Signed books for Christmas special offer!

Signed books make excellent gifts, and with Christmas coming up, what better way to show your love of friends and family than books dedicated to them and signed by the author? So here’s a special offer for the season.

I’m offering a Special Christmas Gift Pack that includes:

  • 3 signed and personalised books (of your choice from those listed below)
  • some signed postcards
  • a limited edition “Welcome to The Gulp” black nickel enamel pin

The cost is AU$75 for the lot, including postage anywhere in Australia. The same offer applies to anyone not in Australia, but the cost is AU$135 outside Aus because the postage for this parcel to anywhere beyond our borders is AU$61.60. Madness, but I have no control over that. Also, overseas orders might take two or three weeks to arrive, so factor that in.

You can choose any three of: Sallow Bend, The Gulp, The Fall, Served Cold, Hidden City, Devouring Dark or The Alex Caine Trilogy. (Other books of mine might be available, so if you’re keen for something else, drop me a message and check first if I have it.)

Scroll down for the buy links, but please read the details below too.

When you click through to order, there’s a box you have to fill in that asks how you want the book signed. In this box please put the following:

Which books you want and

Who you want them signed to.

Also, if you want me to send the books directly to a recipient, make sure the shipping address reflects that, and if you want them gift-wrapped, I can do that too. Let me know in the same comments box.

Any questions, drop me a line. Order from these links:

For Australian 2022 Gift Pack orders click here.

For 2022 Gift Pack orders going anywhere outside Australia, click here.

Of course, if you just want one book or some other combination of things, just go to the Books by Alan page, click on anything you want, then click the orange Buy Signed Paperback button. And questions or problems, drop me a line.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of my writing and happy holidays to all!

 

A story about my new car

I recently posted this on Twitter. Click through to read on the bird site or see the transcript below:

I recently bought a new car… well, secondhand obviously, I’m an author. But new to me. And newer than the old one with 320,000km on the clock.

I sold my old car on gumtree, a local woman bought it. A friend brought her around to see it, they took it for a test drive, we haggled a bit on the price. She said she’d transfer the money. Great.

A couple of days later I get the money in my account. So I text her and say the money’s here, come and grab the car any time.

She texts back a couple of hours later. “Can you actually drive it over and then I’ll give you a lift back home in it? I don‘t have any way to get to you right now.”

I said, “I can wait, no rush.” She said, “I’d love to get it right away though. I could really use it today. I’ve got a bunch of errands to run.”

I said sure, as it was only about 5 or 6 km away. It would only take 20 minutes out of my day. “I’ll drop it over in about half an hour, okay?” I told her.

She said, “Sure, thanks. Just as soon as you can would be great.”

So I turn up at the address about forty minutes later and knock on the door. One of those rural properties that’s not really a farm, but a lot bigger than a regular house. Surrounded by bush, you know the sort of thing.

There’s no answer at the door.

I go around the back, call out. Nothing. So I call the number we’ve been texting and it doesn’t even ring. Just that electronic voice, “Sorry, this number is unavailable.”

Maybe turned off, out of a coverage area, something. But now I’m annoyed. I’ve taken time out and driven here and it’s a ghost town.

What to do?

I figure as it’s only 5 or 6 km, rather than waste time trying to organise another time or whatever, I’ll leave the car here and walk home.

Should have brought the dog with me, kill two birds etc.

So I post the keys for the car through the letter slot in the front door, and send her a text to say that’s what I’ve done. I’ve been paid, the car’s delivered, all sorted. And I stroll back towards the road.

That’s when I hear the screaming.

I thought it was birds at first, but it was weirdly muffled. When I realised it was screaming, I ran back to the house. But then I couldn’t hear it any more.

I pressed my ear to the door. Nada.

So I walk back down the driveway, heading out to the road like I had been before, and sure enough, there’s the muffled screaming again.

I’m deaf in one ear, so it took a while to triangulate the sound, but I finally figured it was coming from the big grassy area just off one side of the driveway.

As I moved closer, listening in, I saw the turf was kinda weird looking there. Like it had been rolled up and then re-laid.

About fifty metres away, up against the edge of the bush, was a small front end loader. It had fresh looking dirt on the front of the bucket. Like it had been digging recently, you know?

Then a voice said, “Hey, mate.”

