Category Archives: Horror and Dark Fantasy

The Nice Girl/Horror Writer Dichotomy: Guest Post from Sara Jayne Townsend

“What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?” As a child, I had very definite ideas about what girls were supposed to be like and what boys were supposed to be like. I wasn’t very fond … Continue reading

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Hometown Horror: An Interview With Luke Walker

It is with great pleasure that I welcome author Luke Walker back to this blog. He’s been a regular visitor over the years and, as a passionate aficionado of the horror genre, has written several excellent guest posts on such … Continue reading

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A New Story and an Interview

Well, I guess it’s time for an update. My short story, The Trail of Stars, has been published in Issue 28 of Liquid Imagination. You can read  my story here. It’s SciFi with a Horror twist. I hope you enjoy. … Continue reading

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New Release: Down by the Dark Water

Down by the Dark Water is a contemporary mystery/psychological horror, drenched in Gothic atmosphere. It is available as an e-book exclusively via Amazon. Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA |  Amazon AU Free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers Add … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Down By The Dark Water

You can read the blurb here. Cover art by KS Augustin of Sandal Press. Stay tuned for release date and purchase information.

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Coming Soon: Down By The Dark Water by Diane Dooley

Jane Forsyth wants a new life—far, far away from her cold mother and recently-buried father. Working as personal assistant to a wealthy recluse seems ideal: fresh air, beautiful surroundings on a remote Scottish island, and time to recover from the … Continue reading

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Luker Walker: His Favorite Horror Short Stories

I’m delighted to welcome back author Luke Walker. He has previously written several fascinating essays for this blog, including The Best of British Horror, Favorite Female Characters in Horror,  Taboos in Horror, Here There Be Zombies, and Females in Horror: … Continue reading

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Barracuda: Short Story Published

I’m pleased to announce that my short story, Barracuda, has been published in the 10th issue of The Literary Hatchet. The issue is available as a free download here and will be coming out in print soon. What’s it about? … Continue reading

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Short Story: The Brook Beneath the Willow Tree

My most recently published short story is rather an unusual one for me. It isn’t speculative fiction. It isn’t even a horror story in the way most people understand the horror genre. But it’s my idea of a horror story, … Continue reading

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The Cuter Side of Horror

  I wrote this story a while back and have had it out on submission from time to time to no avail. The general consensus seems to be that it’s far too cute to be a horror story. So rather … Continue reading

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