Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Tunnel Runner Has Escaped

Dear Reader, I'd like to invite you to the online launch of "The Tunnel Runner", a tale of urban adventure, social discontent, and psychological suspense that will drag you down to the sewers before returning you to the surface again... if you're lucky. There are competitions galore, as well as sneak peeks, and details on the places and music that inspired the tunnel world.

The Tunnel Runner Facebook Launch

There is one paperback giveaway and several ebook giveaways, so enter all of them to boost your chances!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Tunnel Runner by Cameron Trost

The Tunnel Runner

by Cameron Trost

Giveaway ends September 22, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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You could win an ebook copy of the novel right here on my blog! Just follow these steps:
a) Add your email address to receive updates by email (on the right-hand side near the top)
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A lucky winner will be randomly selected before the release of the ebook, which is on the 22nd of September. Good luck!

For your chance to win an ebook copy of The Tunnel Runner, simply buy and review any of my ebooks on Smashwords and add me as a "favorite":
A lucky winner will be randomly selected before the release of the ebook, which is on the 22nd of September.

Win an ebook copy of The Tunnel Runner by purchasing my short story collection, Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales, and leaving a rating and review on Amazon before the 22nd of September.

You could win an ebook copy of The Tunnel Runner simply by "liking" my Facebook page. If the page reaches 1000 followers by the 22nd of September, one lucky fan will be randomly selected.

If you'd rather just buy a copy of The Tunnel Runner, click here to order your copy today.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Morbid Metamorphosis

The Corkscrew and the Void, a tale of psychological horror which explores the unfathomable depths of the human psyche from the confines of a hotel room, has been published in the inaugural anthology from Lycan Valley Press. This book contains twenty-two stories by authors from around the world. Together they bring you morbidly terrifying tales of metamorphosis, transformation, and deep horror that will follow you for days after you've read the last page. Beware reading this book at night, and alone - for the mind is a powerful thing, and you may find you have company in the shadows!
   Authored by Greg Chapman, Nickolas Furr, Nancy Kilpatrick, Gregory L Norris, Daniel I Russell, MJ Preston, Suzanne Robb, Amanda J Spedding, Franklin E Wales, Roy C Booth, Terri Delcampo, Dave Gammon, Suzie Lockhart, Donna Marie West, Jo-Anne Russell, Rod Marsden, Simon Dewar, Cameron Trost, Stacey Turner, Ken MacGregor. Edited by Robert Nelson.

Morbid Metamorphosis is available now from AmazonCreateSpace and Smashwords.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Dinosaurs: My Very First Story?

Here's a little work of fiction my mother recently unearthed during a palaeontological dig through a box containing some relics from my school days. This artefact dates from circa 1988 and may very well be my first work of written fiction (although I know this was not the first draft of Dinosaurs). I assure you that my knowledge of English grammar and punctuation has greatly improved since I penned this particular piece, but it probably represents the apogee of my imagination. What do you think?

If you'd like to read some of my more recent work, simply click a cover image on your right-hand side.

Monday, 18 January 2016

The Literary Hatchet #13

The Literary Hatchet #13 has arrived, and I have to say, it is a gorgeous publication. The cover is perfect, the interior design stylish, and, most importantly, it's packed full of short fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, and art. When I opened the package this evening, I was pleased to discover that this magazine (or anthology, or mook, or whatever you want to call it) is even more professionally produced than I had hoped.

The Literary Hatchet is promoted as a dark fiction publication dedicated to genres and themes like mystery, murder, macabre, horror, monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. Apparently, "absolutely bloody bizarre" should also be on that list, because Milk, my most recent short story, is lurking within.

What's so weird about a tale with such a mundane title?
Well, you'll just have to read it to find out!

Purchase a print copy here
Read it for FREE (PDF) here

Friday, 15 January 2016

An Interview with Greg Chapman

Greg Chapman, in case you didn't know, is one of Australia's great horror fiction scribes, and his new novella, The Eschatologist, is being released today. Greg kindly agreed to answer a few questions for you, my dear readers.

