About me

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 uppity), I enjoy watching or 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.

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

C S Lewis

Books by Allen

These are the first draft of the front cover of my forthcoming trilogy.

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 Horde: Death and Se Stories from the Bible

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.

A student of English literature who does not know the Bible does not understand a good deal of what is going on in what he reads.

Northrop Frye

Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.

H P Lovecraft