Short stories demand concise description and sharp, crisp sentences and are a form that O’Malley has been perfecting over the past twenty years. Two volumes have been written and a third will soon be complete. Character development, circumstance and struggle all vie for position in the short stories he has written. Volumes include: The Vagrant Adjunct and Other Stories and The Omen and Stories from Behind the Door with characters as diverse as the streets and avenues in Manhattan. New York Symphony: Tinkling the Ebony and Other Stories- Short Story Collection III should be complete in 2016. O’Malley has had public readings of his unpublished fiction, using feedback from the audience as a measure of the impact his work had at a moment in time.