A. F. Stewart


A steadfast and proud sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She favours the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being fantasy and horror—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author, she’s published novels, novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for most of my life, poetry and stories, but I only began publishing in 2004.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is in the creative process, getting immersed in the world-building, forming the characters, seeing my ideas take shape, in that moment where I figure out a devious plot twist or a perfect scene.
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Where to find A. F. Stewart online


Horror Haiku Pas de Deux
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Fiction » Horror » General
Horror meets haiku and verse to create dark poetry. From the shadows wicked words crawl out from hell, speak for monsters and the dead, and drift to earth from dark stars.
Horror Haiku and Other Poems
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2016 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Fiction » Horror » General
Words linger... In the darkness of shadows, in the distant screams. They whisper past the drip, drip of blood. The strange beauty of words hide, waiting for you. Embrace the horror. Venture past safe reality, into the world of terror told in verse. Open the pages of Horror Haiku and Other Poems to find where the words haunt you, where they live and die.
Colours of Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,060. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015 . Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Female authors
(5.00 from 1 review)
Light through a prism, and we see colour. Hues and shades, sensations of emotions, all crafted into lyrical words. Colours of Poetry takes verse and makes it visual, linking poems to the rainbow spectrum. Each section crafts the poetry in tandem to a theme, from a sapphire sea, to the first hint of sunshine on a lemon tinted daybreak.
Killers and Demons II: They Return
Series: Killers and Demons, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,640. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.00 from 1 review)
Come one, come all, to a festival of murder and mayhem. We have killers, demons, witches and more, with bloody exploits galore. Evil is back, with a greater appetite for death. Sample what is offered, but be careful. What you nibble on may turn out to be somebody’s fingers…
Fairy Tale Fusion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,860. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
What if the characters in Fairy Tales were real? What if they lived in Fairyland, a place not too dissimilar to ours, next to Wonderland and down the street from Camelot? Follow the exploits of Detective Piper of the Fairyland Metro Police, the Fairy Tale News updates and more cracked characters taken from the world of childhood, including some very scary toys. Enter into Fairy Tale Fusion.
Twisted Shorties II
Series: Twisted Shorties. Price: Free! Words: 107,690. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
(4.89 from 9 reviews)
They're baaack... Yes, the Gather writers have returned, melding their creative talents once again for the anthology, Twisted Shorties II. Their strange minds have crafted stories and poems that are romantic, zany, creepy, and even out of this world. So enter into a new book of fun filled fiction. Some of the authors include: A. F. Stewart, Patricia Gilliam, Tracy Fabre and Sheila Deeth
Reflections of Poetry
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,270. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author, Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(4.00 from 1 review)
Go through the looking glass into the world of verse and discover this eclectic collection of poetry. The poems range from musings on Celtic heritage to embracing emotional turmoil. Throw in a little moonlight, the soothing sounds of the sea, and mix well with some sci-fi and fantasy for a lyrical medley of reading enjoyment.
Gothic Cavalcade
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,430. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
The Masquerade Carnivale is coming to call... A woman escaping her wretched past stumbles into the strange world of a supernatural carnival. Does her fate lie there, or with the captive life she left behind? The Family wants her future. The past is pulling her back. Both race toward her revenge. The Masquerade Carnivale is beckoning... will she answer?
Twisted Shorties
Series: Twisted Shorties. Price: Free! Words: 38,110. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
(4.89 from 19 reviews)
From the inventive minds of the Gather writers comes a book... a book of odd short stories, with fiction astonishing and intriguing, and yes even creepy. Writers such as Sheila Deeth, Barbary Chaapel, Tracy Fabre, and Douglas J. Westberg bring you tales of romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, whimsy and a bit of lilting poetry. Come, and take a peek inside the world of... Twisted Shorties
Passing Fancies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,450. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Worlds, whims, life and death. From tiny tales to gripping stories, come frolic in the land of unexpected short fiction. Take delight in the saga of werewolves, vengeful gods, and virtual reality. Thrill to accounts of murder most strange, quiver as mummies, ghosts, and demons walk. See the end of the world and the beginning of space. Stroll the pages of imagination.
Even the Paranormal Play Sports
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.17 from 6 reviews)
The paranormal greets teenagers, hockey, and Canada in this humorous flash fiction story.
Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
One mistake can change things... A flash fiction sci-fi story of time travel.
Ruined City
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,720. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
A curse has fallen over the magnificent city of Elowen. Uncover the secrets that haunt the streets of Elowen as twelve tales unfold the story of this blighted city. See the saga of horror, despair and hope unravel as the people of city learn to survive their tragedy. Can Elowen endure to break the curse or will to succumb to its doom?
Killers and Demons
Series: Killers and Demons, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,120. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.14 from 7 reviews)
Warning! Not for the faint of heart! Craving a little blood or perhaps some horrific death? Slake your gruesome thirst for vicarious thrills with five chilling stories that go inside the twisted world of serial killers and beyond to the dark, disturbing world of demons.
Once Upon a Dark and Eerie...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,130. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Snippets, sonnets and stories to make you shiver. A morbid and morose collection of tales designed to scare, dismay and leave you wondering. Open the pages into worlds of horror, dark fantasy, and satire, where things creep in shadowy corners, where they like to hear you scream. Once Upon a Dark and Eerie... will show you why you should lock your doors in the dark.

