David Jeffery


Dave Jeffery is 46 and lives with his family in rural Worcestershire. He was born in The Black Country and spent most of his youth dreaming of writing and drawing comic strips for DC Thompson, creators of The Beano and The Dandy.

Dave completed his first novel, Badlands, at the age of ten and admits that it was 'pretty awful'. He still has it hidden somewhere in his loft. At school he used to write and illustrate comics for his school friends, selling them for a few pennies. At 15 years of age, he was invited to Dundee to see DC Thompson’s offices after sending his portfolio to them. Nothing may have come of the visit but the dream of getting work published continued.

He is perhaps best known for his Beatrice Beecham series originally with Chipmunka Publications, London. This adventurous, super-sleuth teenager is currently on her second adventure with a third, Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt, due out in 2011. The eBook Housefull of Horrors is released through Smashwords on October 31st and contains all seven Beatrice Beecham chapbooks.

Writing as David Jeffery, this author also publishes adult and young adult horror and supernatural fiction. His zombie novel Necroloplis Rising will be released on September 11th through Smashwords. The prelude chapbook Splatoon is available now by following the book cover link on the home page. His Beatrice Beecham Presents: Campside Chillers collection will also be available early next year. In the interim Dave's short stories can be found in the Creature Feature anthology and his story Masquerade has been accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming WATCH anthology from Imprint Phoenix Publications.

When he is not writing novels Dave works as a mental health practitioner. He has published an academic book with John Wiley & Sons and articles in his field of mental health whilst presenting on the international stage. He is in the process of editing another book for Speechamrk Publishing Ltd, for release in 2011.

He is also author of Finding Jericho, a novel for young adults released through Chipmunka Publications, London exploring the relationship between a 15 year old boy and an uncle who has been diagnosed with manic depression. This book has been endorsed by the mental health charity MIND.

Dave enjoys music, playing guitar and was once in a band called The Lion Farm who took their name from the council estate where he was dragged up.

Where to find David Jeffery online

Where to buy in print


Beatrice Beecham's Houseful of Horrors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,650. Language: British English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
In the sleepy town of Dorsal Finn resides one Beatrice Beecham, a girl of remarkable talent amongst which is an absolute, innate gift for finding trouble. Within these pages are all kinds of trouble: witches, shaman, and sea monsters, to name but a few. Yet Beatrice is to find out that of all the terrible things lurking in the shows of Dorsal Finn, the biggest threat may come from the town itself.
Horror Showcase
Price: Free! Words: 40,330. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Horror » General
(3.50 from 4 reviews)
Twelve macabre tales by three authors in one terrorific tome: Stuart Neild (Dame Demise, Gnomes, Giant Killer Eels) Ian Woodhead (Spore, Crimson Dreams, Lumps) Dave Jeffery (Necropolis Rising, The Growling, Splatoon) Horror Showcase: Come and slay for a while ….
Gargoyle Grotesque
Price: Free! Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Two tales - one theme: hideous creatures set in stone but destined not to stay that way ...
It Lives In Dark Places
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
It was supposed to go smooth. A cushy number. A dead cert. Robert Ashford should’ve known that there was no such thing; not when the Fratellis were involved. The Fratellis – the underworld equivalent of the Chuckle Brothers. Now Ashford's in the sewer hiding out from the cops with nothing but an illegal package for company. Nothing, that is, until something stirs in the dark waters ….
The Growling
Price: Free! Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.64 from 14 reviews)
Cory Anderson is an angry young man. Losing his girl friend to a deadbeat like Malcolm hasn’t helped. And beating his ex’s new beau to a bloody pulp has made matters even worse. Thrown out of the apartment and facing the long lonely trip to the ground floor Cory must come to terms with some harsh realities. And the thing in the stairway …

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Smashwords book reviews by David Jeffery

  • DAME DEMISE on Aug. 24, 2010

    A dark, fun read. Not for people with no sense of humour. Or those who bemoan something they got for nothing.
  • Spore on Sep. 15, 2010

    A cracking, creepy read that had my skin crawling. The infection is a creation of true grossness. More please.
  • It's the Eyes on Sep. 26, 2010

    Devilish piece of flash fiction with Woodhead's disfunctional family trademark at its heart.
  • The Meat Market on Sep. 26, 2010

    Tongue in cheek and visceral. A refreshingly graphic read.
  • Crimson Dreams on Oct. 03, 2010

    Another quality piece of disturbia from Ian Woodhead. Duplicity and bitterness tinge this tale. Can't wait for another outing.
  • Lumps on Oct. 11, 2010

    Traditional Woodhead blend of dysfunction and chilling whimsy. A great read.
  • To be Loved on Oct. 13, 2010

    Fun, of the deeply devilish kind. Another winner.