Barbara Custer


When I was in high school back in the 1970s, I weaned on Dracula and Dark Shadows, and have always enjoyed a good horror or science fiction flick. I did not begin writing until 1990, when a college professor encouraged me to try writing to process my grief over my mother’s death. A Stephen King fan, I began with horror fiction, and work through my grief I did, for many of my protagonists were grieving over deceased parents. My horror and science fiction short stories have appeared in The Vampire’s Crypt, Alien Worlds, Detective Mystery Stories, The Ultimate Unknown, and other small press magazines. Night to Dawn published some of my tales before the former editor retired. I’ve been editing the magazine for the last five years.

My first novel, Twilight Healer, has gone through three printings. Dark side of the Moon is now available in e-book format through After that, I collaborated with Tom Johnson on a short story collection, Blood Moons and Nightscapes. Tom and I have collaborated on another called Alien Worlds I. Hopefully it will be coming out on Amazon soon.

I’ve worked full time as a respiratory therapist over twenty-five years. In Dark Side and my other tales, I bring my medical background to the printed page, blending it with supernatural horror. Happily, the hospital where I’ve worked treats patients much better than the ones featured in my stories. That goes for most of the nursing homes too. Sad to say, some of the abuses described have happened, although I’ve taken artistic license to conceal identities.

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When Blood Reigns
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,610. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Marked for death, Alexis accompanies her lover, Yeron, and four survivors of a zombie invasion on a search for the renegades who created a chemical that induces a zombie-like state. On the way, ravenous flesh-eaters attack Alexis’s team. She realizes too late that the renegades have been tracking her every move.
The Forgotten People
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,500. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Two aliens turn a corrupt human medical system inside out to save lives, and a prisoner aboard a research ship proves she has the courage to face down both a power-crazed captain and a deadly alien world to save her shipmates and an alien explorer. Embrace the alternate lives, and the alternate worlds, of the Forgotten People.

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