events, stories, Writing

Horror Award Win

I am so excited to share the announcement that I was the 2022 winner of the Australasian Horror Writers Association Robert N Stephenson Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition for the Flash Fiction category. My story “The Carnival Girl “ was a dystopian horror with LGBTQI themes and will be published in the next episode… Continue reading Horror Award Win

Short Fiction, stories

Wandering Stars Release

The best 24 authors from the 12 volumes of Australasian speculative fiction in The Zodiac Series feature in a single anthology Wandering Stars: The Best of the Zodiac Series published by Deadset Press on 12th November 2022. Wandering Stars features my apocalyptic story “The Bull of Heaven” inspired by Mesopotamian mythology and representing the Taurus… Continue reading Wandering Stars Release

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

reads, Recent Reads

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

events, Long Fiction, Writing

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

Long Fiction, research, Writing

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

Long Fiction, Writing

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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Empire of the Vampire

Publisher’s Description “It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness. Gabriel de León, half man, half monster and… Continue reading Empire of the Vampire

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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

Long Fiction, Writing

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