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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The dread Year of the Fire Monkey

Chinese New Year starts today – 2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey. Happy Chinese New Year! Ahh, the Fire Monkey. In Chinese astrology, he is my mortal enemy (I am a Tiger – a Wood Tiger, to be precise, although it’s very important to note I’m not Tiger Woods. Different guy, I swear!). […]

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Apocrypha Sequence: Master Collection

At long last, the four volumes of the Apocrypha Sequence are now in one electronic master collection! This 4-in-1 collection includes the exclusive Insanity story “Elephant in the Room”! Apocrypha Sequence: Master Collection is exclusive to Amazon for just $2.99 (save $1). The Apocrypha Sequence is a series of dark fantasy collections with interwoven themes […]

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Last chance to win!

Love horror? Love dark stories about love, loss, and redemption? Then you’ll want a copy of The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After. The collection is on the preliminary ballot/longlist for the Bram Stoker Awards. It’s filled with a bunch of award-nominated and critically-acclaimed stories. It’s the best thing you’ve never read! The Goodreads giveaway […]

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What stayed in the Cutting Room

Continuing my discussion about The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, here is the history of one of my notable (and notorious) stories, “The Cutting Room”. In January and February 2005, I attended the famous Clarion South writers’ workshop in Brisbane, Australia. It was a very hot and muggy Queensland summer, the air-conditioning was patchy, […]

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Fire and the Phoenix

Fire. For me, it always comes back to fire. I talked about fire in my last post about “The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After”, from the collection of the same name, and tonight, I’m revisiting a story that is not just touched by fire, it is the quintessential story about loss through fire. I consider […]

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