About Alan

Alan Baxter
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Author of dark fantasy, horror & sci-fi. Kung Fu instructor. Personal Trainer. Motorcyclist. Dog lover. Gamer. Heavy metal fan. Britstralian. Zetetic.


Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi liberally mixed up with crime, noir and thrillers, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog and cat. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – www.warriorscribe.com – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.


Alan is the author of the dark urban fantasy thrillers, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series, HarperVoyager/Ragnarok), and the dark urban fantasy duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2, Gryphonwood Press). As well as novels, Alan has had more than 70 short fiction publications in journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than twenty anthologies, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror on several occasions. Alan’s first volume of collected short fiction, Crow Shine, is out now from Ticonderoga Publications. At times, Alan collaborates with US action/adventure author, David Wood. Together they have co-authored the horror novella, Dark Rite, the action thriller, Blood Codex (Jake Crowley Adventures Book 1), and the forthcoming giant monster thriller novel, Primordial. Alan also writes narrative arcs and dialogue for videogames.


Alan is an International Master (Inner Chamber Disciple) of Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and runs the Illawarra Kung Fu Academy. He has been a British National Champion and has competed in Europe, Australia and China. Alan still regularly travels to China to train and extend his skills. He wrote the popular writer’s resource, Write The Fight Right, a short ebook about writing convincing fight scenes.


Alan has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards (Obsidian, shortlisted for Best Horror Novel, 2014), a three-time finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards and a five-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards (including Bound, shortlisted for Best Novel in 2014). He won the 2014 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story (“Shadows of the Lonely Dead”) and the 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction (“In Vaulted Halls Entombed”), and is a past winner of the AHWA Short Story Competition (“It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”).

Alan's Australian Shadows Awards trophy for Best Short Story 2014.
Alan’s Australian Shadows Awards trophy for Best Short Story 2014.

As well as fiction, Alan is a freelance writer penning reviews, feature articles and opinion, and co-hosts AuthorCast with David Wood, a thriller and genre fiction podcast. He’s a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association and a full Active Member of both the Horror Writers’ Association and the Science Fiction Writers of America Association.


For queries about reprints, options and foreign rights, please contact Alan’s literary agent, Alex Adsett, of Alex Adsett Publishing Services.


There is a full press kit here. Click on the headshot above for a higher res version if needed for promo. Contact Alan for any queries at alan@warriorscribe.com


Alan has previously appeared as a guest and panelist at festivals, events, and writers’ centres around Australia, including Worldcon, a variety of writers’ festivals, and he’s been a Supastar guest at the Supanova fan expo in several cities. He’s run workshops on all kinds of writing-related subjects including short story clinics, novel writing, fight and action scenes, author platform and social media, and more at schools, libraries and several State Writers’ Centres among other venues.

Want him to come speak at your school, library, writers’ group, or event? Please get in touch.

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