Dave-o and and the goat
the author (right) and a goat

David Erik Nelson is an award-winning horror and science-fiction author. His stories have appeared in Tor.com, Asimov's Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Pseudopod, New Voices of Science Fiction, Best Horror of the Year, and elsewhere.

Some of Mr. Nelson’s speculative fiction is available for free online—occasionally without his knowledge or consent (no hard feelings, though). Other bits can be purchased. He blogs, but is getting over it, and will hopefully be well soon.🤞

His Shirley Jackson Award-nominated story “This Place is Best Shunned” is now free to read at Tor.com. Interested in more tales of “abandoned” places with a tendency to keep themselves occupied? Try his short novel There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House.


Having written or edited several hundred reference articles, almost a dozen textbooks, and two DIY books (Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred and Junkyard Jam Band), Mr. Nelson now focuses his freelance energies primarily on marketing, technical and commercial copywriting, and consulting.

David Erik Nelson is available to work on your promotional, educational, informational, or diabolical campaign. Learn more about his freelance writing and consulting services.


Mr. Nelson’s notable stories include There Was a Crooked Man, He Flipped a Crooked House, “Whatever Comes After Calcutta,” “The Traveling Salesman Solution”, and his celebrated steampunk novella “Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate.”

His work has been featured in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, StarShipSofa, and anthologies like The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (Del Rey, 2007), Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (Tachyon, 2010), Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (Tachyon, 2012), and The Best Horror of the Year (Volume 10), (Nightshade, 2018).