Friday, July 30, 2010

Reading: feast & famine

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Cover: Macabre

Here's the cover of Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis and Dr Marty Young. More info:

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'Feast or Famine': a time capsule

I received and signed off on the galleys of my short story, 'Feast or Famine', which will appear in Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears (Brimstone Press).

It was an interesting, slightly scary experience, printing off the PDF and reading through it, with my red pen ready.

Slightly scary because I wrote the first version of 'Feast or Famine' waaaaay back in 2005. It was featured in The Writing Show's 2006 Halloween special, and then I submitted it to Macabre shortly after that. Following feedback from editor Angela Challis I rewrote the story, and since then I've been waiting for publication.

So checking out 'Feast or Famine' was a little bit like peeking into a time capsule. I'm happy to say that I'm still fairly happy with it, although I wonder how it's going to go down, given its rather gruesome subject matter.

Three-word synopsis: Journalism. Terrorism. Cannibalism.

Of course, there's much, much more to Macabre than my story. It's a veritable feast of Australian dark fiction, with classics by Australia's earliest horror writers, a selection from our existing 'masters' such as Terry Dowling and Kaaron Warren, and the 'new generation' Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Stephen M Irwin, David Conyers and much, much more.

Macabre: A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears is now available for pre-order from Brimstone Press.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Horror on Articulate

I've put together an obituary for Articulate - ABC News Online's arts blog - which just got a bullet to the head.

In the process I rediscovered a heap of horror-related stuff I worked on during those five years.

Here's a list...

An audience with Stephen King:
Horror fans favourite films:
Jason Nahrung:
Horror, give it a name:
New age for horror?
Scariest books:
Horror re-makes: one for the road
When Evil Reigns, horror on a budget:
Ellen Datlow:
Martin Livings:
Edwina Grey:
And the lurch goes on...
The Zombie Diaries:
Jason and Mil:

I also featured a bunch of horror movies in the regular Movie Minutiae spot:

Cigarette Burns:
Dawn of the Dead (1978):
Dawn of the Dead (2004):
Day of the Dead:
The Friday the 13th series:
Mulholland Drive:
The Omen:
Sean of the Dead:
The Shining:
The Thing:

Thank you to everyone who contributed over the years. It sure was fun. Now, onto the next project!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Horseman: go see it!

I've done a rare post over at HorrorScope, for a very good reason.

The Horseman has finally got a limited cinema release!

Head on over to HorrorScope to find out more.