Midnight Echo Interview

Scott Wilson interviewed me recently for Midnight Echo #5 which is due out towards the end of the year. I really enjoyed answering the questions for this one and I’m looking forward to seeing it in print. Midnight Echo is the official magazine of the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) and well worth a look if the dark side of speculative fiction is your cup of warm blood.

I’ve just been informed that the AHWA has posted my Midnight Echo interview on their website in advance of print publication, so toddle over and have a gander. There is also a whole swag of interviews with some pretty amazing spec fic authors, including Trent Jamieson, Trudi Canavan, and Foz Meadows. There, that should take care of your afternoon. 🙂

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Australian Horror

AHWA Nightmare Ball

The Australian Horror Writers Association is hosting a Nightmare Ball at AussieCon4 (WorldCon). It’s a masquerade event, with the dress code being described as “formal / nightmare”. Do you think a Zombie Bride costume will suffice?

Date: 3rd September 2010

Time: 9.00 pm to 12.00 pm

Place: The Banquet Hall (Room 201) at the Melbourne Convention Centre in conjunction with Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention.

The event is open at all — you don’t have to be a member of either the AHWA or AussieCon to attend.

Midnight Echo #4

The AHWA has also just announced the publication of Midnight Echo #4. This issue was edited by Lee Battersby and has a juicy line up of stories, poetry, artwork and interviews. It’s available in hardcopy or PDF — the latter for the bargain price of just $3.50. Midnight Echo is the flagship publication of the AHWA and has come an incredibly long way in the short time since Ian Mond and myself co-edited the very first issue back in October 2008. Anyone interested in Australian horror and dark fantasy should not overlook this magazine. But there’s no need to take my word for it. Here try a taste of LL Hannett’s gorgeously horrific “Tiny Drops” from the current issue:

Some parents use razor blades. Others try sewing scissors, or reinforced darning needles, or pieces of heirloom-stained glass. Truth is, finely honed knives are most effective when it comes to slicing the delicate flesh inside a child’s mouth. A swift stroke along the inner cheek and the job can be done by a responsible parent in less than a minute.

Theresa hasn’t been responsible since the triplets’ first birthday.

How can you not keep reading a short story that begins like that? Midnight Echo #4 (as well as all back issues) can be purchased from the AHWA online store.

Tired But Happy

I am so incredibly proud of this and of all the wonderful and generous people who have contributed their time, their talent and – in some cases – their last shreds of sanity:

Midnight Echo

Love to you all, and Happy Halloween!