Welcome to 2019! I was going to post this in early January, but life got in the way – I’ve been packing, cleaning, moving and unpacking, for starters. I’m now living in the house where I was lodging nine years ago, when I notched up my first professional publications, and where I have worked on a number of demos, EPs and albums with Blood Red Renaissance and icecocoon – so in a way, it feels like I’ve come full circle.
Transcendence, a new anthology of stories based around dreams, hallucinations and the like from Transmundane Press, is out now! You can get a copy here. You can also read my guest post for their blog here, and check out their interview with me here.
As well as publishing “Pilgrimage” this month, Breach Magazine will have an interview with me up soon – I’ll share the link when it’s posted.
I decided to take some time off of professional reading after judging for the Aurealis Awards two years running, but that didn’t last long – now I’ve been tapped for the 2018 Australian Shadows Awards. I’ll be judging in the Novel category, so at least there won’t be a conflict of interest this year, as I didn’t publish any books in 2018. However, I’ll be making an announcement very soon…
I messed around with a number of year’s best lists for this post, extensively detailing my favourite novels, films, albums, TV shows etc, but it felt kind of dorky and pointless – just kind of nerding off into the void, so to speak. So maybe I’ll keep it succinct, to give you a fleeting taste of what I liked best in 2018.
NOVELS: We Sold Our Souls (Grady Hendrix), Halcyon (Rio Youers), Blood Standard (Laird Barron), Unbury Carol (Josh Malerman), Space Opera (Catherynne M. Valente), The Outsider (Stephen King), The Cabin at the End of the World (Paul Tremblay), Cross Her Heart (Sarah Pinborough)
NOVELLAS: Shiloh (Philip Fracassi), Overnight (Philip Fracassi), The Atrocities (Jeremy C. Shipp)
ANTHOLOGIES: Beneath the Waves: Tales from the Deep (ed. Steve Dillon), Flight or Fright (ed. Stephen King & Bev Vincent), Petrified Punks (ed. Claire Fitzpatrick)
FILMS: Suspiria, Hereditary, Paddington 2, The Endless, Avengers: Infinity War
TV: The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Who – Series 11, Inside No. 9 – Series 4
ALBUMS: Eat the Elephant (A Perfect Circle), Dirty Computer (Janelle Monáe), Suspiria – Soundtrack (Thom Yorke), Islands (Ash), Bad Witch (Nine Inch Nails), Simulation Theory (Muse), Rainier Fog (Alice in Chains), Kamikaze (Eminem), Dark All Day (Gunship), I Loved You at Your Darkest (Behemoth)
There, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Which is more than can be said for 2018 in general, I’m afraid. It was an excruciating year for me, and the pain I’ve caused and suffered still lingers. But there were positives, and there will be more this year. Keep looking forward. We’ll get there.