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Smashwords book reviews by A. F. Stewart

  • Nightmares From Eberus - A Speculative Fiction Collection on Sep. 07, 2010

    Nightmares From Eberus, A Speculative Fiction Collection by JC De La Torre is an interesting mixture of stories that create a book that is shaken and stirred, leaving it a bit murky around the edges. The majority of the short stories contained in the book are dark fantasy or creep into horror, but there are a couple of sci-fi tales thrown into the mix. I liked the author’s take on the world of dark fantasy, with the standout tales for me being Shockers and Serial. Shockers is both a takeoff of ghost hunting shows and a chilling paranormal story, while Serial is a nice old-fashioned vampire tale. However, I really felt the author was off his game when it came to the sci-fi stories; they didn’t quite gel in my opinion, veering too near to caricature for my taste. Continuum Force – The New Guy in particular I didn’t enjoy; it seemed to be in need of a good edit. The idea behind the story was very fascinating and thought-provoking, but it just required more substance. On average, the stories in Nightmares From Eberus are reasonably enjoyable, ripe with intriguing premise and often tinged with a nice edge of satire, although sometimes that satire moved too close to unrealistic exaggeration. Still, it was a satisfying enough book to read, if not an exceptional one. At least for me.
  • Warped & Wired on Dec. 18, 2010

    Warped and Wired by Joshua Caleb is an enjoyable adventure novel, part sci-fi, part fantasy. You are not going to find any deep meaningful angst or heavy introspective character development, but you will find an amusing, delightful book full of sly humour, action and an intriguing premise. The book follows the escapades of two girls: Portia, a magical Sky Wryter, and Mlina, who has a serious computer problem. They are on the hunt for Mlina’s father so he can shed light on the secret of both girls’ past. Complicating matters are Portia’s odd relatives and a malevolent Dark Wryter who wants both Mlina and her father for his own malicious purposes. The book is breezy and an easy read, giving the reader a fast-pasted plot and engaging characters, nicely realized. The tone blends the conflict and peril with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek wit and homage. I did think it faltered a bit in the emotional resolution; I found it somewhat rushed and shallow, with all the family threads tied up a bit hastily. Also, there were a few grammar gaffes here and there. Still, overall it is an entertaining book.
  • From the Heart: Love Stories and Letters from the Civil War on Feb. 13, 2011

