jason nahrung by kirstyn mcdermott

Pic by Kirstyn McDermott

I grew up on a Queensland cattle property and have worked as a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. When at Brisbane’s Courier-Mail I wrote about and reviewed books, music and live entertainment. I now live in Ballarat, Australia, with my wife, and fellow writer, Kirstyn McDermott.

In 2011-15, I was the editor for Queensland Writers Centre’s magazine Writing Queensland, and also do freelance editing, proofing and manuscript appraisal.

My debut novel, The Darkness Within (Hachette Australia), is based on a novella written with my then girlfriend Mil Clayton by email when we were living two states apart. It has also sold to Germany.

My writing has won a couple of awards and been shortlisted for a few more, as detailed in the biography section.

In 2008, I finished a Master of Arts (research) in creative writing with a focus on Australian vampire Gothic. In 2015, I started a PhD (research) in creative writing, centred on climate change. I was director of the Aurealis Awards in 2004 and have served on various judging panels since.

I have run workshops on writing for Logan libraries and Bundaberg’s WriteFest, been a guest at writing events including writing festivals in Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle, and been a panellist at many conventions, including the World Science Fiction Convention, World Fantasy Convention, Continuum, Conflux and Conjure.

My fiction, detailed in the bibliography, is invariably darkly themed. Other interests include:


    Travel: fave destinations include New Orleans, Egypt, Canada, Europe, Mexico
    Reading: fave writers include Poppy Z Brite, Kim Wilkins, Stephen King, William Gibson…
    Movies: faves include Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium, Near Dark, Dracula, Nosferatu, Alien, Blade Runner, The Crow, The Matrix, Control, 24 Hour Party People
    Music and live entertainment: fave bands include Concrete Blonde, The Tea Party, Joy Division, Pink Floyd, NIN, The Cult, Sisters of Mercy, Alice Cooper, Siouxsie, Bowie, Duran Duran…
    Others: photography, paganism and religion, mythology and culture, tattoos and body art

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