Below, you will find every anthology my stories have appeared in since 2018.

From 100 word microfictions to 10,000 word not-so-short stories, meet a shape-shifting wizard, a hard boiled ex-cop looking for justice, a priest with a dark secret or even simple blind love.

Tall Tales & Short Fiction: A Multi-Genre Collection

A collection of David Bowmore’s best loved pieces brought together for the first time. Inside, you will find futuristic dog fights, fantasy dragons, hard-bitten detectives, nostalgic romance, time travellers, horrifying butchers, the trenches of the Great War, Old West gunslingers and light-hearted adventurers. Open the book and get to know Corky, a disgraced cop; Morty, a cocktail loving man-about-town; Kruz, an undertaker pilot; Georgette, an adventuress of style and taste; Father Thomas, a priest with a shocking past; and Sally the black-eyed cocker spaniel. From 100 word drabbles to 10,000 word micro-novels you will be spoilt for choice, no matter your preferred genre. Many of the stories have been published by respected independent publishers, but a handful will give the reader a taste for future works David is soon to release.

Personal Bests Journal

Personal Bests Journal has been set up to publish each writer's own choice of his or her absolute best story, regardless of its length (within reason) and of whether or not it has been previously published. Selected from more than 130 submissions, the 31 stories in this first edition of the journal have been chosen and edited by short story writer, novelist and (for 16 years) Prose Editor of Gold Dust Magazine, David Gardiner. The sales income generated will be distributed equally and without deductions to everyone whose story has been accepted. Short story writers have become accustomed to the assumption that granting them an audience is sufficient reward for the time, effort and love that they put into their craft. This volume springs from the belief that the labourer is worthy of his or her hire. It is perhaps the first "Fair Trade" short story anthology. But most of all, it's an absolutely superb one!

Phantom #2: Lockdown Supernatural Fantasy

Standing Stones by David Bowmore

Passenger 13

A collaboration novel by 13 authors telling the interweaving stories of 13 individuals. Where did the virus came from, who engineered it and what might the consequences be if left unchecked?

Some of the characters -

Ben Davidson by David Bowmore
When Ben Davidson is invited on a stag weekend at the last minute, he is determined to enjoy himself.
Upon returning home, he’s forced into a quarantine centre—the start of a series of disastrous events that result in him being handcuffed to a hospital bed.

Stacey by A.S. Charly
Stewardess Stacey finds you can have all kinds of experiences on an airplane. Unfortunately, not all of them are as fun as encountering hot passenger, Tommy. After being involuntarily off work, she’s forced to see the whole situation from a more down-to-earth point of view, finding not everything has to be as dire as it seems.

Lily by D.M. Burdett
Following the death of her father to an infection that ravages through every country on Earth, Lily Sullivan must overcome obstacles in a new, dangerous world to get her remaining family to safety.

Tommy by Rich Rurshell
Tommy likes to enjoy life. No matter what. Spare no expense... No matter whose expense it is at.
Tommy won't let the sniffles stifle his enjoyment, let alone a quarantine.

Nigel by Gregg Cunningham
Nigel never was a big fan of travelling with the unwashed masses, the only thing he was a fan of was getting tanked up on ale and watching his beloved team on the terraces. So, when things start going to hell in a handcart after he returns to London from a trip overseas, Nigel must decide whether to self-quarantine in a City in lockdown, or make a dash for the for the tranquillity of the countryside.

