Word warlock. Martial artist. Whisky-soaked swear monkey.
Alan Baxter is a British-Australian, multi-award-winning author of horror, supernatural thrillers and dark fantasy liberally mixed with crime, mystery and noir. This Is Horror podcast calls him “Australia’s master of literary darkness” and the Talking Scared podcast dubbed him “The Lord of Weird Australia.” He’s also a martial arts expert, a whisky-soaked swear monkey, and dog lover. He creates dark, weird stories among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, where he lives with his family and other animals.
Alan is the author of several novels, including the Alex Caine trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction, The Balance duology, RealmShift and MageSign, the urban horror noir novel, Hidden City, and the horror/crime thriller Devouring Dark. His latest novel is the small town folk horror story, Sallow Bend, published by Cemetery Dance. He’s also written several novellas, including the cosmic horror thriller The Book Club, the supernatural noir Eli Carver novella series, Manifest Recall, Recall Night, and Ghost Recall, the wildly popular gonzo horror novella, The Roo, and a mosaic novel across two novella collections of weird Australian cosmic horror, The Gulp and The Fall. Alan has had more than 100 short fiction publications in journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK, France, Germany and Japan, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and many others. Alan has two award-winning volumes of collected short fiction, Crow Shine and Served Cold. Alan’s work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Taiwanese.
At times, Alan collaborates with US action/adventure bestselling author, David Wood. Together they have co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, four action thrillers in The Jake Crowley Adventures, and three giant monster thrillers in the Sam Aston Investigations series.
Alan has been an eleven-time finalist in the Aurealis Awards, an eight-time finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards and a ten-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards. From those shortlistings he won the 2021 Aurealis Award for Best Collection for The Gulp, the 2014 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story (“Shadows of the Lonely Dead”), the 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction (“In Vaulted Halls Entombed”), the 2016 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection (Crow Shine), and the 2019 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection (Served Cold). He is also a past winner of the AHWA Short Story Competition (“It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”). Alan’s first collection, Crow Shine, also made the preliminary ballot for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award (TM) for Best Collection, and The Gulp made the preliminary ballot for the 2021 Bram Stoker Award (TM) for Best Collection. Alan’s 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award-winning story, “In Vaulted Halls Entombed”, was adapted for Season 3 of the Netflix Original Series, LOVE DEATH +ROBOTS.
Read extracts from his novels and novellas, and find free short stories at his website – www.alanbaxter.com.au – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.
For queries about reprints, film/TV options, and foreign rights, please contact Alan’s agent, Alex Adsett, of Alex Adsett Publishing Services.
APPEARANCES, WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS
Alan has previously appeared as a guest and panelist at conventions, festivals, events, and writers’ centres around Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He’s been a Supastar guest at the Supanova and Oz Comic-Con fan expos in several cities. Alan has been a Guest of Honour at Conflux, Swancon, and GeyserCon (NZ). He’s run workshops on all kinds of writing-related subjects including short story clinics, novel writing, fight and action scenes, author platform, social media and more at Worldcon, schools, libraries, and several State Writers’ Centres, among other venues.
Want him to come speak at your school, library, writers’ group, or event? Please get in touch.