Novellas

COMMUNION (Father of Lies Trilogy Book Two) (2020)

One week after the horrific events at the commune unfolded, Detective McKay is left to pick up the pieces and try to connect the dots.

But before he can determine who this Father character is or what his motivations were, a mysterious redheaded woman arrives at the station.

With one quick act of violence, McKay is dragged into a world he’d never imagined possible.

A world of heinous acts, strange events and a creature from his darkest nightmares.

At the end of the day, McKay will need to find a way to survive, or become another sacrifice by Father in his quest to ascend to the Black Heaven’s.

 

The One That Knows No Fear (2019)

From Demain Publishing!

The One That Knows No Fear: stuntman extraordinaire. For young Timmy Wilson, this stuntman is his only reason for living. Every Saturday he watches as The One That Knows No Fear cheats death. Now, the stunt show is coming to his hometown and Timmy can’t wait to watch him perform in person.

A coming-of-age, cosmic horror story set in the 1970s, The One That Knows No Fear will keep your heart pounding long after the stunt has finished.

Writing about The One That Knows No Fear, author Steve Stred said of his protagonist Timmy Wilson: “The story really focuses on him. This is a boy who wishes for a father figure to be in his life and because it’s not there, he attaches to this specific Daredevil, the one they call ‘The One That Knows No Fear.’ Timmy really is an innocent kid who just wants to believe that adults are saints, which we all know is far from the truth.”

(with a cover by Adrian Baldwin)

 

Ritual (Father of Lies Trilogy Book One) (2019)

Meet Brad.

A quiet, hardworking man who goes about his daily routine with joy.
He works as a telemarketer, trying this best to sell poorly made, over-priced products to the unsuspecting people on the other end of the phone.

Brad doesn’t mind though, its a means to an end.

Life’s about to change for Brad. Now that Father has anointed him the Chosen one, the one to open the gates and allow them to flock into the Black Heavens.

Eternity awaits.

But is Brad ready to perform on the big day?

 

 

The Girl Who Hid in the Trees (2019)

Something lurks just beyond.

Centuries ago a heinous act created a ripple that still haunts the residents to this very day.

Now the kids who reside near McConnell’s Forest live forever in fear.

Jason lost his brother when he was young. He left with his friends to ‘debunk’ the urban legend and never came back.

Now Jason and his group of friends are fed up and want to discover what is happening, what is the real cause of the terror holding their small town hostage.

But something is waiting for them. She may look sweet and innocent, but the friends are about to find out that pure evil can exist in the smallest of packages.

She’s out there. And while you may not know her name or what she looks like, the local kids will tell you if you ask, that you should fear for your life from the girl who hid in the trees.

From the dark mind of Steve Stred, the author of Wagon Buddy, YURI and Invisible comes this fast-paced, seat of your pants coming-of-age tale.  A quick, violent, bleak read, The Girl Who Hid in the Trees will make you think twice about those sounds you hear far off in the woods.

Dark, gritty coming of age that grabs you near the end and doesn’t let you go.” – Justin M. Woodward, Author of Tamer Animals, Goodreads pre-release review, 5 stars!

“Steve’s best book yet, reminiscent of King’s IT!” – David Sodergren, Author of The Forgotten Island, Goodreads pre-release review, 5 stars!

“Plenty of blood, guts, and tension, but also sadness.” – MJ, Goodreads pre-release review, 4 stars!

“The story immediately pulled me in!” – Cassie, Goodreads pre-release review, 4 stars!

“I just needed to know what was going to happen next!” – Luke, Goodreads pre-release review, 4.5 stars!

Steve Stred has created one hell of a story that hooked me and didn’t let go after ending.” – Michelle, Goodreads pre-release review, 5 stars!

Draws you in right from the first line!” – Valerie, Goodreads pre-release review, 4.5 stars!

“Full of fast-paced action and gore!” – Clota, Goodreads pre-release review, 4 stars!

“I felt so many emotions throughout,” – Lauren, Goodreads pre-release review, 4 stars!

“Nice grossness and gore!” – Shane, Goodreads pre-release review, 4 stars!

“Pure nightmare fuel imagery!” – Diamond, Goodreads pre-release review, 4 stars!

 

YURI (2018)

Sometime in the night, Yuri awoke from his deepest sleep to the sounds of a child screaming.
Listening, Yuri heard nothing more. Believing it to have happened in his dream, he let his head fall back onto the thick pillow, returning to sleep almost immediately.

As a bitter winter stretches on, Yuri decides to leave the family farm and seek employment in the City.

Hired by the mysterious owner of the mines Mr. Petrov, Yuri is excited to move into the man’s mansion.

But not all is what it appears, and soon Yuri realizes not everyone is his friend.

Yuri is a harrowing tale of what ends people would go to for family and for fortune.

Just remember the key to surviving;

Don’t eat the stew.

From the author of Invisible, Wagon Buddy, and Jane: the 816 Chronicles comes a new tale of horror!

 

Wagon Buddy (2018)

“Hello Scott,” the creature said, its voice deep and tasting like dirt.

You ever have an imaginary friend? You know, that made up person that was always there for you, always willing to play with you and letting you confide in them?

“Scott, you wouldn’t like my real name. So how about you just call me your wagon buddy?”

What if your imaginary friend turned out to be real? And not a person at all?

Wagon Buddy tells the tale of a man and his creature, his only friend, who time and time again comes to his aide.
But what happens when you can’t control the creature anymore?

“A fresh and original suspenseful tale with shades of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Steve Stred weaves an amazing story about a childhood connection that grows more sinister and dangerous with age.
After an imaginary friend turns out to be real, and not human at all, a man must make a choice.
Exciting, thrilling, addictively entertaining, Wagon Buddy is a 2018 must read!”

Seb Jenkins, Author of Life After Death

 

 

Jane: the 816 Chronicles (2018)

Hope. What lengths would you go to, when all you have is hope? For Jane, known medically as 816, that is all she has. She hopes to be free one day, free from the torture, the captivity and the loneliness. She wants to be free, with her best friend Penny, known medically as 815, experiencing life outside of their caged walls.

Jane: The 816 Chronicles is a story about ‘a being’ discovering the world and people around her. A being discovering that sometimes situations and people are completely outside of her control, but still doing their best to look towards the positive, even when it becomes apparent, that what you see, isn’t always what you get.