SCI-FI #1: Lockdown Science Fiction Adventures

At the Skin and Fin by Jo Seysener
Au Jus by D.M. Burdett
Campfire Songs by Kimberly Rei
Europa's Secret by Zoey Xolton
Hive Mind of the Universal Donor by Shawn M. Klimek
Memory of a Past Life by Dale Parnell
Mission Ryan by Gabriella Balcom
Revenge by Jacob Baugher
The Bunker by David Bowmore
The Irony of Prosperpine by Galina Trefil

HORROR #1: Lockdown Horror

No Touching by Amber M. Simpson
Halloween Pub Night by D.M. Burdett
Hungry by Dale Parnell
The Butcher of Blengarth by David Bowmore
Dolly by Erica Schaef
Howls by Galina Trefil
Karma by Galina Trefil
Cannibals of Kentucky by J.L. Royce
Reinventing the Night by Jacqueline Moran Meyer
The Boy by Jodi Jensen
Ritual by Kimberly Rei
The Tea Party by Kimberly Rei
Only Ever Night by L.P. Hernandez
The Nocturnal Soldier by Matthew M. Montelione
Dead Faces by R.J. Meldrum
Candy Corn Wolves by Stacey Jaine McIntosh
Death Spores by Stephen Herczeg
Pig Man by Stephen Herczeg
Sinister Changeling by Zoey Xolton
Unbreakable by Zoey Xolton

OCEANS: A Dark Microfiction Anthology

Savage sirens, selkies, sailors, serpents, suckers, and sea monsters.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

HATE: A Dark Microfiction Anthology

Dark tales of hate and revenge in bite-sized chunks.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

LOVE: A Dark Microfiction Anthology

Twisted tales of love in tiny proportions.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

TWENTY TWENTY: Australian Bushfires Charity Edition

Celebrating 100 years since the Roaring Twenties, come with us on a look back at the jazz era. Historical stories with dark and terrible twists.

Within these pages, find the speakeasy girl with two mouths, Mafia gangs with secrets more sinister than history suggests, bloodthirsty flappers, dark tales from the Depression, and many more.

ALL PROFITS from TWENTY TWENTY will be donated to the following organisations who are providing emergency veterinary care, etc to wildlife in the affected bushfire zones in New South Wales and Victoria;
~WIRES - NSW (New South Wales) Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service
~Zoos Victoria

As an Australian publisher based in Victoria, these causes are close to our hearts.

Paradox: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Crime/Mystery/Thriller Anthology 2019

It’s possible to get quite philosophical about the growth of the detective or mystery thriller in modern culture, paralleling as it does the rise of the perception of rational deduction as the key to salvation. The detective becomes the archetype of the Wise Old Figure, the one who sees through the chaotic fog of events and whose wisdom pierces the mystery to its core. In this volume, you’ll see many variations of that, and much more: you’ll be amused by the viewpoint of a criminal henchman, weaving his way through the world of secret agents and worldwide conspiracies, enthralled by the careful piecing together of clues in deserts and cities around the globe, and thrilled by atmospheric tales of dark doings and their detection, by authors new and established.

Featuring the work of Diane Arrelle, Carmen Baca, Scott Bell, Wes Blalock, David Bowmore, Steve Carr, RLM Cooper, Ben Fine, Kelli J. Gavin, Sharon Frame Gay, Marlon S. Hayes, Frank Kozusko, A.J. Lawdring, Umair Mirxa, Sam M. Phillips, Richard Rebel, Andrew Scobie, Susanne Thomas and L. T. Waterson.

Clockwork Dragons

A word of power summons the essence of ancient magics. Sparks of light activate enchanted runes and ensorcelled conduits flair with etheric energy. Smoke swirls and gears grind as the machine awakens. Red eyes snap open, cutting through the gloom, steel wings and copper springs flexing. The sorceress steps back to behold her creation come to life.

The clockwork dragon is born.

Technology meets magic in the exciting new genre of fantasypunk. Inside you'll find strange worlds brought to life by a cabal of more than two dozen fantasy writers and the odd goblin who stole ink and quill.

The next anthology from Zombie Pirate Publishing, CLOCKWORK DRAGONS contains twenty five short stories from authors all around the globe.

APOCALYPSE: An Apocalyptic Microfiction Anthology

A post-apocalyptic adventure of tiny proportions. Venture into the unknown, into a time when society has broken down and every man, woman and child (and the odd monster or alien) must fight for themselves.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

Bad Romance

Love isn’t always first dates, first kisses, passion and romance…sometimes it can be hate-filled, vengeful and nothing like the movies.

