Steve Doyle

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead & rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” —Benjamin Franklin I like to collaborate with photographers and visual artists to combine my poetry with their work and enter shows. Sometimes I'll write something to go with a drawing or photo, sometimes a visual artist will want to illustrate something I've written. Feel free to do that, just share your work with me, too. I have also done commissioned works for people to give as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Once a poem is matted and framed it usually makes a good presentation, especially when paired up with visual artwork. I have actually won awards at art shows for such work. I have had one poem published in an anthology and intend at some point to produce a couple of my own books. Favourite music Anything by the Moody Blues

The Lion and the Bear

This is a Christmas present for my friend Saana from Finland. Sisu is a uniquely Finnish term defined as a special strength and persistent determination; a resolve to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity…an almost magical quality, a combination of stamina, perseverance, courage, and determination held in reserve for hard times.

The Note in the Bottle

This has basis in an actual event. The Mary Celeste was a ship that embarked from New York to Italy in 1872. She was later found completely seaworthy but without a soul aboard. For more on this see:

The Sound from the Attic

This is a ghost story.

My Mistake

This story is from the perspective of the ghost of a suicide. Though short, it is meant to be an emotionally powerful story.

Destruction of a Vampire

A Vatican Librarian documents the annihilation of a vampire on the island of Chios in Greece.

Bad Blood

The good doctor must choose between two evil forces.

The Memory Preservation Project

This is my contribution to James Bowers Project #6 - Artificial Intelligence.

The Apple

One little apple...

The Floridian Fountain

In 1531 Juan Ponce de Leon was killed by Calusa Indians as he explored Southern Florida. Rumor has it that he searched for the Fountain of Youth. He never found it, but what if...


The narrator of this little story is the ghost of a fourteen year old girl.

Beyond the Black Mirror

The rest of the story of "The Black Mirror".

Final Victory

When I read the Catharist belief that procreation is Satan's work and shouldn't be practiced I started thinking: What if everyone adopted that belief and no more children were born? Ultimately... Notes Information concerning Catharist beliefs came from The Medieval Source Book. The xenophongroup provided the history of the Albigensian Crusades.

Run Little Stick Men

This was inspired by a drawing my friend Crymson-Rayne drew a while ago, which can be viewed here


This was written for the 130th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863. In attendance are 2 very special delegates - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1825) & Benjamin Franklin(1706-1790) - they're concerned about their country during this time of civil conflict, and have appeared to hear what President Lincoln has to say...

I Miss

This is a vampiric poem of love.

The Black Mirror

A butler explains what happened when his employer dabbled in the "black arts".

The Magic Lamp

Typical genii in a bottle story. Written The Herscher Project #11 'Careful what you wish for...'