Cthulhu @ Armageddon

The long-awaited anthology Cthulhu: Deep Down-Under, edited by Christopher Sequeira, Steve Proposch and Bryce Stevens, is being launched on October 18 & 19 at Armageddon Con in Melbourne.

Here’s Armageddon’s announcement:

http://armageddonexpo.com/au/comics-sci-fi-fantasy-trading-cards/cthulu-deep-down-under/
H.P. LOVECRAFT’S TITANIC MONSTROSITY RISES IN AUSTRALIA – AT ARMAGEDDON CON, MELBOURNE 2014!

24 of the best Writers of horror and fantasy in the country, and 25 amazing Artists, are proud to launch a MONSTROUSLY HUGE collection of stories: CTHULHU: DEEP DOWN UNDER!  A new tome with an original introduction by world literary legend RAMSEY CAMPBELL!  And a PROSE piece by legendary Australian singer songwriter STEVE KIBEY of THE CHURCH!

Come to the launch, find out about this massive, more than 500 page project, and its stunning 25 full-colour poster style illustrations of terror and suspense that will be available as SIGNED prints at Armageddon!

An incredible collection, featuring the work of the following talents slated to appear at Armageddon:

Writers/ Editors like

AARON STERNS (WOLF CREEK 2)!
KAARON WARREN (SLIGHTS, THROUGH SPLINTERED WALLS)
CHRISTOPHER SEQUEIRA (X-MEN VS VAMPIRES!)
JASON FRANKS (BLOODY WATERS! MCBLACK COMICS SERIES!)
G. N. BRAUN (HAMMERED!, COHESION PRESS)
LUCY SUSSEX (THE SCARLET RIDER, THIEF OF LIVES)
JANEEN WEBB (DEATH AT THE BLUE ELEPHANT)
DMETRI KAKMI (MOTHER LAND)
STEVEN PAULSEN (THE STRAY CAT)
STEVE PROPOSCH (BLOODSONGS MAGAZINE)

Artists like

JAN SCHERPENHUIZEN (THE TWILIGHT AGE COMIC SERIES)!
BRUCE MUTARD (FAMED WRITER-ARTIST OF THE SACRIFICE!)
W. CHEW CHAN (SUPERMAN RETURNS STORYBOARD ARTIST)
PAUL CAGEGGI (PANDEIA COMICS SERIES!)

Come and meet these creators for the story behind a ground-breaking new Australian anthology! [October 18 & 19]

Award Winning Article Reprint

It looks like the 1996 William Atheling Jr. Award winning article “A History of Australian Horror”, which I co-wrote with Sean McMullen and Bill Congreve, is going to be republished in a forthcoming book. The article was originally published in the sadly now defunct American magazine, The Scream Factory, and an updated version was later presented as the end piece for the ground-breaking Bonescribes anthology. More news to come.

Aussiecon IV – 68th World Science Fiction Convention

I attended Aussiecon IV, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention in my home town of Melbourne, Australia in September. It was great to catch up with old friends, writers, editors and book-lovers that I had not seen for some time. I was delighted to be there to see Shaun Tan, who illustrated my children’s book, The Stray Cat, win the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.

With Shaun Tan
With Terry Dowling
With Leigh Blackmore

New Novelette

I started a new novelette based in part on “Travels in India” (1845) by Captain Leopold von Orlich, translated by H. Evans Lloyd, ESQ. It is titled “The Black Diamond of the Elephant God”, and is set in H. P. Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos”. This is the first time I have used another writer’s work in a story and it will be interesting to see if I can meld my characters and plot, plus my own experiences in India, with some of the settings and experiences in this antiquated journal and craft them into a viable story.

New article on John Brosnan’s pseudonymous horror novels

Benjamin Szumskyj has accepted an article from me on the pseudonymous horror novels of John Brosnan for inclusion in Studies in Australian Weird Fiction Volume 3. The piece is based on an earlier essay published in Bloodsongs #3 in 1994, but has been completely rewritten to bring it up to date and correct some errors and omissions contained in the original article. Sadly, John Brosnan has now passed away but hopefully this piece will honour his memory and revive interest in his wonderful tongue-in-cheek horror novels.

With John Brosnan at the 1997 World Fantasy Convention