Biography

Brett McBean was born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. A child of the ’80s, he grew up on a steady diet of He-Man cartoons, Steven Spielberg movies and audio tapes such as Summer Hits ’88. And yet, somehow he managed to turn out normal (well, kinda…). He started playing the drums at age ten and after high school, studied music at Box Hill College, one of Victoria’s most renowned music schools, where he earned an Advanced Diploma. Shortly after completing the music degree, he turned his attention towards writing, and he now prefers to pound the keyboard rather than the drums.

An avid movie, book and music fan, he also enjoys the occasional (*cough*) bit of chocolate and cooks a mean spaghetti Bolognese. He also has a keen interest in true crime, in particular the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888, and most of his fiction deals with true-life horrors, often using real-life crimes as a basis for his stories.

His books have been published in Australia, the US, and Germany, and he’s been nominated for the Aurealis, Ditmar, and Ned Kelly awards. He won the 2011 Australian Shadows Award for best collection (Tales of Sin and Madness). He is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, where he has been a member of the judging panel for the Australian Shadows Award (2008), the AHWA Flash & Short Story competition (2010) and a mentor in their mentor program. He still lives in the wilds of Melbourne with his wife, daughter and German shepherd.

6 responses

  1. Terri Charles

    Hey Brett, I just read The Last Motel. It was really good. I plan on reading all the rest of your books. Please keep them coming…
    Terri Charles
    Xenia, Ohio USA

    February 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    • Hi Terri,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed The Last Motel.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Brett.

      February 7, 2012 at 2:45 am

  2. Carola

    Hello Brett,
    I read your books “Die Mutter” and “Die Bestien” an it was really good and scary ;-). Thank you for the hours of fun. I hope, you can find a sence in my words, because I`m from Germany and my English is not so good…sorry! I will next read “Das Motel” and I hope, that you will write many books in the future!

    Greetings from Bremen, Germany

    Carola

    July 18, 2012 at 5:17 am

    • Hello Carola,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you have enjoyed my books, and found them good and scary.

      Best wishes,
      Brett.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm

  3. Hi Brett. I love the Wolf Creek movies and didn’t know that novels had been written about the character of Mick Taylor. Did you have to ask permission from the movie scriptwriter of Wolf Creek before you could go ahead and do the novels?

    September 2, 2014 at 1:09 am

    • Hi. I wrote the second prequel novel in conjunction with Greg McLean, the film’s writer/director. He came up with the basic story idea and I wrote the bulk of the novel.

      Best,
      Brett.

      September 12, 2014 at 5:47 am

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