Facebook competition winner and other suggestions

December 31, 2010

You may remember that there’s been a Facebook competition going on for a signed copy of RealmShift, run through the Facebook group, Book Lover’s Club. It started with this great review of RealmShift, then the Club asked people to suggest topics for me to blog about. The topic that I liked best would win a signed copy of the book.

There were some great suggestions and it was really hard to pick one. In the end I went with this suggestion from Alex Stoiche:

Id love to see his thoughts on writing for art or self satisfaction versus writing for a market. Obviously its a fine line and its crucial to please the audience to some extent, but Id like to hear an opinion on where it may go too far or about writers that have such conviction they won’t compromise.

I picked this one mainly because it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and was considering blogging about anyway. Given that Alex’s thinking mirrored mine I decided to call that suggestion the winner. Given the number of other suggestions, I’m going to be using some of those for future posts as well, because lots of people came up with good ideas. Keep an eye on the blog here and your suggestion may crop up at some future date – I’ll be sure to credit the person whose idea it was as and when I get around to it. Don’t hold your breath, though. It’s a busy month for me and these things tend to get drawn out.

Thanks to everyone that got involved and big thanks to Book Lover’s Club for being such sterling supporters of books and authors.


Last chance to win a signed copy of RealmShift

December 28, 2010

Well, the last chance for now, at least. This is just a quick reminder that Book Lover’s Club on Facebook is featuring RealmShift at the moment and they’re running a contest to win a signed copy. Head over to their page here, click the Like button and leave a comment where you see the contest mentioned.

Tell your friends!


Christmas shopping solved by SpecFaction NSW

November 17, 2010

SpecFaction NSWThanks to the amazing generosity of many people within our local speculative fiction community – SpecFaction NSW are hosting a fundraising Ebay auction.

You can bid on an original print from Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan or a bundle of autographed fantasy, science fiction or horror novels from a huge list of Aussie authors including: Sara Douglass, Ian Irvine, Sean Williams and Shane Dix, Traci Harding, Karen Miller, Stephen Irwin, Nathan Burrage, Richard Harland, Marianne De Pierres, Angela Slatter, Kate Forsyth, Isabel Merlin, Sophie Masson, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Kirstyn McDermott.

The autographed books are being auctioned off in five book-bundles. For a complete description of the contents of each bundle or to bid on one of these great items refer to the list of Ebay item numbers below and make sure you place our bid between 16 and 25 November, 2010.

You can view all the items on auction at the SpecFaction eBay auction page or click on the item number links below to go to specific items.

Signed short story collections including an unpublished story by Sean Williams (Item Number: 200542551759)
New and signed fantasy novels (Item Number: 200542236233)
New and signed fantasy novels for all ages (Item Number: 200542554272)
New and signed science fiction novels (Item Number: 200542552834)
New and signed dark fantasy, horror, and historical novels (Item Number: 200542556121)
Print from Scott Westerfeld’s novel Leviathan, signed by the artist (Item Number: 200542561373)

The auction is being held by SpecFaction NSW Inc., hosts of the 2010 Aurealis Awards. Funds raised will go towards holding the awards night and helping create a range of NSW based events and activities for readers and writers of speculative fiction. SpecFaction NSW is a not for profit group.

For more information on the 2010 Aurealis Awards go to


House Of Horror Duel anthology now available

October 8, 2010

You may remember that earlier this year I was part of a horror writers duel over at House Of Horror, a UK based webzine. The premise was simple – two writers are given a theme and just a few days to write a 1,500 word story. Then those stories are published on the site and the site visitors vote for their favourite. The winner goes through to the next round to write again.

I was invited to take part won my first round. Unfortunately I had to pull out the following week and couldn’t defend till the end, so I only had the one story in. And no, I didn’t pull out because I was scared. My wife had a horse riding accident and ended up in hospital for a few days, so I was unable to write in the timeframe.

Anyway, all those duelling rounds have now been collected into an anthology and you can get it here. If you mention my name in your order, I’ll get an extra royalty. Which is nice. Scroll down to The Duel – Can You Defeat Death?, which is currently the third book down the list, if you’re interested. (Or, if you just want to read my yarn, that’s available right here.)


BOFF and a free book

August 18, 2010

If you’re a regular around here you’ll know that I periodically post a bit of free fiction under the Friday Flash banner. Friday Flash is the brainchild of J M Strother. His idea was that every friday people post a piece of flash fiction (1,000 words or less) on their websites and share said fiction with others via the #fridayflash hashtag on Twitter. It grew very popular and now J M has an engine on his site that collates all the stories every week and it’s become quite the fiction movement. So much so that there’s now a Best Of volume – BOFF, or Best Of Friday Flash Vol. 1, is available now as an ebook with a trade paperback coming soon.

