THROUGH GLASS EYES – coming soon
MONKEY BARS – coming soon (childrens’ horror)
DEAD AND BREAKFAST – coming soon
THE CUSTOM OF THE SEA – coming soon
WINTER PREY – coming Feb 2020
WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND – coming March 2020
BITTER TEA – coming March 2020
THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS
Published in Black Hare Press’ YEAR ONE anthology: a culmination of all the nano-tales published in the Dark Moments online archive during 2019, as well as a showcase of the Five Club Final Mission drabbles.
As a champion of emerging writers, you’ll always find works by debut authors in our publications, as well new pieces from established and best-selling authors. We hope you enjoy the hard work that has been put into these tiny tales.
BLOODY CHRISTMAS TREE
Published in A Tree Lighting in Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horror for Charity.
Where enemies meet on the battlefield to set aside their differences on this holiest of nights—only to be tormented by a legendary she-demon. Where irons bars won’t keep brothers from spending Christmas with their mother—much to her dismay. Where the search for the perfect tree turns into a bloody nightmare. Where an imprisoned evil has a young couple and their daughter wishing they’d stayed at home for the holidays…
Published in ‘Apocalypse: A post-apocalyptic adventure of tiny proportions’. Venture into the unknown, into a time when society has broken down and every man, woman and child (and the odd monster or alien) must fight for themselves. What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words? Available at Amazon.
Published in ‘Forest of Fear’ (Volume 1). The moon is high, and the darkness teams with nightmares. It’s All Hallows’ Eve…do you dare go out, risking life and limb, for a sweet treat? Will you answer the call of the night? Sate your seasonal hunger, and sink your teeth into this delectable collection of 101 bites of Halloween horror! Available at Amazon.
Published in ‘Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights (Things in the Well Book 7). An international anthology of dark erotic drabbles (100 words) and double drabbles (200 words). Includes the novella ‘Dolls’ by the UK’s Ramsey Campbell and other ‘extras’ including a couple of longer stories and some inter-related drabbles, plus some dark erotic illustrations! Definitely adult themed, not suitable for children! With illustrations and other extras including the discussion “On Ramsey Campbell’s ‘Scared Stiff’ by S.T. Joshi”, a discussion “On Sex and Horror”. Edited by Steve Dillon, ex-President of the Australian Horror Writers Association and series editor of the Things in the Well series of anthologies, and stories from award-winning and emerging writers! Available at Amazon.
Published in Black Hare Press’ ‘Beyond: A Paranormal Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles Book 4). Micro myths of the paranormal; poltergeists, spirit boards, ghosts and ghouls, avenging apparitions and horrifying hauntings. What miracles can more than one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words? More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world. Available at Amazon AU/Amazon US
Published in Blood Song Book’s anthology ‘Curses & Cauldrons: Ting Tales Volume 1. The anthology is filled with stories about witches, all exactly 100 words in length. Over 200 tiny dark tales of magic, mischief, murder, mayhem & madness…
You do not want to get on the wrong side of these witches! Let us cast a spell on you… with just 100 words. Available at Amazon.
Published in Black Hare Press’ ‘Monsters: A Horror Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles Book 3). Wendigos, vampires, things that go bump in the night or hide under the bed, witches, demons, upirs, kelpies, toad people, zombies, sirens and hundreds of other tiny terrifying tales. What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words? More than three hundred drabbles from around the world. Available at Amazon AU/Amazon US.
P.A.C.D. THE KITCHEN OF TOMORROW, TODAY! (erotic horror)
Published in the Sinister Sheets anthology (first published in #Mashed) . A neglectful husband buys his wife a futuristic Personal Automated Culinary Droid (P.A.C.D.), but it’s a recipe for disaster. The exciting thing about Sinister Sheets is the black pages! Sex and horror are often considered separate. Notable exceptions include the “sex means death” rule of slasher films; Stephen King’s GERALD’S GAME; and the danger of sex throughout Gillian Flynn’s dark novels. In this collection, erotic horror is best defined as literature that arouses the reader…and then makes them complicit in the horror that ensues because of that arousal. These stories will make you howl. Available from Amazon AU/Amazon US.
Published in Black Hare Press’ ‘Angels: A Divine Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles Book 2). Beatific angels, holy wars, kitty saviours, epic battles between good and evil, devils and demons, fallen angels and many more tantalising tiny tales of blasphemy and piety. What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world. What miracles can more than one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words? More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world. Available at Amazon AU/Amazon US.
Published in Black Hare Press’ “Worlds: A Science Fiction Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles Book 1) . Stories of new worlds, new creatures, alien colonisation, humanity’s new home, space accidents, alien snackcidents, evil planets, military mashups, alien autopsies, and much, much more. What miracles can more than one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world. Available at Amazon.
