Join us for a pre-Halloween exploration of horror writing from some of Australia’s leading practitioners of the genre: Alan Baxter, Robert Hood, Margo Lanagan, Cat Sparks and Tony Thompson. Find out about the history of horror fiction and the best of contemporary horror writing.
Suitable for mature teens and up, and of special interest to HSC English Extension 1 Module B Romanticism students.
Alan Baxter writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – www.warriorscribe.com – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook.
Margo Lanagan is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. She is a two-time Printz Honour winner and a three-time World Fantasy Award winner. Her novel Sea Hearts won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Older Readers in 2013, and she has received a Bram Stoker Award nomination from the Horror Writers of America for her short story “Singing My Sister Down”. Twitter: @margolanagan
Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor and artist whose former employment has included: media monitor, political and archaeological photographer, graphic designer, Fiction Editor of Cosmos Magazine and Manager of Agog! Press. She’s currently finishing a PhD in climate change fiction. Her short story collection, The Bride Price, was published in 2013. Her debut novel, Lotus Blue, will be published by Talos Press in 2017. Twitter: @catsparx
Robert Hood is a multi-award-winning Australian writer and editor, recognised as one of Australia's leading horror writers. Rob’s work frequently crosses genre boundaries into science fiction, fantasy and crime. He has published children’s and young adult fiction, short fiction, an adult epic fantasy novel, and more than 120 short stories. He has won seven Ditmar Awards out of twenty nominations, and been nominated for six Aurealis Awards.
Tony Thompson is the Australia-based, Canadian author of Summer of Monsters, a novel about the early life of Mary Shelley. He has also written Shakespeare: The Most Famous Man in London, a lively study of the Bard's time in the big city, and Vampires: The Unhistory of the Undead, a tasty take on the history of these creatures. His blog, Architecture Boogie (written under the pen name Sturdee Roe) features reviews of books on music.