Long Fiction, Writing

Bluebells: Book Trailer & Excerpt

My Australian dystopian horror Bluebells explores queer fiction, alternate history, pandemics, vampires, mental illness, trauma and war. The There is a post on research background to Bluebells and the folklore of the bluebells flowers which is key to the novella character Anna is here. A video tour of Bluebells and a reading excerpt is below.… Continue reading Bluebells: Book Trailer & Excerpt

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Written in Red

Publisher’s Description As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the… Continue reading Written in Red

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Bluebells Book Launch

Conflux 16- Speculative Fiction Conventions from October 1 -3 will be hosting my book launch for Bluebells. After several hospital admission interruptions, I’m looking forward to properly launching my debut novella from Black Hare Press. Tickets for Conflux 16 are essential. Book here. Bluebells has its belated official launch on October 2nd at 12:30 pm… Continue reading Bluebells Book Launch

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Bluebells Research

Want to know more about the research behind my recent novella Bluebells? Read on! These are some of the photographs I took in 2021 from the town of Berrima which features in Bluebells. Harper’s Mansion which is the fictional ancestral home of Anna and Peter Baylon in Bluebells, is one of the older houses in… Continue reading Bluebells Research

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Drowned Country

Publisher’s Description Even the Wild Man of Greenhollow can’t ignore a summons from his mother, when that mother is the indomitable Adela Silver, practical folklorist. Henry Silver does not relish what he’ll find in the grimy seaside town of Rothport, where once the ancient wood extended before it was drowned beneath the sea—a missing girl,… Continue reading Drowned Country

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Bluebells Release!!

My debut horror novella Bluebells was published on July 9th 2022 by Black Hare Press. 1917, Australia. In the aftermath of an alternate ending to the First World War, mass frontline casualties and a mysterious pandemic have decimated governments and the environment across much of Europe and the world, Australia included. Anna Baylon lives with… Continue reading Bluebells Release!!

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The Old Dragon’s Head

Publisher’s Description Constructed of stone and packed earth, the Great Wall of 10,000 li protects China’s northern borders from the threat of Mongol incursion. The wall is also home to a supernatural beast: the Old Dragon. The Old Dragon’s Head is the most easterly point of the wall, where it finally meets the sea. In… Continue reading The Old Dragon’s Head

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The Eternal Machine

Publisher’s Description A woman with the strength to rebel. A shapeshifter who wears the souls of the dead. Together, they face a lethal enemy… Em helped create it. Now she must craft its defeat. In a city owned by industrialists, Em sells her magic to make ends meet. The extraction procedure is brutal and potentially… Continue reading The Eternal Machine

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The Once and Future Witches

Publisher’s Description: In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the three… Continue reading The Once and Future Witches

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A Dystopian History

One of my works-in-progress has been a dystopian novella. While many dystopian stories and novels explore the future, I was interested in combining a dark fiction genre with alternate history, to ask what if our present never happened? In developing my own tale, I was inspired by those classic dystopian tropes we are already familiar,… Continue reading A Dystopian History