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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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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The music of the Night Land

I said a while back that my story “The Song of Prague” was being published in Japanese in Night Land Quarterly 4. Well, it appears the issue was published this month, and I’m sharing a table of contents with some legendary authors such as H. P. Lovecraft (a reprint of one of my favourites, “The […]

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Random pop culture moment: Flautist

As a writer, you can enter the pop culture zeitgeist in any number of ways. Recently, it’s been through awards (see previous post), but sometimes, it’s random things (like my story “Ian” being listed in the Wikipedia entry for Ian). Today’s random thing is crashing the Merriam Webster online dictionary entry for “Flautist”. Someone took […]

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An Aurealis Award finalist and Everything After

Exciting news of the day: The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After is a finalist for the Aurealis Award (Best Collection). It’s heartening to receive recognition like this for a book that is my most heartfelt – especially on top of being on the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. Of the other finalists, […]

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The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror Kickstarter

Liz and Russell over at Ticonderoga Publications need your help. They are running a Kickstarter campaign to keep the epic Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror anthology series going. Ticonderoga Publications is synonymous with quality, so it’s an endeavour worth your time. Here’s the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/the-years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-6 Having been involved in Brimstone’s Australian Dark Fantasy & […]

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Behind the Black Door

The next story I discuss in my series about The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After is “The Black Door”. The say fear of the unknown is the most powerful and primal fear, and that’s what I wanted to explore with this story. It’s part mystery, part crime thriller, part supernatural confrontation … I view […]

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