    From the Heart: Love Stories and Letters from the Civil War by Jessica James is a fascinating glimpse behind history, into the lives of individuals that lived and died during the American Civil War. The non-fiction book is a collection of love letters written during this era, by people famous and not so famous, with explanatory tidbits by the author regarding these people and their circumstances. It is a short read, but a captivating one. There are several sets of letters featured, including ones from Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart, and not only do you get insight into the writers of these letters, but also into the time in which they lived. They paint a vivid picture of a culture and values far different than what we know today. The book also brings an intimacy and a poignant touch to a war that many know only through harsh facts and statistics. These letters tell the story of the human beings involved, what they sacrificed and sometimes lost. It is a gem of a book for a history buff, and a great read for all.
  • The Ash Spear on Feb. 16, 2011

    The Ash Spear by G. R. Grove is an entertaining fantasy novel with a lyrical, engaging narrative; it is a spirited book with a strong voice. The book is the third entry in the author’s Storyteller series (Storyteller and Flight of the Hawk being the others). I haven’t read the other books, but I found this novel stands on its own without confusing the reader on what went before. The Ash Spear is set in sixth century Britain and tells of the continuing adventures of the bard-in-training Gwernin as he encounters kings, politics, war and hardship. I was impressed with the setting and background; the author did impeccable research and the history is brought to life with magnificent detail. Written in the first person, the tale is spun with an effective tone, well flavoured in nuance and the right inflections. The narrating character is a genuine portrayal, coming across as a three-dimensional person with flaws. He was at various times amusing, heroic, irritating and unsympathetic, but always interesting. The book also does a nice job in depicting other characters and having them interact as a whole. The Ash Spear does have a few problems, with occasional lapses in grammar and some poorly compiled sentence structure in the beginning of the novel. Also, the author ended the chapters with the same sentence, which I found quite annoying and repetitive. The novel, perhaps, could have benefitted from a shorter length as well; while beautifully written, some of the scenes had expansive descriptive passages which caused the pace to meander a bit. Still, it was an enjoyable novel to read and appealing enough for me to consider reading the rest of the series.
  • Dead Man's Eye on March 21, 2011

    Dead Man’s Eye by Shaun Jeffrey is a nice, solid paranormal thriller, with a strong engaging plot. The prose is realistic, well-written and the story holds your attention from start to finish. Joanna Raines has enough problems already with failing eyesight, a troubling cornea transplant when she discovers she’s seeing strange shadows. She thinks she is going mad, only to discover there’s something far more sinister and supernatural is happening. And she may be the only person who can stop it. The author does a splendid job of throwing a poor ordinary person into an extraordinary, unbelievable situation and making it both realistic and logical. The heroine reacts and behaves in a genuine, plausible manner that grounds the narrative beautifully. I also found the simple motivation of the antagonists (they’re just looking to wreak mayhem) refreshing; sometimes old-fashioned evil is enough. Some readers may find the ending unsatisfying, but I loved it. I thought the unresolved, dark closer was the perfect finish. I look forward to reading more novels by this author.
  • Hungry For You on May 01, 2011

    Any book that starts with a zombie apocalypse love poem is my kind of tome. Hungry For You is a well penned, alluring collection of romance stories laced with a satirical edge of zombie madness. The book is a gentle smorgasbord of dark horror, small portraits of life gone horribly wrong, but still clinging to some redemption. It is a glimpse of love surviving in the zombie apocalypse, and once or twice, of other tales of undead romance. As one might expect, I enjoyed some stories more than others, but they were all well-written, engaging and great fun to read. It has a subtle touch of dark humour, but also has a sweet undercurrent of affection and warmth. It maintains love can survive total catastrophe, that even zombies have a heart. Hungry for You is an interesting take on your typical zombie story, and will keep you entertained, as well as occasionally queasy.
  • Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case on Oct. 29, 2011

