I Would Haunt You if I Could, short story collection, Undertow Publications, 2021

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‘The Last Crisis’, short story, in ergot., ed. Samuel M. Moss, 2022

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‘Nothing is Wasted’, short story, in The Dark, ed. Sean Wallace, 2022

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‘Funny Faces’, short story, in The Dark, ed. Sean Wallace, 2022

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'Lucida', short story, in Oculus Sinister, ed. CM Muller, 2020

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'Dollface', short story, in Shadows & Tall Trees Vo. 8, Undertow Publications, 2020

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'The Turn', short story, in Black Static #74, 2020

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‘Other Houses’, novelette, in Black Static #71, 2019

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‘Out of the Blue’, novelette, in Black Static #64, 2018

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‘Sleeptalk’, short story published by Nerve.com, 2016

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'Sister' short story published in Black Static #31, TTA Press, 2012

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'Okay, Bye,' short story in Litro Magazine, 2011

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“Impeccably well written stories of the peculiar and off-kilter, reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates and Alison Moore. Characters ache and fret in disquieting narratives, blurry at the edges. Many writers of the macabre and fragile psychologies claim to inherit the mantle of Poe, but Birnie earns it in spades.”


— Stephen Volk, writer of Ghostwatch, Afterlife, and the Dark Masters Trilogy


“These are strange, paranoid tales, no less dangerous or jagged for the comic matter-of-fact way in which they are told. Birnie's style is deceptively amiable - he ushers you into his thought experiments cheerfully enough, and then blindsides you with accounts of real love, grief and despair. These stories get right under your skin. They unnerve you. They will indeed haunt you.”


— Robert Shearman, author of We All Hear Stories in the Dark


“The images in Birnie's stories burn themselves in because everything works like clockwork, like a beautiful shutter mechanism: sequencing, sentences, voice. This is a collection which establishes its modus operandi early on and reframes and recaptures it with every story… Birnie is a poet of the bony, paranoid labyrinths of human sensation.”


— Gareth Jelley, ed. INTERZONE Magazine & host of INTERMULTIVERSAL


“Filled with thought-provoking, character-driven, psychologically horrific tales that veer slightly and satisfyingly into the weird, this collection is reminiscent of the deeply unsettling and disorienting worlds of Samanta Schweblin and Dan Chaon or the backlist gem Travelers Rest, by Keith Lee Morris.”


— Becky Spratford, LIBRARY JOURNAL


“[Birnie’s] work is, like the best literary horror, rich with allusions to past and present masters. The stories are, luckily for us, also genuinely unnerving, taking readers beyond mere psychological terror into the supernatural and the uncanny. Birnie keeps readers on edge by limiting the perspective of his haunted protagonists, reducing their worlds to landscapes of dread and paranoia…”


— James Grainger, THE TORONTO STAR

Seán Padraic Birnie is a writer & photographer from Brighton, England

Twitter: @seanbirnie

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