offbeat, surreal fiction and poetry


Pete O'Brien

born in the Midwest, lives in Maryland

"The Loose Purple Tie entranced and delighted me. What a quirky, playful, and utterly unique book! The interwoven stories swept me away with dreamy, poetic prose and bursts of mind-bending insights. I thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of the mysteries of story-telling and creativity. Get ready for wonderment at every turn!"

--Laura Resau, Award-winning Author of Tree of Dreams

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"Pete O'Brien's The Loose Purple Tie is funny, zestful, realistic, unreal, fascinating--a continual delight!"

--John Foley, Web Editor of FlashPoint,



Two supremely original stories. In "Wrecking Ball," Clay gets rich quick but can't seem to avoid getting hit just as quick as he...


[Ebook cover.] Read THE SUBSTANTIVE THIEF alongside an old-school nonsense novel. The world you will land in...


ARRIVAL DAY is a phospholuminescent romp about a pivotal accident and its aftermath that is as strange as...

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HAIKU WONDER contains over eight hundred haikus. Now the plight of the natural world is on Pete's mind, and he is healed in his...


Pete O'Brien's storytelling debut. Here writer Morgan Staunch finds himself on the page of his own story: his character Henrieta...


A wide-ranging collection of frolicking poems with a light touch and robust juxtaposition of words, sounds, and images...


THE OLD ROAD contains over eighty short poems. Nature is often the theme, but so are parking lots, cosmonaut squirrels...


[Paperback cover.] Read THE SUBSTANTIVE THIEF alongside an old-school nonsense novel. The world you will land in...


The poems of THE MAGNIFICENT MUNIFICENCE zip, zap, and zup with the quirky, weird, and surreal. A highly imaginative journey...


MYRON EBERLEY: A NOVEL tells the story of a little known writer brought into the light against all odds, on the fantastical planet Terth...


Hey, it's been a while, and we're still working on our next book. So far we expect it to be two novellas, but that could change. Stay tuned...

[the fading sky]

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Xyloquirk publishes stories and poems with a surreal bent. We save trees by only doing ebooks and print on demand paperbacks...

[glorious trees]

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a section from an unfinished painting

(untitled) acrylics on canvas

by Pete O'Brien - October 2, 2019

 Literary Magazine

Pete O'Brien is published in FlashPointVisit, and click on Web Issues 10, 12, 13, and 18.

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