Thirty six twisted anti-valentine tales of torment, torture, and treachery.

Romance on Wheels by A.L. Paradiso
The Anniversary Dinner by Angela Zimmerman
Up in the Tree House by Archit Joshi
Foreword by C.L. Williams
The Call by Chris Bannor
Red Fallen Snow by Cindar Harrell
Second Date by David Bowmore
Roasted by Dawn DeBraal
Eternity by Eddie D. Moore
The Best Part by G. Allen Wilbanks
Buster by Gregg Cunningham
Tuesday Night Special by Hari Navarro
Beneath the Blue Irises by J.M. Ames
One Perfect Love by J.W. Garrett
If I Can't Be Loved… by Jasmine Jarvis
Cecily's Cure by Jodi Jensen
Love Potion by Joel R. Hunt
A Name Like Velma Kettering by Michael D. Davis
Heartbreaker by Michele Freeman
The Power of Love by Nicola Currie
No Substitute by Nicole Little
Just the Way You Are by Paula R.C. Readman
My Fair Minstrel by Peter J. Foote
Belladonna by Raven Corinn Carluk
Our Love Cannot Be Broken by Shawn M. Klimek
Hillbilly Necromancer: a Love Story by Shelly Jarvis
Stay by Stacey Jaine McIntosh
A Solution by Stephanie Scissom
Cold Love by Stephen Herczeg
The Way We Carve Love in Our Eyes by Terry Miller
Cliches and Truth by Viginia Carraway Stark
City of the Hungry Coyote by Vonnie Winslow Crist
A Good Heart by Wendy Roberts
The Ham That Broke the Camel's Back by Wondra Vanian
Wolf Heart by Zoey Xolton

Dragon Bone Soup

Sixteen fantasy and light science fiction stories. The best Indie writing talents from three continents invite you to peer into the dystopian future or enter their worlds of dragons, witches, spirits, elves, trolls, and magicians.

The contributors are: Carmen Baca, Brandy Bonifas, David Bowmore, Steve Carr, P.C. Darkcliff, R.A. Goli, Shawn Klimek, Mark Kodama, Giuseppina Marino Leyland, Zhen Liu, Lynne Phillips, Sam M. Phillips, Daniel Craig Roche, Copper Rose, L.T. Waterson, and G. Allen Wilbanks.

Edited by DW Brownlaw and P. C. Darkcliff

Dark X-Mas Holiday Drabbles: 100 Word Holiday Horror Stories

I'm dreaming of a Dark Christmas

With every little tale that I read

When the knife blades glisten

And scared children listen

To hear slayers in the night

Where sugarplums can be gory

In the frightening elf story

And trees eat favorite household pets

There are gifts on all the pages

Of terror through the ages

Told of gift giving regrets

I'm dreaming of a Dark Christmas

With every little tale I read

While the bright lights shine

And the family dines In the soft fireplace glow

So hold loved ones tight

It's not Santa visiting tonight

Death lies buried in the snow.

The holiday season isn’t all fun and games.100 word holiday horror stories from dozens of authors. From dark and disturbing, morbid humor or guts and gore, these stories have it all.

How will you celebrate the holidays?

Treasure Chest: Selected Short Stories

Zombie Pirate Publishing was founded in February 2017 with a simple dream: to print great quality books filled with fantastic stories from authors all around the world. Ten releases later, we’ve published more than three hundred amazing stories.
In this special collection we’ve gathered some of our favourites.
We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did.

Inside you'll find twenty short stories taken from our first nine anthologies.

