S. M. Shuford


An anomaly of stardust, S.M. Shuford was once a fairytale witch, but found keeping to the diet to be too taxing. An artist, writer and award-winning book critic, she labels her work as a whole "dream horror", but dabbles in many genres of books for older teens and adults. Shuford's poetry and reviews have appeared in Realistic Poetry International, Infernal Ink and Radium Piano Band, among other publications.
She is an advocate for human rights, awareness of mental illness and mental health.

Shuford's books are available in digital and print in over 50 countries, at most major online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Rakuten Kobo and Smashwords. You can also follow her on Goodreads, Tumblr @ambientheaven and her blog, Blood Red Velvet.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The urge to write is more of a clinical obsession than anything. I have pocketed far too many phantoms. They start to clog up my head, so every now and then it's necessary to exorcise a few to make room for different ones.
What motivated me to be mostly independent with my writing, however, is the crookedness and pandering of the book industry. They are afraid of everything, and I am afraid to write nothing. Publishing my books myself or through presses that I know value their books and authors keeps my work held back by fewer barriers.
What are you working on next?
Ah, this question is something of a paradox. A variable and yet also a constant.
I will say that as of this interview, I'm currently working on the S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection, an ongoing saga that compiles most of my poetry and is to some degree autobiographical, hence the blatant narcissism of the title. There is set to be thirteen to fifteen books in total in that series. After that, in 2020 I'll have another handful of large-scale poetry compilations, similar to 2018's Loverboy, a short story collection and slowly eke my way into writing novels on a regular basis.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find S. M. Shuford online

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S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection
The S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection is the saga of a youth in poetry, from the bittersweet and melancholy to the kind reveries, and even to where the darkest, most hellish depths of the self play.
Cosmic Love
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Blood Ballet
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Infinite Summer
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Infinite Summer
Series: S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection. Price: Free! Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Infinite Summer is spun with a love that peaks and dies like the sun. Inspired by the dual nature of fairytales, this collection of poems is heavy with magic, ghosts, and memories lost to the golden enchantments of a summer's day. Infinite Summer is in equal parts haunting and charming, a macabre kind of romance that only an imp's curse could bring about.
Blood Ballet
Series: S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection. Price: Free! Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Straight from the dark side of the female experience, this collection is a theatre of blood sprouted from an embryo of prejudice, injustice and mental illness. The poems in Blood Ballet may wear a violent mask, but their core holds a thousand years of women's heartbreak and pain. Blood Ballet is a social and psychological horror story of murders, witch hunts, self-harm and nightmares
Cosmic Love
Series: S.M. Shuford Poetry Collection. Price: Free! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Solemn and dreamlike, Cosmic Love paints a vivid image of love and hurt in the wake of an unknowable future. An infusion of science and magic, heart and mind, this poetry collection rains down its verses like stars. Cosmic Love is nothing short of inspiring with its dark, imaginative romances.

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  • Divorce on Feb. 23, 2018

    Absolutely stunning poetry.