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Awards Eligibility 2018

I had a couple of stories out this year that are eligible for awards (both Australian and international) and thought I’d round them up for ease. First up is the story I’m most proud of, “Don’t Pack Hope” which came out at Nightmare Magazine in April. The story follows a trans guy who is packing […]

A Couple of Stories Out

Hello, friends! In case you missed them, I’ve had a couple of stories out recently: One and Two – Kaleidotrope. This is a dark fantasy story that explores sacrifice, gods, familial bonds and our connection with the natural world. I wrote it after I heard that the world’s oldest tree had been cut down – a […]

Clarion West Questions?

I’m getting a couple of hits on my blog that seem to relate to my posts on Clarion West so I’d like to firstly welcome anyone who is thinking of applying, or who has applied!  Please feel free to ask questions in the comments if you’re looking for something I haven’t covered, or even if […]

If Nothing We Do Matters, All That Matters is What We Do

So it has been a rough couple of days. Longer than that, really, but the election has brought a hell of a lot of frightening things to the surface. I’m terrified. I say this as an Australian, with many people in the US that I love and cherish, including, but not at all limited to […]

On How it Was – Clarion West 2016

I’ve wanted to write about my Clarion West experience for weeks, but I kept putting it off just because I’m struggling with the idea of doing the experience justice. How could I possibly put to words how tremendous, how life-changing, how epic the entire experience was? I’ll try. Firstly, yes, it was magnificent. I am […]

Clarion West Class of 2016!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be a member of the Clarion West class of 2016! I can hardly believe I’m writing these words. You may know that I’ve been trying to get into Clarion for a long time – six years, to be precise.  I received the top-tier rejection from Clarion West at least […]

Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors

In the wild, now! You can download for free (during March only) at Bad Menagerie (or one of the mirror sites) right here.     Cover by Holly Heisey.  First up, let me profusely thank SL Huang and Kurt Hunt and the many people working behind the scenes on this astounding anthology. I’m thrilled that the […]

New Story in Review of Australian Fiction

ICYMI, my horror story “The Hammer of Happiness” appears in the latest issue of the Review of Australian Fiction alongside Kaaron Warren’s “The Doll Beautician.” Both stories explore manufacturing relationships, love. We think they fit together perfectly, but if you intend to read, be warned – both stories are… very dark. “The Hammer of Happiness” […]

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014 to Include “The Box Wife”!

Apparently, this is the little story that could. I’m very excited to announce that “The Box Wife” which originally appeared in Shock Totem issue #9 will also be included in the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014! The full TOC is as follows: “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” by Alan Baxter [Suspended in Dusk] “The Changeling” […]


So today I got to write in Chuck Wendig’s writing shed. Yep. It’s a thing that happened.     The write-in was incredibly useful – I drafted a bunch of scenes and worked out some character notes for the novel I’m working on.  I have until December 1st to finish the editing. Or Libba Bray is […]