Steve Dillon

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I was born when the world was a lot younger in Liverpool, England, and now live mostly in Melbourne, Australia. I enjoy my horror with a supernatural and psychological flavour; my main inspiration comes from the workings of Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, HP Lovecraft, M.R. James. More recently I have focussed on short stories from a host of horror writers, many of whom I am privileged to work alongside on various projects. My most recent project was 'Between the Tracks - Tales from the Ghost Train,' which I edited and published under the Oz Horror Con umbrella. This is the first in what I hope will become a series of anthologies marketed as 'Things in the Well' publications. The next title will be 'Below the Stairs - Tales from the Cellar,' and if successful I plan to publish a couple of titles each year.

Prior to working on 'Between the Tracks,' I was series editor and contributing artist and writer on 'The Refuge Collection', a selection of 36 short stories about a mythical dystopian future shared-world set in a town called Refuge: Heaven to Some.. Hell to Others - All the proceeds for both anthologies went (and still do) to support refugees in need of help through two established charities: Sanctuary Australia Foundation and Refugee Action UK.

In 2013 I published 'Book of the Tribes - a Tribute to Clive Barker's Nightbreed,' and in the 1980s I was publisher and editor for a monthly magazine called 'Adventurer,' which is where my love of horror comes from.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To write down all the thoughts that visited me in the night...
What is your writing process?
I am currently writing several shorts simultaneously, leaping between them. It works because they are interactive in that the plots and characters are linked, and the characters sometimes interact with each other. Recently I have been able to sit down and 'stream' my unconsciousness straight into the computer. Prior to this, I have used procrastination, distraction and delays to avoid writing. I have attempted three novels (at least) and none were completed. In honesty, though; they were probably not very good either.
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Horror Book Reviews
I did some book reviews. With a camera. Yeah, I know.

Review of Brian Lumley's House of Doors
I reviewed Brian Lumley's 'House of Doors'

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Kane's Scary Tales Volume 1
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 84,230. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2018 by Steve Dillon. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
5 modern scary fairy tales:- 1. A young woman runs through a snowy wasteland fearing for her life 2. A whole town falls asleep resulting in a joint US/UK military and scientific expedition 3. A serial killer with a penchant for severed feet strikes again 4. A teenage girl seeks refuge in a strange house only for its owners to return 5. A man wins at cards, then is made an offer he can’t refuse
Beneath the Waves - Tales from the Deep
Series: Things in the Well. Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 148,190. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2018 by Steve Dillon. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
16 original stories and 6 classic reprints by Lovecraft, HG Wells, Brian Lumley, Jules Verne, and Clive Barker! All with a common theme - beneath the waves, tales from the deep! Plus 16 illustrations, and fresh new stories from award-winning and emerging writers from across the globe!
Below the Stairs - Tales from the Cellar
Series: Things in the Well. Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 149,750. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2017 by Steve Dillon. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Welcome to our dark, dank cellar. I hope you don’t find it too stuffy in here… I’d open a window, but they’re barred you see. I’m left chained to this place wondering if they’re trying to stop me from escaping – as if I would even try – or whether the bars are set so firmly to stop people more getting in. But you’ve made it, haven’t you? So, welcome, and I hope you came of your own free will!
Between the Tracks - Tales from the Ghost Train
Series: Things in the Well. Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 145,980. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2017 by Steve Dillon. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Essay » Literature
The Subway Butcher is back! Meet the Piggyback Man! Board the 3:18 train! All these and more make up a total of 24 short, scary stories about trains... Plus an essay about Clive Barker's epic 'The Midnight Meat Train,' in a unique annotated format. With an introduction by Mark Alan Miller, this book is ideal for collectors and anyone who enjoys being scared on their daily commute!
The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some...
Series: The Refuge Collection, BOOK 1, Volumes 1-3. Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 113,340. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2017 by Steve Dillon. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
This is the first three volumes of The Refuge Collection, brought together in ebook format for the first time. 18 tales, mostly standalone, they subtly interweave and feed off each other in the shared world of Refuge. all proceeds are to support the charities Sanctuary Australia Foundation and Refugee Action UK.
Again (3.3)
Series: The Refuge Collection, Vol.3 Tale 3. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016 by Steve Dillon. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Undead
'Again' is a reprint of a Ramsey Campbell tale, specially adapted for Refuge. Tired of Refuge, Bryant May looks further afield for excitement. He finds it, and it challenges how he should view people, especially the elderly…
The PI's Tale - by Paul Kane (2.5)
Series: The Refuge Collection, Vol.2 Tale 5. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016 by Steve Dillon. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Paul Kane’s writing has style and elegance; a first rate storyteller. - Clive Barker. "A Private Investigator, a beautiful 'dame' and a missing boy. But Mickey's having trouble figuring out what's real and what's not as he tries to get to grips with the people and places of Refuge..." Written by Paul Kane, artwork by Edward Miller.


Trickster's Treats #1
Series: Things in the Well. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,600. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of Halloween short stories. Six categories, each story contains up to 666 words. Plus a bonus short story. Plus a longer-length Halloween tale, 'Lambskin' by Steve Dillon
The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others!
Series: The Refuge Collection, BOOK 2, Volumes 4-6. Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 131,440. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Volumes 4-6 of The Refuge Collection. 18 tales of dark, supernatural and psychological thrillers, terrifying tales of murder, kidnap, mythical creatures and political intrigue. All set in the mysterious town of Refuge, often described as "Heaven to Some, Hell to Others."
The Empath's Tale - The Whole Story
Series: The Refuge Collection, SPECIAL. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 49,260. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
This is the first time we've published the whole set of parts 1-6 of The Empath's Tale. Approximately 50,000 words of paranoia, occult horror, monsters and mayhem as Joe Dolan tries to unravel the mysteries of Refuge... Horror Heads art by Steve Dillon, (C) 2016.

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