Melissa Szydlek


I am a transplant to the Triangle area of North Carolina and I love it. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and living in Detroit, MI for over 16 years, I have been a big-city girl my entire life. Now, however, I live a quieter life at a slower pace and am thankful for every moment.

In addition to my own work, you can find me collaborating with a talented group of indie authors known as Top Writers Block. Find us on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and so forth!

I value the opinions of my readers. Please share them with me! You can contact me via my Facebook page.

A few people have asked me how to pronounce my last name: it's "sid-lak".

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was primarily raised in Philadelphia but spent many summers on my grandparents farm in Kentucky. I tend to write darker fiction, of monsters both literal and those that take human form. I had a very tough childhood and was badly abused. This has no doubt influenced much of this darker writing.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote stories as soon as I learned how to read and form a sentence. I would write stories with crayons and tie the pages together with bits of red yarn.
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Where to find Melissa Szydlek online


Melissa Szydlek's EBooks Video
An overview of my available ebooks.

Podcast Review of Wicked Things
A reader posted a podcast review of my ebook "Wicked Things: Five Tales of Horror".


Here You Enter: 10 Stories of Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,180. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
"And here you enter my darkness. Are you ready?" These 10 short horror stories highlight the moments people entered into darkness - voluntarily or not. Fans of dark fiction and horrors both real and imagined will find something to occupy your time in your own darkness.
I Am the Who - 10 Short Horror Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,770. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
10 short horror tales offer up plenty of chills, some comedy, and surely something for those chilly autumn nights when being scared will keep you warm.
Sharp Edges
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 18,030. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Top Writers Block has written a collection of short stories full of sharp edges and cutting wit. Knives cut deep, but so do words. Enjoy this collection of fiction full of fun, fantasy, mystery, and horror. Eight stories include authors Cleve Sylcox, Barnaby Wilde, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Tracey Howard, Melissa A. Szydlek, and Elizabeth Rowan Keith.
Theme Park
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,320. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Six exciting worlds of adventure, mystery, drama, suspense, and horror await you. Climb aboard as Top Writers Block takes you on a ride celebrating the talent of independent authors. Come explore these unique worlds. Delight in classic writing styles, whimsical humor, and cold corridors of spine-tingling mayhem. This collection is sure to delight. Enter our Theme Park. You are Welcome Here.
The Things We Secretly Fear
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 32,290. Language: American English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
What are your secret fears? Dig deep into those who are afraid of aliens...your mother...the dead...clowns...the back roads...cemeteries...cannibals..or the old gods.
More Wicked Things: 12 More Tales of Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,630. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
More Wicked Things is a collection of 12 stories of horror, the bizarre, and the strange. The stories traverse the gamut of personal pain and internal demons to literal creatures such as ghosts, the devil, demons, and local legends roaming the human landscape.
Tales of the Killer: Two Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Story 1: Discordant - a woman seeks the help of a demon to fight a serial killer. Story 2: Night Secretary - The Night Secretary directs the thoughts and actions of serial killers. She wants to create a truly horrific human monster whose deeds will be remembered forever.
Snow: Two Winter Stories
Price: Free! Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Snow: Two Winter Stories: The Good Death: Arthur is tired, old, and sick. He and his dog, Ashe, are dying. Arthur decides that they won't suffer anymore and seeks the solace of The Good Death. Krampusnacht: The demon, Krampus, eagerly awaits his annual December 5th offering from a small town. The townspeople can choose the offering, or Krampus will choose for them.
The Dead Are Cold: Two Stories of the Exsanguinous
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,450. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
Zombies aren't just zombies anymore. Two tales of the Exsanguinous, beings who have risen from the grave, are offered here. The Ex-Sangs, as the world calls them, are integrating into society, hiding what they are with makeup and latex.
Mother's Voice
Price: Free! Words: 6,400. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Katie and Sissy lost their mother to cancer 20 years ago. Since her death, Katie has been endowed with a special gift to help earth bound ghosts pass on to the next life. Katie hear's strange screams when the ghosts pass on - is it the sounds of the dead or is she hearing her mother's voice?
Stories From The Pumpkin Woods
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
This paranormal fantasy introduces readers to Bazu, who doesn't believe in the fanciful creatures her family says roams the Pumpkin Woods. Bazu's entire world changes when she meets a demon in the woods. The demon takes something from Bazu, and as she struggles to find what was hers she leaves her home in Ghostshadow and travels to other towns within the Pumpkin Woods, including Autumn Hollow.
In The Shadow of Peter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
What if everything you ever thought about Peter Pan and Captain Hook was wrong?
Wicked Things: Five Tales of Horror
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,560. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this collection of short horror tales you will encounter things that bite: cancer, darkness, witches, demons, and the unknown.
Red World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,760. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Prisoners have a choice in the future: extermination or space. In space they are scouts, searching new planets and sending data back to Earth. One prisoner has a terrible feeling about the newest planet found, dubbed SQ1453 by scientists. He dreams of grotesque creatures that scream. He dreams of blood and death. The monsters beckon him to give them what they want: A red world.

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Smashwords book reviews by Melissa Szydlek

  • One Way To Mars on March 14, 2012

    I loved it. I thought it was a great read for all ages and it made me laugh in spots. This is a writer I will be following and encouraging my friends to read.
  • Sick on March 25, 2012

    An interesting read, reminded me of a very good 'Twilight Zone' or 'Thriller' episode. I wanted to know more about the main character - how he got to where he was at the beginning. Really enjoyed! And from one of my favorite authors.