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I am an artist, book blogger, poet and reviewer. I’m also an advocate for mental health and independent writing, and have spoken openly about my experiences with mental illness and prejudice. I write poetry, short stories and fiction in various genres for teens and adults. Growing up between a clash of urban fluorescence and raw, haunted nature, strong dichotomy has and will always colour my life and writing. I call my growing portfolio “dream horror” as a whole, but I like to dabble in most genres. Dark, psychological and romantic themes tend to be prominent in my work.

Some of my influences are Junji Ito, William Golding, Kelly Link, Ryu Murakami, Shinya Tsukamoto, Maya Angelou, Dan Wells, A.G. Howard, Neil Gaiman, Suehiro Maruo and Edward Gorey.


You can find both my self-published and traditionally published books on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and other online booksellers, in most regions. See the links above for where to find more. I only began writing on a serious basis in 2018, so there is more upcoming work than completed at this time.

Book reviewing is a hobby I picked up on whim – being an extremely avid reader I figured I may as well share what I think on my books or else have the thoughts corrode. I stick to similar genres, notably horror, mysteries, young adult (both vintage and modern), poetry, science fiction, and fantasy. I love my books in neapolitan flavours, however, and am apt to pick up anything on sheer impulse.

I rate on a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the literary equivalent of sixteen metric tons of elephant vomit seasoned with chocolate-stuffed corpses and 5 being extraordinary bits of heaven’s lyrics. My reviews are foremost, sketches of my personal interpretations, so the ratings can sometimes be ill-matched or arbitrary because a number does not quite suffice for the vision I got from the book. I no longer take review requests through Blood Red Velvet, so please do not send them.

I am a professional reviewer for NetGalley and Realistic Poetry International. In 2019, I was given an award of recognition from Realistic Poetry International for my review work and promotion of indie poets. My poetry has appeared in the publications Radium Piano Band, Infernal Ink and Horror Sleaze Trash. Please consider supporting my self-produced books and artwork through the Ko-Fi link above.

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Blood Red Velvet © SM Shuford 2017-2019 All reviews, artwork and writing is ownership of this blog and its creator, with the exception of certain book covers, as well as some book and media images used for review, education and entertainment purposes.