Okay, so I haven't been here for approximately millennia. This is , after all , a kind of journal that discusses my private life; and this year, believe me: nobody would want to read about much of it. Anybody's who's been through the motions of separation and divorce will attest to that. Feelings of abandonment, betrayal and an overall shake up of one's existence are all hallmarks that just take time to work through -
The fiction writing, however, has been quite strong. And all things horror are quite vocal around the country at the moment. Conflux, the convention I attended in June, was an absolute blast. It was a bit of a weekend of debauchery, smiles, and chatting to a few famous individuals I've been fans of for quite some time. If it was having lunch with Rob Hood, shooting the shit with Sean Williams and Shane Cummings, or just my own plain philosophic thoughts regarding the city I live in - it was certainly a hoot. I say that about Adelaide because this was the first time I'd traveled to Canberra; nothing but a strange metropolis full of embassies and no ocean; and I gained a new perspective upon Adelaide after returning.
I finally got Davey Ribbon off the launch pad, and am pleased with the results so far. What can be so irritating about the writing process , for me, at least , is the creative spurt will only last intensely for three days or so; then - nothing. Where the fuck does the muse go? And why doesn't he let me know he'll be taking a few days off. Well, I'm pleased I have one at all , so beggars can't be choosers.
One of the main reasons for this entry is a need to inform everyone about Internationl Horror Day. The links page on this site will probably never be working. If you google these advents they'll definitely come up. IHD is unprecedented in that it's world wide. Basically Horror Day is a call to arms for all fans of dark fiction to buy a horror book, give away a horror book, buy or rent a horror movie, or read ghost stories to the kids. In short, it is a day to raise awareness of the genre.
The Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) has sent a media release to many Australian newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and TV stations, to encourage awareness of horror literature. AHWA committee members and some prominent Australian horror authors will also be participating in media interviews to further promote Horror Day.
So please support Australian dark fiction by spreading the word - and remember to pick up a book or DVD next Friday.
If you're in Perth, Brimstone Press is sponsoring a Horror Day reading at Fantastic Planet bookstore (Shafto Lane, Perth) at 6pm, Friday the 13th. The reading will feature many prominent WA dark fiction writers, including Stephen Dedman, Lee Battersby, Lyn Battersby, Carol Ryles, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, and others. The event will be MCed by Shadowed Realms and Brimstone Press editor Angela Challis.
Recently released Australian horror titles include the Lothian 'Dark Suspense' line: Carnies by Martin Livings, Prismatic by Edwina Grey, The Mother by Brett McBean, and The Darkness Within by Jason Nahrung (the latter available Jan 07); the Prime Books collections: Never Seen By Waking Eyes by Stephen Dedman, Through Soft Air by Lee Battersby, and Doorways for the Dispossessed by Paul Haines; Ek Chuah by James R Cain (Active Bladder Press); Cemetery Dance Publications' Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear by Terry Dowling; and the Shadow Box e-anthology (Brimstone Press).
Australian dark fiction magazines include Shadowed Realms, Dark Animus, and Borderlands.
This is great news for everyone. A stepping stone to be taken seriously in all aspects of the media and business side of things.
Lastly, I'd like to say a big Hello to everybody working in the genre here in Australia. Although you don't know it, you're input, work and networking support has provided me with invaluable encouragment and inspiration. We're not alone! Yippie!