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The Awakening Has Been Reborn

AwakeningLegumeI’m thrilled to announce that my coming–of-age novel, The Awakening, has been re-released in both paperback and digital editions, published by the fine folk at LegumeMan Books. The novel, which garnered some excellent reviews when released last year in limited edition hardcover, combines my love of small town/coming-of-age stories and the fascinating world of Haitian Vodou and zombies. If you missed out on the hardcover edition, I hope you’ll give the novel a chance now it’s available in more affordable editions. For more information, including links to order, go here.


Melbourne Zombie Convention

sunday-6-october-2013-zombie_conventionJust a quick heads up: I’ll be at the Melbourne Zombie Convention next Sunday (October 6th). You’ll find me at the Notions Unlimited Bookshop stall, which will be stocking plenty of copies of the paperback edition of my zombie novel, The Awakening. So feel free to stop by and say hello.

The Awakening Will Soon be Reborn

AwakeningLegumeHere’s the first look at the cover to the new edition of my novel, The Awakening. Coming very soon from LegumeMan Books, this new edition will be released in both paperback and digital editions.

Suburban Jungle Released

SJ_CoverThe third and final instalment in my ‘Jungle’ novella trilogy, Suburban Jungle, has just been released. I’m excited, yet also a little saddened, to say goodbye to this world. But, the series has been given a wonderful send-off with bonus ‘jungle’ stories from John R. Little, Kirstyn McDermott & Daniel I Russell; an introduction by the wonderful Brian Hodge; cover art by Steve Crisp; and internal illustrations by Keith Minnion.

All three books are still available to order from Tasmaniac Publications.

German Audio Books

61GAOhpworL._SL175_61SSF+gOdsL._SL175_For all of my German readers: two of my novels have been made available as audio books, Die Bestien and Das Motel. They’ve been published by Click on the titles for more information, including the cool book trailers.



Buk and Jimmy Go West

buk-and-jimmy-go-west-smallI’m thrilled to announce the release of my latest book, Buk and Jimmy Go West. This wild and bloody novella combines my love of the cinema with my fascination for true crime. Available in both trade paperback and digital editions. Published by the wonderful Australian small press, LegumeMan Books. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Releases

I have two new books out soon. The first, Buk and Jimmy Go West, is at the printers as I type this, and should be out very soon in trade paperback and digital from LegumeMan Books. This novella is a wild, bloody homage to cinema and concerns a movie obsessed serial killer who cuts a bloody path across the American Southwest while teaching a young man about his murderous ways (as well as his favourite movies).


The second book is the final instalment in the ‘Jungle‘ trilogy, Suburban Jungle. Set four years after the events in the first book, this apocalyptic story sees the world still battling to survive in this hostile jungle land, and is the darkest chapter in the trilogy. Due to be published early next year in limited edition paperback from Tasmaniac Publications.


Tom Piccirilli

Tom Piccirilli is a wonderful writer who’s about to undergo surgery to remove a brain tumour. Show some love and support and buy his books.

Amazon: Tom Piccirilli

Torment review

ScaryMinds has reviewed my backwoods horror novel, Torment. Read the review here.

The Awakening – first review

First review is in for my latest novel, The Awakening. Read the review here.

Bendigo Writers Festival

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be appearing at the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival. I’m on the panel, ‘The Horror!’ (Sunday, August 12th, 1:30-2:30pm) talking about ‘what frightens us now, and how writers are responding in books and on screen’, along with Geoff Brown, Cameron Oliver and Lucy Sussex. For more information, including the full program, go here.

Horror Trippin’ to the Mall of the Dead

I’ve finally uploaded my photos from my trip in May 2001 to the Monroeville Mall, which is where the original Dawn of the Dead was filmed. While I unfortunately didn’t take any photos of the inside of the mall (the law told me I wasn’t allowed to), I did take some shots of the outside.  So step back to a time of flares, disco and undead Hare Krishnas, and check out the photos here.

