Dave Bakers

Biography

Wish you could transport into your favourite video game?

So does Dave Bakers!

In fact his character, Zak Steepleman, managed to find that button . . . you know, the one right at the back of your games console?

Go on, take a look, he’ll wait . . .

Dave keeps a foot in the real world with some of his short stories (‘Orphans,’ ‘The Fight,’ ‘Rhys’s Friend’), but just as often fails to do so (‘Zombies are Overrated and Boring’ and ‘Graveyard Club’) and don’t even get him started on Zak Steepleman.

His website: www.davebakers.com

Where to find Dave Bakers online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Spread: The Fifth Zak Steepleman Novel
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 48,720. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Zak Steepleman: Not your average teenage gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. Returning to Gamers Con, Zak can hardly contain his excitement: Video games. Hamburgers. Old friends. . . . Older enemies. The Spread: The Fifth Zak Steepleman Novel.
Echoes of the Undone: The Fourth Zak Steepleman Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,850. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Zak Steepleman: Not your average teenage gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. Zak Steepleman finds himself locked in a constant battle between good and evil and video games. But this time he might just have a helping hand. Echoes of the Undone: The Fourth Zak Steepleman Novel.
Phantom Arcade: The Third Zak Steepleman Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,180. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Zak Steepleman: Not your average teenage gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. Friends in tow. Summer holidays drawing to an end. Zak goes camping in Wales. Surely a time for relaxation. Nope. And now Zak must strive to prevent a welcome break becoming a great mistake. Phantom Arcade: The Third Zak Steepleman Novel.
Inside Kids: The Second Zak Steepleman Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,400. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Zak Steepleman: Not your average teenage gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. After Gamers Con, Zak forges friendships with his competitors. They move online. Adventure beckons. Just one problem: What offered them a world of wonder… Will bring them a world of pain. Inside Kids: The Second Zak Steepleman Novel.
Gamers Con: The First Zak Steepleman Novel
Price: Free! Words: 55,730. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Zak Steepleman: Not your average teenage gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. Gamers Con, for Zak, paradise. This year, he has a real shot at the Grand Tournament Trophy. He aims for the top. If only he tries his best. If only he can stay alive. Gamers Con: The First Zak Steepleman Novel.
Other Times, Other Spaces
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,090. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Wandering sprites. A nightmarish afterworld. A Wild-West parallel universe. Oddballs aplenty. And one big regret. Includes five short stories: Invite Them In, World Without Water, Captain Lou & the Flatulent Cowboys, The Devil is my Leopard, Mistake. Other Times, Other Spaces: A Short Story Collection.
Mistake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Ed Stanaforth likes being the mean kid. It comes naturally to him. So when he happens on a psychic it seems like a whole other opportunity for mayhem. And disaster. A story of honour and regret. Mistake: A Short Story.
Invite Them In
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Aerius knows she’s not cut out for a career in a magical library. But what else can she do? And as she prepares for another Monday morning, she resigns herself to yet more failure. Her life’s task eluding her once more. Or, perhaps, she can hear it knocking . . . if she’d only listen hard enough. A story which deals with magic and fate. Invite Them In: A Short Story.
World Without Water
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,610. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In a future world, Nicola struggles to keep herself, and her sister, alive. And with no water available, they must rely on a stockpile of pills to keep them from death for another few hours. And when the pills run out? A story of hope in even the most desperate of circumstances. World Without Water: A Short Story.
Captain Lou & the Flatulent Cowboys
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,690. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Christine wakes up in the Wild West with her not-boyfriend Gus. And right away she finds herself in trouble. Facing off with a rabid killer and his group of flatulent bandits. A story about life and death, and flatulence. Captain Lou & the Flatulent Cowboys: A Short Story.
Daymares: A Short Story Collection
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,610. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A fantastical camping trip. In the future, a kid takes his life back. A gateway to a kingdom of monsters. Ghosts in a forbidden place. And a soul-seeker gets lonely. Daytime, never the time to doze off . . . Includes five short stories: Here But Not Here, Identity is Theft, Alprisons, The Wispy Wail in the Midnight Glow, The Life of my Night. Daymares: A Short Story Collection.
Alprisons
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Charlotte doesn’t much like her parents’ skiing holidays. She loathes them, actually. So as she whiles away the last day of the holiday, she can’t wait to go back home. Hidden realms and magical creatures are the last thing on her mind . . . An offbeat fantasy tale of a world which dwells just below. Alprisons: A Short Story.
The Wispy Wail in the Midnight Glow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
