Stephen Mark Rainey


The writer is not the infamous Stephen King antihero Mort Rainey, but the far more nefarious author of the novels Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (with Elizabeth Massie, HarperCollins, 1999), Balak (Wildside Books, 2000), The Lebo Coven (Thomson Gale/Five Star Books, 2004), The Nightmare Frontier (Sarob Press, 2006, and in e-book format by Crossroads Press, 2010), and Blue Devil Island (Thomson Gale/Five Star Books, 2007); three short story collections; and over 80 published works of short fiction (for a complete bibliography, click the button in the left-hand frame that says "Bibliography" and then run like hell).

Those with long memories may recall that I edited Deathrealm magazine, from 1987 to 1997. In its decade-long history, Deathrealm won a bunch of nice awards and featured hundreds of short stories, poems, and essays by authors ranging from the most established professionals to young, aspiring first-timers, many of whom proceeded to carve out names for themselves in the horror/dark fantasy field. Note: Deathrealm has been dead, bereft of life, and pushing up daisies for roughly twelve years now, so please don't send me your submissions anymore. Really. Please.

In 2004, I edited a new anthology for Delirium Books, titled Deathrealms, which features a wide selection of short stories from the magazine. I've edited a couple of other anthologies as well. The Song of Cthulhu (Chaosium, 2001) features 20 stories of Lovecraftian horror, and in 2006, I co-edited (with James Robert Smith) a new anthology for Arkham House titled Evermore, which features short stories about Edgar Allan Poe.

In summer, 2008, Dark Regions Press released a new collection of my short fiction, titled Other Gods, featuring 16 of my tales, including one never-before-published story ("Antidotes"). Dark Regions is scheduled to release another collection of my short fiction, titled The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits in late 2010.

I have a number of dark and delightful tales coming down the pike, which I'll post about when details are available....
"So what's this 'Damned Rodan' business plastered all over everything?" Well, I'll tell you. My one gaming vice is playing the World War II online combat flight simulator Aces High. I belong to the oldest organized (and arguably most respected) squadron of flight simmers: "The Damned." And being a diehard fan of giant Japanese monsters, my flight sim handle is Rodan—thus "Damned Rodan."

I live in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a passle of Damned housecats, and over the past year have become an avid Damned geocacher. For updates on what's happening currently, visit The Blog Where Horror Dwells and/or the News page.

Where to find Stephen Mark Rainey online

Where to buy in print


Ameri-Scares West Virginia: Lair of the Mothman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,170. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2019 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
In the town of Broad Run, West Virginia… Vance Archer and Marybeth Wilkins, a pair of adventurous seventh graders, have discovered an exciting activity called geocaching—a kind of scavenger hunt using GPS technology—which leads them after hidden treasures in the woods around their community. However, on one of their outings, they encounter a frightening, half-seen creature with glowing red eyes.
Blue Devil Island
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 95,410. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
October 1943: The tide of war in the Pacific has begun to turn in favor of the United States and her allies. With the opening of a new offensive campaign, the U.S. military deploys a number of new air groups in the Solomon Islands, including a naval fighting squadron known as the Blue Devils. Soon, however, a new and sinister force begins to stir...
The Lebo Coven
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,200. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
When Matt tried to kill Barry with his car, the two brothers went their separate ways. Barry moved to Atlanta and Matt stayed in the family home in Aiken Mill, Virginia. One day Barry is notified that Matt disappeared. Free of commitments, he returns to try and solve the mystery...but something very wrong is going o in Aiken Mill...
The Nightmare Frontier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,480. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2010 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
The town of Silver Ridge, West Virginia, has disappeared from the face of the earth. Confined by this unimaginable barrier, the townspeople find themselves confronted by the denizens of a distant dimension: horrifying creatures that intend to transform the valley town into their own outpost. To these extra-dimensional travelers, human beings are nothing more than pests to be exterminated.

Stephen Mark Rainey's tag cloud

aliens    evil    geocaching    horror    invisible    japanese    legends    lovecraft    lovecraftian    magic    middle grade fiction    monsters    mothman    murder    mystery    occult    paranormal    predator    scavenger hunt    sinister    solomon islands    supernatural    wicca    witchcraft    world war ii