Friday, July 30, 2010
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.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200611/s1786544.htm
Horror fans favourite films: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200610/s1777062.htm
Jason Nahrung: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200604/s1616997.htm
Horror, give it a name: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200604/s1617026.htm
New age for horror? http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200612/s1804935.htm
Scariest books: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200610/s1763609.htm
Horror re-makes: one for the road http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200604/s1625445.htm
When Evil Reigns, horror on a budget: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200605/s1634689.htm
Ellen Datlow: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200605/s1649418.htm
Martin Livings: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200606/s1657115.htm
Edwina Grey: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200606/s1655071.htm
And the lurch goes on... http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200605/s1649263.htm
The Zombie Diaries: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200611/s1795742.htm
Jason and Mil: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200706/s1945042.htm
I also featured a bunch of horror movies in the regular Movie Minutiae spot:
Cigarette Burns: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200611/s1791726.htm
Dawn of the Dead (1978): http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200512/s1539509.htm
Dawn of the Dead (2004): http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200604/s1610819.htm
Day of the Dead: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200509/s1467068.htm
The Friday the 13th series: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200601/s1546063.htm
Mulholland Drive: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200707/s1970717.htm
The Omen: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200606/s1659132.htm
Sean of the Dead: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200608/s1717760.htm
The Shining: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200603/s1598933.htm
The Thing: http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200703/s1885075.htm
Thank you to everyone who contributed over the years. It sure was fun. Now, onto the next project!