DEL STONE JR. is a professional fiction writer. He is known primarily for his work in the contemporary dark fiction field, but has also published science fiction and scripted comic books. Stone’s stories, poetry and scripts have appeared in publications such as Amazing Stories, Eldritch Tales, and Bantam-Spectra’s Full Spectrum. His short fiction has been published in DAW’s The Year’s Best Horror Stories XXII; Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; the Pocket Books anthology More Phobias; the Barnes & Noble anthologies 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories, Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, and 100 Astounding Little Alien Stories; the Pocket Books anthology Psychos; and other short fiction venues, like Blood Muse, Live Without a Net and Sex Macabre. His most recent work is a novella from Telos titled “Black Tide.” Stone’s comic book debut was in the Clive Barker series of books, Hellraiser, published by Marvel/Epic. He has also published stories in Penthouse Comix, and worked with artist Dave Dorman on many projects, including the illustrated novella “Roadkill,” a short story for the Andrew Vachss anthology Underground from Dark Horse, an ashcan titled “December” for Hero Illustrated, and several of Dorman’s Wasted Lands novellas and comics, such as Rail from Image and “The Uninvited.” Stone’s novel, Dead Heat, won the 1996 International Horror Guild‘s award for best first novel and was a runner-up for the Bram Stoker Award. Stone has also been a semifinalist for the Nebula and Writers of the Future awards. His stories have appeared in anthologies that have won the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award. In 2008 his novella “Black Tide” was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award. “Black Tide” and his short story “Crisis Line” were optioned for film projects.

Stone worked for a newspaper for 41 years, serving as design editor, section editor, and online editor. He won numerous awards for his work, and in 1986 was named Florida’s best columnist in his circulation division by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He won an award of excellence in 1987 for his redesign of the Northwest Florida Daily News. In 2003 he was voted Best of the Best in the category of columnists by Emerald Coast Magazine.

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