"O'Neil is a polished storyteller with a breezy style."
– Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times
I'm pleased to announce that my horror short story "Elsie's Whiskers" is in the April, 2019 edition of HYPNOS Magazine. Please click on the image above to order a copy.
Here's the first few paragraphs:
Elsie awoke when the moon was dark, as always. The crawlspace where she slept, near the top of a Manhattan skyscraper, was silent and shadowy. She stretched, detecting a slight odor. Droppings from a mouse that had passed through during her slumber. Judging from the faint scent, the visit was two weeks past.
She thought of the mouse's whiskers, twitching and seeking in the darkness, and allowed her own senses to reach out. The building was almost empty after hours, and she only detected the energy of security guards and cleaning crews. The skyscraper's steel and concrete were dead materials, and didn't conduct the forces well. That was why she'd picked it, and why her hiding place was so high up. Disconnecting was the only way she could sleep between hunts.
Her stomach trembled at the thought of food, and she slid toward the hatch.
Vincent H. O'Neil brings a wealth of life experience to his writing. Over the years he has served as paratrooper, a consultant, a risk manager, and an apprentice librarian.
A native of Massachusetts, he is a graduate of West Point and The Fletcher School. After writing in his spare time for many years, he won the St. Martin's Press "Malice Domestic" Writing Competition in 2005.
His award-winning debut novel, Murder in Exile, was the first book in a mystery series featuring the background-checker Frank Cole. It was followed by Reduced Circumstances, Exile Trust, and Contest of Wills.
His mystery novel Death Troupe is the first book in a theater-based mystery series featuring playwright Jack Glynn and the unusual members of the Jerome Barron Players theater troupe.
A long-time fan of horror in both literature and film, in 2013 he published Interlands, a Lovecraftian horror novel set in Providence, Rhode Island. The book features graduate student Angela Morse, who is searching the local woods for a lost stone obelisk once worshiped by a colonial-era cult that perished at its feet. The sequel, Denizens, was released in 2015.
Most recently, HarperCollins published his five-novel military science fiction Sim War series. Written under the name Henry V. O'Neil, those books are Glory Main, Orphan Brigade, Dire Steps, CHOP Line, and Live Echoes.