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Caleb Stephens

The Essential Reading List

Caleb Stephens is a dark fiction author writing from somewhere deep in the Colorado mountains. His short stories have appeared in multiple publications and podcasts, including The NoSleep Podcast, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, MetaStellar, The Dread Machine, Tales to Terrify, and more. His dark fiction collection If Only a Heart and Other Tales of Terror is available through Salt Heart Press and includes the short story “The Wallpaper Man”, which was adapted to film by Falconer Film & Media in 2022. He has two novels releasing this year, Feeders from Timber Ghost Press and a yet-to-be-named psychological thriller from Joffe Books. You can join his mailing list (and receive a free story!) and learn more on his website as well as follow him on Twitter.

Books by me

If Only a Heart and Other Tales of Terror by Caleb Stephens

If Only a Heart and Other Tales of Terror

"My debut collection of short fiction. A visceral set of thirteen stories that explore what happens when we open ourselves to others and dare to let them in. There are monsters on these pages, yes, ones whose teeth cut deep, but never as deep as the teeth of the monsters in the mirror. "

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Ahh! That's What I Call Horror: An Anthology of 90s Horror by Various

Ahh! That's What I Call Horror: An Anthology of 90s Horror

"Speaking of nostalgia, why don't you take a spin through a decade that needs more love -- the 90s! A PHAT (pretty horrific and terrifying) collection of totally rad horror and weird fiction, this is a collection that will take you back to the days of grunge, Clear Channel, and trapper keepers!"

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Books that influenced me

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

"This novel is the most moving book I've ever read. An achingly beautiful portrayal of love and loss, and the lengths we will go to to protect those closest to us."

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North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud

North American Lake Monsters

Nathan Ballingrud

"Mr. Ballingrud's slice-of-life horror stories are gorgeously penned--the kind of stories that will stick in your ribs for weeks after reading them. His prose is sublime."

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

"An autobiography written by the talented neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. It's a harrowing but sweet reflection of his time on Earth and the things that really matter in life. "

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Personal favourites

The Rules of the Road by CB Jones

The Rules of the Road

CB Jones

"This book is what I would tab as road trip, Americana-style horror. Told in a series of chilling vignettes by everyday people who have encountered the notorious Buck Hensley on trips across America's heartland, this novel will have you begging for more."

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The Push by Ashley Audrain

The Push

Ashley Audrain

"If you are a parent (especially a mother) this book will tear your heart out. A searing and honest portrayal of raising a child that doesn't feel like your own."

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Bunny by Mona Awad


Mona Awad

"This novel is so freaking weird it's genius. And let me tell you this, Awad can write like nobody's business. Equal dashes of humor and horror, Bunny is a book I couldn't read fast enough."

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My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend's Exorcism

Grady Hendrix

"Set in the 80s, this book is a neon-soaked bit of demon-possessed nostalgia. Grady's characters are always loveable, likable misfits, and this book is no exception. Pure fun. And a lot of heart."

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Sisters of the Crimson Vine by PL McMillan

Sisters of the Crimson Vine

PL McMillan

"McMillan is a rising force in cosmic and folk horror. This little novella takes place in a mysterious convent in France, where the nuns are doing more than praying and taking chastity oaths. And there's something sinister growing in the vineyard outside. A quick, fun blast of folk horror that will make you want to read more of her work."

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