I was born when the world was a lot younger in Liverpool, England, and now live mostly in Tasmania, having had the amazing opportunity to live in Belgium and Canada. 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 writing and publishing short stories. My most recent project was the Things in The Well series of anthologies and collections which comprise 28 books in total, including my own collections 'The Beard and Other Weirdness' and 'Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities,' the lead story from which was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best novella in 2020.
Prior to the above, 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'.
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.
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!
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!
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!
'Last Moments of Bliss and Other Empathies' is a collection of dark poetry by Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Steve Dillon. Dillon's poems have previously been published in his first two collections of dark fiction and poetry, 'The Beard and Other Weirdness' and 'Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities'. Four of the poems included here have been previously published, the rest are original.
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! Adult themed, not suitable for children! Extras include a discussion “On Ramsey Campbell’s ‘Scared Stiff’ by S.T. Joshi”, more!
Steve Dillon's second book of short stories and poetry. Dark, surreal, and often weird. These are Dillon's trademarks, which he firmly established with his first collection "The Beard and Other Weirdness." Dillon's chief influences include Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, and H.P. Lovecraft. And it shows.