David Stevens

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Baby, cold outside

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2018 at 10:05 am

Dear Reader, the latest edition of BREACH magazine, featuring Australian and New Zealand writers, is available for your reading pleasure. The former group includes yours truly, with my contribution being a weird tale, “Baby, cold outside”. If you are cold outside, what do you want more than anything, baby?

I wrote the first draft of this story last year, during breaks on a work conference to Krakow. The next day, we travelled to Auschwitz. The story is not about the Holocaust or Nazis, but perhaps it was informed by the strange mood I was in.

Breach #8 is available for $2 USD here and here.

Breach #08

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Three-Lobed Burning Eye Magazine – new issue

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm

After a 19 month hiatus, Three-Lobed Burning Eye Magazine is back. I am particularly pleased as the latest volume contains a new horror story by me, The Gods of the Gaps. Click here to read it for free. Additionally you may wish to spend 17 minutes of your life listening to me narrate my own tale (no doubt proving once again that my oral vocabulary is more limited than my written vocabulary).

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Some Corner of a Dorset Field that is Forever Arabia

In Uncategorized on February 4, 2018 at 11:26 am

“Some Corner of a Dorset Field that is Forever Arabia,” being the true history of Lawrence of Arabia, aka TE Lawrence, TE Shaw, John Ross, ??? Surely you did not think the truth had already been told?

This is a story I took a particular pleasure in writing, and I am proud of the result. It was mentioned in despatches, with Ellen Datlow describing it as a “strong dark story” in her round up in Best Horror of the Year 7. It was published in Three-Lobed Burning Eye magazine in 2014. At the time, there were some restrictions on my ability to publish under my own name, and it was published under the name Lloyd Connor.

The story now appears under my own by line, a source of tiny pleasure to myself. if you have not come across it before, you can read it here for free with just one click, or even listen to me proving my written vocabulary is wider than my oral.

nighttime reading

Kaleidotropic, dude

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Goodbye 2016, but thank you for your last parting gift to me! My story, ‘The Big Reveal’, has just been published in the Winter 2017 edition of Kaleidotrope. Life, death, the great beyond, everlasting misery and terror, crazy parents, gangsters (aka lawyers), what a great way to start the new year / see out the old year, must … read … David’s … gasp … story … must read … the whole … edition … NOW!

This is my 12th published story, and I’m very happy for it to be in such great company and in such a cool magazine. Read it for free online.

Spoilers

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I read Derek Kunsken’s “The Dog’s Paw” in Ellen Datlow’s latest Best Horror of the Year. It is a true horror story, with startling imagery, and a presentation of a topsy turvey world that filled me with unease. I saw today that it is now available for listening on Pseudopod. I am still not sure of aspects of the story. Given the horror that it portrays, what can make it palatable for me in terms of judgement? Taken at face value, it is a recognition that something truly awful may be required, at least in the terrible universe described, and I can’t accept that. Is it a commentary on the ruthless imposition of values by outsiders?  Is it a depiction of the thing that cloaks itself in compassion so as to insinuate itself? Is it about the corruption of core beliefs from contact with authority, and the danger of the desire to please? I’m not sure about the premise, given the subject matter.

Far from home, I only read today of the cancellation in Sydney of part of the program of The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (and it was the first I had heard of this particular session). I have never thought of these presentations as being particularly dangerous – Christopher Hitchens speaking on atheism for example was hardly novel or earth shattering in a fairly secular city. Coincidentally, given the story above, the cancelled session was a presentation by an Islamic speaker, “Honour killings are morally justified”. The explanation by the convenor of both the thinking behind the session, and its cancellation, is interesting and gives food for thought. As a human, as a father of daughters, the idea that someone could muster an argument to speak for the affirmative is a horror story in itself.

The Best Horror of the Year 6

The Best Horror of the Year 6