David Stevens

Posts Tagged ‘horror’

Eyes are burning

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm

What’s that you say, 3LBE?

“The voices from the shadows of the things long extinct loose whispers that a new issue will visit soon.”

You don’t say? And I wonder, why is it that I have a special interest in that? Hmm …

I hear that the next issue of Three-lobed Burning Eye magazine will be available in May. …

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Night sky in the day time

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2018 at 10:03 am

Night sky in the day time

 

Relief after the storm

when rain washes the sky clear

grit and grain

drained away.

Awake to a sense of purity:

tensions resolved, static removed,

humidity vanished.

Walk outside

Bewildered at the streaks,

paint trailing at the bottom of a dome

See as you have never seen,

Darkly, though no longer through a glass.

Who knew the stars

were eyes?

Clustered, staring, unblinking

greedy.

Who knew the sky is a face?

The earth at your feet is a mouth,

full of teeth.

 

(with a nod to Laird Barron)

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I miss Sydney thunderstorms – the urgent, commanding nature of weather that demands your full attention, slamming the skies, shaking your house. The cosy thrill / of knowing it can kill / while you are safe (-ish) indoors. And then afterwards, the air is clear and clean and everyone and everything can breathe so very deeply. Not like this monotonous seasons long European grey that wears you down until you are dead but you don’t realise. Dramatic much?

Twice we have heard thunderclaps here. Single individual booms. We waited, happy, ready for the follow up. Though it never came, we spoke about those thunder claps for days afterwards.

A jewel in the dark …

In Uncategorized on March 4, 2018 at 12:57 pm

In his introduction to CHTHONIC, editor Scott R Jones very kindly remarks

Finally, David Stevens’ Some Corner of a Dorset Field That Is Forever Arabia gives us the secret history and fantastic death of a famous English colonel. I count this last as a jewel in CHTHONIC, and I think you will, too.

When I first described my monster, I thought it was harmless enough, as monsters go, but then I saw Fufu Fruenwahl’s drawing, and it freaked me out on several levels. Hmm, there may be something wrong with me.

If you enjoy reading the weird, and/or supporting small independent publishers, I recommend CHTHONIC for your reading and purchasing pleasure, with not a jot of self interest (you can trust me, I’m Australian).

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Martian Migraine Press presents seventeen diverse tales of subterranean horrors and abyssal wonder.
CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth features stories by Ramsey Campbell, Gemma Files, Nadia Bulkin, Antony Mann, H. P. Lovecraft, Aaron Besson, Christopher Slatsky, Adam McOmber, John Linwood Grant, Scott Shank, Sarah Peploe, Orrin Grey, S. L. Edwards, Belinda Lewis, David Stevens, Adam Millard, and Tom Lynch . With cover art by Lucas Korte, interior illustrations by Fufu Fruenwahl, and an introduction by editor Scott R Jones.
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Martian Migraine Press: the Best Kind of Headache

 

 

 

 

CHTHONIC is here

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm
The rock vibrates beneath the soles of your feet, and your headlamp flickers, fails. But then, you knew it would, eventually. This place is not for you,  but here you are.

 

Yes, here you are …

CHTHONIC is here, now available for ordering by clicking here.

 

I am very happy that CHTHONIC includes my true history of Lawrence of Arabia, Some Corner of a Dorset Field that is Forever Arabia, where it gets to hang out with cool tales by Ramsey Campbell and HP Lovecraft, amongst others.

 

 

You had me at …

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Dear Ms Kiernan.

If you didn’t have me before, you had me at “…militants from the Earth- Yuggoth Cooperative”. Insert extremely large smiley face here.

An electronic version of the original Black Helicopters has been lost somewhere in my PC for a few years, and I haven’t read it. However, I was very pleased this week to read “Agents of Dreamland”, from the same universe (which I deeply and sincerely hope is not my universe – yes, my – you, your all on your own, start practicing “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”), from which this time shifting perspective quote is taken. Between this and most of the works of Jeff VanderMeer, I have certainly had my evil mushroom fix. And between blood pressure and worrying about our future dark ancient elder overlords, I have had to give up on further extraction work on my PC. However, I am told by the Book Depository that the extended version of “Black Helicopters” will arrive in my letter box in 2 months or so.

The thing was globular in the moonlight. Heavy breasted. Round haunches curving to a woman’s thighs that soon became dog’s legs. Or a jackal’s.

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

And now you can see what that looks like! Very happy that my story in CHTHONIC has been graced with an illustration – you can see it in the Martian Migraine Press video, just click here. Don’t give her a kiss, you don’t know what she has been eating.

Chthonic is coming …

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2018 at 8:11 am

… with a new release date of February 20, there is only one week to wait for “Chthonic:Weird Tales of Inner Earth” from Martian Migraine Press.

Am I going to miss an opportunity to say, hey, there’s me hanging out with Ramsey Campbell and HP Lovecraft? I don’t think so!

 

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

Quotes

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Home sick? Suffering from the Australian ‘flu? (we’re very proud, by the way.) Time, but no one, to kill? There are many worse ways to spend an hour, than wandering through Kim Newman’s twitter account, packed with strange, hilarious and sometimes strangely hilarious quotes from the zillion films that he has seen and I have never heard of.

Click here.

Reading: Anno Dracula 1899: One Thousand Monsters by Kim Newman. Lots and lots of fun. Hard to explain to work colleagues in the cafeteria. Their loss.

Watching: The Detectorists season 2. Finished. Lovely. The Last Post. Finished. What, they do negotiate with terrorists? Lion. The google earth movie. I said to my wife, is it mean to say this feels a bit dragged out? Then saw that we were watching the special Australian extended version. Why? Unlike Hanya Yanagihara, I have cried very, very often since 1995, including at the end of this film.

Doors

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2018 at 6:39 pm

“Kostaki looked up at the church door. While they were paying attention to Kichijiro, it had been pulled inward.

“In ghost stories, doors creak. A door opening silently is more sinister.”

Anno Dracula 1899: One Thousand Monsters by Kim Newman