Forged in Blood — now free in ebook formats!

forged in blood vampire storyLast month I staked out a free short story on my website to mark the anniversary of the release of the two Vampires in the Sunshine Country books by Clan Destine Press. But the story, a backgrounder to one of the key characters, was only in PDF because that’s as much as I could get my head around.

Well, CDP has come to the rescue, and now mobi and epub versions are available on the CDP website, iTunes or Amazon (sadly, my website host doesn’t allow these formats, but the PDF is available there). These are free, except, I’m told, on Amazon, where the store imposes a fee (boo!). This means it has an ISBN — yes, it’s a “real” story now! Hope you enjoy!

In Your Face – speculative fiction with bite!

in your face anthologyIn Your Face, an anthology of confronting speculative fiction from FableCroft Publishing, will soon be in the wild (next month!)! This volume contains 22 stories from some of Australia’s biggest hitters in the genre (Sean Williams, Kaaron Warren, Angela Slatter and more!), as well as some lesser known writers such as myself, and they’re packing a punch.

Says a review in Aurealis, “some of these stories are confronting, even shocking in the subjects they tackle head-on … In Your Face is a truly rewarding and affecting experience”.

My yarn, A House in the Blue, is a reaction to the shitful health policies championed by the thankfully dead Abbott government (we note the Turnbull government’s similarity to its predecessor) and is no doubt all too familiar to readers in the United States. It is set in the climate-change affected future Brisbane introduced in 2014’s Watermarks. The sad thing about my story is that I think I’ve underplayed the situation, but I guess only time will tell.

There is a Goodreads contest running until June 30 offering a free copy, or you can read more here (or preorder at the online bookstore of your choice, pretty much). The countdown continues!

Happy birthday, Kevin the vampire! Here’s a free story to celebrate with

forged in blood vampire storyTo mark the first-year anniversary of the launch of the Vampires in the Sunburnt Country duology, I thought I’d open the window to a secretive event in the life of Kevin’s nemesis, the Hunter Phillip Reece.

The story was written in 2011 as I was coming to grips with Reece’s background. The event detailed in the story, set in 1970s Brisbane, is never explained in either Blood and Dust or The Big Smoke, but is alluded to as Reece looks back at his long history with the villainous Mira.

It was a fun and effective way to explore the characters’ first meeting, even though much of the detail never made it into either book because it simply wasn’t needed. But I like to think it gave those few references emotional depth and, of course, consistency.

Find out more and read the story in PDF here

UPDATE: as of 7 July 2016, free mobi and epub versions of the story are available at the Clan Destine Press website!

Lightning has struck, x 100

100 lightnings
I feel kind of sorry for Paroxysm Press. Imagine, if you will, sending out contributor copies to all these:

Fred Zackel
Shona Snowden
Sam Cooney
yt sumner
Allen Ashley
Ella Joseph
Jen White
Adam Walter
Martin Davey
Stephanie Gianopoulos
Chuck McKenzie
Aaron Polson
Jason Colavito
B. Michael Radburn
Martin Livings
Sam Drane
Rosaleen Love
Kaaron Warren
Rob Riel
Kim Goldberg
James Davies
Eugene Gramelis
Mark McAuliffe
Matthew Chrulew
Peter Dawncy
Emma Kathryn
Douglas Thompson
Mark Delaney
Mari Mitchell
Rob Parry
Blanket Barrowclough
R.H. Reese
J.G. Poulos
Steven Paulsen
Rick Kennett
Gitte Christensen
Harper Hull
Kev Webb
Stephanie Campisi
Robert Long
Mark Smith-Briggs
Michael Zerbe
Vicki Frei
Thomas Canfield
Paul Haines
Jenny Sinclair
C.S. Fuqua
Matthew R. Davis
Rijn Collins
Benjamin Kensey
Rick McQuiston
Deborah Sheldon
Ian C. Smith
Catherine Noske
Michelle Jager
Angela Readman
Raymond Gates
M. Winkler
Rod Cod
Jack Horne
Frank J. Collins
Sheri White
Daniel Powell
Jason Nahrung
Nicky Peacock
Sean Williams
Lucy Sussex
Angela Slatter
Joanne Anderton
Jessica Reisman
David Witteveen
M.K. Hobson
D.A. Cairns
Sean King (Cover Artist)
Greg Rich (Interior Artist)
Stephen Studach (Editor)

Because that’s what they’re doing, now that 100 Lightnings is finally in the wild (i.e., at the usual online retailers, and certain booksellers around Adelaide).

The volume of flash fiction was commissioned in 2011 — not all lightning strikes fast — but should pack a bit o’ zap, given the names on that list of contributors (yes, I’m in there, but I’m low wattage, eh!).

I’m looking forward to seeing my yarn in print. It was written even earlier, around 2007, I think, as part of a course at Queensland Writers Centre, and it has finally found a home — patience, eh! “Atrocity Exhibition” was inspired in equal measure by a night out at a Goth club and a Joy Division song. This is the way, step inside …

And Then … stake a claim on these adventure stories!

And-Then-offerAND now for a word from my publisher … who is publishing a massive two-book anthology of ripping adventure yarns. The books are now available for pre-order, and because it’s happening on Indiegogo, there is not just a discount on the RRP, but there are some other fab inclusions as well (the books will come out regardless, but why not grab a bargain?). Says Clan Destine’s Lindy Cameron:

And Then… The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales will feature 31 stories of action-filled page-turning adventures.

    No matter your reading preference – crime, fantasy, horror, sf or cross-genre – there will be stories galore in this fabulous collection just for you.

    By helping us you will get the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting a small independent press and our wonderful authors, but there’s also plenty of things you will get in return.

    First and foremost, of course, are the books themselves. And we do mean books. And Then… will be two volumes of fabulous new fiction, published as ebooks, paperbacks and Limited Edition hardcovers.

    So get on board and pre-order your copies. Follow the link below to see the great deals, discounts and other bounty you can score by partnering with us now.

    And please share this opportunity with other book lovers.

    Thank you for your ongoing support of Clan Destine Press.

The campaign runs till about May 16, so jump on board, me hearties: your future self will thank you!

More Aussie vampire deals!

the big smoke by jason nahrungblood and dust by jason nahrungClan Destine Press has extended its 50 per cent off sale through to the end of April. That means half-price books or, if you like, both books in the Vampires in the Sunburnt Country duology for the price of one. $27 for Blood and Dust and The Big Smoke in paperback. Or $6 all up for B&S and TBS in ebook. You might also like to check out the vampire novel from Narrelle M HarrisWalking Shadows (decidedly tasty!).