ANGELS: A DIVINE MICROFICTION ANTHOLOGY (DARK DRABBLES BOOK 2).
CIRCUS OF NIGHTMARES
Published in Horrified Press’ ‘Lonesome Train Anthology’. Four friends take a train trip to an old cemetery to conjure the dead, and end up invoking the Big Top of the damned. “Do you hear that train a-comin’? Comin’ round the bend…? Our authors did! Step into an anthology filled with demonic trains and disastrous encounters. Ghosts, time travel, giant spiders, wagon trains, space-transport–whatever you are interested in, we’ve got you covered. Sit right back and enjoy the ride.” Available at Lulu
Published in Fantasia Divinity Magazine’s 2018 Anthology, ‘Echoes of the Past’, first published in Issue 18 of Fantasia Divinity Magazine. This anthology includes editors’ top picked stories that have been released by FDM in 2018. Only one story per issue and anthology is chosen. “Secrets of the sea, mysterious spirits, supernatural creatures, futuristic technology and more await in this special collection compiling the top stories published by Fantasia Divinity in 2018! Featuring 16 thrilling stories, there is something for everyone to love”. Available at Amazon. Check out the Featured Authors section to see my other publications with Fantasia Divinity Magazine.
FUN LAND MONSTERS
Published in the Deadman’s Tome March edition of Deep Fried Horror; a batch of greasy horror for you to enjoy. A creepy fun park, a man haunted by apparitions and nightmares of a barely remembered past. What could go wrong?This is a FREE download! Get it at Deadman’s Tome Patreon. If you sign up you get access to a whole bunch of their back catalogue, but you don’t need to sign up to take advantage of the FREE Deep Fried Horror zine.
A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
Published by Grinning Skull Press in ‘O Unholy Night in Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity.’ “Said the little child to his mother dear, do you hear what I hear Shrieking through the night, father dear, And do you see what I see A cry, a scream, blood coloring the snow And a laugh as evil as sin And a laugh as evil as sin Well, folks, looks like we’re back in Deathlehem, where… …Santa’s gift turns a mindless horde of bargain-hungry shoppersinto…well… a horde of hungry shoppers… …defective toys aren’t just dangerous; they’re deadly… …holiday ornaments prove to be absolutely captivating—permanently… …those ugly Christmas sweaters are to die for… Twenty-five more tales of holiday horror to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.” Available at Amazon.
Published in ‘I Will Fight for You: A Charity Anthology for the Fight Against Cancer’. All profits from this anthology will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The story is about a man dying of cancer in a dingy hospital, who has lost all hope. I wrote it after I heard the news that my favorite uncle’s cancer had returned. While this is a piece of fiction, my uncle’s situation obviously inspired me as I imagined how depressing and scary it would be returning to hospital after hearing news like that. It’s not an uplifting story, but like my editor says, “Unfortunately, not every fight has a happy outcome, especially when it comes to cancer”. Available at Amazon.
FOLLOW ME & CHARRED MEMORIES
Published in Horrified Press’ ‘Blood and Ashes’ Anthology. My flash fiction story is a story that warns of the dangers of walking alone late at night. My spooky short story is the ghostly tale of a woman’s search for her missing husband, through the charred remains of the apartment block she once called home (first published in FDM). “Some times, the blood boils in the heat of the moment–leading to impetuous acts. They don’t call someone “hot-blooded” for nothing! But the heat fades, leaving the ashes of dreams and regrets behind. Until all that is left is cold-blooded, passionless cruelty.” Available at Amazon & Lulu
FACES IN THE BARK
Published in Things in the Well’s ‘Trickster’s Treats – Tales from the Pumpkin Patch #2’. A fun Halloween themed magazine with profits from sales going to the charity: Women’s Community Shelters Ltd. Stories are between 666 – 1000 words and fall under one of these 6 categories: Halloween House, Pumpkin Head, Trick or Treat!, Haunted Forest and Trees!, Bob-Apple and Fancy Dress. Faces in the Bark is included in the Haunted Forest and Trees! category and follows two twelve-year-olds who decide to cross an urban forest to go trick-or-treating in the more affluent side of town. Available at Amazon.
YOU BETTER WATCH OUT
Published in Thirteen O’Clock Press’ ‘Haunted Holidays Anthology’. It’s 2-books-in-one! Over fifty depraved and delectable stories; one half is Halloween Haunts, the other is Blood on the Tree. The first half of the anthology is dedicated to All Hallows’ Eve and all the candy collecting and ghostly shenanigans one would expect on such an evening. The second half is full of carols and carnage. This isn’t your typical Merry Christmas. My Christmas horror flash-fiction piece about two boys who haven’t had a visit from Santa for a number of years, and are pleased when St Nick comes calling. But it’s not presents they want this time. Available Amazon & Lulu.
