Halloween HorrorCon reminder

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be in Melbourne this weekend, joining in with a group signing at Dymocks in Southland. I’ll be sharing the signing table with some truly notable dark fiction writers – Bob Franklin, Kirstyn McDermott, Jason Nahrung and Bruce Kaplan. So come along, buy great books, get them signed, have a Halloween party with us.

12 noon ’til 1pm on Sunday 31st October

Dymocks Southland
Shop 3067/8, Westfield Southland
1239 Nepean Highway
Cheltenham, VIC 3192

Ph: 03 9584 1245



Dark Places – a Halloween anthology

Book DepositoryThe publisher of my novels, Gryphonwood Press, has put together a Halloween special. They’re offering an ebook anthology of short fiction from all the Gryphonwood authors, and it’s free. This weekend only, you can get it for free at Smashwords, by entering the following code at checkout: AD94N

The anthology contains two reprinted stories of mine, The Night Bus and Cemetery, along with stories from John E. Bailor, Jim Bernheimer, David Debord, Terry W. Ervin II, Ryan A. Span, Sherry Thompson and an introduction by David Wood.

The full Table of Contents is:

Cemetery by Alan Baxter
Skull Face Returns by Terry W. Ervin II
Stupid Pigs by Jim Bernheimer
Sisyphus by Sherry Thompson
The Chosen One by David Debord
The Night Bus by Alan Baxter
A Sailor’s Tale by Sherry Thompson
The Scene of My Second Murder by Terry W. Ervin II
Hell on Earth by John E. Bailor
Memory Game by Ryan A. Span

You can get the anthology here. Click through to buy, then enter the code above to reduce the cost the zero. Free books FTW – Enjoy! And tell your friends.

EDIT: I should also mention that you can get Dark Places from Kindle and from B&N (for Nook) but it’s not free from these places. You have to pay a whole 0.99c.


ThrillerCast Episode 3

Just a quick heads up that ThrillerCast episode 3 is now up and ready for your ears. In this latest podcast Dave and I talk about novellas, the nature of publishing big fat fantasy and lots of other stuff. There’s also a Jackie Chan style out-take after the end credits if you stick it out. Enjoy, and please share the link with anyone that you think might be interested in a weekly 20 minute podcast about thriller writing, reading and publishing – with extra SFF chat as often as possible, because I’m a co-host.


I love a bit of hippy kak

It’s true, I can’t deny it. I love markets with stalls selling all kinds of old kak. I love festivals where you get the inevitable stalls of tie-dye and incense and models of elves nursing tiny dragons. And I love towns like Berry, not far from where I live, that has shops full of hippy kak. Pendants and tarot decks, angels and fairies, colourful clothes and bags with OMs on them. You can find these awesome pressed leather notepads, with funky Celtic designs tooled around the edges. I saw some today with dragons on them, that would have been awesome except the dragons were upside-down. Or the book was from Asia, maybe…

But it is a slice of fantasy to explore shops like that. It’s both ridiculous and charming. One thing today that did make me laugh was this. In a cabinet of “Genuine Magickal Amulets” (by which I question their use of the word genuine) I saw this:

In case it’s hard to read, it says that this is an “ABRACA TRIANGLE” and it’s “For Unexpected Good Fortune”. Now, call me cynical, but if you bought that pendant, and it worked, then any good fortune would hardly be unexpected. Unless you didn’t expect the pendant to work, then got some good fortune. Or perhaps… you see my problem with this particular bit of hippy kak.

Then again, it’s in the same store that sells this bumper sticker:

So they clearly have no fucking idea what they’re talking about. Listen to children? Everything would be mad if we listened to kids.

Still, I do love a bit of old hippy kak nonetheless.