David Stevens

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In Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 9:50 am

Very happy that my weird story “Baby, cold outside”, has found a home in Breach magazine, and will appear in Breach #08 in August. More details to follow …

… meanwhile, while you are waiting, you can read (or listen to) my latest published story, “The gods of the gaps”, here at Three-lobed Burning Eye magazine.

… we have to be careful of our own disposition to irony. There is tradition, even for scientists. Spilled blood pays strange bills, and we have our fingers in so very many pies…


Hear my song!

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm

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I loved that film! From a time before Superintendent Ted Hastings was running down bent coppers and anyone who doesn’t do things by the book. See the picture, Adrian Dunbar can smile. “I’ve been born in peace time. I haven’t been where you’ve been. I haven’t seen what you’ve seen.”

I digress, we’re talking about MY song. But not really.

Podcasts. If you prefer to read with your eyes closed, or with your hands free, or some such thing or combination, three of my stories are available for your ezy-listening pleasure. Just click on the links to be taken to the horror destination of your choice.

“If he looked out of the window now, into the night, he knew that there would be no street, no sky. Just a dim hallway, thin walls rattling with the wind tunnelling though it, rain dripping from a soggy ceiling. This is all that there is.” Good Boy

“His shame was exposed, the scar where a shell splinter had torn through his groin and ripped away his manhood. Albert no longer cared. He was counting the moments until he died.” Some corner of a Dorset field that is forever Arabia

“Transformation by force: a man enters the shop at noon. He walks through the door to the tinkle of the bell. Once inside, he reaches around and throws the bolt of the lock. He twists the sign from Open to Closed. He faces the woman in the store as she stands alone — the power of the words ‘in broad daylight’.” The gods of the gaps

Or perhaps you are an odd sort of bird, the type who actually wants to hear a song. Well, I suppose there is this:

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).


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. …

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.

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


In Uncategorized on January 1, 2018 at 1:11 pm

I’m writing a story featuring a blind person, which led me by some circuitous and probably inappropriate path, to think that I should mention two of my stories that are available free for your listening pleasure, via podcast.

First up is my first ever published story, “Good Boy”, no longer in print, but available in audio in a slightly redacted version, on Pseudopod right here, just one click away.

“Some Corner of a Dorset Field that is Forever Arabia” can be read or listened to at Three Lobed Burning Eye, by clicking here. Your reader is yours truly, under the pseudonym Lloyd Connor, which seemed like a good idea at the time, but probably wasn’t. Delight in the fact that my written vocabulary is wider than my oral vocabulary! The story will be appearing again early this year under my own name.

Oh, and Happy New Year, Space Cadets!

Read for free …

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm

… you know you want to!

Christmas is coming, as I can tell from the 4.30pm sunset. O Southern Hemisphere, I miss you and your heatwave Christmas! A hot roast lunch with a side of cold prawns. Hot Christmas pudding, followed by pavlova with chilled fruit and cream. Everyone knows Jesus wasn’t born in winter …

I digress. If you are so interested, the following of my tales are available for your (free) reading pleasure. In the words of my father, don’t say I never give you anything. Just click on the titles to be transported to a winter wonderland (possibly of hell and suffering, but a wonderland nonetheless). All this by way of prelude to a new story being published in the next few days.

My Life as a Lizard

Some Corner of a Dorset Field that is Forever Arabia

This Neil Armstrong is not dead

The Big Reveal





Long listed

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2015 at 3:42 am

My alter-ego Lloyd Connor is very pleased that his story, Some Corner of a Dorset Field that is Forever Arabia, appears in the long list of recommended horror stories of 2014 from Ellen Datlow. I eagerly await her yearly anthology of horrible goodies, so it is a big massive thrill for me to make that long list. Thanks very much Ms Datlow!

(And you can read the story here for free in Three-Lobed Burning Eye)

Insert huge smiley face here!

Best Horror of the Year

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2015 at 6:38 am

Years ago I was helping a junior staff member who was having some difficulties. Ours can be an arduous profession, with long hours, lots of conflict, and difficult policy decisions which have to be defended. She was talking about some of the difficulties she was facing, particularly as a woman of a different background in a profession dominated by white males. I am a white male, but not from the privileged background of many of our colleagues, and she turned the conversation to what I would like to achieve. I decided on total honesty. I pulled from my briefcase a copy of the latest edition of Stephen Jones’ Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and said “One day, I want to have a story in here”. She laughed and was good natured about it, but she was puzzled, especially by the lurid cover.

I’m widely read, and I’m not a snob about any of it. I’m reading Jim Crace’s “Harvest”, and just finished “The Acolyte” by Nick Cutter and “The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro, as well as “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson. I love literary works as well as science fiction, crime and especially horror and weird fiction. I like works of unease, especially things that in a long and jaded reading life actually elicit a response from me. Last year I was moved by “Lila”, intrigued by “The Maggot People”, and I enjoyed “Moxyland”.

When people find out I like horror, they are sometimes confused. You seem normal, you have a family, you work, you are educated … I don’t say this to get a pat on the back; invariably I feel judged, as though there is something not quite right about me, as though I watch snuff films.

While blood and gore are par for the course, I don’t particularly like slasher films, and get bored by lists of atrocities. I do like work that suggests the world is not as we know it, that there are deeper currents, shadows, and doors that open to places they shouldn’t. I like the exercise of the imagination. i like all sorts of genres and works that are not supposed to be genre, but a comfort food I have always come back to, is horror. Most of it I don’t like – like anything, there is only a small proportion that is good, or that matches my tastes, but when I find it, I crack a smile from ear to ear. The good stuff.

No story of mine has found its way into a collection of Mr Jones’, or any of the yearly best of anthologies. Perhaps they never will. However …

Last year, I published a story in a magazine that I really like, “Three-Lobed Burning Eye”, edited by Andrew S Fuller. It is called “Some Corner of a Dorset Filed that is Forever Arabia”. I like all of my stories, but this was a favourite. I decided, perhaps wrongly, to publish it under a pseudonym – Lloyd Connor – for professional reasons, I was working under a particular contract at the time which could have made things difficult for me and my family.

The new volume of “Best Horror of the Year”, edited by Ellen Datlow, is about to be released. In its introduction, where Ms Datlow goes through some of the work published last year, she states regarding Three-Lobed Burning Eye that “in 2014 there were strong dark stories by Lauren Dixon, Lloyd Connor, and Bonni Jo Stufflebeam”. That might not seem like much to you, but consider me chuffed, I’m really happy someone liked the story enough to mention it. If you left click here, you can read it for free – please do!