twitter, or tumblr, and is completely free.


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Since Carol Ann is holding her peace…


As beautiful as any baby
they coo in blissful ignorance
of the harsh weight of exposure,
the comfort of uncommon privilege
and reach towards their mother’s breast,
lost in the glow of her eyes:
irritated by paparazzi lightning.

©Perry McDaid 2016

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