I'm a writer, teacher, lover of comic books. Here are some of my stories...
Evan Baughfman has always been an avid reader, but his passion for writing began in high school when he won awards for his short stories. Evan then attended University of Redlands, where he wrote, acted in, and directed murder mystery plays as fundraisers for local charities. In May 2006, Evan graduated from U of R with Honors in Creative Writing. Some of his poetry and non-fiction has been published in collegiate literary magazines, such as The Redlands Review (University of Redlands), Myriad (El Camino Community College), and Enjambed (Cal State Dominguez Hills). Many of his plays have been produced across the U.S., from Los Angeles and Washington State to Florida and New York. His work has also been produced in Australia. Numerous examples of his playscripts are available for review on the website, New Play Exchange.
When Evan became a middle school English teacher in Fall 2006, he found new inspiration for his written work. Now, much of Evan’s writing is geared towards a young audience, with the hopes of encouraging reluctant readers to pick up a book or even create their own stories, poems, and plays. He has earned two certifications from the Institute of Children's Literature: “Writing and Selling Children’s Books” and “Writing for Children and Teenagers". His children's play, “R.O.M.3.O. and Julia” (Romeo and Juliet with robots) has been published in PLAYS Magazine (www.playsmagazine.com). His play for young adults, “Lipstick and Heroics,” is available through YouthPLAYS at https://www.youthplays.com/. In addition, his middle grade play, "Percy Pangolin Wants to Go Viral," is published by Heuer Publishing (https://www.hitplays.com). Heuer has also published Evan's play, "A Taste of Amontillado" (an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado").
His short plays, "At the Pool's Edge," "The Pizza Man's Problem," "Nevada Johnson and the Meaning of Life," and "Rumpelstiltskin [Revised]," are all available for download at Theater teacher online resource, Drama Notebook. (https://www.dramanotebook.com)
Evan is also the author of middle grade novels Bad for Your Teeth (about two boys' efforts to thwart the plans of an "evil" dentist) and Victor, Victorious (about a teenage bully turned superhero).
Additionally, Evan is a member of the Horror Writers Association. He has penned a collection of 13 short scary stories tentatively titled Twisted Tales from Edgar Allan Poe Middle School. It will be published in 2020 by Thurston Howl Publications.
From that collection, opening story "Loud Mouths" has been dramatized as a radio play by Chicago's Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium (http://www.smallfishradio.com/) as part of their 2016 horror podcast, The Creatures Inside. Small Fish has also dramatized his horror stories, "Guts" (in 2018 podcast, A Night to Dismember), "The Creaky Door" (in 2017 podcast, Tales of Dread), "Bring Him Back" (in 2015 podcast, A Gathering of Spirits) and "The Faraway Tree" (in 2014 podcast, Not Your Average Horror Show).
His short story, "Ugly Sweater," is part of Grinning Skull Press's 2018 Christmas horror anthology, "O Unholy Night in Deathlehem," and can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Unholy-Night-Deathlehem-Anthology-Holiday-ebook/dp/B07M5VNVWY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546978043&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=o+unholy+night+in+bethlehem All sales from the book go to support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Both stories, "The Creaky Door" and "The Faraway Tree," are available in the October 2017 "Classic Monsters" issue of eZine, The Sirens Call. An updated version of tale "Bring Him Back"--with a new ending!--is published in the December "Undead 2017" issue. Short story "Guts" is published in the July 2018 "Scared Stiff" issue. "The Lost Puppy" can be found in the December 2018 "The Bitter End" issue. All five stories can be viewed for free at http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/
Evan's 100-word, witch-themed horror story can be found in the Blood Song Books anthology, "Curses & Cauldrons," available at https://www.amazon.com/Curses-Cauldrons-Anthology-Witchcraft-Microfiction/dp/1089507100/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1567574510&s=gateway&sr=8-2
His other 100-word horror stories, "Awful Alphabet" and "Your Ride Has Arrived," are available to read for free by Black Hare Press at https://www.blackharepress.com/dark-moments/
Furthermore, Evan has adapted a number of his Twisted Tales into short film screenplays, of which "The Emaciated Man" won Best Overall Short Script at the 2017 International Horror Hotel Film Festival. Also, "The Emaciated Man" placed as a Finalist in 13Horror.com's Film and Screenplay Contest 2017 and was a Top 10 Finalist in Eat Crow Films' 2017 Horror Scriptwriting Competition. "The Tell-Tale Art" placed as a Finalist in Shriekfest L.A. Horror Film Festival's 2017 Short Screenplay Competition and the 2018 South Carolina Underground Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition. It was Best Short Script winner at both the Diabolical Horror Film Festival and the Eerie Horror Film Festival.
Screenplay adaptations of short stories "The Creaky Door" and "A Perfect Circle" have placed as Finalists at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival 2018, International Horror Hotel Film Festival 2018, and Shriekfest L.A. Horror Film Festival 2018.
His original short screenplay, "Slaughter Hearse," is a Finalist at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival 2019, International Horror Hotel Film Festival 2019, and Shriekfest L.A. Horror Film Festival 2019.
Most importantly, Evan is father to son, Mason, and daughter, Story, and is husband to the beautiful and supportive Ashley.