THE PIED PIPER OF ESSEX
Published in the ‘Spooky Isles Book of Horror Anthology’ along with my non-fiction article about the Ratman of Southend which was the inspiration for my story. The Ratman of Southend is an urban legend about a homeless man who was beaten nearly to death and is said to haunt the underpass at the Queensway. The anthology is a collection of scary and disturbing short fiction of British and Irish horror, paired with their inspirations, be they real-life historical events or myth/folklore. Available at Amazon, The Book Depository, Kobo, Nook, Scribd and Googleplay Books.
DEADLOCKED and WHERE MADNESS LIES
Published in Horrified Press’ ‘Locked In’ Anthology. In Deadlocked, a couple visit an old jail to do an escape room tour and may not make it out alive. Where Madness Lies follows the gruesome activities inside a mental asylum and a doctor’s desperate attempt to help one particular patient. “Locked In – locked in where? Cell, house, relationship, physical locks, mental locks, the field for this theme was wide open and the Thirteen authors who responded took advantage of that. Their stories range far and wide, from demons to humans and everywhere else. Avoid this if you’re claustrophobic, being shut in anywhere can be bad, being locked in is worse… on the other hand, it’s a good read… none of it is real, or is it… enjoy!” Available Amazon & Lulu.
NO FUTURE FOR THE PRETTY VACANT
Published in Oscillate Wildly Press’ Petrified Punks Anthology. Sid Vicious has to deal with a punk-zombie uprising and try to save himself and his girlfriend from the virus that turns the Pogo into a gore-fest. Petrified Punks is available at Amazon.
Published in HorrorAddict’s ‘Crescendo of Darkness Anthology’. A lighthouse keeper receives an unexpected visitor. Trapped together due to a severe storm, the stranger’s behaviour becomes more unusual, until the keeper eventually begins to question his own sanity. “Music has the power to soothe the soul, drive people to obsession, and soundtrack evil plots. Is music the instigator of madness, or the key that unhinges the psychosis within? From guitar lessons in a graveyard and a baby allergic to music, to an infectious homicidal demo and melancholy tunes in a haunted lighthouse, Crescendo of Darkness will quench your thirst for horrifying audio fiction. Available at Amazon.
THROUGH GLASS EYES
Published in Horrified Press’ ‘Buried Anthology’. When a little girl unearths a creepy doll, strange things occur and as her father struggles to keep her safe, he begins to question his sanity. “BURIED: what is, who is, where are they buried and most of all, why? Asking the question with the word Buried set the Thirteen writers to utilising their many and varied talents to bring you every aspect of being or having been buried their imaginations could conjure. The result is an engrossing spine tingling read.” Available Amazon & Lulu.
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Published in Flying Monkey Press’ ‘UnCommon Evil: A Collection of Nightmares, Demonic Creatures, and UnImaginable Horrors Anthology’. An obese woman, desperate to lose weight, agrees to an unholy deal to make her dreams a reality. An uncommon visitor arrives to give her exactly what she wished for. #UnCommonEvil available at Amazon.
PARTY OF ONE (poem)
Published in Horrified Press’ ‘Revenge Anthology’. The poem is about a betrayal and broken-hearts. “Revenge, something we all crave at some point in our lives… fortunately for the world, we don’t often do anything about it. Here’s a fascinating set of stories about people who did do something about it, horribly, fatally, bloodily… ”. Available at Amazon & Lulu. A perfect Valentine’s Day gift! ♥
AN UNSCHEDULED STOP
Published in Issue 19 of Fantasia Divinity Magazine. A woman is stranded at an unmanned station after the train she was on experienced mechanical difficulties. Darkness and unease cinch around her like a cloak and she questions what she should be afraid of. You can purchase a copy of the mag from Amazon.
Published in Issue 18 of Fantasia Divinity Magazine. The story is about a woman trying to communicate with her Grandmother through a Ouija board. You can purchase a copy of the mag from Amazon.
FINGERS TO THE BONE
Published in Horrified Press’ ‘Bringing It Back Anthology’. A writer’s desperate attempt to cure his writer’s block may cost more than money. “Bringing It Back: bringing what back? Memories, artefacts, stolen goods, bodies… Thirteen authors explored the theme with a huge and diverse range of great horror stories. What’s hiding in your mind that one of these stories could trigger… happy nightmares…” Available Amazon & Lulu.
DEAD AND BREAKFAST
Published on Deadman’s Tome Patreon, starting at $1/month. Shiloh and Mark book a romantic weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast in the middle of nowhere. The attached museum, which houses crime-scene photos and disfigured mannequins depicting the slaughter The Puppeteer committed at that very house years ago, excites Mark but freaks Shiloh out. It’s just a creepy B&B. Surely there’s nothing to be worried about…..
