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UF Undead Eulogies
Unearthly Fables

unearthly fables

Short Story Collection

Published by The Writing Show and David Schembri Studios, 2014

Within these parchments lie places hidden from the world. Where demons dance, hope is forsaken and fear is relished. Enter at your own risk . . . Welcome to my first collection of short, horror stories.


These are an array of previously published works ranging from micro stories to short fiction adventures. I hope you enjoy this very exciting time in my career.


undead & unbound

Unexpected Tales from Beyond the Grave

Published by Chaosium Inc. 2013

Edited by David Conyers and Brian M Simmons

Undead & Unbound celebrates those who have returned from the grave — in all their glory and in whatever form they take. You will find the famous blood-drinkers and flesh eaters here, but also ghosts, patched-together reanimates, fiends of myth and folklore, and some not-so-easily-identifiable creatures from beyond the grave…


eulogies II

Tales from the Cellar

Published by the Horror World Press, 2013

Edited by Christopher Jones, Nanci Kalanta
and Tony Trembly

Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

The contributors to Eulogies II seem to be saying, “All the world’s a cellar, and one only need pull open the bulkhead doors to catch a whiff of the stench, or to walk down the damp, crumbling concrete steps to brave an encounter with what creeps, crawls, or festers in the darkness.” Introduction by Elizabeth Massie

Anno Hells Spectral

Anno-Klarkash Ton

Published by Rainfall Books

Edited by Glynn Barrass (Author)
Frederick J. Mayer (Author, Illustrator)
Steve Lines (Creator, Illustrator)

A collection of poetry, fiction, articles and artwork inspired by the writings of Clark Ashton Smith by some of the finest practitioners of their art around today.


hells bells

Stories of Festive Fear

Published by the Australiasian Horror
Writers Association

Cover art and layout by Greg Chapman

Forty short stories of Christmas and ghosts. An open call was sent out with a very tight deadline to members of the AHWA. What resulted was this anthology of diverse and creepy stories about the festive season.


Spectral Realms
#1 #2 #8

Published by Hippocampus Press

New York

Edited by S.T. Joshi

Hippocampus Press began issuing a new journal devoted to weird poetry. SPECTRAL REALMS is published twice a year (in Summer and Winter). In addition to poetry, the journal also publishes prose-poetry, reviews and articles about weird poetry, and reprints of classic but obscure weird poems.

Santa Rainfall Midnight

shades of santa

Tales from the Bloody North Pole

Published by Things in the Well Publications, 2017

Edited by Steve Dillon

A Xmas- themed anthology of short, scary stories using six themes. All the profits will be donated to charity: water. The themes are: Sleigh Bells, All is Calm, The Naughty List, Is That Really an Elf? Carols, Choirs, and Vocal Chords and Snow People. Authors were given just a couple of weeks to write a story for one of the themes, using a maximum 666 words for each story.


rainfall books
chap book appearances

Edited by Steve Lines

This UK publisher has accepted some of my work in a few of their publications. I enjoy supporting the 'small press' market, and this cult publisher print wonderful works of sorcery, fantasy, horror and thrillers. Do check them out!


Shocking Stories - Issue 1

Strange Sorcery - Issue 25

Creepy Nightmares - Issue 2


midnight echo #13

​Published by Australasian Horror Writers Association (December 28, 2018)

Guest Editor

Paul Mannering


Helen Stubbs & Isobel Blackthorn

Featuring fiction, non-fiction and poetry by David Schembri, Marty Young, Natalie J Potts, Rue Karney, DC Davidson, Claire Fitzpatrick and Eileen Mueller. The issue is guest edited by Paul Mannering, with co-editors Helen Stubbs and Isobel Blackthorn through the AHWA Mentorship Program. The issue will also include the AHWA Short and Flash Fiction competition winning stories from 2017 by Chrisi Reardon and Xanthe Knox.

Ferny Deadly sins Guilty

beneath the
ferny tree

Short Story Collection

Published by Close-Up Books, 2018

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.

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tricksters treats
the seven deadly sins

Published by Things in the Well Publications, 2019

Edited by Lee Murray, Marie O'Regan, Noel Osualdini, Rebecca Fraser, Tracie McBride, William Marchese, Kev Harrison, and Samson Hayes.

This is the third anthology of Halloween stories from the pumpkin-master himself, the Trickster! Our tricky theme this year 'The Seven Deadly Sins' means for each of the 7 sins, we've gathered a crop of 7 spooky stories of 700 words each, giving you a real treat of 49 short stories! All proceeds this year go to Charity: Water. Artwork by horror writer and artist Greg Chapman, and edited by an international lineup of 2 co-editors and 7 sub-editors (one for each 'sin') and assisted by Steve Dillon from 'Things in the Well'.


guilty treasures and other dark delights

Published by Things in the Well Publications, 2019

Edited by Steve Dillon

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!

Midnight 15


AHWA Magazine

Australasian Horror Writers Association, 2020

Featuring fiction and poetry by Martin Livings, Jay Caselberg, Deborah Sheldon, Anthony Ferguson, Melanie Harding-Shaw, David Schembri, Jason Franks, Rebecca Fraser, Nikky Lee, Tom Dullemond, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Joanne Anderton and J.A. Haigh. The issue is guest-edited by Lee Murray. The issue also includes the 2019 AHWA Short and Flash Fiction competition winning stories from 2018 by Stuart Olver and Alissa Smith.


Splitting Sides: Tales of Humorous Horror

North Forest Books

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.

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