All collections listed below are designed and edited by Michael Bailey, and published independently by Written Backwards, unless specified otherwise.

Scales and Petals by Michael Bailey – $10.95 (fiction / poetry; 214 pages; cover artwork by John Hornor Jacobs).

Inkblots and Blood Spots by Michael Bailey – $15.95 (fiction / poetry; 256 pages; illustrations and cover artwork by Daniele Serra, introduction by Douglas E. Winter). Published by Villipede Publications.

The Confessions of St. Zach (Cal Wild: Book 1) by Gene O’Neill $21.95 (fiction; 380 pages; illustrations by Orion Zangara, introduction by John R. Little). Published by Written Backwards, an imprint of Dark Regions Press.

The Burden of Indigo (Cal Wild: Book 2) by Gene O’Neill – $17.95 (fiction; 278 pages; illustrations by Orion Zangara, introduction by Lisa Morton). Published by Written Backwards, an imprint of Dark Regions Press.

Bones Are Made To Be Broken by Paul Michael Anderson – $22.95 (fiction; 438 pages; illustrations and cover artwork by Pat R. Steiner, introduction by Damien Angelica Walters). Published by Written Backwards, an imprint of Dark Regions Press.

The Near Future (Cal Wild: Book 3) by Gene O’Neill – $18.95 (fiction; illustrations by Orion Zangara, introduction by Megan Arcuri. Coming soon!

The Far Future (Cal Wild: Book 4) by Gene O’Neill – $19.95 (fiction; illustrations by Orion Zangara, introduction by Scott Edelman. Coming soon!

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This collection features 14 works of fiction by Paul Michael Anderson, including “All That You Leave Behind,” “To Touch the Dead,” “Love Song for the Rejected,” and a title novella written specifically for this book. Every story within is illustrated by artist/author extraordinaire Pat R. Steiner, who created the artwork for Qualia Nous Illustrated. The stories in Bones Are Made To Be Broken are a speculative blend of horror, science fiction, and unfiltered emotion. As Marge Simon puts it, “Anderson’s style is tensely exciting. This collection is a treasure for any horror or dark SF fan’s library.” Gene O’Neill sums up this collection with “Paul Michael Anderson writes like no other writer in dark fiction. Simply, he writes a Paul Michael Anderson story—the highest compliment any serious writer can hope to achieve.”



  • Crawling Back to You
  • Survivor’s Debt
  • Baby Grows a Conscience
  • A Nice Town with Very Clean Streets
  • The Doorway Man
  • Love Song for the Rejected
  • The Universe is Dying
  • Surviving the River Styx
  • The Agonizing Guilt of Relief – Last Days of a Ready-Made Victim (novelette)
  • Reflecting the Heart’s Desire
  • To Touch the Dead
  • In the Nothing-Space, I Am What You Made Me
  • Bones Are Made to Be Broken (novella)
  • All That You Leave Behind (novelette)
  • Grownups (bonus in deluxe edition)


  • Pay Attention (You Are Losing)


  • “An absolute must-read collection.” – Unnerving Magazine
  • “Every tale has one thing in common: Anderson’s ability to craft a compelling, thought-provoking, dark and beautifully heart-breaking story displaying the darkest depths of the human soul.” – This is Horror
  • “…overall [Bones are Made to be Broken is] a solid entry by a young, extremely talented storyteller that I hope to be reading more of in the future.” – Lit Reactor

Inkblots and Blood Spots

From the mind of award-winning author and editor Michael Bailey comes Inkblots and Blood Spots (published by Villipede), a painfully beautiful collection of short stories and poetry that reaches deep into the imagination, breaking hearts and boundaries along the way…

In a lyrical and uninterrupted dance, Bailey entwines evocative literary short fiction with rhythmic poetry and comes full circle in one seamless collection. His stellar performance is accompanied by the stunning artwork of Daniele Serra, winner of the British Fantasy Award, and an Introduction by the legendary Douglas E. Winter.


Stories include the Bram Stoker nominated “Fireman / Primal Tongue,” which also received an Honorable Mention for Year’s Best Horror; “Dandelion Clocks,” a haunting, melodic tribute to the tragedy of 9/11; “I Wanted Black,” where a young boy’s birthday is anything but cause to celebrate; “Mum,” a tale of two sisters unfolding like the bandages on their mother’s badly burned body…

Take a surreal stroll through a carnival in “Underwater Ferris Wheel,” where the biggest attraction may be your last ride; witness a pregnant woman’s harrowing encounter with soul-stealing faerie in “Not the Child”; and find out why it gets cold in a little girl’s room at night when she sees “A Light in the Closet.”



  • Hiatus
  • Bootstrap / The Binds of Lasolastica
  • A Light in the Closet
  • Mum
  • Skinny
  • Not the Child
  • Scrub
  • Eavesdropping
  • It Tears Away
  • The Dying Gaul
  • The Mascot
  • Coulrophobic
  • Underwater Ferris Wheel
  • I Wanted Black
  • Fireman / Primal Tongue
  • Dandelion Clocks (novelette)


  • Beneath Clouds
  • Alive
  • The Two of You
  • Bogey
  • Sticks and Bones
  • Void
  • Simon the Parasite
  • Ink
  • Listen to Me
  • All but the Things that Cannot be Torn
  • Twisted
  • Secret Smile
  • Open Auras
  • Though it Rains
  • Countdown to Null
  • Not Responding
  • Whisper Dance


  • Inkblots and Blood Spots made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.
  • “Dandelion Clocks” made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction.
  • “It Tears Away” made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction.
  • “Fireman/Primal Tongue” was nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards Superior Achievement in Short Fiction.


