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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Our Wings are Burning

On the crest of fire Our wings are burning To the wind’s anthem All is lost but hope I’ve been using the Black Box audio CD as my writing soundtrack recently. It’s an awesome selection of atmospheric Australian rock and goth, and I’ll always be thankful to Talie Helene for putting that soundtrack together. A […]

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The Grand Experiment ground rules

I mentioned ‘the Grand Experiment’ earlier this month (and I should probably stop using the quotation marks now I’ve established the name), so here are the ground rules: At the end of this month, I’ll be self-publishing seven (7!) e-books directly onto Amazon (via their Digital Text Platform, an excellent tool for self-publishing authors) and […]

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Prelude to the Grand Experiment

Hi folks, Welcome to 2011. I hope Christmas and New Year’s was kind to you and yours, particularly if you’ve been going through a rough patch lately. Me? I’m optimistic about the new year and looking forward to what life has in store! So much so, I’m planning a major new project: the ‘Grand Experiment’. […]

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Phoenix burns through the Static

Black Static is an awesome magazine. It’s the UK’s long-running pro dark fiction mag, and it’s a class act all the way. One of the best sections in Black Static is Peter Tennant’s Case Notes reviews. His reviews are always detailed and insightful (in fact, many would-be reviewers could learn a thing or two from […]

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Returning to active duty

[Edit: anyone arriving on this post looking for gay porn – or ‘Active Duty Shane’ in particular – should click here] I”ve just returned from a relaxing recharge over in Bali. It was my first trip there, but given that we had the time and the money – and that it’s practically a requirement for […]

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Wild Wolves

Greg Chapman put me onto this song, “Wild Wolves” by Athlete, which has an amazing convergence of themes and imagery with my novella Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves. If you’re reading the novella, it would be worth your while to listen to this song!

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The Ditmar show comes to end (for now)

So the Ditmar Awards have now closed to nominations for another year. I expect the shortlisted finalists will be announced in August. A hearty ‘good onya’ to everyone who nominated and best of luck to everyone who is in contention. I’ll be fascinated to see the composition of this year’s shortlist. This also concludes my […]

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Interim spruik

In case you’re wondering what happened to the Ditmar posts, I’ve been away for several days attending a friend’s wedding in Geraldton. The wedding was festive, and our time in Geraldton was better than I’d expected. Before I return to the Ditmar stuff (tomorrow, most likely), I thought now was a timely moment to remind […]

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Phoenix on Specusphere

Katherine Petersen has added to the Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves love with another positive review, this time on the Specusphere. I’ve always thought the plot to Phoenix was a bit convoluted to explain, but Katherine has done a great job in covering the basics. Does this sound like something you’d read: “Australian magickal […]

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Phoenix has been Dark Scribed

Yet another review of Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves has appeared online. This time, it was courtesy of Michelle Lee at the outstanding Dark Scribe Magazine. Michelle has nothing but awesome things to say … Damnation Books has been putting out a number of good, solid reads thus far in its brief history. But […]

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Bushfires vs nuclear holocaust

Another Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves review has hit the web, and this time, it’s a bit of a mixed one. HorrorNews reviewer Anton Cancre (a delightfully outre name, don’t you think? Although I’m in no position to dissect outre names!) appreciated the realism of Damon’s post apocalyptic plight (which is heartening to read as […]

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