Hi – I’m Sam and I write fiction. Sometimes horror and ghost stories, sometimes gothic or historical, but always dark and atmospheric. Check out my work, and get in touch below.
Follower – who is this, who is coming?
Photo: Taofeek Obafemi-Babatunde on Unsplash
Hurry Up Please, It’s Time – who are these travellers on a lonely road?
My short stories and articles have been published in online magazines The Quiet Reader, Coffin-Bell, Horla.org, SublimeHorror.com, Storgy.com, Schlock.co.uk as well as in the printed anthologies Oxford’s Haunted and Departures and Arrivals.
Highly commended in the 2019 Manchester Fiction Prize for “Dead End”.
My story “The Hunting of the Masu’wa” was longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award 2019.
“The Librarian” won 3rd prize in the ChipLitFest short story competition 2019, judged by Nicholas Royle.
Get in touch
Follow me on Twitter @SamDerby9 or get in touch via the contact form; or I can often be found at meetings of the Oxford Writing Circle.
I’ve studied, lived and worked in Oxford, UK, for about 25 years. My major inspirations are Shirley Jackson, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe and MR James though I am also a huge fan and occasional scholar of 18th century literature, especially Alexander Pope and Christopher Smart.