Bubbles in the Drina - Blake Jessop
Cœur de Dieu Mécanique - Lannah Marshall
Captain's Dinner - Shawn M. Klimek
Mandy Villanova Loves her Work - Mel Lee Newmin
The Hunters – Sam M. Phillips
The Butcher of Blengarth - David Bowmore
Jackson's Revenge - Adam Bennett
The Seance of Madame Moreau - Jonathan Inbody
Moon Shrine - Rich Rurshell
Gums - Daniel Craig Roche
Dude, Where's My Dong? - Laurel Bucholz
The Confluence - Pat Woods
Associate Boogeyman - Brandon Scott
The Pain of Responsibility - P. A. O'Neil
Run – M. W. Brown
Gotcha - Dan Combs
Pastrami - Don Shore
Joey - James Pyles
The Flat Cap - Isabella Fox
Infestation - Brian MacGowan

Eerie Christmas

Christmas tales of darkness and horror to fill your stockings this holiday season. What horrors lie in wait on this special night? What macabre monstrosities might manifest? What evil lurks in every rooftop display?

Terrifying Christmas tales never told before.

Forest of Fear

The moon is high, and the darkness teams with nightmares.

It’s All Hallows’ Eve…do you dare go out, risking life and limb, for a sweet treat? Will you answer the call of the night?

Sate your seasonal hunger, and sink your teeth into this delectable collection of 101 bites of Halloween horror!


Flash fiction is often a small, vivid illustration or incident which fades into a larger, wider, unspoken background. The power lies in the unsaid, the inferred, the after-thrill which comes as the ephemeral piece ends, leaving you, the reader, transfixed and transformed.

Enjoy this set of sixty experiences, brought to you by new and established authors from around the world.


Murder mysteries, criminal chronicles, whodunnits, revenge, suspicion, mayhem, intrigue, and lots more.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.

GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM: A Hardboiled Anthology

A shadowy silhouette stands beyond a lone street light, the brim of a hat pulled low. Their glowing cigarette tip flashes off dark, intense eyes. In the distance, sirens wail, but they’re already too late. Blood pools around a body, and smoke coils up from the barrel of the murder weapon.

But who pulled the trigger?

The hardboiled detective is back, mixed in with mafiosos, murderers, crime lords, and femme fatales. Right where they feel at home.

Inside GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM you’ll find thrilling tales of violence, deception, mystery, and murder. Here, classic hardboiled crime takes on a new twist in the hands of an international syndicate of hard-bitten wordslingers. Now it’s a race against time to solve the case. Can you find the killer before they find you?

DEEP SPACE: An Adventure into Science Fiction

Travel through the universe discovering the possibilities of the unknown and exploring the infinite worlds of the future...and sometimes the past.

Twenty talented authors bring you a dynamic collection of science fiction and space epics in one amazing collection.

A cadet onboard her colony’s last hope for survival must overcome her tragic loss and endure the extremities of cargo hauling in Deep Space, or suffer the same fate as her unlucky crewmates.

A translator on the only exploratory spacecraft funded by a reality TV show dodges the constant cameras while her crewmates grind the gossip gears. She spends the one-way trip piecing together the secret of their destination and finds more than the answer to her life-long search for belonging.

Earth is but a dire souvenir for those old enough to remember it. When Captain Ericson's ship crashed on an unknown planet, seemingly sharing the same properties as Earth, he thinks he has made the greatest discovery of all time: a new home to mankind. That is until the planet reveals its darkest secrets.

Cybernetically enhanced trooper Dared Locke (codename Dreadlock) and his team are sent in to bring a known terrorist leader and xeno-biologist Professor to justice, but they find creatures beyond imagination that lead them to a final confrontation.

And many more.

Discover who shares the universe with us...because we're not alone...

STORMING AREA 51: Survivor Stories (BHP Writers' Group Special Edition Book 1)

Are you game enough to join The Storm? Explore the unique, horrifying and entertaining exploits and tales of the survivors from the Storm on Area 51. Perhaps what lies hidden, should sometimes remain so...

When an unsuspecting young man from California instigates a comedic social media campaign to storm Area 51—the site of alien legend—little does he realise that this small action will bring about the end of the world as we know it.