Die Mutter Mass-Market

Just a quick heads-up to all my German readers: the German mass-market edition of my novel, Die Mutter, has just been released by Heyne. You can purchase the book direct from the publisher, or from various online stores such as

2011 Australian Shadows Awards

I’m pleased to say that the revised edition of my short story collection, Tales of Sin and Madness, has won the 2011 AHWA Australian Shadows award for best collection. Click here for the full list of winners and honourable mentions.

My Top 100 Horror Films

Recently, Time Out London posted their top 100 horror movies. As you’d expect with any list, I disagreed with many of their inclusions and was left flabbergasted by the movies that didn’t make the cut. Well, being an obsessive list-maker, I thought I’d come up with my own top 100 horror list. One hundred horror flicks that have influenced, pushed the boundaries, terrified and left their cinematic footprints on the world. I tried to be as objective as possible, and so this isn’t a list of my hundred favourite horror movies, but rather the ones I believe are the best the genre has to offer. Enjoy!


Alien (1979)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Audition (1999)

The Birds (1963)

Black Sabbath (1963)

Black Sunday (1960)

Braindead (1992)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

The Brood (1979)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cape Fear (1962)

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carrie (1976)

The Cat People (1942)

Dawn of the Dead (1979)

Dead of Night (1945)

Deathdream (1974)

Deep Red (1975)

Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Diabolique (1955)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Dracula (1931)

Eraserhead (1977)

The Evil Dead (1982)

Evil Dead II (1987)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Eye (2002)

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

The Fly (1986)

Frankenstein (1931)

Freaks (1932)

Funny Games (1997)

The Golem (1920)

Halloween (1978)

The Haunting (1963)

Haxan (1922)

Hellraiser (1987)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

High Tension (2003)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Horror of Dracula (1958)

Hour of the Wolf (1968)

The Howling (1981)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

The Innocents (1961)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

I Walked With a Zombie (1943)

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Jaws (1975)

King Kong (1933)

Kwaidan (1964)

The Last House on the Left (1972)

Long Weekend (1978)

M (1931)

Maniac (1980)

Martin (1978)

Near Dark (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Night of the Demon (1957)

Night of the Hunter (1955)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Nosferatu (1922)

The Old Dark House (1932)

The Omen (1976)

Onibaba (1964)

The Others (2001)

Peeping Tom (1960)

Phantasm (1979)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Poltergeist (1982)

Psycho (1960)

Re-Animator (1985)

Repulsion (1965)

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Ringu (1998)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Salo (1975)

Scream (1996)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The Shining (1980)

Shivers (1975)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Suspiria (1977)

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Thing (1982)

Threads (1984)

Village of the Damned (1960)

Vampyr (1932)

The Vanishing (1988)

Wake in Fright (1971)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Wolf Creek (2005)

The Wolf Man (1941)

Suburban Jungle

The final part of my ‘Jungle’ novella trilogy is currently up for pre-order. For more information, go here.

Dense jungle reclaimed the Earth four years ago and civilization has been fighting for survival ever since. Without law and order chaos rules the world, and in the struggle between good and bad, good doesn’t always win.

Three animalistic tribes have emerged from the initial barbarity: the fiercely territorial lions; the malicious tree dwellers; and the subterranean tunnel dwellers. Having adapted to their strange, new environment, the tribes fight to become the dominant force, fight to be crowned the new kings of the jungle.

Still, even with the dawning of this new age, pockets of humanity remain. Vastly outnumbered, they scavenge for food and clothing just to stay alive, clinging to the rumour that salvation lies beyond the jungle. Their only hope is to escape.

But hope is in short supply.

This is Mother Nature’s domain and she doesn’t give up her subjects easily

Reilly’s Dream Horror Book Auction

Some of the genre’s most respected authors have donated books in order to help raise some money to send horror author Ronald Kelly’s daughter to Europe for the People to People Student Ambassador trip. Along with signed books from authors such as Joe Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Ramsey Campbell, you can bid on a signed copy of the out of print hardcover edition of my novel, The Mother. It’s for a good cause, so follow the link and bid away!

