Author of dark fantasy, horror & sci-fi. Kung Fu instructor. Personal Trainer. Motorcyclist. Dog lover. Gamer. Heavy metal fan. Britstralian. Misanthrope.
Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He is the author of the dark urban fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series) published by HarperVoyager Australia, and the dark urban fantasy duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2) from Gryphonwood Press. He co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, with David Wood. Alan also writes short fiction with more than 50 stories published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France. His short fiction has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction (forthcoming), 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 (2010 and 2012). Alan also writes narrative arcs and dialogue for videogames and wrote the popular writer’s resource, Write The Fight Right, a short ebook about writing convincing fight scenes. He has twice been a finalist in the Ditmar Awards.
Alan is represented by literary agent, Alex Adsett, of Alex Adsett Publishing Services.
As well as fiction, Alan is a freelance writer penning reviews, feature articles and opinion. He’s a contributing editor and co-founder at Thirteen O’Clock – Australian Dark Fiction News & Reviews, and co-hosts AuthorCast, 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 the Horror Writers’ Association. Alan is director and Chief Instructor of the Illawarra Kung Fu Academy. 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.
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Here’s a more detailed “About Me” if you’re interested:
I’m an optimistic cynic and dark speculative fiction author, living on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I write primarily in the horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres and my stuff is usually based in the magical, supernatural and arcane, the creepy and the monstrous, and consequences seem to be a recurring theme. I often like to play with various religious (and other) mythologies in my fiction. And it always seems to be dark. Even stories that I think are going to be lighter fare end up a bit disturbing. Above all, I try to tell a good yarn, but I would also like to make people think.
My novels RealmShift and its sequel, MageSign (The Balance books 1 and 2), both dark urban fantasy thrillers, are out through Gryphonwood Press. Also from Gryphonwood is the short horror novel, Dark Rite, co-written with David Wood. My new dark urban fantasy trilogy, The Alex Caine Series, is out from HarperVoyager in the second half of 2014. The first one, Bound, is out now, with the sequels Obsidian and Abduction to follow before the year’s end. Watch the blog for news on all that. I’m also a huge fan of short fiction and have over 50 short stories published in a wide variety of places.
To learn about my published work, click the Books button above or click on any book covers you see – by following those links you’ll find more information, previews, reviews and links to buy. My short stories are published in various places in print and online. You can find a full Bibliography of my work by clicking the button at the top and the Dark Shorts page links to a whole bunch of my short fiction available to read online for free.
Most of my non-fiction writing is based around the speculative fiction genre, writing and publishing in general, health and fitness, martial arts, music and movies. I still write or have written for:
S F Signal – Hugo Award winning SF zine; Crikey – Now with extra source; The Punch – Australia’s best conversation; Metal As Fuck – Heavy metal zine; Player Magazine – New Zealand based sports glossy mag; arts NAKED – Australian based online review magazine; OpEd Magazine – World Writings based on a word; Publetariat.com – Indie publishing; Publishing Renaissance – Indie publishing; Cyberkwoon.com – Martial arts community website, and others.
I’m a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association and I’m a full Active Member of the Horror Writers’ Association.
I’ve also written for videogames and would welcome the opportunity for more. Get in touch if you’re after a games writer. There’s a bit more about that on the Bibliography page.
This website serves two main purposes. One is shameless self-promotion where I can write about my writing and let people know where to find newly published stuff. The second is general blogging. As well as my own news, I ramble on about anything writing, publishing or story-related. I take the opportunity to lampoon idiocy, especially the word abuse so prevalent in our society. Sadly, I don’t have nearly as much time for blogging as I’d like, but I do my best.
I co-host the AuthorCast podcast with fellow author, David Wood. We talk about all things related to reading and writing in thriller and genre fiction. Learn all about that here.
I’m co-founder (with Felicity Dowker and Andrew McKiernan) and contributing editor at Thirteen O’Clock, Australian Dark Fiction News and Reviews. You can find that here.
As for other things that fulfill my life, I’m a Kung Fu Instructor and Personal Trainer. Helping people get themselves in shape and live longer, healthier lives is extremely satisfying. I’ve been a martial artist for as long as I can remember and can’t imagine a life without Kung Fu. I run the Illawarra Kung Fu Academy which is part of the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut system, in which I’m qualified as an International Master.
I also enjoy photography and music. I play guitar (fairly badly). I was in a band for some years, but not any more. There’s simply not enough hours in a day or days in a week to do all the things I’d like to do. I really do miss playing in a band, though.
I’m a keen motorcyclist. There is no better way to travel as far as I’m concerned and no better way to see a place. I’ve done thousands of kilometres all over Australia and Europe. My next big plan is to ride across the Nullabor. It’s just one of those things that needs to be done.
I also have a deep affinity for dogs. My own dog, Penry, is a complete legend.
And finally I should mention my long-suffering, ever-supportive wife, Halinka. Other than publicly thanking her for putting up with me and being the mother of my son, I want to give her a free plug. She’s an outstanding artist and you can see her work on her website, halinka.com.au.
Our world has been built on a foundation of story-telling, from the earliest creation myths to the modern parables found in books and movies, on television shows and the internet. These days story-telling is all around us, in numerous mediums, and I love them all.