The Abandonment of Grace reviewed in Black Static #61

I recently received a detailed review of The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After from Peter Tennant in Black Static #61 (the UK’s premier dark fiction magazine). Peter reviews each of the stories, but his favourites included: The title story ‘The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After’ has about it something of the film Prophecy […]

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Midnight Echo issue #12 stories selected

The reading period for Midnight Echo issue #12 has closed and all acceptances and rejections have now been sent. My co-editor Anthony Ferguson and I had a great selection of stories to choose from, and issue 12 is shaping up nicely. The future for horror fiction in Australia and New Zealand is looking bright! Thank you […]

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Co-edit an issue of Midnight Echo with me!

Are you an aspiring editor? Would you like to guide the next generation of Australian and New Zealand horror writers? If so, I invite you to co-edit an issue of Midnight Echo magazine with me! This rare and valuable opportunity comes as part of the AHWA mentor program. The program closes tomorrow, so you still […]

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The resurrection of Midnight Echo

It’s official (well, at least Facebook official). I’m the new Executive Editor of Midnight Echo, the magazine of the Australasian* Horror Writers Association. The last issue of Midnight Echo magazine was published in 2015. This was followed up in 2016 by Dead of Night, an anthology I proudly edited on behalf of the AHWA, which […]

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A win for Dead of Night!

Dead of Night: The Best of Midnight Echo won the Australian Shadows Award for Best Edited Publication. Pretty damn awesome! I feel a bit like Saitama, the Caped Baldy: Special mention goes to Mark Smith-Briggs, former AHWA President and my unofficial co-editor. Without your hard work, Dead of Night would have never risen. Thanks, mate!

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Merry Christmas – free ebooks for everyone!

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! To celebrate this year, most of my ebooks are FREE for Christmas on Amazon. If you’ve scored yourself a Kindle for Christmas, fill your stocking with my major works, including The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, The Apocrypha Sequence Master Collection, Shards, and the bestselling anthology Rage Against the […]

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Creative non-fiction: Ghosts of Australia’s Past

I’ve just concluded the first year of my Master’s of Creative Writing course, and I’m having a great time. I’ll post more about that soon, but one of the things that’s come out of the course is new work! One of my units was Creative Non-Fiction, which has opened a world of new possibilities. I’ve […]

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Time to get Schwifty

I don’t tend to talk politics, so my views on the US presidential election would probably surprise people. Trump was elected on a wave of anger, and I share a lot of that anger. I think I’ll expand on my thoughts in a serious, detailed essay soon, but in the meantime, I feel it’s important to […]

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Dead of Night

It’s been a busy year, so I’ve been quiet online since my flurry of posts about The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After. I’m deep into my Master of Creative Writing at Macquarie University (with a view to an eventual PhD) and novel writing, but I’ve snuck in a couple of short stories in between. […]

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An Australian Shadows Award and Everything After

I’m stoked to discover my collection, The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, is a finalist for the Australian Shadows Award (Australia’s top honour for horror fiction). The full list of finalists is on the AHWA site. Congratulations to all! The book has been going great guns: it was recently a finalist for Australia’s major […]

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So close

The finalists for the Bram Stoker Awards were announced the other day, and my collection, The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, missed the cut. I’m disappointed, of course, but I’m proud to have been listed on the preliminary ballot (and for my book to have been included on that ballot by the jury). However, […]

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Revenge of the Ninja!

I like to write action-oriented Japanese fantasy, so I watch (in the name of research) lots of videos of battles, duels, and various shenanigans. In doing so, I came across this super-awesome clip from a movie I thought was one of the best movies I’d ever seen back in the 1980s. It doesn’t age well, […]

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