New mugshot

You may have noticed that the picture of me in the banner above has changed again. This is one of those random things that just turns out well. A Kung Fu buddy of mine, Louise, took this picture completely on the fly with her iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. It’s funny how we now have the kind of technology in the iPhone that makes Star Trek devices look naff, and then we load it up with complicated applications designed to replicate a simpler, analogue era.

Anyway, I just happened to really like this picture. It’s weird and unusual, which suits me, and it has a good light burst behind me that makes it all look quite mysterious. I tried it out on my Facebook author page and someone said:

“You look like your [sic] standing over a dead body – and I’m it! 😛 Whether you’re the killer or police at the crime scene, I cannot tell…”

That sold it to me. Oh yes, I like that kind of ambiguity. I hope you like the pic too.


My books now available from Gryphonwood Press

I’m very happy to announce that the Gryphonwood Press editions of my books are now available. The newly edited RealmShift and MageSign can be bought direct from Gryphonwood or, more easily, get them through Amazon.

At Amazon you can find RealmShift here and MageSign here, both just $9.99 each. There are also Kindle editions of both and Smashwords editions of both for those ebook lovers among you. You can also use any of the links here as I’ve updated them all now. Click on a book cover for info.

Also (wait, there’s more!), as a Gryphonwood author, I have my very own little discussion forum on their site. You can find that here if you’re interested.

I feel like I should be giving away some steak knives or something. Please do spread the word that these books are available and you’ll not only be supporting my writing (for which I’m eternally grateful) but small press in general. If you like the books, buy them as gifts for your friends – Amazon will even gift wrap them for you – recommend them, suggest them for book clubs and so on. If it’s an online book club I’ll be happy to join in the discussions.

Thanks again for all your support so far, and on into the future. It’s the people that make the difference these days. And thanks to Gryphonwood Press for taking me on board.


NSW Society Of Editors talk with Bill Congreve

I’m very honoured to have been invited by the NSW Society Of Editors to talk at their monthly meeting next week. I’ll be sharing the honour with Bill Congreve, writer and owner of MirrorDanse Books, and we’ll be talking all about speculative fiction in general, with an emphasis on the nature of the spec fic publishing world.

If you’re interested in coming along you don’t have to be a society member. Non-members can attend for $20 ($10 concessions). The meeting is described thus:

Speculative fiction is one of the biggest selling genres in Australian book publishing. Two author-editor-publishers from the speculative fiction world will describe the kinds of work it encompasses. Alan Baxter works in the realms of dark fantasy, science fiction and horror. Bill Congreve’s books encompasses horror, with a specialisation in ghost and vampire stories. Between them they are familiar with all the different demands on author, editor and publisher.

(Should I be a smart arse and point out that the paragraph above could have really used an editor? Maybe not, seeing as I’m their guest).

Times and addresses and all details can be found here.


In honour of the Tenth Doctor

Once again, S F Signal comes up with the good stuff. This is a fan video showcasing David Tennant’s run as the tenth Doctor with a variety of backing music. It’s a brilliant piece of editing and a fitting tribute to a great Doctor. I’m not entirely sure what the relevance of the Christopher Eccleston (ninth Doctor) is, as he crops up periodically watching along with us, but there you go.