Welcome to “The Haunted Pen,” the official website of Dave Burnham – dark fiction and horror author. I write chilling short stories, novellas, and novels.

Take some time to explore my site, where you can discover more about my quest to become a published author – and anything else horror related I think you’ll find interesting. I have such sights to show you…

Please contact me directly at dmbhauntedpen (at) gmail.com if you’d like to know more about my writing.


AMERICA’s emerging writers Volume oneThe Haunted Pen - America's Emerging Writers

Featuring my flash fiction story “Two Minutes to Midnight.”

There is a troubling catch-22 that exists in the world of publishing: in order to be published—at least by any of the major houses—you must already have been published. Inevitably, this cycle leaves the aspiring writer with the pressing question of where to begin. This is why, in the winter of 2017, we started our Emerging Writers series—to showcase the work of talented writers and poets across the nation who may otherwise not have had the opportunity.

Nearly two years later, those efforts have culminated in perhaps our most ambitious project to date. In America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, 127 of our favorite up-and-coming writers (representing all 50 states) join together to share their words. Covering a wide array of genres ranging from satire, mystery, comedy, literary fiction and more, these young talents will amaze you. Containing one story per writer, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow.

Available via Amazon and Z Publishing.



The right words are better than 1,000 pictures…

“Sweet! A breath of fresh air!”
DarcWorX on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want

“I loved it. Those monks looking up the definition of ‘celibacy’ on Google nearly made me laugh out loud! More, please!”
Agnieszka Hałas on “A Bad Case of Death – When Drebin Met Marlowe


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