I’m an author, musician, editor, visual artist, scriptwriter, composer and all-round Renaissance man based in Adelaide, South Australia.
I write dark fiction, horror for the most part, though I take an eclectic angle to all things. My approach to writing is character-focused, broad-minded and averse to standard tropes. I cut my fangs on authors such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Richard Laymon, Dan Simmons, Tanith Lee and Poppy Z. Brite, and these days I’m also drawn to people like Alan Moore, Laird Barron, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Joe Hill, China Mieville, Tom Piccirilli, Christos Tsiolkas, Kaaron Warren, Dennis Lehane, Nathan Ballingrud, Caitlin R. Kiernan and Thana Niveau. So if you’re looking for a list of influences, there’s a place to start.
I’ve had over two dozen short stories and poems picked up for publication thus far. I’ve also written eight novel manuscripts, and one of them is currently doing the rounds in search of the right publisher. The first story I ever recall writing came at the age of seven, a three-line opus about decapitating a horde of invading giant chickens; at thirteen, I won an all-ages writing contest and had my entry, a vaguely blasphemous sci-fi potboiler called “Time and the Bible”, published in Port Pirie newspaper The Recorder. I’ve continued to write, though for a few years I switched my main focus to music. In 2010, I began submitting and publishing my fiction on a regular basis.
I also play bass and other instruments, sing, write songs, edit videos, create album sleeves, and do all sorts of other things in the alternative/rock/metal bands Blood Red Renaissance (currently on hiatus) and icecocoon. I attended MAPS Film School in 2010 and since then I have been involved in short films and live videos as a scriptwriter, director, editor, producer, composer, grip, and (gasp!) actor.
I currently live in Somerton Park, Adelaide, with a housemate who mops up blood by day and creates monster FX by night. At this point, I have no pets, children, wives, or pending lawsuits… although I do seem, recently, to have adopted my girlfriend’s cat.