Punishment of the Sun at Tales to Terrify

tales-to-terrify-logoI’m becoming a bit of a regular at the Tales to Terrify podcast, which is fine with me as it’s one of my favourites. This time, it’s my only vampire story, Punishment of the Sun, which was published in the Dead Red Heart anthology from Ticonderoga Publications in 2011. It also got an Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year #4 (Night Shade Books 2012) and was on the Recommended Reading List, Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, 2011 (ed. Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene, Ticonderoga Publications). I’m very proud of this story. I always said I’d never write a vampire yarn – the whole trope has been so overworked that I thought there was nothing else to say. Then editor Russell B Farr put out the call for the Dead Red Heart antho where he wanted distinctly Australian vampire stories. So I saw a challenge there I could rise to. And I’ve subsequently worked over the whole vampire mythology in my own way again in my novels, but not in a really upfront way – more as a small part of the larger supernatural world I explore in them.

Anyway, go and have a listen to the podcast here and be sure to grab a copy of the original anthology here (or wherever you prefer to shop), because it’s bloody excellent. See what I did there?


“Burning, Always Burning” at Tales to Terrify

“Btales-to-terrify-logourning, Always Burning”, a twisty, weird story I co-wrote with Felicity Dowker for the Damnation & Dames anthology, has been podcast by those wonderful people at Tales To Terrify, read by Dan Rabarts. The story required the coining of the term “paranoirmal”.

The anthology is great, available from Ticonderoga Publications here. You can find the podcast here:


Dream Shadow at Tales To Terrify

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 story “Dream Shadow”. It was originally published in the Winds of Change anthology from CSFG Publishing, edited by Elizabeth Fitzgerald. It’s a bit of very Australian flavoured horror.

This is my second appearance at Tales To Terrifythey podcast my ghost western story, “Not the Worst of Sins”, last year. And this is the second story of mine that the good Mr Dunlop has narrated – he also read my “The Seven Garages of Kevin Simpson” for Pseudopod. You can find that story here.

Here’s the latest Tales To Terrify, episode 155, “Dream Shadow”.

I collate all my podcast stories and a list of my favourite podcast magazines on this page here.



Unexpected Launch at Starship Sofa

starshipsofa-logoA while ago, editor Keith Stevenson of Coeur De Lion Publications put together an anthology of science fiction short stories called Anywhere But Earth. I was really happy that he bought my story, “Unexpected Launch”, for that book. I still maintain that it’s one of the best SF anthologies out there. It’s a book that is perfect for when people say, “I don’t read SF. It’s all laser guns and space ships, right?” You say, “Hell, no!” and you slap them upside the head with Anywhere But Earth and tell them to read it. My story does have laser guns and space ships, as it happens, but not only that! And the variety of story in the antho is mind-blowing!

Anyway, buy the damn book already. Meanwhile, my story is the audio fiction today on Starship Sofa, one of the District of Wonders podcast family. This makes a hat-trick for me, because I’ve already had stories podcast by their sister outfits, Tales To Terrify and Crime City Central. I’m very happy to add the Sofa to the list. You can hear “Unexpected Launch” here and go to the Podcasts page to find all my other stories that have been podcast.