I curate ancient stories and cultivate them into new tales.

allen baird

About Allen

I’m a story lover from Northern Ireland. I’m moved by stories. I use them in life and business. And I’ve even started to invent some of my own. I’d love to talk with you about what stories mean and get your feedback on my work here.

I relate to stories in different ways. As a couch potato (‘connoisseur’ sounded too smug), I enjoy watching and reading them. As a curator, I select and present stories made by others for your enjoyment. As a critic, I love to get behind them, looking for patterns and tropes. And as a creator, I’m starting to try my hand at making – or finding? – some of my own.

Allen is a fan of…

Allen’s Narrated Short Stories

I’ve had some of my short stories published in fantasy and sci-fi anthologies. My plan is to present new stories here for you to read. And if there’s enough interest, I’ll narrate them for the fun of it and see how they sound in my dulcet Northern Irish twang.

Books by Allen

These are the first drafts of the front covers for my forthcoming books. Art thanks to @PeterIainHogg1

The Army of the Dead: Ghost and Horror Stories from the Bible


The Dragon in the Sea: Fantasy and Space Stories from the Bible


The Killer and His Hoard: Death and Sex Stories from the Bible


If the dark and monstrous side of fairy tales can be proved to exist, who can be sure that the blessed side doesn’t exist too?

Frederick Buechner

Allen’s Blog

  • The Theology of Cosmic Horror
    Is Cthulhu a monster or an alien? That is the question of cosmic horror. He is a high priest, an abomination, and a god. That is the answer of theology!
  • The Holy Mystery – Both Fearful and Fascinating
    Holiness isn’t what you think it is. It’s not rituals and rules. It’s a mystery that is both fearful and fascinating, a mixture of horror and wonder, a blend of Stephen King with The Return of the King!
  • Sinners in the Hands of Jonathan Edwards
    According to Jonathan Edwards, you don’t have to wait until you die to go to hell. Right now, as you’re reading this, hell is reaching up to grab you!