Hey there. Yeah, you. Come over here and skulk in the shadows with me. Here’s the deal – are you looking for some writing that’s dark, maybe a little twisted, and unexpected? You are? I know a guy who can give you what you need to scratch that itch. Stick around. You’re in the right place to satisfy your craving.

Welcome to my world – The Haunted Pen, the official website of David M. Burnham, author of dark fiction and horror. I write flash fiction, short stories, novellas, and novels (soon) that instill fear and doubt into your mind because real hauntings have nothing to do with ghosts.

Take some time to explore the site. Here you can learn more about my journey on the path to becoming a published author – and anything else writing-related I think may be of interest to you. My work starts out dark and the more I write, it becomes progressively darker. However, there’s one constant throughout my work:

Death never plays by the rules.

Contact me at David (at) thehauntedpen.com if you’d like to know more.


America’s Emerging Suspense Writers:
Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania

This anthology from Z Publishing features my short story “Chop Shop.”

“America’s Emerging Suspense Writers: Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania,” highlights 13 up-and-coming mystery, action, and thriller writers from Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania.

According to the publishers, the book is a “compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow. This anthology will keep you on the edge of your seat.”

Available via Amazon and Z Publishing.



The right words are better than 1,000 pictures…

“Very creepy, Dave. So of course I like it!”
J.H.Moncrieff on “Lilith.

“If you love Horror, you will absolutely love this!
It drew me into the story from the very first words, a must read for horror fans!”
Dene Stark on “The Mask That Always Smiles.”

“A very well written horror and mystery story from a talented author. He definitely has a gift for words. You won’t want to go out into the woods alone after reading this.
The story is spooky as hell.”
Katherine Burke on “He’s Making A List.”

“Well constructed, well written and scary but not in the typical gory way. Kept me very entertained, I savored each and every word.”
Steven Grant on “Purgatory Road.”

“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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