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.

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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

  • 6 Horror Tropes from the Old Testament
    Ghosts and spirits are part of the worldview of the Bible. In the New Testament, the disciples of Jesus thought he was a ghost when he walked on water (Mark 14:26) and when he appeared after his resurrection (Luke 24:39). Peter suffered a similar misidentification when he escaped from prison (Acts 12:15). But it is …

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  • Stories of Heaven That Turn into Hell
    You die. You go to heaven. It seems great. But it’s not quite right. Over time, what’s not quite right becomes very wrong. Almost…hellish.
  • The King Who Was (Literally) Scared Shitless
    The writing is on the wall. God has numbered your kingdom and finished it. You are weighed in the balances and found wanting. You are going to die.