Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The Man behind the Shadows

It's Christmas soon - very soon - and bookworms know what that means, right? Yes, you got it, ghost story time! "The Sorrowful Wife" is one of three ghost stories of mine to be published in 2016; an eerie accomplishment that took me by surprise. Mark Nixon, the editor of Shadows at the Door, which is a fully illustrated hardcover anthology of new ghost tales in the old tradition, has kindly accepted to answer a few questions for you, the fan of all things phantasmal.

1. What inspired you to produce Shadows at the Door? 
A love of classical horror and sharing stories. Ghost Stories are meant to be shared, and that's exactly why was founded. To tell new and terrifying horror stories in an accessible way. Of course, after a while, fans of the site began to call out for a published book featuring their favourite authors, and I'm nothing if not a servant to them.

2. Where did the idea for the title come from?
Shadows at the Door represents what I believe is the true strength of horror: the implied. Once you see a monster, or a killer, fear can be deconstructed, you can plan, spot weaknesses and so on. But the unknown? A silhouette stood at the foot of your bed? Well, that could be anything, and that's terrifying! Anyone who has been home alone and spotted an unknown shadow at the door knows true fear.

3. Why would the anthology make for a great Christmas gift?
Ghost Stories are a quintessential part of Christmas, it's one of life's great pleasures to sit by the fire and read a pleasing terror. M.R. James in particular continued this tradition and many of the stories in the anthology are inspired by him. It's also a beautifully presented book, and a handsome addition to any bookshelf.

4. What are your other (not in this anthology) favourite ghost stories?
How much time do you have? I'll limit myself to some favourites such as Oh Whistle and I'll Come to you My Lad, The Signalman, Rats, Canon Alberic''s Scrapbook, The Monkey's Paw, The Upper Berth, The Mezzotint, Number 13 and controversially, The Price as I'd like to think it counts as a ghost story.

5. Where can we grab a copy of the anthology?
Hardbacks can be bought on the Shadows at the Door website, and the ebook is coming to Amazon before Christmas. The fully scored Audiobook is due in the near year!

Thank you, Mark.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Murder on the Cogsworthy Express

This one is for lovers of murder mysteries. Murder on the Cogsworthy Express is a howdunnit set in a clockwork world. It has all the trappings of a traditional mystery tale, but the characters and modus operandi are highly original. If you have an analytical mind, you can try your hand at solving this mystery, and dozens more, in Gothic Fantasy: Crime and Mystery. An ebook version will be available through Amazon in early November.

Contemporary contributing authors:
Tara Campbell, Jennifer Dornan-Fish, James Dorr, Marcelle Dubé, H.L. Fullerton, Jennifer Gifford, Nathan Hystad, John A. Karr, Kin S. Law, Josh Pachter, Tony Pi, Conor Powers-Smith, Stephen D. Rogers, Steve Shrott, Annette Siketa, Dan Stout, Brian Trent, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Ruth Nestvold

There are also tales from classic scribes including Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, G.K. Chesterton, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickins, Maurice Leblanc, Jack London, and Mark Twain.

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:
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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