Alan is a Ditmar Award-nominated British-Australian author. He writes horror, dark fantasy and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He is the author of the dark fantasy thriller novels, RealmShift and MageSign, co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, with David Wood, and has around 50 short stories published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2010 & 2012). Alan is represented by literary agent, Alex Adsett, of Alex Adsett Publishing Services. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter, Facebook or , and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.

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Fiction submission advice

January 28, 2015

Every now and then I take on a guest editing spot. It’s not something I could ever do too much, because I’m a writer and that’s where my focus lies, but I enjoy trawling through a slush pile occasionally to find some gems that deserve publication. I’m currently reading slush as a guest editor...
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Dream Shadow at Tales To Terrify

January 20, 2015

I love it when my stories get podcast. It’s so great to hear a reading of something you’ve written and to hear that reader’s interpretation of your words. In this case, those wonderful people at one of my favourite podcasts, Tales To Terrify, have just posted a fantastic reading by Graeme Dunlop of my...
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Video interview – dark fantasy, martial arts and more

January 19, 2015

The wonderful Joanna Penn pinned me down for an interview over Skype recently. Of course, I was more than happy to chat about some of my favourite things, like writing dark fantasy and horror, novels and short stories, martial arts, travel and so on. We had a good chat. You can watch the video...
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On posting award eligibility lists, including mine

January 12, 2015

It’s that time of year again when all the various awards open for nominations. It’s also that time of year when a bunch of people start bitching and moaning about authors shilling their published work. But fuck those people. Awards are all about talking up the stuff you’ve enjoyed, and that includes your own...
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US Amazon search still being a dick

January 6, 2015

So Amazon US are still being weird about showing the Alex Caine books in searches. All the other stores are fine, just the biggest one being a dick. We have no idea why and my publisher is trying to fix it (and it’s not only my books, so there’s that at least.) Meanwhile, here...
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Guest post from Gillian Polack – Medieval Military

January 3, 2015
Guest post from Gillian Polack – Medieval Military

I’m starting the new year with a guest from Gillian Polack. She’s been here before, has very interesting things to say and has a new book out. Take it away, Gillian. Thank you, Alan, for hosting me. I thought I’d talk about the military side of my novel, because I rather suspect that anyone...
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The year that was and the year to come.

December 31, 2014

I posted this on my Facebook page and then decided to copy it here too. Mainly it’s for my own reference – a reminder of successes to buoy me up in those times of doubt and rejection. Because those doubt and rejection times are the norm, while successes are infrequent beacons that flare now...
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BOUND free everywhere in the world over Christmas and New Year

December 15, 2014
BOUND free everywhere in the world over Christmas and New Year

HarperVoyager, the publishers of my dark urban fantasy/horror books, The Alex Caine Series, are running a special Christmas and New Year promotion. This means that Bound, the first book in the series, is free everywhere in the world in ebook until January. Free. Nada. Nothing. Go to your favourite ebook retailer of choice and...
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Australian Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!

December 11, 2014
Australian Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!

I decided it would be really cool to put together a list of great books by Australian Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror writers so people could essentially have the best Xmas shopping list of Aussie SFF and horror books ever. After drowning in an inbox full of Aussie spec fic goodness, I now have this...
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Alex Caine commences world domination!

December 9, 2014
Alex Caine commences world domination!

I’m very excited to be able to announce that Bound, Obsidian and Abduction – The Alex Caine Series – is now available everywhere in the world! Scuse me while I Snoopy dance! Only in ebook at this stage, or, as the lingo goes these days, exclusively digital first. My fantastic agent, Alex Adsett, has...
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Author of horror, dark fantasy & sci-fi. Kung Fu instructor. Personal Trainer. Motorcyclist. Dog lover. Gamer. Heavy metal fan. Britstralian. Zetetic.

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