  • “I first encountered Michael Bailey’s work at the Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp. His writing stood out immediately—vibrant, bold, and bursting with original concepts. He showed me he was a writer willing to bypass all the familiar territories and stake out a new narrative landscape all his own. With this collection of dynamic stories and poems, he will show you as well.” —Thomas F. Monteleone
  • Inkblots and Blood Spots is a smart collection of stories that evoke real fear, because they’re grounded in emotional truth. Michael Bailey has that rare ability to terrify readers and break their hearts—often in the same paragraph.” —Norman Prentiss, Bram Stoker Award winner, author of Invisible Fences
  • “Most writers are either stylists or story-tellers. The stylists tend to be more common in literary fiction, the storytellers more common in genre work. Michael Bailey’s prose is highly accessible, but very precise . . . he’s a stylist, his prose very clean. Michael is indeed a very literate storyteller. His stories are always darkly sharp-edged in tone, texture, and delivery, easily appropriate for genre fiction. But perhaps most important, his stories are about something . . . each one is built on a meaningful, engaging, intellectual premise. I highly recommend this short story collection, which includes some compelling and delightful poetry.” —Gene O’Neill, The Cal Wild Chronicles
  • “Artfully executed. A unique and powerful contribution to speculative literature.” —Tim Deal, Shroud Quarterly
  • “Between e-books, Amazon, and new presses springing up seemingly overnight these days, a reader can easily end up with choice overload. Luckily, fans of both traditional horror and the more subtle, complex terrors of the psychological kind need look no further than Michael Bailey’s Inkblots and Blood Spots. His short story and poetry collection is a cornucopia of dark, diverse treasures: richly detailed historical fiction like “The Dying Gaul,” a re-imagining of characters from Lord Byron’s poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage; psychological thrillers like “A Light in the Closet,” in which a little girl receives a most unusual, yet perhaps not entirely unexpected, nocturnal visitor; classic Gothic chillers like “I Wanted Black,” about one man’s harrowing reckoning with the past; genre-defying stories like the Fahrenheit 451-inspired “Fireman / Primal Tongue” and the sci-fi/horror
    nightmare “Bootstrap;” as well as more traditional sleep-withthe-lights-on stories like “The Mascot” and “Not the Child.” With Inkblots and Blood Spots, Michael Bailey delivers the kind of startlingly original, beautifully imagined, and deeply affecting stories that linger long in the mind, and even longer in the psyche.” —B.E. Scully, author of the critically acclaimed novel Verland: The Transformation and the upcoming novella The Eye That Blinds
  • “This collection of captivating stories and poems is both haunting and poignant. Filled with love and loss, the weight of these resolutions echoes out into the darkness with a heartbreaking permanence.” —Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration
  • “With Inkblots and Blood Spots, Michael Bailey gives us a dazzling assortment of stories and poems. They bleed into our souls like knives and leave us breathless. Bailey is a fabulous writer, unique and fresh, and these stories are his best. Go buy this book. Now. You don’t want to miss this one. It has my highest recommendation.” —John R. Little, Bram Stoker Award winning author of DarkNet, Miranda, and The Memory Tree
  • “Michael Bailey continues to amaze. He is on track to becoming his generation’s Ray Bradbury.” —F. Paul Wilson


Michael Bailey’s first short story and poetry collection was published soon after Phoenix Rose. The stories within are categorized as psychological horror, and the poems are dark in nature. Published in March 2010 by Written Backwards, this book contains thirteen short stories and thirteen poems within 196 pages, an important number revealed in the novel Palindrome Hannah.

The sick imagination of Michael Bailey brings you thirteen dark poems and thirteen tales of the macabre that will make you think twice before turning your room dark for the night. A young woman chews her fingernails raw, unable to stop; a television set dangles from an apartment complex window;  a large chest is found containing only a banded bouquet of wilted flowers; a stitched bear named Thatch bleeds at the neck, his stuffing torn out; a man wakes up duct-taped to a mammoth wooden chair.

Between writing the novels Palindrome Hannah and Phoenix Rose, Michael Bailey penned and published a number of these dark short fiction and poetry pieces, some of which can be found in literary magazines and  anthologies  around the world.  A few of these fallen dragon scales and flower petals, as he likes to call them, are reprinted here, while others are seeing print for the first time, hand selected and arranged by the author. Once you crack the spine, there’s no going back.



  • Plasty
  • Habit
  • Defenestrate
  • Wilted Flowers
  • Without Face
  • The Shower Curtain Man
  • Fix
  • Golden Rule
  • Empty Canvas
  • Unstitched Love
  • The Girl in the Red Flower Pattern Dress
  • Brick House
  • The Trial Chair (novelette)


  • The Seed, Part One
  • Lost
  • Mon Autumn
  • Moth
  • The Box
  • Strangers
  • The Hand
  • Feast of Crows
  • The Most Beautiful Place
  • War
  • Black
  • The Betrayer
  • The Seed, Part Two


  • International Book Awards, Winner – Fiction: Short-Story Fiction (2011)
  • USA Best Book Awards, Winner – Fiction: Short-Story (2011)


“Talk about disturbing. If you’re looking for a quick summer read, if you’re looking for something easy-going with a few cheap scares, then look elsewhere. Scales and Petals is a collection of poetry and fiction that dangles hope like a carrot on a stick and delights in yanking it away.”Dark Recesses Press

“Bailey’s style is captivating. He has a wonderful way of integrating really over-the-top, out-there horror with mundane, every-day events; so that by the time the reader reaches the end of the story, he/she is entirely off-balance… but in a good way. The man has a powerful hand with a plot line.”Shroud Magazine


The cover artwork was designed by John Horner Jacobs, a fellow writer who attended a writing boot camp with Michael during the creation process of Phoenix Rose. For those interested, the author highly recommends visiting

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