MR. BUTTONS’ TEA PARTY
Published in ‘My American Nightmare’, a YA horror anthology. Each story was inspired by a work of literature, television, film, or music, to create a unique spin on classic tales of terror, and are set in America. The source of inspiration for all stories will be included in the anthology. Can you guess mine? “For Fans of American Horror Story, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Danielle Vega. America, land of the free, land of the brave, land of nightmares? A group of female authors come together in this collection of creepy tales and psychological horror stories to bring you chills and disturbing images that won’t leave you long after you’re done reading” Available at Amazon in eBook.
DECK THE HALLS WITH SILK AND SPIDERS
Won first prize in Feed Your Monster’s Christmas contest “Tinsel and Spiders’, and features on their Christmas podcast, read by Bill Derwent. A funny, silly and creepy crawly Christmas tale about how a woman turns a sad Christmas Eve into a Merry Christmas Day. Listen here.
HO, HO, HORROR WORKSHOP
Published in Grinning Skull Press’ ‘The Shadow Over Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity’, the next in the Deathlehem series that benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. While shopping for Christmas decorations, Grace is approached by a creepy guy dressed as Santa who offers her a job as an elf at his Christmas workshop. “Deathlehem … … where Krampus isn’t the only creature to fear when the holiday draws near… … where holiday treats aren’t safe to eat … … where not even the apocalypse will keep people from celebrating the holiday … … where even Chanukah isn’t safe to celebrate …” Available at Amazon.
Published in Things in the Well’s ‘Shades of Santa – Tales from the Bloody North Pole’ a dark Xmas-themed anthology of flash fiction. Profits go to the charity: water. Stories are 666 words or less and fall under one of these 6 categories: Sleigh bells, All is calm, The naughty list, Is that really an elf?, Carols, choirs, and vocal chords, Snow people. Red Christmas is included in the Snow People category and follows St. Nick as he trudges through snow while attempting to deliver one last gift to a dangerous and isolated part of the world where he’s not welcome. Available at Amazon.
Published in Fantasia Divinity’s ‘See Through My Eyes: A Ghost Mystery Anthology’. A ghostly tale of a woman’s search for her missing husband, through the charred remains of the apartment block she once called home. “A scream slashes through the quiet night, a chill pierces your skin. The shimmering image of a woman forms in the mist, singing a haunting lullaby. She beckons. Will you go? Featuring 25 haunting stories, SEE THROUGH MY EYES is certain to chill you to the bone and make you wonder who is real and who is not. The Living? Or the dead? Join us as the dead seek to claim their revenge upon the living!” Available at Amazon in eBook and print.
THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE
Published online by FunDead Publications on their blog. A horror story about the sacrifices people make for love.
P.A.C.D. THE KITCHEN OF TOMORROW, TODAY! (erotic horror)
Published in the Grivante Press anthology, ‘MASHED: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror’. “An anthology of twisted humor, erotic horror and culinary experimentation. Featuring demented authors from all over the world, coming together to delight and terrify you”. Available at Amazon. And in case you were wondering what P.A.C.D stands for, it’s: Personal Automated Culinary Droid.
NO JOB TOO SMALL
Published in MacKenzie Publishing’s ‘The Two Eyes Open Anthology’. Jake’s desperate need for cash finds him working for a creepy old lady, who is more than she seems. Her frail appearance and snippy attitude hide sinister desires. “Sixteen tall tales by sixteen amazing authors: intriguing incidents, gory grisliness, haunting horrors, mysterious mayhem, and terrifying thrillers”. Available at Amazon in eBook and print editions.
THE BECKONING WOODS
Published in ‘The Pop Machine’ issue of Inwood Indiana Press. You can read it online if you have a subscription to Inwood Indiana ($20 usd/year). ‘The Pop Machine‘ is also be available as a paperback featuring a collection of spooky stories and poems with subjects like small towns, legends, lore, the woods and other mysteriously eerie themes.
ARK OF THE DAMNED
Published in Deadman’s Tome ‘He’s Risen’, Ark of the Damned is about Jesus hunting zombies. “A collection of blasphemous horror dedicated to the king of kings! This sinister issue frames the Resurrection in a way that most horror readers would enjoy, especially zombie fans. From Jesus returning to feast on the living to Jesus kicking undead ass, He’s Risen features unadulterated content that entertains and disturbs.” Available at Amazon.
FLIRTING WITH THE DEAD
Published in Deadman’s Tome’s erotic horror anthology, ‘No Safe Word’. Banned on Amazon due to the cover art (pictured above), you can grab an eCopy from Lulu. Flirting with the Dead was my first erotic horror story.