Black Friday

This coming Black Friday June 13, the Australian dark fiction landscape will change forever. SF has had its Golden Ages, but now is the time for dark fiction. The Dark Age of Australian horror is nigh. Stay tuned…

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Damn you all to hell!

He was widely acknowledged as one of the greatest actors of all time. Clearly a man of extremes, he was also a gun advocate, a civil rights activist, and a stoic sufferer of Alzheimer’s Disease. At age 84, Charlton Heston has died. Although his presence was commanding in Ben-Hur and similar biblical efforts, I think […]

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Grey

Still here (in black and white, in fact, but it feels more like grey). Of all the strange and morbid things that life can throw out there, the thing that disturbs me the most is that Hayley has now picked my musical tastes: accoustic and emo.

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The state of Oz Sports Chanbara

In case you’ve never heard of Sports Chanbara, here is the only video I could find of Chanbara being practiced in Australia (circa 2004). As it so happens, the training session in the first half of this video appears to take place in my old dojo at the Sutherland PCYC. Many things have changed – […]

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Resolutions

I’ve just returned from a much-needed getaway down in Bussellton, with the batteries now close to recharged. Even with a few days away, there is always plenty of email catching up to do. For 2007, I wish for clarity and ruthlessness. These are my resolutions. Plans are now afoot. PS. With the renewed focus, I […]

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Looking back, looking forward

I’ve become introspective of late, dare I say brooding, in those moments between “gotta do this” and “have to do that”. With the redesign of my website, I’ve had the chance to look back on the ol’ track record as it’s all neatly listed for me, to do the rest on the laurels thing, to […]

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Weaving a new web

The old website at www.jiraiya.com.au has needed a good ol’ overhaul for ages, and in a few spare hours this weekend, I wiped the slate clean and rebuilt the damn thing from scratch. Simple and elegant with an edge of creepy was the goal, and I’m very happy with the result. For all you techos […]

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Horror in Aussie bookstores

Gary Kemble from ABC’s Articulate has been kind enough to do an expose on Brimstone Press’ push to get Australian horror back into bookstores. His interview with me and the state of Australian horror is now online: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200612/s1804935.htm While cruising the web, spend a few moments checking out the fiction, reviews, and interviews at Ticonderoga […]

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Teenage Antichrist angst

My story Memoirs of a Teenage Antichrist has been sold to ASIM and is scheduled to appear in issue #31. It’s my most recently written story, and one of only two stories I’ve written in the last six months, so it’s quite vindicating to see it sold on its first outing in slushworld. Here’s a […]

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ADFH 2007 revised publication list

The revised (and growing) list of publications automatically under consideration by Angela for Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2007 edition: Mags and anthos:Agog Ripping ReadsAndromeda Spaceways Inflight MagazineAntipodean SFAurealis (issue #36 onwards)Arkham TalesBook of Shadows vol 1BorderlandsC0ckDark AnimusEidolon IFlashspec vol 1Hardboiled CthulhuHorror Day anthologyNew CeresShadowed RealmsThe OutcastTiconderoga OnlineWyr[e]d Collections:Through Soft Air by Lee BattersbyTroy by […]

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Submissions for ADFH 2007 edition

For all the horror and dark spec fic writers out there: With the release of Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2006 edition, Brimstone Press is seeking submissions for the 2007 edition. Horror and dark speculative fiction short stories and novelettes published in 2006 by Australians and residents of NZ and the Pacific Islands, as well […]

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Yeah … just yeah

For the longest time I’ve been a slave to this whole blog thing, but for the last week or two I haven’t looked in on the blogosphere. Not once. The whole damn thing is quite liberating – holes have opened up in my schedule! I’m even starting to clear my email backlog! Huzzah! The importance […]

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