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My Thoughts and Other Spirits

O'Casey, Steven

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ISBN 10: 1594080909 / ISBN 13: 9781594080906
Published by Cork Hill Press, 2005
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Title: My Thoughts and Other Spirits

Publisher: Cork Hill Press

Publication Date: 2005

Book Condition:Good

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My Thoughts and Other Spirits is a compilation of short stories, poetry and song lyrics. The short stories are about various subjects. There are several spooky stories such as 'The Old Haunt', about a man who purchases a haunted house and falls in love with the attractive female ghost who haunts the place. 'The Screeching Laugh' in which the main character is devoured by a monster who is lurking for years in the woods behind his house. Aside from scary stories, there are tragic stories such as 'The Long Sleep' in which a man is injured after a fall from a horse and spends nearly thirty years as a vegetable, then suddenly wakes after the clot in his brain dissolves. Another tragedy is 'Katie'. It is about a good Catholic girl who falls in love with a Protestant man. After the man propose marriage, the father of the future bride insists there will be no marriage. The father breaks the marriage up. A couple of years later the father insists Katie marry a Catholic man who works with him. The marriage ends in a bad case of domestic violence. The poetry is mostly free verse. There are, however, some rhyming poems. Some of the poems deal with love. There are poems of the love of life. Some deal with the relationship with the spiritual world. My poetry has been called Christian Existentialism, as well as metaphysical. You can choose for yourself what it is. My real intent, which will especially realize with my song lyrics, is to entertain people.

About the Author:

Steven O'Casey was born the youngest of four children. From kindergarten to eighth grade he attended Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights, Ohio. He went to high school at Cleveland St. Ignatius. He then went to Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. At St. Ignatius, O'Casey fell in love with the theatre. He played roles such as Alfred in 'My Three Angels' and Sky Masterson in 'Guys and Dolls'. He won a Silver Medal in a one-act play festival for playing the supporting role of Silva in 'The Long Goodbye'. He continued acting in college playing the roles Harry Hegen in Sean O'Casey's 'The Silver Tassle' and Laertes in 'Hamlet'. He also played the coach in 'That Championship Season'. After taking some writing courses he began writing play adaptations and poetry. He was permitted by the head of the English department to take writing tutorials, one for writing poetry, and two tutorials for playwriting. After leaving college he continued acting for a while. This included a summer with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival the same year that Tom Hanks got his start in acting with the same group. After leaving the Shakespeare Festival, O'Casey did a sound adaptation for radio. It was his own production of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. He personally played nine roles, including Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Marley's Ghost. The adaptation got radio play on WCLV in Cleveland around Christmas 1981. After 'A Christmas Carol', O'Casey abstained from doing any artistic endeavors until he began writing poetry seriously again in 1989. A few years later he became serious writing novels and short stories.

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