I turned around and there was a grizzled looking guy there, maybe fifty or so (about the same age as the woman who bought the car) but he looked a lot older. “Oh,” I said. “Hey.”

“Sorry I didn’t answer, I was in the bathroom.” He had a bit of a lisp when he spoke.

I nodded. “Right.”

He lifted the car keys, gave them a jingle. “Thanks for dropping it around.”

I said, “No worries. I was going…” Then I stopped myself. I’d nearly said, “I was going to get a lift back” but something made me pause. I didn’t really want a lift anywhere with this guy.

The screaming was hard to hear now I’d stepped back onto the driveway. Maybe it was getting weaker too. I wasn’t sure what to do. I must have looked indecisive.

“I told her not to buy it,” the guy said. “I told her she didn’t need no car of her own. I can drive her anywhere she needs to go.”

“Right. I guess she wanted some independence or something?”

“And what would she need that for?”

I didn’t have an answer to that. At least, not one I was prepared to say out loud and risk this guy’s ire.

He nodded. “So anyway. Thanks for dropping it around.”

“No worries. You’ll make sure she gets the keys?”

He grinned at me and I saw he was missing both front teeth. I thought maybe that was why he spoke with a lisp. I wondered how he’d lost them. “I’ll see that everything’s taken care of,” he said.

The screaming had stopped.

“Cool, thanks then,” I said, desperate to get away. “I’ll see you around.”

“Probably not, hey.”

I tried a smile, but it wavered. “Yeah. Probably not.”

I turned and walked as casually as I could out of the driveway and turned along the road. As soon as some bush was blocking the view to the house, I ran another hundred metres then pulled out my phone, dialled 000.

I told the cops everything and ran all the way home. I guess I might get a call from them soon.

Or probably not, hey.

 

Let The Cat In podcast

If you’re not already listening to this one, I highly recommend it. J. Ashley-Smith, Kaaron Warren and Aaron Dries are all amazing authors and fantastic co-hosts of this, which is one of the most interesting podcasts out there. I was lucky enough to be a guest recently and you can listen to my episode here. Then go through the archive and catch up. Some real gold there.

 

Two new stories coming in October – FOUND and SNAFU: DEAD OR ALIVE

I’ve talked a bit about Damnation Games, the new crime/horror anthology I’m editing, and I also have an original story in that book, called “The Question”. I can’t wait for folks to see it, because it’s a banger. You can read all about that here.

But just like when you’re waiting ages for a bus then three all come at once, I have two more original stories coming out in October as well. I’m super proud of all these. First up, I’m excited to have made the cut for another edition of the fantastic SNAFU anthology series from Cohesion Press, this time horrors of the wild west in Dead or Alive. My story, “The Fiends of Turner’s Creek”, will feature alongside a stellar line-up of authors.

And the other story I have is called “The Novak Roadhouse Massacre” and that will be in the Found anthology, ed. Andrew Cull and Gabino Iglesias, advertised thus:

Between April and August 2021 eighteen horror writers disappeared. These are the stories they were writing when they disappeared. FOUND will be released on 8th October 2022.

Pre-orders for the Kindle version of the book are live here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BB6GQDW1Reader caution is advised. These are not ordinary stories.

Keep your eyes on my socials for when these amazing books drop.

TWO Ditmar Award nominations, you say!?

Holy shitballs! The 2022 Ditmar Awards shortlists have just been released and I’m there TWICE! I am genuinely so happy to see The Gulp as a finalist in Best Collected Work and Ghost Recall as a finalist in Best Novella or Novelette. What a thrill. This makes 10 nominations for a Ditmar across my career, but I’ve yet to win one. Maybe this year? Regardless, it genuinely is an honour and a privilege to be a finalist. The full list is below:

Best Novel

  • All the Murmuring Bones, A.G. Slatter, Titan Books.
  • The Bridge, J.S. Breukelaar, Meerkat Press.
  • The Councillor, E.J. Beaton, DAW Books.
  • A Marvellous Light, Freya Marske, Tor.
  • Papa Lucy & The Boneman (Books of Before & Now 1), Jason Fischer, Outland Entertainment.
  • The Rose Daughter, Maria Lewis, Hachette Australia/Little Brown Books.
  • She Who Became the Sun, Shelley Parker-Chan, Tor.

