Daniel O'Connor

Daniel O'Connor

Daniel O'Connor was born in Brooklyn, NY. He lost his mother to cancer on her wedding anniversary, when he was four years of age, and then his father two years later. He lived with his grandmother until she passed when Dan was ten. Rather than purchase a clown mask and a chainsaw, he kept the demons at bay through books, movies, music - and writing. During the recruitment process for a police career, Suffolk County, NY applicant investigators asked Dan how someone with such a difficult childhood managed to pass the drug, psychological and polygraph exams, along with the rigorous background check. Dan had a one word answer: Reading. Upon completion of his highly decorated police career, Daniel moved to the southwest with his wife and two daughters. It is there that he wrote, using characters and scenarios developed with his late cousin Peter Randazzo, the dark and dangerous love letter to old Brooklyn: SONS OF THE POPE. That novel became the best-selling title in the history of Blood Bound Books, and reached #1 on three separate Amazon charts. That same publisher has now released Daniel's second novel, CANNI. It is his chillingly beautiful tribute to three experiences over which we have no real control: love, laughter, and terror. - CANNI was the Publisher’s Weekly/BookLife #1 horror novel choice for fall. – It has earned the “Most Requested Horror” title at NetGalley, and has both a bookseller’s, and librarians’ rating of 100%. – HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR - The Independent Press®. HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR - NYC Big Book Award. HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR FINALIST - Top Shelf Literary Magazine. – Current cumulative rating over all review sites: 4.1 out of 5 stars. - “I’ve read many an outbreak story over the years, whether zombie apocalypse or psychotic mania, but this one managed to do a few things even I had rarely seen! It’s a fun read, as various groups of characters strive for survival and a cure and are inevitably brought together for a delightfully entertaining finish.” – THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW Daniel O'Connor has one goal. It is to spread THIS message to every child: "Please know that, no matter how alone you feel, nor how discouraged or impoverished you may be right now, you should focus on your dreams and disassociate yourself from people and situations that will drag you away from your goals. Drugs, drink, gangs, crime, self-mutilation, and the like will lead you down a dark and disastrous path from which you likely will never recover. Focus, work hard, be strong, and your dreams await you." Dan is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association. ___________________________________________________________________________ BIG NAME reviews of SONS OF THE POPE: "This is a very visual novel and the attention to detail is so rich that I could smell the dirty water dogs from the NYC street vendors. Bravo!" ~Romeo Tirone, Director of TRUE BLOOD, DEXTER, NURSE JACKIE, RED WIDOW and RECTIFY. "Daniel O'Connor's SONS OF THE POPE reveals an interesting new talent with a snappy style. This is someone's career to watch." ~Andrew Neiderman, 100 million-selling author of THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE and numerous V.C. ANDREWS novels. "A rich, epic chronicle of murder, the mob, and miracles..." ~ Kevin O'Brien, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of TERRIFIED, LAST VICTIM and ONLY SON. ___________________________________________________________________________ Short stories from Daniel: "The Binding" from the anthology BLOOD RITES: AN INVITATION TO HORROR. "Between Catskill and Cooperstown" from the anthology SERIAL KILLERS ITERUM. "Sun Day" from the anthology ECLECTICALLY VEGAS, BABY!. "The Kind People of Denary" from the anthology SCREAMING IN THE NIGHT. ALL AVAILABLE NOW! Daniel's blog: Canni.blog Contact Daniel: AuthorDanO@gmail.com Twitter: @DanOVegas *FUN FACTS about Dan: 1) He created the name for the famous front four of the New York Jets known as the NEW YORK SACK EXCHANGE. 2) He has been interviewed on television by DAVID LETTERMAN. 3) He has appeared as an extra in an episode of DEXTER. 4) He has worked security for NBC and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. 5) He has the strength of 100 men. 6) He usually lies about one fun fact.
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