For the first time in her life, Tara truly feels at home. Away from the big city, with all its hustle and bustle, and out into the countryside. If only it wasn’t for that sound of fingernails scratching at her bedroom door it might be the perfect place. A story of coming home to a place previously unseen. The Wispy Wail in the Midnight Glow: A Short Story.
The Life of my Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Most would think that a soul-seeker—among all beings—would see everything any chosen world has to offer. But the human touch always has the capacity to surprise. Even in the darkest of hours. A story that wonders in the warmth of kindness. The Life of my Night: A Short Story.
The Devil is my Leopard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Tracy always thought she knew how to avoid the school weirdos. But maybe she gave herself too much credit. Maybe she never considered that they avoided her. Until now. An off-beat story of sticking up for others . . . even when they might not exactly be your friends. The Devil is my Leopard: A Short Story.
Here but not Here
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Hannah hates camping. Abhors it, actually. So when she sees a chance to escape, she grabs it with both hands. Only to land herself into even greater trouble. A light-hearted, fantastical tale which shows there’s always more beneath the surface. Here but not Here: A Short Story.
Identity is Theft
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In the none-too distant future, Shane Hillsbottom loses his identity. Somebody just reaches out and grabs it. And now it falls to him to recover it. Or else he will disappear without a trace. A story of the future, and the most personal robbery imaginable. Identity is Theft: A Short Story.
Starlight Tonight
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,620. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Stories from this world, and beyond. A heart-breaking goodbye. Brother to the rescue. And an advertisement turns out to tell the truth for once. Includes ten short stories: Farewell To My Grandfather; Our Forgotten Hero, The Devil Is My Leopard, Nick’s Journey, Fetch, Mail-Order Martian, Soldier To The Stars, Identity Is Theft, The Fight, Zombies Are Overrated And Boring Invite Them In.
Soldier to the Stars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Born on Tyzron-12, in Alpha Colony, a sixteen-year-old recruit makes steady progress through the Order of Collective Colonisation, the largest space colonisation programme known to man. But now he faces his toughest test yet. Will he buckle under the pressure? A story of high expectations and overwhelming pressure. Soldier to the Stars: A Short Story.
Mail-Order Martian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,340. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The worst thing ever. A terrible mistake. And Will wishes, more than anything, that he could take it back. But now it’s too late. A story of magazines . . . and Martians. Mail-Order Martian: A Short Story.
Fetch
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Mikey looks forward to spending the last of his summer days with his best friend in the whole world: his dog Laika. But, as they play about down by the stream—an area where his parents forbid him to play—he comes across a great and terrible secret. A secret which he will only truly understand all too late. A tale of death and defeat. Fetch: A Short Story.
Nick’s Journey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
When Nick’s brother goes away backpacking, he thinks him safe. A kid with initiative. A brave kid. A smart kid. But what if Nick’s wrong? A heart-thumping tale of pursuit and recovery. Nick’s Journey: A Short Story.
Farewell to my Grandfather; Our Forgotten Hero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Out in the emptiness of space, on the World One—the last known refuge of humanity—a captain’s daughter sees to her grandfather. The one who saved them. And the one who will leave them behind. Because, old or young, all heroes must perish. A heart-wrenching story of loss, and destiny. Farewell to my Grandfather; Our Forgotten Hero: A Short Story.
Bullies, Snow and Magic: A Short Story Collection
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,940. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A long-awaited showdown. A gut-wrenching choice. Loneliness turned up to eleven. A snow-day revelation. And a mystical, long-haul flight. Stories to amaze, move and surprise. Includes ten short stories. Bullies, Snow and Magic: A Short Story Collection.
Nobody Ever
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,230. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Isla hates flying: the stifling air, the crammed-in people, and, of course, the inevitable weirdos. So, with her parents sleeping soundly, she seeks out a spare row—somewhere to stretch out and lie down. She never thought for a second that it might get her killed. Nobody Ever: A Short Story.
Getting into the Game: A Zak Steepleman Short Story Collection
Series: Zak Steepleman. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,630. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Zak Steepleman: Not your average thirteen-year-old gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. Hell Spawn. Fairies. Frustration. Cutting-edge gameplay. A hero bites back. This collection includes: The Gatling Gun of Hell, The Whistling Kingdom, Bubbling Morons, GlueFoot, Dust Devil. Getting into the Game: Short Stories.
Dust Devil
Series: Zak Steepleman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,290. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Zak Steepleman: Not your average thirteen-year-old gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. Finally Zak stumbles across a truly great game . . . but will actually inhabiting the hero’s body change his mind? A body-hopping tale of destiny . . .and gentle persuasion.
Didn’t Know That
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
As the snow comes down, Ellsenoor prays for it to stick. She just wants one more day away from school. Is that too much to ask? A tale which explores teenage loneliness and maybe even fate. Didn’t Know That: A Short Story.
