Brian Craddock


Brian Craddock is the author of Eucalyptus Goth (Oscillate Wildly Press, 2017). The Dalziel Files (Broken Puppet Books, 2018) is his first collection of short stories, many of which were originally published in Steve Dillon's Things in the Well anthologies (Between the Tracks, Below the Stairs, Behind the Mask, Beneath the Waves).

He is also published in Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed (Tor Books, 2015), and Book of the Tribes: a Tribute to Clive Barker's Nightbreed (OzHorrorCon, 2013). His essay on Clive Barker appears in The Body Horror Book (Oscillate Wildly Press, 2017).

Brian has also written for the puppet webseries The Hobble & Snitch Show (2015/2016), wherein he directed and performed.

In the late 1990s, under the pseudonym Dakanavar, Brian Craddock wrote and illustrated eleven underground comics centred on the Goth subculture in Australia (respectively titled "Crimson: Riot Goth" at 7 issues, "Grave Company", "Caduceus", "Dead/Dead", and "Alida: The Reluctant Goth"), and contributed to several zines and small-press publications.

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Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,590. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A mystery encounter in Japan sends Dalziel on a wild goose chase to the mountains and monks, where he hopes to find his old mentor and save him from whatever fate has befallen him.
Ismail's Expulsion
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Dalziel finds himself playing the Good Samaritan in Pakistan, inextricably drawn to helping fend off a vampire attack.
The Divinity of Akobi
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Celebrated photojournalist Richard Dalziel finds himself in Nigeria, caught in conflicts beyond the borders of both humanity and sanity.
Hivuninga Island
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Richard Dalziel is a fledgling photojournalist sent to the Canadian wilderness, where he encounters a township fearful of what lies in the frigid waters of the Northern Passage.
The Dalziel Files
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 57,530. Language: Australian English. Published: March 24, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Horror » General
A haunted photojournalist encounters a variety of supernatural creatures around the world.
Price: Free! Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A Lovecraftian tale of horror set in the deserts of Pakistan.
Chuwa: The Rat-People of Lahore
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 60,830. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Jasmine is wanted by both mafia and monsters, navigating Pakistan's back-streets as she tries to save her kidnapped husband. But a bite from a mysterious creature is changing her, and the supernatural world is stepping forward to stake its claim. Can Jasmine beat the clock and save her beloved?
Wisdom and Madness
Price: Free! Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Urban
When the puppeteers introduce Dante to one of Pakistan's peculiar nightspots - the Sufis of Shah Jamal - the least they expected was just how much turmoil the wayward Australian could cause in so little time.
Eucalyptus Goth
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 341,830. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Coming of age
(4.00 from 1 review)
Eucalyptus Goth explores a year in the life of a group of friends - punks, goths, headbangers, junkies - as they grapple with the issues of youth: sex, drugs, identity, self-worth, suicide and mental illness.
The Cemetery Children
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Field Engineer Callan and his squad are under attack from separatists, with an imminent alien invasion on the horizon, so Callan forms an unlikely alliance with a group of street kids.
Plato's Cave (2.4)
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Another tale in the Refuge Collection, Plato’s Cave can be read standalone but may be best enjoyed after The Thief's Tale. When the Mayor’s bodyguard, Marty Hayseed calls into Refuge's notorious Blue Frog Tavern, our narrator knows that trouble looms and attempts to flee unseen. There's no deceiving Marty, though, and an abduction and drive into the countryside is going to lead to disaster.

Smashwords book reviews by Brian Craddock

  • The Thief's Tale (1.6) on Feb. 27, 2016

    Murray's story of an uninvited guest who herself hosts an uninvited guest is a solid little story that mixes political machinations and Russian history in the town of Refuge. Highly recommended reading.
  • The Death of a Cruciverbalist (1.4) on May 20, 2016

    A fantastic story that blends puzzles and murder-mystery, recalling Fredric Brown's "Night of the Jabberwock".
  • The Detective's Tale (5.2) on May 20, 2016

    A fantastic and hard-boiled addition to Refuge of paranoia and the supernatural! It's a great companion read to The Priest's Tale part 1.