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “Ariadne, I Love You”, J. Ashley-Smith, in Ariadne, I Love You, Meerkat Press.
  • “Dirty Heads”, Aaron Dries.
  • “Ghost Recall”, Alan Baxter, in Ghost Recall (Eli Carver 3), Grey Matter Press.
  • “The Little One”, Rebecca Fraser, in Coralesque and other tales to disturb and distract, IFWG Publishing Australia.
  • “A Vast Silence”, T.R. Napper, in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2021.

Best Short Story

  • “A Good Big Brother”, Matt Tighe, in Spawn: Weird Tales of Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, IFWG Australia.
  • “Goon of Fortune”, Geneve Flynn, in Midnight Echo 16.
  • “The House That Hungers”, Maria Lewis, in Aurealis No. 146, November 13 2021.
  • “The King in Yella”, Kaaron Warren, in Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign, Hippocampus Press.
  • “Legacy of the Species”, Pamela Jeffs, in The Terralight Collection, Four Ink Press.
  • “A Whisper in the Death Pit”, Kyla Lee Ward, in Weirdbook 44, Wildside Press.

Best Collected Work

  • Coralesque and Other Tales To Disturb and Distract, Rebecca Fraser, IFWG Publishing Australia.
  • The Gulp, Alan Baxter, 13th Dragon Books, self-published.
  • Relics, Wrecks & Ruins, Aiki Flinthart, CAT Press.
  • The Terralight Collection, Pamela Jeffs, Four Ink Press.
  • Tool Tales, Ellen Datlow and Kaaron Warren, IFWG Publishing Australia.

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • Earl Grey Editing, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
  • SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie.

Best Fan Writer

  • Kat Clay, for interviews and reviews on YouTube and katclay.com.

Best Fan Artist

  • C.H. Pearce, for fanart on Instagram, including (Em and Gyre), (Lysande), (Cruelty Free), and (Rocket Launch Good).

Best Artwork

INSUFFICIENT NOMINATIONS

Best New Talent

INSUFFICIENT NOMINATIONS

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Eugen Bacon, for Aurealis Reviews (editor and reviews).
  • Claire Fitzpatrick, for “How Mary Shelley Continues to Influence Modern Science Fiction”, in Aurealis 145.
  • Ian Mond, for reviews in Locus.
  • Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre, for editing Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985, PM Press.
  • Kyla Lee Ward, for “Vampire Poetry”, in Penumbra 2, Hippocampus Press.

 

 

SALLOW BEND out now!

SALLOW BEND, my first full-length novel in four years, is here! And it’s early. It was supposed to release on September 2nd, but a bit of a cock up means it’s dropped today. Not a bad thing at all. I am super proud of this creepy small town folk horror book and I really hope you’ll give it a try. And please, please, please do tell friends and family and colleagues (and enemies for that matter) about it. I’d really love to see it do well and word of mouth is incredibly powerful. Even if you only tell one person, the ripple effect can be amazing.

Here’s the blurb:

Something old and deadly has awoken.

When two teenagers go missing from the small, rural town of Sallow Bend, the residents come together to search for them. Little do they suspect that finding the wayward girls will be the start of their problems. An old evil is rising, and only one man seems to realize that everyone is in danger and this is not the first time it’s happened. With the carnival in town, people want to have a good time, but for many, this will be the worst time of their lives.

“(Sallow Bend) is an immersive page-turner where details about the characters and the eerie history of the place are effortlessly fleshed out. Paired with the unceasingly intensifying dread, the story quickly escalates from unsettling to terrifying. Baxter, already an award-winning horror author in his native Australia, seems poised to take over America as well.” – Booklist

“I truly love folk horror if it’s well done, and surely Alan Baxter conjured up something quite magical with his newest book Sallow Bend. It is a story that not only leaves reader’s at the edge of their seat, but also takes quite a few risks, and pulls them off beautifully.” – Julia C. Lewis

“Sometimes when kids get lost in the woods, they come out again. Sometimes that’s not a good thing. Sometimes they’re not alone anymore. Baxter’s Sallow Bend has more than a touch of King about it.” – Angela Slatter, award-winning author of All the Murmuring Bones

You can order from a variety of places, and I’ll update all the links on this page as the book populates out to various vendors. Give me a shout if you’re having any trouble tracking it down. And if you want a signed copy, no problem. You can buy a signed paperback directly from me by clicking right here: https://www.alanbaxteronline.com/?add-to-cart=16019 If you’re in the US, you can get a paperback directly through the Cemetery Dance website, which is ideal for them.

