I enjoyed writing poetry and composing short stories from my early years and continued with my poetry through my early teens, until I burned the diary they were written in for fear someone might discover them and think me silly. I recall these were fairly dark, if naïve, poems, in which I appeared as the ‘thresher’ of corn (my own metaphor and symbol for innocence) because I had normal teenage fantasies about the girls at school; I might add this caused me great conflict and I became a born again Christian for a while… a phase I thankfully outgrew, and I’m pleased to say I’m feeling much better now.

In my early and mid-20s, I ended up as the editor (and publisher) of a fantasy role-playing games magazine called Adventurer. Then, in 1987, I was invited to interview the newly established horror maestro Clive Barker at the Weaveworld launch in our mutual hometown of Liverpool (UK). Here I also briefly met the even more esteemed Ramsey Campbell for the first time, at the venue’s bar no less! I’d previously read H.P. Lovecraft and Brian Lumley (I’d published a few of his stories), but was mainly into fantasy and sci-fi at the time. But after this interview with someone I believe to be a genuine maestro of the fantastique, I was hooked, reading as much Clive Barker as I could find, and moving on to Ramsey Campbell, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, Robert Bloch, etc. etc. over the years.

Fast forward a couple of decades and my family and I moved to Australia, where I formed Oz Horror Con to organise horror conventions, screenings, charity events, and I began publishing books, the first being a dedication to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and help raise funds so that we could screen The Cabal Cut, called The Book of the Tribes.

A couple of years later, moved by images I’d seen of the global refugee crisis, I got together with about 40 writers and artists, with eager support from Ramsey Campbell, to publish 36 inter-related short stories, which together comprised the two anthologies that comprised The Refuge Collection. As fund raising efforts, not only were these my first serious attempts at professional standard anthologies, they actually did some amount of good. These books and these collaborators helped change the lives of at least two families, by helping to fund their relocation to Australia (via the charity Sanctuary Australia Foundation) from war-torn Syria and the Congo.

After a brief rest following the incredibly time-consuming Refuge Collections, I subsequently started a new publishing venture, Things in the Well. Under this banner to date I’ve published 6 anthologies, 3 charity magazines, a collection of stories by the UK’s Paul Kane, Kane’s Scary Tales Volume 1, and a collection of stories by my Australian horror writer and friend, Noel Osualdini, called Train Wreck and Other Stories. I’ve also published the current collection, and my first collection The Beard and Other Weirdness under the Things in the Well banner, and I plan on releasing some more.

Most of my own writing  has been published in the above anthologies.and two collections of my own stories and poetry, although my 6-part story for The Refuge Collection, which provided an arc across other writers’ contributions, has been published as a novella, The Empath’s Tale – The Complete Story.

I think that’s enough about me, but feel free to catch me online:

FaceBook.com/stevedillonwriter, DillonStephen@hotmail.com or tweet me on Twitter @ThingsInTheWell – Steve

