I’m an author and journalist.
My latest book is The Driving Force, a collection of short stories on a theme of movement (whether actual or metaphorical). Other published work includes Pretend We’re Dead, a novel about a group of slackers hanging out in mid-1990s Cork City; !!SuperHyperMEGASTAR!! (2020), a comedy which crosses Cyrano de Bergerac and The X-Factor; Devil Hang Over Me, a tight, menacing psychological thriller (2020); Red Raven, a Young Adult urban fantasy (2020); YA mystery Shiver the Whole Night Through (2014); The Polka Dot Girl (2013), a noir-style detective story with a twist (all the characters are women); and Even Flow, a thriller about a gang of feminist vigilantes (2012).
In 2007 I brought out a non-fiction book called GAA Confidential, and released a comic novel as an e-book (Cold! Steel! Justice!!!) in 2011. Earlier this year one of my short stories was included in Brevity is the Soul, a collection of comic tales from Liberties Press. My books have received excellent reviews, which you can read on the right-hand side of my homepage.
For two decades I’ve written reviews, features and opinion columns for several newspapers and magazines, including the Irish Independent, Sunday Times, Guardian and RTÉ Guide. Several short stories have appeared in literary journals in Ireland, UK and US. I’ve also written a play, which has had actor readings in Manhattan and Belfast, while one of my film scripts placed in the top 5% of 6,000 entrants to the Nicholl Fellowship competition, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscars).
I live in the west of Ireland, and am currently writing a new book and working on a screenplay adaptation of The Polka Dot Girl with New York-based French filmmaker Éléonore Pourriat (debut feature, Je ne suis pas un homme facile, was released by Netflix in 2018).
Have a look around the site for news and excerpts from my books, and various articles from down the years, or check out my Amazon author page for my other books. Please email darraghmcmanus(AT)yahoo(DOT)com re. journalism work, or if you’re a publisher interested in any of my books (including those released on Kindle by myself).