Thanks for agreeing to answer my questions about your novella, The Eschatologist. Let’s start with the obvious. For the uninitiated, what does the title mean?

An Eschatologist is a person who is concerned with the final days – or the end of the world. In the case of my novella, this person is known as Amos, the primary antagonist of the story. Someone who will do anything to fulfil what he believes is God’s final plan for humanity.

This is your fourth (?) published novella. How is it different from the others in terms of theme, characterisation, setting, and style?

It will actually be my fifth after Torment, The Noctuary, Vaudeville, and The Last Night of October. The Eschatologist is different mainly in the fact that it’s my first post-apocalyptic piece of long fiction. The style is the same as my last two novellas, but it is told by a number of narrators – namely the central characters of David Brewer and his wife and daughter, and Amos. The setting is what remains of the earth after a biblical scale apocalypse (think floods, firestorms, tornadoes and earthquakes). They’re walking around on dust and between scorched trees. There’s really nothing left of the old world.

What do you have planned for 2016? What are your goals?

I have a haunted house novel that I finished towards the end of last year that I am shopping around to a few publishers. I’d like to write another novella and a novel-length sequel to my 2011 novella The Noctuary. I recently re-acquired the rights back to it and Torment and I’m very keen to stretch the mythology of The Noctuary into darker territory. Other than that I’d love to write my short stories and create more art.

You are gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s biggest Halloween fans. Do you have any new ideas for this year’s spooky display? Where can we find photos of last year’s display?

I think our Halloween display is going to grow, but slowly. This year, I really only managed to create a new zombie, but I’d love to do something with animatronics. We’ll see how much time I have.

Most importantly of all, where can we buy The Eschatologist and find out more about your work?

The Eschatologist is available in digital and print formats from Voodoo Press.

For more info on my writing visit or my art page at

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

2015: The Year of Darkness and Lighthouses

The year is drawing to a close, and I'm certainly looking forward to a holiday from the day job as an English teacher. Perhaps, just perhaps, I'll even have an hour or two to get some writing done before the clocks herald the midnight hour on the 31st of December. Please join me as I look back on what I accomplished in 2015.

Australian Horror Writers' Association

This year, as vice-president of the AHWA, I wanted to carry out a project that would become part of the association's history. That vague idea soon grew clearer and I decided it was time for the AHWA to publish its first anthology of horror stories written by members. With an enthusiastic nod from my fellow committee members, In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep: An Anthology of Australian Horror was published in the lead-up to Halloween. It is now available for purchase in print or as an ebook.

I was also pleased, as the AHWA's competitions coordinator, to have organised the Flash Fiction and Short Story Competition, which was won by J. Ashley-Smith (short story) and Zoe Downing (flash fiction). Their winning entries will be published in the next issue of Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA. The guidelines for the 2016 competition are available now and entries can be submitted as of the 1st of January.

Black Beacon Books

In 2013, I founded Black Beacon Books, one of just a handful of Australian small press publishers dedicated to horror, suspense, and mystery short fiction and novellas, and the only one currently active in Brisbane. This year, we published our second anthology, Lighthouses: An Anthology of Dark Tales, which features tales set in and around lighthouses by authors from around the world - but predominantly Australian. It was no mean feat publishing two anthologies in one year and making sure that both were of the highest quality in terms of content and design... but it happened!


Needless to say, with so much editing and marketing taking up what little free time I had, this year wasn't my most productive when it came to penning my own tales. All the same, I did manage to work on several short stories this year, and two of them have found homes. They are both strange and disturbing, and that's all I'll say...

The Crows of Eildon Hill


Next Year

Can this momentum be kept up? Well, probably not, to be frank. That said, one of my resolutions is to find more time to work on my own writing, and I'm intent on making the AHWA Flash Fiction and Short Story Competition even more successful than it was this year. What about another anthology? Well, you've probably worked out that I'm hooked, so yeah, you can expect submissions guidelines to be announced early next year for the next Black Beacon Books anthology. After all, there is a wealth Australian writing talent out there but a lack of psychological horror and suspense markets these days.

