After a long career in journalism, Paul Speller is finally devoting some of his time to work on his first love: fiction.

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From an early age, when he saw a TV trailer for the mini-series of Salem’s Lot, Paul has been fascinated by horror.

He is an avid fan of most streams of the chiller genre, from the ghost story anthologies he read as a child, through classics by Le Fanu, Stoker and Shelley to the modern masterpieces of Stephen King and Lindqvist.

Paul’s debut short story, Baby Blue Eyes, won an open competition in Writing Magazine.

It was published both in print and online and judges praised the ‘chilling last-minute twist’.

Baby Blue Eyes is the tale of a young mother and her infant child and what happens one bedtime.

The judges were impressed with the ‘single scene of tenderness between mother and child, letting the back-story emerge slowly through the reflections of our close third-person viewpoint character’.

It has just been re-published on the Lonesome October Lit horror site.

His haunting short story, The Curious Child, was published in October 2017 by Dimension6.

It is also available as part of a longer collection through Amazon, in Kindle format, and in Nook format from Barnes & Noble. The Dimension6 Annual Collection was shortlisted in the annual Aurealis Awards.

Launched in 2014, Dimension6 is from the coeur de lion publishing stable and features the ‘best new stories from established authors and fresh voices from Australia and overseas’.

Paul’s latest story, Beautiful Dangerous, was published in print format in 2018 as part of the Bloodbond anthology. The digital edition of Bloodbond is now also available to download here.

It is a more traditional horror, compared with its two predecessors, set in a seedy London nightclub where there performers are not all they seem.

When he’s not trying to imagine a gothic horror in mundane tasks such as moving the wheelie bin, or searching for inspiration from the bats that fly past his front window at dusk, Paul is either mining the wealth of imagination that comes from his two children or listening to classic rock that still sounds new to him, 30 years after it was first released.

He has also resurrected his blog, which you can read here.