    Symphony of Blood by Adam Pepper is a fascinating mix of hard-boiled detective novel and paranormal thriller. It melds two genres in an excellent fast paced style that keeps you turning the page. Hank Mondale is a down-on-his-luck private investigator who drinks too much and gambles too much. In need of some quick cash he takes a new case where the rich client has an unusual problem: a monster is trying to kill his daughter. Hank doesn’t believe in monsters, but takes the case anyway, only to find the facts leading him into the unknown. Symphony of Blood was a chilling delight to read. The book is basically divided into three parts, with parts one and three telling the story from Hank’s point of view. These sections are an old school, hard-boiled mystery story, unfolding Hank’s investigation slowly, and playing out the tension before we return to his voice for the conclusion. Both parts are well told, have nice flow with gritty atmosphere and substance, engaging characters, and I enjoyed what I read. But it was the second part of the novel that truly excelled for me, when the author unexpectedly switched points of view and told the story through the killer/monster’s eyes. Here, the story is woven from an alien perspective and draws the reader in with fascination, repulsion and even sympathy. Secrets hinted at are now revealed and the subtle contrasts and truths give depth to the plot. I adored this section of the novel and the sudden change between characters was seamless. I did have some small disappointment with the ending, though. It wasn’t that it was badly written or a cheat, and it wrapped up all the threads conclusively, but it just felt a bit detached to me. I think I would have liked something a bit less restrained. Still, I can happily recommend Symphony of Blood as a great book.
  • The Black-Eyed Susan on Dec. 12, 2011

    Parallels: The Black-Eyed Susan is a quick and satisfying taste of her world of On Dark Shores. It is a great standalone story, but also gives a bit more depth to some of the events in On Dark Shores 1: The Lady. For those who have read her ongoing book series, this story has familiar characters, some new ones and that same rich setting and prose that makes her work such a treat (plus it serves to feed reader’s appetites while we wait patiently for the next book). For those who are new to her writing, this tale makes a lovely introduction. Either way it is a story worth reading.
  • Bitten on March 26, 2012

    Bitten by K. Drollinger is a reasonably entertaining and charming paranormal novel. It is freely sprinkled with vampires, werewolves and their friends, all traipsing through harrowing escapades and a bit of romance. Bitten is the sequel to Enthralled and while it can be read on its own as I did, it’s probably best for the books to be read in sequence. I felt like I started reading in the middle of a story, although the author does a reasonable job of providing enough back-story to make events comprehensible. The book continues the story of Annette and the werewolves Flynn and Conrad as they deal with aftermath of events in Enthralled, and an old vampire menace still looms. I found the supernatural background of the novel nicely fashioned and well blended into “normal reality”; there was a valid sense of the two worlds interacting and reacting. Plus, the book’s characters come off as genuine as they deal with problems both mundane and paranormal and I found the interpersonal relationships especially intriguing. It was this engaging setting and its appealing denizens that easily captured my attention for the first half of the book. Unfortunately, I did find my interest waned somewhat as the novel progressed. I thought the plot setup and denouement a bit predictable (the end sequence was telegraphed earlier in the novel) with a surprising lack of tension for my taste. And I felt the concluding twist, while interesting, seemed inevitable and unsurprising. Overall though, I did enjoy reading Bitten and it would probably appeal to fans of the paranormal genre.
  • The Watchtower on July 22, 2012

    I was pleasantly surprised reading The Watchtower by Darke Conteur. I expected a reasonably interesting fantasy novel, a short and quick, agreeable read. What I got was a highly crafted, delightfully intricate book, entangled in a dark and a fascinating fantasy world populated with captivating characters. The book starts with the character of Martin Cunningham, who is looking for a job and getting a bit desperate. This job urgency is what brings him to Terin Global, a not-at-all typical place of employment. Once hired, he slowly gets dragged into a dangerous and strange world. One of the best aspects of the book is Martin’s point-of-view, which goes from, “okay these guys are quirky” to “I can’t believe this is happening” without ever seeming forced or out of step. As a reader, you identify with Martin and are drawn into the story as he is wrenched from his comfortable beliefs and faced with another reality. The plot is fast-paced, but never sacrifices continuity or believability in favour of keeping the action moving. The reader receives just enough explanation and back-story to construct the fantasy, without breaking the authenticity of the real world setting. The Watchtower is a first-rate urban fantasy and I highly recommend it.