Primordial pre-orders up now!

I wrote this crazy monster horror thriller with David Wood called “Primordial”. It’s out tomorrow, but pre-orders are up now. So go pre-order if you’re keen – a bunch of links below. Thanks to the cool folk at Cohesion Press for taking this one on, thanks to Jeremy Robinson for that sweet cover quote, and to the amazing Dean Samed for the incredible cover art. I’m really excited about this book, and I hope people enjoy reading it as much as Dave and I enjoyed writing it.

“Primordial has everything… A thriller that is hard to put down.” – Jeremy Robinson, best-selling author of Project Nemesis.

Here’s a bunch of links:

Amazon –

Kobo –

Kindle UK –

Kindle Aus –

Kindle CA –


The Aurealis Award shortlists have been released.

And I’m on three of them. Three! I’m like a goldfish knocked out of the tank here, rolling around and gaping. Honestly, the Aurealis Awards are the premier Australian award for spec fic and the shortlists are always astounding. To be nominated in three categories is mind-blowing. I’ve been shortlisted for Best Collection for Crow Shine, Best Horror Novella for “Served Cold” (from the Dreaming in the Dark anthology), and Best Fantasy Novella for “Raven’s First Flight” (from the SNAFU: Black Ops anthology). And I’m in some amazingly august company. I’ll be over here Snoopy dancing. Meanwhile, here are all the shortlists in full.

2016 Aurealis Awards – Finalists


Blueberry Pancakes Forever, Angelica Banks (Allen & Unwin)
Magrit, Lee Battersby (Walker Books Australia)
Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, Caleb Crisp (Bloomsbury)
The Turners, Mick Elliott (Hachette Australia)
When the Lyrebird Calls, Kim Kane (Allen & Unwin)
The Hungry Isle, Emily Rodda (Omnibus Books)


Mechanica, Lance Balchin (Five Mile)
BROBOT, James Foley (Fremantle Press)
Negative Space, Ryan K Lindsay (Dark Horse Comics)
The Spider King, Josh Vann (self-published)


“A Right Pretty Mate”, Lisa L Hannett ( Dreaming in the Dark)
“Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls (
“N o One Here is Going to Save You”, Shauna O’Meara ( In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing)
“Did We Break t he End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts ( Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet
“Pretty Jennie Greenteeth”, Leife Shallcross ( Strange Little Girls, Belladonna Publishing)


“Non Zero Sum”, RPL Johnson ( SNAFU: Hunters, Cohesion Press)
“Flame Trees”, TP Napper ( Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2016)
“Pen ny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix ( The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
“T he Red Forest”, Angela Slatter ( Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales, PS Publishing)
“68 Days”, Kaaron Warren ( Tomorrow’s Cthulhu, Broken Eye Books )
“Life, or Whatever Passes For It”, Durand Welsh ( Peel Back the Skin, Grey Matter Press )


“Box of Bones”, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein Books)
“Served Cold”, Alan Baxter ( Dreaming in the Dark, PS Publishing)
“Waking in Winter”, Deborah Biancotti (PS Publishing)
“Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott ( Dreaming in the Dark, PS Publishing)
“Pan”, Christopher Ruz ( Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #62)


“Watercress Soup”, Tamlyn Dreaver ( Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #65)
“Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest”, Thoraiya Dyer ( In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing)
“Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls (
“Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix ( The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
“The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat”, David Versace ( Aurealis #89 )
“The Cartographer’s Price”, Suzanne Willis ( Mythic Delirium Issue 3.1)


“Raven’s First Flight”, Alan Baxter ( SNAFU: Black Ops, Cohesion Press)
“By the Laws of Crab and Woman”, Jason Fischer ( Review of Australian Fiction)
“Forfeit”, Andrea K. Höst ( The Towers, the Moon, self-published)
The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure Press)
“Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott ( Dreaming in the Dark, PS Publishing)
“Finnegan’s Field”, Angela Slatter (


“Trainspotting in Winesburg”, Jack Dann ( Concentration, PS Publishing)
“The Baby Eaters”, Ian McHugh ( Asimov’s Science Fiction 40/1)
“The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring”, Claire McKenna ( In Your Face, Fablecroft)
“Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart”, Samantha Murray ( Clarkesworld #122)
“68 Days”, Kaaron Warren ( Tomorrow’s Cthulu, Broken Eye Books)
“The Least of Things”, Jen White ( Aurealis #94)


Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti (PS Publishing)
“Salto Mortal”, Nick T Chan ( Lightspeed #73)
“Going Viral”, Thoraiya Dyer ( Dimension6 #8, coeur de lion)
The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure Press)
“All the Colours of the Tomato”, Simon Petrie ( Dimension6 #9, coeur de lion)
“Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts ( Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet


Crow Shine, Alan Baxter (Ticonderoga Publications)
Concentration, Jack Dann (PS Publishing)
A Feast of Sorrows, Angela Slatter (Prime)
Winter Children, Angela Slatter (PS Publishing)


Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann (ed.) (PS Publishing Australia)
Defying Doomsday, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench (eds.) (Twelfth Planet Press)
Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015, Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein (eds.) (Twelfth Planet
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10, Jonathan Strahan (ed.) (Solaris)
In Your Face, Tehani Wessely (ed.) (Fablecroft Publishing)


Elegy, Jane Abbott (Penguin Random House Australia)
The Bone Queen, Alison Croggon (Penguin Books Australia)
The Other Side of Summer, Emily Gale (Penguin Random House Australia)
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins Publishers)
Gemina: Illuminae Files 2, Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
Goldenhand, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)


Fear is the Rider, Kenneth Cook (Text Publishing)
My Sister Rosa, Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)
The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren (IFWG Publishing Australia)


Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
Fall of the Dagger, Glenda Larke (Hachette Australia)
Den of Wolves, Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Vigil, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher Books)
Road to Winter, Mark Smith (Text Publishing)
Sisters of the Fire, Kim Wilkins (Harlequin Australia)


Watershed, Jane Abbott ( Penguin Random House)
Confluence, SK Dunstall (Ace Books)
Gemina: Illuminae Files 2, Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
Squid’s Grief, DK Mok (self-published)
Stiletto, Daniel O’Malley (Harper Collins Publishers)
Threader, Rebekah Turner (Harlequin Australia)


Ditmar Awards are open for nominations.

As mentioned in my previous post, any popular award is at its best when as many people as possible get involved. As the Australian Ditmar Awards have just opened for nominations, I’m sharing the links here to make it easy for as many people as possible to get into it. So think about what you’ve read, check anyone’s eligibility post, and get nominating!

The rules are here:

You can see a pretty thorough eligibility list here:

And nominating is very easy with this online form:

Get to it.


Awards eligibility post.

Among a bunch of posts lost in the recent hack was the annual awards eligibility post I always put up, so I’m redoing that one. I think it’s a great idea for writers to do this and I always appreciate it when others do, as it helps remind me what’s been published in the previous year for when I’m making my own awards nominations. And as we all know, the more people involved in the awards processes, the more accurately those awards reflect the will of the general public rather than the will of a few determined folk.

So get reading, and get nominating!

For me this year, the following stuff is eligible in the categories listed.

Best Collected Work

Crow Shine

My debut short fiction collection was published last year and I’m very proud of it. I’d love to see it get a few nods on some shortlists, so if you’ve enjoyed it, please give it your vote. There are also three original short stories in the collection that are also eligible, which I’ll list below.

Best Novella or Novelette

(A Novella or Novelette is any work of sf/f/h of 7,500 to 40,000 words.)

“Served Cold”, Alan Baxter, in Dreaming in the Dark, PS Publishing.

“Golden Fortune, Dragon Jade”, Alan Baxter, in And Then… 1, Clan Destine Press.

“Raven’s First Flight”, Alan Baxter, in SNAFU: Black Ops, Cohesion Press

Best Short Story

(A Short Story is any work of sf/f/h less than 7,500 words.)

“A Strong Urge To Fly”, Alan Baxter, in Crow Shine, Ticonderoga Publications.

“Crow Shine”, Alan Baxter, in Crow Shine, Ticonderoga Publications.

“The Old Magic”, Alan Baxter, in Crow Shine, Ticonderoga Publications.

“Bodies of Evidence”, Alan Baxter, in In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing.

“Under Calliope’s Skin”, Alan Baxter, in SNAFU: Future Warfare, Cohesion Press.

So that’s my stuff. Be sure to post your own eligible work and make sure we know about it.