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book launch

Hoping some of the Sydneysiders might come along to this one. On Thursday evening, April 28th, my friend Ken Enderby is launching his debut fantasy novel Trail of Deceit, at Concord Bowling Club, at 7 pm. Actually, well-known thespian Lex Marinos will be doing the launching honours. Here’s where you click to buy it on Kindle.


We spent a pleasant evening in Sydney with friends sitting on their high rise inner city balcony sucking up the stunning Sydney skyline while sipping expensive champagne. Earth hour, I note, was a bit of a fizzer. Most of those office block lights stayed on. We turned ours off and ate spicy pumpkin risotto by moonlight, enjoying the antics of the fruit bats overhead.I’ve been so busy these past few weeks. Overloaded with reading, my own writing, other people’s writing, the selection and shaping of stories and the administration that goes with such things. Graphic design and photographic work for writing-related events, all mixed in with the general business of living. I swear I go in to my day job for a bit of time out & R&R! Something definitely wrong with the picture somewhere.My story ‘Dead Low’ was accepted for Midnight Echo 6, the science fiction horror special issue.…


I’m very excited by the fact that a story of mine, ‘The Alabaster Child’, is to be included in a PS Publishing anthology: Gutshot – Weird West Tales, edited by Conrad Williams. I almost fainted when I learned I would be sharing a TOC with Stephen Volk, Joe R Lansdale and Sarah Langan, amongst others! Conrad hopes the book will be ready by the end of the year and I do too.

wings over illawarra

Popped into the annual Wings over Illawarra airshow today at Albion Park airfield. I used to fly out of there to Melbourne before some pinchpenny airline accountant canned the option. It cost more than flying out of Sydney, but the 36-seater planes and the accompanying experience were pure Casablanca every time.I’m researching for a story partially set in the restoration hangar so I took the opportunity for a good snoop round today.

big jet plane

Yesterday, as a guest of the Queensland Writers’ Centre, I flew to Brisbane to be a panelist as part of their One Book Many Brisbanes short story masterclass program. Fellow speakers were Overland editor Jeff Sparrow and writer Peter Ball. The audience were newbies; fresh faced and attentive. Tutors included hoary old pros Angela Slatter and Trent Jamieson.I was invited to share my Cosmos fiction editorial insights. I think I did OK and I only got carded once for swearing. Jeff and Peter made some interesting observations about the literary end of the short story universe – I probably learnt as much from them as did the audience.I admit to having to repress the urge to get up on the table and shout GO HOME EVERYONE! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO YOURSELVES? WRITING IS A VAMPYRIC CURSE THAT WILL SUCK THE HOURS FROM YOUR DAYS AND THE MARROW FROM…