Bibliography

Short Stories, Long Fiction, Novellas, Poetry

  • The Empath’s Tale, parts 1-3 – The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • The Wrong Path – The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • The Housewife’s Tale – The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • The Fighter’s Tale – The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • The Priest’s Tale Part 1 (with David Allen) – The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • The Shiraz Train – The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • Next Door’s Noisy – The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • Leaf-Fall – Sproutlings, 2016
  • No Refuge for Cat – The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others, 2016
  • Lambskin – The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others, 2016
  • The Strange Old Man – The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others, 2016
  • The Empath’s Tale, parts 4-6 – The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others, 2016
  • The Priest’s Tale Part 2 (with David Allen) – The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others, 2016
  • Little Bastard – published online, 2016
  • The Empath’s Tale parts 1-6, the Complete Story – Steve Dillon, 2017
  • The Shiraz Train (revised) – Between the Tracks – Tales from the Ghost Train, 2017
  • The Heat is on – published online, 2017
  • The Memory Man – Below the Stairs – Tales from the Cellar, 2017
  • The Ice Cream Van – Trickster’s Treats – Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, 2017
  • Harlan Loves Josh – Trickster’s Treats – Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, 2017
  • Lambskin (revised) – Trickster’s Treats – Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, 2017
  • The Bells will Ring Out – Shades of Santa – Tales from the Bloody North Pole, 2017
  • Corporate Bodies – Shades of Santa – Tales from the Bloody North Pole, 2017
  • Asylum Night – Shades of Santa – Tales from the Bloody North Pole, 2017
  • The Beard (preview) – Behind the Mask – Tales from the Id, 2018
  • The Fighter’s Tale (revised) – Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, 2018
  • The Heat is on (revised) – Beyond the Infinite – Tales from the Outer Reaches, 2018
  • Nature’s Ways – Tricksters Treats #2 – More Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, 2018
  • Thumbs up for Bob’s Apples (with Matthew R. Davis) – Tricksters Treats #2 – More Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, 2018
  • The Beard – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Weirdness of Bliss (vignettes) – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Little Bastard (revised) – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Circus Runner – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Memory Man (revised) – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Heat is on (revised) – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • My Name is – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Spectre-See – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Edentia – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Fifth… and Sixth – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Nyctophobia – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Nature’s Ways – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Leaf-Fall (revised) – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Shades of Winter – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Danielle – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Broken – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Writer’s Block – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Loose Tongues – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Who Did This? – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Dong! – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Gravedigger – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • An Unholy Beginning – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Shhh… – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Floss Man – Beside the Seaside – Tales from the Daytripper, 2019
  • Wagglers – Beside the Seaside – Tales from the Daytripper, 2019
  • Well-Suited – Forgotten Sidekicks, 2019
  • Lambskin (reprint) – Movie Monsters, 2019

Poetry

  • Creature, Monster (Poem) – HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. 5, 2018
  • Daze Out – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Still the Cot – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Dead o’er Hills – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • The Mirror Man – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Manning the Mirrors – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Wordslips – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Just Beat It – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Minor Notes – The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Daze Out (reprint) – Beside the Seaside – Tales from the Daytripper, 2019
  • Clickety Clack – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Creature, Monster – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • A Father’s Reply to Dylan – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Unseasonal – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Escaping to Tedium – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Don’cha – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Careful with those Wishes – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • A Child’s (Desperate) Prayer – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • A Silly Rhyme – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • The Goat Watch – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • In Refuge – A Poem for 2016 World Poetry Day – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Resurrected – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Three Little Words – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Tutankhamen – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • The Night Before Hallows – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • The Demon’s Lot – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Be Lucky – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Pinch Me – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Oh, Loneliness – Such Dark Taboo – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • If I Were You – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • I Remember – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • Hounded – The Invisible Man – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • We’re Told – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019
  • They Are Us – Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019

Collections (authored)

  • The Beard and Other Weirdness, 2018
  • Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities, 2019

 Collections (edited)

  • Kane’s Scary Tales – Paul Kane, 2018
  • Train Wreck and Other Stories – Noel Osualdini, 2018
  • White Shadows – Paul Kane, 2019

Anthologies (edited)

  • The Book of the Tribes – A Tribute to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, 2013
  • The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some, 2015
  • The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others, 2016
  • Between the Tracks – Tales from the Ghost Train, 2017
  • Below the Stairs – Tales from the Cellar, 2017
  • Trickster’s Treats #1 – Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, 2017
  • Shades of Santa – Tales from the Bloody North Pole, 2017
  • Behind the Mask – Tales from the Id, 2018
  • Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, 2018
  • Beyond the Infinite – Tales from the Outer Reaches, 2018
  • Tricksters Treats #2 – More Tales from the Pumpkin Patch, 2018
  • Beside the Seaside – Tales from the Daytripper, 2019

Anthologies (facilitated)

  • Trickster’s Treats 3 The Seven Deadly Sins, 2019 Co-edited by Lee Murray and Marie O’Regan, with assistant/submissions editors: Noel Osualdini, Rebecca Fraser, Samson Stormcrow Hayes, Kev Harrison, Tracie McBride, William Marchese.
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