I certainly don’t post every week, but one of my stories was lucky enough to be selected for inclusion in this first Best Of. As a promotion for the launch of the book, you can win a free copy along with a free copy of another novel, just by commenting on J M’s blog. The other novel might be Strange New Feet, by Shannon Esposito, Prophecy Moon by Laura Eno or RealmShift, by little old me. Two free books, just for making a comment. You can’t say fairer than that.

Get over to J M’s site now to enter and learn more about the BOFF while you’re there.

The full Table of Contents for the collection can be found here.

Become a Shambler to win a zombie prize pack

August 16, 2010

zombieNecroscope is the zombie-specific sub-blog of Horrorscope, the Australian Dark Fiction blog, described thusly:

NecroScope is the official zombie review subsite of Horrorscope (the award-winning news and literary criticism zine dedicated to dark fiction). Necroscope deals specifically with all things related to zombies, revenants, and the walking dead, whether in fiction, non-fiction, cinema, comics, games, or any other media, and regardless of origin or variety (supernatural or viral, Voodoo or Romero).

At the moment, Necroscope is having a subscription drive. Become a Shambler (a Necroscope follower) and go into the draw to win a prize-pack of zombie-related goodies:

* A copy of the novel State of Decay, by James Knapp (Roc, 2010).
* A copy of Feed, by Mira Grant (Orbit, 2010).
* A copy of Dead or Alive, by William Harms (Absolute Tyrant, 2010).
* One copy each of Black House Comics’ After the World: Killable Hours (Clay Blakehills) and After the World: Gravesend (Jason Fischer).
* A copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, by Mark Twain and W. Bill Czolgosz (Coscom Entertainment, 2009).
* A copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zombies, by Nathan Robert Brown (Penguin Books, 2010).
* A copy of the comic George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead: The Beginning, Issue #1 (Avatar Press, 2006).

Now that is quite the prize pack you lovers of the shambling dead. Get over to the official site to follow and earn a place in the draw.


Write a haiku, win a zombie novella

August 13, 2010

I’m prepared to bet that the above title has never been seen by humans before. And it takes a dude like Jason Fischer to make that happen. Jason is a good friend of mine, a top notch writer, a Writers Of The Future winner, no less, and a master of puns. His novella, Gravesend, published by Black House Comics, is available now. It’s an installment in After the World – a new ongoing series, each issue a new story set in a world where the dead don’t take no for an answer.

Gravesend is in newsagents now, but you can win a copy simply by penning a haiku. Jason is running this contest on his site and the rules are very simple:

To enter, simply compose a haiku – the only catch is it must be zombie or apocalypse themed. Post your haiku in this comments thread (either at or on the LJ feed, it’s all good). As long as you meet the 5-7-5 rule, I’m not too fussed if you mention a seasonal reference – though if you mention winter and brains, it will earn you bonus points.

Go to Jason’s site here to enter. (This contest is only open to Aussie residents). I’ve entered. Will you?

Writers Of The Future Honourable Mention

June 28, 2010

For the first time ever I entered a story in the Writers Of The Future competition. The thing takes a fair while to turn around, with entries going into a quarterly judging period. Winners of each quarter battle it out at the end of the year.

My first effort just scored me an Honourable Mention for this year’s 2nd Quarter, so I’m pretty happy with that. I wonder if that’ll help me sell the story somewhere else now?


Pushed Too Far on Dark Shorts

May 21, 2010

My duel winning story from House Of Horror has been added to the Dark Shorts page. Use the button on the left or this is a direct link to the story.

It’s a little under 1,500 words and Friday Flash stuff is supposed to be 1,000 words or less, but I thought I’d mention this in Friday Flash circles anyway, for those of you interested to have a read. I hope you enjoy it.


House Of Horror short story duel now up

May 11, 2010

You may remember a few days ago I blogged about suddenly having a deadline to write a 1,500 word story for a writer duel over at House Of Horror.

The theme was “something written on a tombstone”. I put together my story, my opponent has written his and now they’re both up for the voting public to read and decide which is best. It looks like you need to leave an email address and a comment as your vote, presumably something along the lines of “I like Pushed Too Far by Alan Baxter best!” Assuming, that is, that you do prefer my story.

Follow this link to the House Of Horror website and scroll down to Let The Duel Begin. Click that and there you’ll find a text box with both stories and under that the two fields for you to place your vote. I’d love to get your votes, but if you can’t be bothered, that’s fine – go and read the story anyway. You can always comment here and let me know what you thought of it. Or just have a read and don’t worry about commenting anywhere. Or don’t even bother to read it. See how many options are open? Incidentally, the site in question has embedded sound effects which can be a bit annoying, so hit the mute button before you click on the link to avoid those.

If you do read my story, I hope you like it.



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