So, stay tuned for 2016! 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Carrie The Musical : Brisbane Powerhouse

Carrie The Musical, inspired by Stephen King's classic novel, is coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2016. The director, ZoĆ« Tuffin, has kindly agreed to answer a few questions for the members of the Australian Horror Writers' Association.

Thanks for answering our questions about the upcoming musical, Carrie. Could you introduce yourself and Wax Lyrical Productions to our members?
Sure. I’m a theatre director and producer. I work as a producer at Brisbane Powerhouse and have directed, this year, Titus for Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and Enter Macbeth, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, for Vena Cava Productions. Both quite bloody and violent shows, there seems to be a running theme in my work lately, not sure what that says about me…
Wax Lyrical Productions is a company that my writer/director husband, Shane Pike, and I started when we first moved to Brisbane. We recognised that there wasn’t a great deal of work being created in Brisbane that had a strong narrative. Brisbane loves spectacle, there is oodles of circus and physical theatre being created here. Wax Lyrical is all about creating work that first and foremost has a great story. And so far Brisbane audiences have responded really well.

As you can imagine, many of the AHWA’s members are Stephen King fans. Why do you think they will enjoy the musical? What are the major differences and similarities between the novel, the film, and the musical?
The musical, in my opinion, takes the best bits of the novel and the 1976 film and adds some songs. The musical was first performed in 1988, it caused a great deal of controversy and wasn’t presented again until 2012 when it went through some major rewrites. The rewrites brought the musical closer to Stephen King’s novel. The 2012 version, which Wax Lyrical is presenting, is told from Sue Snell’s point of view. She is being interrogated, forced to relive the memories that still haunt her.
The music is obviously the biggest difference between the novel and the musical. Like any good musical though, the songs are always either an expression of character or a way to move the plot along. So they are still deeply tied to King’s story. Even the style of the music is a reflection of each of the characters. For instance, Margaret White’s songs are big, dramatic almost operatic numbers that perfectly capture her eccentricity. Compared to Chris Hargensen who has this great dirty pop number.

Much of your work is inspired by Asian theatre, including butoh dance theatre. Is this evident in Carrie?
I think it’s inevitably there, it’s such an important part of what I do. I’ll be using it in a subtle way though, it’ll be more of the inspiration behind some of the movement than a direct integration. So I won’t be changing the dance numbers into butoh! No, rather some of the more supernatural and haunting elements of the show will have a flavour of butoh to them.

What qualities did you look for when casting?
It’s funny you know, I cast it very much the same as I would any straight theatre show. I looked for good actors, really good actors. Obviously they needed to be able to sing. It’s quite a difficult score and my Musical Director, Dominic Woodhead, had vetted them carefully on that but for me, it was all about the acting. The characters in Carrie, that King created, are very complex. There is nothing simple or black and white about King’s writing and it is vitally important to me that we don’t present simplified stereotypes (which happens a lot in musicals). So I needed to find performers who could bring out that level of complexity.

A question for those of us who know nothing about theatre; what’s the blood made of?
Such a good question. Fake blood is made from glucose syrup, red food colouring with a little bit of blue to make it nice and dark, then you add chocolate sauce to give it a good consistency (glucose syrup is super thick so the chocolate sauce helps to thin it out without making it too runny). As you can imagine, it is super sweet! We’ve planned to release a little video on our Facebook page showing you exactly how to make it—so keep your eyes peeled for that!

The Powerhouse is a unique venue with lots of atmosphere. What does it mean to you?
It gives us a great opportunity to honour the space we’re in. There’s not a great deal we need to do for the design, it’s such an atmospheric space as you say. We’re in the Visy Theatre, which is a lovely intimate space. There is some great graffiti on the back wall and these gorgeous big pillars in there too. We’ll be using all of that to help create our design.

Will Carrie be touring the country?
I hope so! I’ve been chatting to folks in Melbourne so you never know.

Where can we find all the details including times and tickets?
The show is running 20-30 January. Tickets are here:

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