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New story at Giganotosaurus

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

The Wanderers” – the furry fantasy I wrote for my kids about a couple of fox people who go off in search of the end of the earth (and then have to find their way back again!)

The foxes look something like this:

(illustration by Shauna O’Meara)


Another new podcast story

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

A reprint this time, at The Overcast, of one of the original stories from my Angel Dust collection, “Almost Angels”.

J.S. has done a really nice reading – and stick around for the afterword, which was supposed to be me talking about what inspired the story, but the kids got wind of what I was doing and wanted in. They got no respect for their old man.

New podcast story out!

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

My story “Monster’s Exist” is free to hear online at Pseudopod. The reading by Ron Jon is absolutely fucking brilliant. Go listen for the quality of the performance.

New story out today – free to read online

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2017 at 10:21 pm

My fantasy story “Seraph” was published today in issue 32 of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.

Written in response to my son’s demand that I make up a story about this picture:

Second sale of the year!

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

I’ve sold my story “The Wanderers” to GigaNotoSaurus, which will be my second publication there.


This one’s a bit special: I originally wrote it for my kids a few years ago and bound it into a book for each of them for Christmas, with illustrations (as above) by the wonderful Shauna O’Meara. Very nice to tell them it’s going to be published for the whole world to see.


First sale of the year!

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2017 at 7:24 pm

I’ve sold my story “Monsters Exist” to podcast magazine Pseudopod. I’ve had a handful of reprint stories at the Escape Artists podcasts but this is my first original. Yay!

Year’s Best!

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2016 at 9:53 pm

Gardner Dozois is including my story “The Baby Eaters”, published in Asimov’s back in January, in The Year’s Best Science-Fiction for 2016. Or, rather: GARDNER DOZOIS IS PUTTING MY STORY IN HIS YEAR’S BEST! HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT!

Added bonus: one of my Clarion West classmates and one of our CW teachers, Gord Sellar and Ian R. MacLeod, respectively, are also on the TOC (here).

Excellent way to finish off the year.

(Another) Sale!

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

I just sold another story to Asimov’s magazine. Woot! This one’s about recreating neanderthals and mammoths and its title is “Triceratops”.


They’re called Weird Things, Dad (or, Sale!)

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

A while back, my son handed me this picture and told me to write a story about it:


“They’re called Weird Things, Dad” he explained. “The blue thing is ice element. It has no neck and no tail. It eats meat. Ice is bad. The orange thing is fire element. It has no neck but a long tail for whipping and it breathes fire. It protects stuff from ice.”

The story is called “Seraph”, and it’ll be appearing in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly in May 2017.

Interview with Alan Baxter

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2016 at 10:51 pm

I had a chat this week with fellow shaved-head enthusiast, top bloke and author of (among other things) the Alex Caine Series of dark fantasy novels, Alan Baxter.

The Alex Caine books were first published by HarperVoyager in 2014, but have just been re-released in paperback and e-book with the spanky new covers you see below, and international editions are on their way from Ragnarok Publications, starting with Bound in December this year. I interviewed Alan just ahead of Bound‘s original launch in 2014, so with the re-launch last week – and having now read all three books myself – I thought it timely to follow up.

Bound cover imageObsidian cover imageAbduction cover image

So, Alan, when I interviewed you just before Bound came out, I asked if you squeed like a schoolgirl when you sold the books. We quickly established that (ahem) neither of us squee. Ever. You must have made loud manly noises of excitement to have the re-editions happening in Australia and NZ (what seems like) so quickly, not to mention having US editions starting from the end of the year. Fairly happy with your agent at this point?

My agent is the bomb. Like, multiple megatons of awesome. It’s funny, because it doesn’t seem so quick to me, as it’s been two years since the original release of Bound. But to have all three out now in Aus and NZ with those fantastic new covers, and the US (and rest of the world) release starting in December, it certainly does feel like things are moving along at a decent pace now. It’s all very exciting.

Two years? Crikey. Seems like only yesterday. You’ve put in a lot of work in that time promoting the books all around the country, haven’t you? I know you have a beautifully timed guest of honour spot coming up at the Conflux convention in September. Anything else coming up for the new editions? Are you going to be heading over to launch the US editions next year? Read the rest of this entry »