Guest Post: The Night Crawls In by Steve Stred

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The Night Crawls In
By Steve Stred

Hey everyone!

Thanks so much to Mike and High Fever Books for offering up a blog spot to share the Ladies of Horror Fiction Writer’s Grant! I’ve known Mike for a few years now and he’s always been willing to answer any questions I’ve had, give me advice or chat about books. I’ve been a big fan of his reviews and a bigger fan of his writing!

As you may or may not have heard/seen, the fantastic Ladies of Horror Fiction crew have partnered up with yours truly to officially launch the 1st Annual LOHF Writers Grant.  I wanted to find a way to give back to the horror community and the Ladies of Horror Fiction were all about helping facilitate this!

For full details and how to apply, please click the link;

Now to help fund the initial grant disbursement, I’m releasing a poetry/drabbles collection. On September 1st, 2019, The Night Crawls In will arrive. Containing 33 drabbles and 17 poems, all ebook presales and 1st day paperback sales will go towards funding the first grant. All additional sales there-after will be put towards future grants!

I worked with Mason McDonald once again to create some killer artwork for the cover, which you can see above!

Now – in order to get you excited and maybe even get you wanting to pre-order, please enjoy two drabbles featured in The Night Crawls In!


Strayed Too Far. (A Drabble)


“Run little one, don’t look back,” the beast cackled.

The little boy ran, tears streaming, legs pistoning as fast as they could.

The beast calmly walked after him, for every five steps the boy ran, the beast covered in a single.

“Run little boy, don’t be scared,” the beast howled.

The little child huffed and puffed, desperately trying to get back to the camp site, find his dad.

His dad would save him, he was his protector.

As he burst from the woods and found his fathers decapitated body by the tent, he knew.

“It’s over little boy,” it snapped.


Road Rage (A Drabble)


The horns honked incessantly.

Every goddamned day, I thought. We all had to drive home, what did they think was gonna happen?

But like one of the sheep, my right hand raised up and then tapped my horn, adding my annoying beep into the symphony of beeps.

Two cars up, a door opened, a man stepped out. He was pissed off and I knew things were about to change.

He took two steps before punching the window of the car in front of him, glass shattering.

As he walked back to his car the driver got out.

Gun in hand.


As for the content of each –‘Strayed Too Far’ falls into the category of “normal Steve themes.” If you haven’t read any of my stuff, I tend to gallivant around the woods in most of my stuff. The trees and mountains are my biggest source of inspiration and this drabble was a story idea I had regarding an attack on a camp site.

‘Road Rage’ is pretty self-explanatory. We see stuff every day on our commutes that make us shake our heads and as society becomes more and more hostile and reactionary, road rage has become a far too common incident.

So – there we go!

Big massive thanks to Mike for offering up a spot to help share the love!

You can pre-order The Night Crawls In at Amazon right now!

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Steve Stred is an up-an-coming Dark, Bleak Horror author. 

Steve is the author of the novels Invisible and The Stranger, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri, and Jane: the 816 Chronicles, as well as two collections of short stories, Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick, the dark poetry collection, Dim the Sun, and his most recent release was the coming-of-age, urban legend tale The Girl Who Hid in the Trees.

On September 1st, 2019 his second collection of dark poetry and drabbles called The Night Crawls In will arrive.

Steve is also a voracious reader, reviewing everything he reads and submitting the majority of his reviews to be featured on Kendall Reviews.

Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog OJ.