Beneath the Ferny Tree
Dig into the cold earth, pull away the damp leaves and burrow deep down to uncover true darkness...
Face the horror of war-torn Germany with Edmund as he fights to rescue his family. Confront the same overwhelming dread as Cody, in the midst of a futuristic prison, is haunted by his past and desperate for a chance at redemption. Discover true monsters aboard a slaver’s ship on the high seas and witness a more twisted side to Christmas.
Uncover these and other bleak mysteries in Beneath the Ferny Tree.
Within these parchments lie places hidden from the world. Where demons dance, hope is forsaken and fear is relished. Enter at your own risk . . . David Schembri's Unearthly Fables is a darkly evocative Pandora's box of a book. Made up of compact short-short stories of horror and dark fantasy, and a flash fiction collection.
Tales of Humorous Horror
Based on the stories from horror writer, David Schembri, Splitting Sides features distinct and dazzling illustrations by the author along with his darkly humorous tribute to horror comics of the 50s. Splitting Sides presents two tales: Day of the Vorcha and The Date-Night Dead.
Along with some delightfully entertaining advertisements, this comic will leave you horrified and giggling at the same time.
Splitting Sides 2
Tales of Humorous Horror
Splitting Sides returns! Based on the stories from horror writer, David Schembri, Splitting Sides comes back to you with its second issue. Once again, every page features distinct and dazzling illustrations by the author along with his darkly humorous tribute to horror comics of the 50s. Splitting Sides 2 presents two tales: Crowman and Fangs for Dropping By.
Along with more delightfully entertaining advertisements, this comic will leave you horrified and giggling at the same time. Sit back and enjoy this second instalment into the crazy corners of David's mind.
The Return of Mr Mosquito
The city of Melbourne can be a dark place at times. Evil can lurk in the alleys, threatening peace. But, someone is watching. Vigilant, fearless, he will fight to maintain peace and justice.
Welcome to the first issue of Crowman, and yes, it's a colouring book too! Follow him as he encounters a strange villain from his past. Will this be his final showdown? Will he live to fight another day? Will the city be in desperate need for another protector if things go sour? Turn the pages, colour them in, and find out.
This is the wacky world of Crowman.
And he's a little goofy. Enjoy!
Current Anthologies and Magazines
The Black Beacon
Book of Horror
My short fiction story
The Great Invocation is
The Black Beacon Book of Horror features dark and disturbing tales from some of the most original and imaginative authors writing in the genre today.
These tales of psychological, supernatural, folk, gothic, and cosmic horror will usher you into the darkest of realms and leave you there to fend for yourself. You'll lose your way in abandoned houses and hospitals, and be trapped on stormy beaches and along foggy country roads. There are haunted dolls, creepy-crawlies, malevolent spirits, creatures of legend, Lovecraftian terrors, and the demons within our own minds.
But as varied as the settings and themes are, each tale has that one essential trait; the power to make you glance over your shoulder just to be sure the terror hasn't found a way to leave the page.
My modern fantasy poem Ghost appears in the Winter issue of Silver Blade Magazine.
Editor’s Note/Image Credit: Composed/arranged in a collage [JCM]: a burning house [Chris Karidis/Unsplash] in the rain [freepnglogos.com] and a ghostly apparition [pngwing.com] escaping the flames.
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