GlueFoot
Series: Zak Steepleman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Zak Steepleman: Not your average thirteen-year-old gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. When Zak’s friend invites him round his house, he decides that maybe now he should let out his big secret. GlueFoot: A Zak Steepleman Short Story.
Bubbling Morons
Series: Zak Steepleman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Zak Steepleman: Not your average thirteen-year-old gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. This time Zak finds himself facing off with one of the worst things imaginable: A swimming game. A story that proves nothing beats those games for frustration. Bubbling Morons: A Zak Steepleman Short Story.
Riding Down the Rigid Mile
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 63,030. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Andrew Drake fights his school. He fights his friends. But, most of all, he fights himself. And when a foe goes missing, no one has any doubt who to blame. Except for Andrew himself. A tale of denial, deception . . . and, above all else, revenge. Riding Down the Rigid Mile: A Novel.
The Whistling Kingdom
Series: Zak Steepleman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Zak Steepleman: Not your average thirteen-year-old gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. No longer can Zak put off that tedious-looking fantasy game. But perhaps he can make the experience more immersive if he goes to the actual Whistling Kingdom. The Whistling Kingdom: a Zak Steepleman short story.
The Gatling Gun of Hell
Series: Zak Steepleman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,300. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Zak Steepleman: Not your average thirteen-year-old gamer. He determines to become the greatest gamer on planet Earth. Only one thing stands in his way: His games console. Because, as Zak fires off on a speed-run of They Came from Hell!! 2, he realises that his games console holds the key to a whole other realm. The Gatling Gun of Hell: a Zak Steepleman short story.
Zombies are Overrated and Boring
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world, Jake battles for survival every day of his life. Accustomed to life on a knife edge, he knows that someday he will get cut. . . . But what if that someday comes today? A moving father-son story set at the end of the world. Zombies are Overrated and Boring: a short story
Why My Parents Hate Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Sick and tired of all the crap that comes with applying for schools, Simon Pearson sets out to write a very different kind of personal statement. He hopes, then, maybe, they’ll see him for who he truly is. A different kind of rebel: an individual. A reasoned account that tries for honesty where all else will surely fail. Why My Parents Hate Me: a short story.
Graveyard Club
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Eleanor Tinchmarsh battles her bully, Vicky, every day at school. One day, Vicky goes too far. She humiliates Eleanor’s best friend. Eleanor scolds herself for not doing anything to help her. To make a terrible day even worse, a strange note from some ‘Graveyard Club’ shows up in her locker. A fantastical story which shows friends are in the strangest of places. Graveyard Club: A short story.
I am NOT a Bicycle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
This is a message for all of you. Alex suffered at the hands of the ‘cool kids.’ But she won’t suffer in silence any longer. So she lays out the cold, hard facts to tell the whole school exactly what really happened at that party. An impassioned cry against all those who mistreat and use for their own ends. I am NOT a Bicycle: a short story.
Rhys's Friend
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Rhys spent primary school just getting through the days. But now, at secondary school, he finds himself desperate to make friends on his first day. But will he succeed when all his old schoolmates conspire to ruin it for him? A hopeful story that proves making friends is never easy. Rhys’s Friend: a Daniel Redfern short story
Rebecca's Party
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
All through school, Rebecca plays the good girl. Straight As. Glowing teacher reports. So when all-round rebel Jackie invites her to a party she finds herself torn between maintaining her good-girl image and cutting loose to try something more adventurous. Because whichever choice she makes, it will surely live with her forever. Rebecca’s Party: a Daniel Redfern short story.
The Fight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Fed up of Henry ‘Haz’ Tailor, Piers picks his dad’s brains for how to deal with him. So that, next time, Piers will have a real surprise for him. Little does Haz know that Piers’s dad loves boxing. And he won’t allow his son to fail. An unconventional father-son story which blurs the line between right and wrong. The Fight: a Daniel Redfern short story.
Orphans
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Kirsty lives a solitary life, content to follow her own interests alone. But when the bad kids at school confront her, the ones known as the Orphans, she finds her solitude challenged. And her life changed forever. An affirming tale of one girl’s attempts to do the right thing for herself in the face of great adversity and ridicule. Orphans: a short story
Daniel Redfern & the Kid
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,940. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013 by DIB Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Eleven years old. Clarinet playing. Chubby. Daniel Redfern suffers all the usual growing pains: lashings of homework, bullies, a less-than-supportive best friend. And then he discovers a runaway kid in his attic. Just about the last thing he needed. A thrilling story that shines a light on the hidden dangers of everyday life.

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