Millions of people line up outside the gates of the military base in Rachel, Nevada, and when the Storming begins, it’s a bloodbath.

“The screaming...the blood...the bits of flesh... I'll never forget it.” - Emily Sparrow, 28

“I thought the Naruto run could outrun bullets. I was wrong. We were all wrong.” - Sexy_Kikashi_69

“Took me nineteen years, but I can finally say with certainty that aliens impregnated my wife. Mother f*****s.” - Earl Justice, 64

“The Donald sent me here. He's counting on me. I'm gonna make history.” - Kyle Koch, 48

The secrets hidden within the high security facility were unleashed upon the world with devastating effects for the whole of humanity.

This is the story of the ensuing alien invasion that almost wiped out the human populace on Earth, the struggle to rebuild, and the final annihilation.

BEYOND: A Paranormal Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles Book 4)

Micro myths of the paranormal; poltergeists, spirit boards, ghosts and ghouls, avenging apparitions and horrifying hauntings.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.

Tempest: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology 2019

You’ll find dragons and other mysterious beasts aplenty in this book, along with spaceships and ray guns and witches and robots and futures good and bad.

You’ll sometimes be shocked and chilled; at other times, you’ll be amused and touched.

Step into universes which both extend our own and which lead far beyond the beaded curtain of the stars into worlds we have never known.

MONSTERS: A Horror Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles)

Wendigos, vampires, things that go bump in the night or hide under the bed, witches, demons, upirs, kelpies, toad people, zombies, sirens and hundreds of other tiny terrifying tales.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.

Curses & Cauldrons: An Anthology of Witchcraft Microfiction

Over 200 tiny dark tales of magic, mischief, murder, mayhem & madness...

You do not want to get on the wrong side of these witches! Let us cast a spell on you... with just 100 words.

Featuring: Zoey Xolton, Umair Mirxa, Shawn M. Klimek, Gabriella Balcom, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, Terry Miller, Stuart Conover, Stephen Herczeg, Patrick Winters, David Rae & Galina Trefil... + 66 other talented international authors!

Blaze: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Flash Fiction Anthology 2019

Writers are spellbinders, wizards, witches, working their magic with words, entrancing and enchanting us.

Not for nothing does the word ‘spell’ mean a sequence of letters and a form of words used as a magical charm or incantation.

In these tales, the sorcery has been restricted so that its glamour has to work in the space of fifty, five hundred or a thousand words: and work it does, as you will see.

From disturbing darkness to light-hearted laughter, the authors within weave their wizardry, making you weep and laugh, feel and think, shiver and gasp, always wanting to turn the page.

ANGELS: A Divine Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles)

Beatific angels, holy wars, kitty saviours, epic battles between good and evil, devils and demons, fallen angels and many more tantalising tiny tales of blasphemy and piety.

What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?

More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.

WORLDS: A Science Fiction Microfiction Anthology (Dark Drabbles)

Stories of new worlds, new creatures, alien colonisation, humanity's new home, space accidents, alien snackcidents, evil planets, military mashups, alien autopsies, and much, much more.

What miracles can more than one hundred début to best-selling authors do with 100 words?

More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.

Full Metal Horror 2

A shiver creeps down your spine and in an instant your blood runs cold. You can feel eyes on your back as, all of a sudden, you realise...IT’S BACK!

The beast is upon you once more. FULL METAL HORROR has returned, and this time its gleaming metal fangs are dripping guts and gore.

This bloodsplattered book is packed with twenty three short stories from authors all around the world. Inside, vicious vampires, murderous haunted houses, deadly demons, and stone cold killers destined to shock, horrify, and even sicken you.

Beware the bloodstained beast: it bites.

FLASH FICTION ADDICTION: 101 Short Short Stories

A daring pirate raid on a merchant ship ends in disaster. A dominatrix loses her dog. Officers count the terrible cost of human life in the wake of battle. A casting director comes face to face with his childhood bully. And why has a death sentence been issued for everyone named John Smith?