Otherwise, here are a few store links to get you started:

Signed Paperback from me.

Direct from the Publisher. (In the US this is a good option, but overseas shipping is killer and you’ll do better to use one of the online stores below.)

Amazon—US
Amazon—AU
Amazon—UK

Work published in 2022

It’s always good to remind people (and by people, I mostly mean me) of the successes in any given year. It’s important to take stock. I often feel like I’m not working hard enough and, while it’s true I could always work harder, I don’t tend to slack off much, and posting stuff like this helps to keep the doubting brain weasels away. It’s also a good reminder for people looking to nominate work for awards or reading lists to know what came out in any given year. So with that in mind, here’s my 2022 publication record.

THE FALL: Tales From The Gulp 2 – Eligible in Collection

All five stories in The Fall are original too, so they each qualify as Long Fiction (or Novella):

“Gulpepper Curios” (19,340 words)
“Cathedral Stack” (13,160 words)
“That Damn Woman” (18,230 words)
“Excursion Troop” (16,500 words)
“The Fall” (19,850 words)

SALLOW BEND – Eligible in Novel

DAMNATION GAMES – Eligible in Anthology, edited by me. This one should be out around October.

As for short fiction for 2022, that should end up looking like this:

“Counting Tunnels To Berry” – The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors anthology, ed. Doug Murano (Bad Hand Books, June 2022) – this one is out now.

And then these three should all be out in October:

“The Fiends of Turner’s Creek” – SNAFU: Dead or Alive, ed. A J Spedding (Cohesion Press)

“The Question” – Damnation Games, ed. Alan Baxter (Clan Destine Press)

“The Novak Roadhouse Massacre” – Found, ed. Andrew Cull and Gabino Iglesias

Now that’s not too bad for a year. I’ve also got a new novel out on submission (wish me luck, please!) and I’m about 20,000 words into the next novel.

That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.

Limited edition Welcome To The Gulp nickel/enamel pin

Check it out. Limited edition #WelcomeToTheGulp nickel/enamel pin. Made with black nickel, so it sometimes looks silver, sometimes black, depending on the light. Only available direct from me (in person or through my site below). They came out better than I expected! There won’t be too many of these, so I’d get in quick if I were you. They’re only AU$10 each, and postage in Australia is only AU$5. I’m more than happy to send them overseas, but the postage is RIDICULOUS! Because they’re not a letter, they have to be sent as a parcel, which means I have to pay about AU$22 or something to post them. You can figure out the postage by clicking the link below and then decide if you’re not sure.

Of course, the easiest option is to get them directly from me at events and hopefully I’ll get out to NZ, the US and the UK again before too long. Any time I travel, I’ll bring some with me, all the time I have any left.

If you have any issues with the online store part, message me and we’ll figure it out!

Get them here: https://www.alanbaxteronline.com/?add-to-cart=16026

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The Pixel Project’s work to stop Violence Against Women (VAW)

I’m very pleased to be part of the 9th annual Fall Edition of Read For Pixels, featuring live YouTube sessions highlighting award-winning bestselling authors in support of ending violence against women. This September’s Read for Pixels features myself, along with Alastair Reynolds, Bracken MacLeod, Carol Goodman, Daniel H. Wilson, Jenn Lyons, Kathryn Purdie, Kwame Mbalia, Namina Forna, Nghi Vo, Rin Chupeco, Romina Garber, and Tim Lebbon. Each livestream YouTube session will feature an author reading from one of their books and discussing women and girls in their work, why they support ending violence against women, and women in the media, geek culture, and popular culture. Each session will also include a live moderated Q&A segment for fans and book lovers. The sessions will take place on weekends throughout September 2022. All authors have also generously donated a range of goodies to help raise funds for The Pixel Project.

You can read more about the project and explore their website here.

The page where my YouTube session will be livestreamed is: https://tinyurl.com/ABaxterR4P
I haven’t quite decided what to read from yet, but I’m thinking it might be a scene from early on in my new novel, Sallow Bend, which is apposite to the project. Watch my social media for links and updates nearer the time.