(Tuesday Toot on a Wednesday? Yeah. Wanna fight about it? It’s still Tuesday in America, so blow me. I’m still catching up from holidays.)

Tuesday Toot is a new invite-only series of short posts where writers, editors, booksellers and other creatives have been asked to share thier stuff and toot their own horn. It’s hard to be seen in the digital morass and hopefully this semi-regular segment will help some of the quality stuff out there get noticed. It should all be stuff that readers of The Word will find edifying.

Today, it’s Chuck McKenzie.

Who is Chuck?

Chuck McKenzie was born in 1970, and still spends much of his time there. Since 1999 he’s had over two dozen short stories published, along with a novel (Worlds Apart, Hybrid Publishers, 1999) and a collection of his short SF and horror fiction (Confessions of a Pod Person, MirrorDanse Books, 2005), and has co-edited an anthology of humourous genre tales (AustrAlien Absurdities, Agog! Press, 2003). More recently, he worked as a staff reviewer for HorrorScope, before setting up the affiliated zombie review site NecroScope. Chuck’s work has received multiple nominations for the Aurealis, Ditmar and Australian Shadows awards, while Chuck himself has sat on the judging panels for both the Aurealis and Australian Shadows awards on several occasions.

What are you tooting about?

Currently, Chuck is in the process of setting up a bookshop in Chelsea, Victoria, which will specialise in SF, fantasy and horror, as well as graphic novels, Manga, roleplaying supplies, and esoteric titles. Additionally, major shelf space will be dedicated to Australian small-press fiction. The shop has a planned opening date of February 2012, and Chuck (pre)invites one and all to drop in and enjoy the genuine staff knowledge and old-fashioned service that will form the foundation of this business. Details available soon!

The shop will be at Shop 9, Chelsea Beach Arcade, 426 Nepean Highway, Chelsea, VIC.

[We need more independent, specialist book stores, especially for genre fiction, so good on ya, Chuck! I hope it’s a storming success and I look forward to coming down for a signing sometime soon. – Alan]