Blood and Dust

blood and dust by jason nahrung

Blood and Dust

Blood and Dust, and it’s follow-up, The Big Smoke, are to be released in paperback and digital formats by small Melbourne-based publisher Clan Destine Press, with the contract announced in June 2014.

The story is Mad Max meets Anne Rice: a character-driven, high-octane vampire story set in the Queensland outback, in which Kevin Matheson, a mechanic, is caught between two warring vampire gangs. In The Big Smoke, Kevin must negotiate the power struggles within the vampire society of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, to finally end the battles that tore his life apart.

Blood and Dust was originally released in December 2012 by Australian publisher Xoum as an e-book. It was short-listed in the Australian Shadows and the Aurealis Awards for best horror novel.

Blood and Dust excerpt


Sean the Bookonaut posted the first review of Blood and Dust in time for Christmas. He says:

Bringing a European myth into an Australian setting, especially a rural one and having it stick is, I think, a considerable hurdle. It’s quiet easy for me to imagine vampires in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney for example but not so much in the “Sunshine State”. But Jason has done it and done it well

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  • 6 Responses to “Blood and Dust”

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