Evan Baughfman

My name
is Evan

I'm a writer, teacher, lover of comic books. Here are some of my stories...

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Nightmare/Guess WhoThe Uninvited GuestHot Dog CrisisThe Pizza Man's ProblemSprout Wanted OutAt the Pool's EdgeVictor, VictoriousThe King's New ChildCheesy Teenage HaikusWhen People LookNo Snow, So...The Lion in LoveLoud MouthsWhy is the Mile So Long?Lions, and Tigers, and Bears--Oh, My!Disappearance of the 6th GradeBad for Your Teeth


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/. So is Evan's play for elementary-aged children, "Sprout Wants Out". 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 plays, "A Taste of Amontillado" (an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado") and "Untragically Ever After". His horror scripts for teens, "The Dodo Challenge" and "Fear Pressure," are now available through Next Stage Press (www.nextstagepress.net).

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) So are his plays, "The King's New Child," "The Amazing Rat," "The Missing Unicorn," "Why Crocodile is So Snappy," "Why Pig Likes the Mud," "Gold Gone," and "The Prince and His Zoo".

Left Coast Publishing included his play, "Meet Cute," in its collection, "Screaming Queens": https://www.amazon.com/Screaming-Queens-Left-Coast-Publishing/dp/1732812314/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1576736109&sr=8-1

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 titled THE EMACIATED MAN AND OTHER TERRIFYING TALES FROM POE MIDDLE SCHOOL (https://www.amazon.com/Emaciated-Man-Evan-Baughfman/dp/1945247851/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2LSEI4C385VG0&dchild=1&keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1602351631&sprefix=evan+baughfman%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-2). It is published by Thurston Howl Publications. Evan's stories, "Into the Wind" and "Hundred-Word Horror Games," are also published in Thurston Howl books, "Nefarious Nature" and "Gruesome Games," respectively (http://thurstonhowlpub.storenvy.com/).

Evan's "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, "A Familiar Feeling" and "Exterminate" (in 2019 podcast, Approximately 60-Minute Variety Show: Horror Edition), "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. Evan's "Home Sweet Home" was published in GSP's 2020 anthology, "Santa Claws is Coming to Deathlehem".

His tale, "This Little Piggy," is published in the anthology, "UnLeashed: Scary Stories of Furry Friends," by Emerald Bay Books. https://www.amazon.com/UnLeashed-Scary-Stories-Furry-Friends-ebook/dp/B085BD479L/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1587326237&sr=8-3

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. Seven of Evan's dark drabbles were published in the October 2020 and December 2020 issues. All of these stories can be viewed for free at http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/

"Colp" magazine has published his story, "It's a Zoo in There" https://www.amazon.com/Colp-Nonsense-Gypsum-Sound-Tales/dp/1793909881/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1576736193&sr=8-4 and "The Creaky Door" https://www.amazon.com/Colp-Solitude-Gypsum-Sound-Tales/dp/1695320727/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1576736235&sr=8-5

Evan's "Guts" is published in Gypsum Sound Tales's collection, "Amongst Friends": https://www.amazon.com/Amongst-Friends-Gypsum-Sound-Tales-ebook/dp/B085LDL82C/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1587326026&sr=8-3

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

Blood Song Books also published Evan's stories, "Skipping Stones" and "Security System Down," in its "Forest of Fear- Volume 1" and five more of his stories in "Volume 2". Evan's story, "Mercy," in the BSB anthology, "Harvest - Volume 1". https://www.amazon.com/Harvest-Farmhouse-Horror-Anthology-Duology/dp/B08BGLCLGL/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=harvest+blood+song+books&qid=1593535290&sr=8-2

His other 100-word horror stories, "Fragile," "Oil Slick," "Exterminate," "Awful Alphabet" and "Your Ride Has Arrived," are available to read for free by Black Hare Press at https://www.blackharepress.com/dark-moments/ Black Hare Press has published Evan's tale, "Transatlantic Plight," in its collection, "Twenty Twenty" https://www.amazon.com/TWENTY-Australian-Bushfires-Charity-Writers/dp/1925809498/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1582899512&sr=8-6 and has published Evan's "Wolves of the Sea," "Flotsam," and "Chum," in its anthology, "Oceans": https://www.amazon.com/OCEANS-Dark-Microfiction-Anthology-Drabbles-ebook/dp/B0861JY24S/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1587326106&sr=8-6

Soteira Press published his tale, "Just Plants" in "The Monsters We Forgot: Volume 1": https://www.amazon.com/MONSTERS-WE-FORGOT-1-ebook/dp/B081LMVLFT/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=evan+baughfman&qid=1576735995&sr=8-8

Evan's shark-infested story, "Afloat," has been published in anthology, "Worth 1,000 Words". (available on Amazon)

Furthermore, Evan has adapted a number of his Terrifying 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," was a Finalist at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival 2019, International Horror Hotel Film Festival 2019, and Shriekfest L.A. Horror Film Festival 2019. It was also a Finalist in the 2019 Killer Shorts screenwriting competition and a Semi-Finalist in the Zed Fest 2019 short screenwriting competition.

His short screenplay, "Open Mic Night," was a Finalist in the 2020 Nightmares Film Festival screenplay competition. It also placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 New York City Horror Film Festival screenwriting competition.

Most importantly, Evan is father to son, Mason, and daughter, Story, and is husband to the beautiful and supportive Ashley.

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