These are but a few of the thrilling tales inside. We've gathered authors from around the world into this compendium of fast fiction fixes. Each of these one hundred and one super short stories can be read in only a few minutes, just enough time as you wait for your high speed transport to arrive and whisk you away to your next adrenaline packed adventure.

This is FLASH FICTION ADDICTION, and there is no cure but to read more!

WORLD WAR FOUR: A Science Fiction Anthology

Einstein said: “I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks
and stones.”
Turns out he was wrong...
WORLD WAR FOUR: A Science Fiction Anthology features twenty explosive short stories from authors all around
the galaxy.
Plus a brand new, exclusive novelette from internationally acclaimed scifi author Neal Asher!


'Delightfully unique’ is an applicable way of describing the tales in this volume. Gold contains all those stories that won the support of readers in the competitions that began with Flashpoint back in March 2018 and proceeded through Galaxy, Storm, Vortex, Window, Carrier Wave, Cadence and Fireburst. It also includes stories from other collections, including Steve Carr’s Sand and Gary Bonn’s Through Another’s Eyes. And, furthermore, there are one or two gems in this book from Rapture, Enigma and Miracle.

In short, you have in your hands the pure ‘gold’ of a selection of tales which have delighted readers already, in their places of origin, but which have proven to have the power to entertain beyond those volumes. Spanning science fiction and fantasy, comedy and literary stories, poetry and magic realism, thrillers and thoughtful tales, Gold is a treasure trove of some of the best short fiction from 2018.


In these 26 stories, over 300 pages, you can experience not only joy over and over again as complex and befuddling lines of enquiry resolve into simplicities, but also see what new and experienced authors have done with the format of the crime, mystery and thriller genres, twisting them in new directions, surprising you in new ways, delighting you with new visions.

From the traditional old-fashioned country houses in which puzzling crimes have detained important guests, to grim and disturbing urban transgressions, to gripping thrillers with unforeseen twists, prepare to be entertained and enthralled. These skilful writers know how to bamboozle you, commanding your attention before you are aware of it, leaving you guessing all the way.

But more than that: you’ll often find within these stories a profound understanding of humanity, both its criminals and its crazies, as well as its heroes and heroines.


The genre of romantic fiction is one which easily conjures cliché images of tall, dark strangers and meetings across crowded rooms.

This anthology blows those clichés apart: here you will find genre-spanning stories which test the outer limits of what romance is, and which also explore its depths in the heart.

Prepare for surprises, passion, energy and a smattering of the unusual; prepare for mini-sagas set in foreign climes, short pieces which evoke amorous devotion, and even some alluring poetry, in one of the most entertaining, thoughtful and heart-warming collections produced this year.


Intense, keen, extreme, sincere, deeply felt, wholehearted - you’ll find stories within ranging from the amusing to the overwhelming, from the earnest to the cute.

Clarendon House has once again drawn together a selection of fabulous talents to weave you into their story worlds so that you will scarcely believe what can be done in less than 2,000 words per tale.

Perfect if you want to relish the moments; ideal if you desire entertainment on-the-run; essential if you’re eager to see what the future has to offer in terms of great writers - this is the book for you.


A whole range is here, from the almost incomprehensible but energetic, to the light-hearted and the profound, to the serene and transcendent. You’ll find poets who are raw in their talent, and others who are well-practised; you’ll discover things that you never dreamed of and have thoughts you could never quite put into words appearing on the page before you.  Enjoy the magic.


If we define ‘literary’ as fiction without barriers, then the book you hold in front of you is a potent and vibrant contradiction. This little book is actually a portal to other worlds, much larger in scope and depth than its size would suggest. Within, you’ll find passion and poetic prose that will haunt you, experimental fiction that will challenge you, tales that will make you laugh, some that will make you cry, and many that will enthral you from beginning to end. The question that may occur to you as you complete this book is ‘Why aren’t these authors all world-famous?’

You were here at the beginning.

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