Five double passes to see new Australian torture porn flick, The Loved Ones, have landed on my desk and what better time to give them away than now, just a couple of days before Halloween? The passes are valid Mondays to Fridays from 4th November when The Loved Ones will be released nationally. To win … Continue reading Wanna see “The Loved Ones” for Free?
Slushpile Hell is a very cool new blog which has just been brought to my attention (thanks, Foz!). Written by a "grumpy literary agent" it offers up some hilarious excepts from actual query letters along with the agent's not-so-tongue-in-cheek response, as well humourous pieces of publishing advice. If you're an aspiring writer seeking an agent, … Continue reading How not to query a literary agent
On Monday night I gave a reading from Madigan Mine at The Wheeler Centre, as part of their "Debut Mondays" series. It's the first time I'd read that particular section in public, and it's one of the nastier scenes in the book. There is a knife involved, and quite a bit of blood, and someone … Continue reading Not for the faint of heart, apparently
Next Sunday is Halloween! It's also my birthday! Double Huzzah! Fittingly, I'll be at Dymocks Southland for their Halloween HorrorCon on the 31st, eating too much sugar and signing books along with four other might fine local authors of dark fiction -- Alan Baxter, Bruce Kaplan, Bob Franklin and the dashingly handsome Jason Nahrung. Come … Continue reading Things that go bump in the night
The thing is, I should love Currawongs. I should be on their side. They're big black birds, ever so distantly related to ravens -- an ever so distant relation which definitely shows in their general mien -- with bright yellow eyes and a penchant for falling with clumsy grace through the branches of trees. They … Continue reading Of Blackbirds and Currawongs