Palahniuk and Imaginarium and Giveaways (Oh my!)

It’s been more than a while since I’ve updated this site — sorry! Lecturing full-time and trying to finish my new book means that some things — namely this here website and my addiction to social media — have been on hiatus. If it’s a choice between writing words here and writing words in the…… Continue reading Palahniuk and Imaginarium and Giveaways (Oh my!)

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Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten

In this month’s column for This Is Horror, I showcase nine of Australia’s best women writers of horror and dark fiction. So much amazing writing happening in Australian speculative fiction, in short stories and longer works alike. I could’ve gone on for ages, but I think the post would’ve buckled under the weight of all…… Continue reading Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten

The “I” in Horror

My April column for This Is Horror is now live! This month, I talk about authors of horror fiction who write themselves into their narratives. And because there is limited space in these columns, I’ve focused on two brilliant examples: Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis and the short stories of Paul Haines. Here’s a…… Continue reading The “I” in Horror

A Dreadful Fear of Clichés

My latest column is now up at This Is Horror — this month, I confess my fear of dreadful(ly scary) horror clichés… I have a confession. There are a few (well, many) horror tropes that I just cannot stomach at all. Not because they’re cliché – although, of course, they are – but because there’s…… Continue reading A Dreadful Fear of Clichés

This Is Horror: On Behalf of Neglected Night Creatures

My latest column is up over at This Is Horror! This month, I make a plea on behalf of some of the more neglected night creatures in fiction… Here’s a snippet from the opening: It’s not that I hate vampires and zombies. Like many fans of dark fiction, I was once seduced by Bram Stoker’s…… Continue reading This Is Horror: On Behalf of Neglected Night Creatures

New in 2013…

This year, I’ve joined the team at This Is Horror with my new monthly column, Southern Dark. The first piece, ‘Wide Open Fear: Australian Horror and Gothic Fiction’ has just gone live! I’m looking forward to ruminating on All Things Horror over the coming months — and hope you enjoy sharing the experience. Here’s a taster…… Continue reading New in 2013…

‘Twice Full’ now up at This Is Horror

Woke up to discover that my short short, ‘Twice Full’, is now up at This Is Horror — accompanied by an absolutely gorgeous illustration by Rich Sampson (a detail of which I’ve included to the left.) Tonight, they dig a second pit on our beach. Big men, all of them, dark hair and skin slick…… Continue reading ‘Twice Full’ now up at This Is Horror

An Introduction to Australian Horror

In honour of Australia Day, I was asked to write an article about Australian horror for This Is Horror in the UK — and it’s now up! The article surveys some of the standout horror published in the past two years by Australian independent presses: so much to talk about, so much incredible talent! Australia…… Continue reading An Introduction to Australian Horror