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
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.
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 ….
Two tales - one theme: hideous creatures set in stone but destined not to stay that way ...
It Lives In Dark Places
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 ….
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.
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.
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.
- Are These Eyeballs
on Oct. 14, 2010
Twin tales of the horrific and brutal kind, yet delivered in very different ways. "Are these eyeballs" is a pure gross shlock-fest that will have readers squirming throughout. "The Cubical" is no less graphic but the writing is that of poignancy and regret and is ambiguously beautiful. A quality read.
They say you never get owt for nowt. Here such an addage doesn't hold water.
- Twisted Imaginings: Vol 1
on Oct. 16, 2010
Full throttle horror laced with sexual tension, lust and retribution. Powerful and addictive. More please.
- Twisted Imaginings: Vol 2
on Oct. 18, 2010
Another terrific, twisted twin-set of tales. The Greatest Show on Earth is a "in your face" gore-fest, off-set by the sublime yet sinister The Tunnel. The diverse writing styles compliment and show great, effortless command of the horror genre. Highly recommended.
on Dec. 07, 2010
Interesting, brisk narrative coupled with perfectly executed action set pieces make this a stand out homage to man-against-creature adventures. Again, the quality of the writing raises this above pulp status and into the realms of credible horror fiction, and for this reviewer at least, easily rivals King and outbests Herbert hands down.
- Valhalla Unleashed
on Jan. 23, 2011
The writing is just as fresh as the premise. Zombie Vikings run amok deep in the dark tunnels of a working coal mine. The story moves at such a pace from the start you can almost hear the wheel-spin.