Ronald Kelly’s eBay auction

Das Motel

I’m pleased to announce that the German edition of my first novel, The Last Motel, has just been released, by Festa Verlag.

I hope all of my German readers enjoy this novel.

The Awakening

Announcing my new novel, The Awakening, coming soon from Tasmaniac Publications.

For as long as he can remember, fourteen-year-old Toby Fairchild has been afraid of the strange old man living across the street. Along with the rest of the kids in the small Midwestern town of Belford, he sees the reclusive Mr. Joseph as the local bogeyman.

Mr. Joseph’s life is an unhappy one. The memories of his past fill him with deep sorrow, and the kids of Belford have long been afraid of him, what with his unusual features and awkward gait.

However, when Toby accidentally discovers the remarkable truth about Mr. Joseph, an unlikely friendship develops. Over the course of the summer, Toby will come to know about pain and death; loss and the meaning of freedom, as Mr. Joseph recounts the incredible story of his past back in Haiti. A story laced with voodoo spirits, slave plantations, evil sorcerers…and zombis.

Toby will learn that monsters do exist – though not always where you expect to find them.

Quotes taken from Ray Garton’s introduction, It Came From the Wrong Side of the Tracks:

“(Brett McBean) lures us in and settles us into a story that is not designed to make us scream and hide under the covers, but one that lingers after we’re done reading it and haunts us.”

“(The Awakening) has a heartbeat and a grip that pulls you in and keeps you from getting away.”

Introduction by Ray Garton

Cover and internal illustrations by Erin Wells

Limited to 200 copies. Signed by all contributors. 450 pages. $40 US

To secure a copy, send a blank email with TA in the subject heading to:

Jungle Mania

Attention all writers! Tasmaniac Publications is running a writing competition, to coincide with the release of NEIGHBOURHOOD JUNGLE. To find out more, read on:


To celebrate the second release of Brett McBean’s Jungle trilogy, Neighbourhood Jungle, Tasmaniac will be holding a short story writing competition.

Here’s your chance to further expand Brett’s apocalyptic vision of nature destroying modern civilization as we know it, and maybe carving yourself a slice of infamy under this dangerous canopy, for the lucky winner will see their story published in the final instalment, Suburban Jungle, as well as receiving a set of the trilogy in hardback form.

Stories need to be set around a year from when nature stamped its authority on the world, to coincide with the novel’s timeline. With a word count around 5000, we’ll be looking for stories with well thought out characters thrust into a story worth telling – whether they’re struggling to cope with their new found environment or quite the opposite.

Submissions will be accepted from now until mid-July.

Send as a word document, double spaced with standard text, along with ‘Jungle Mania’ in the subject heading to:

Hardcopies are also accepted and can be sent to:
Tasmaniac Publications
P.O. Box 45
Tasmania 7292

Best of luck to all entries…and remember, it’s a jungle out there!

Welcome to the Neighbourhood

I’m thrilled to announce that the second instalment in the ‘Jungle‘ novella series is now shipping.


Six months have passed since the arrival of the New World.  A world plunged into primitive living overnight.

Within this wild and dangerous landscape live two types of survivors: those attempting to restore civilisation, a sense of order and normalcy; and those who have embraced the jungle, governed by new rules, doing anything to survive.

For the group living in the remains of a supermarket – now a make-shift hospital and refuge – their attempts of a safe, ordered life have so far been successful.  There’s an adequate supply of food, with injuries and maladies being treated as best as possible by the local doctor.  Their main concern is the gang living in the ruined Blockbuster across the river.  As wild and untamed as the jungle that has taken over the once-thriving suburban shopping strip, the gang kidnap and murder at will, hanging what remains of the dead from a nearby fast-food sign.

So far they’ve left the small community alone, but it’s only a matter of time before the gang’s blood lust brings forth a deadly confrontation.

In the jungle, only the fittest survive.  Welcome to the neighbourhood.

Limited to 180 signed & numbered soft covers ($14 US) and 26 lettered hardbacks (sold out) , order your copy direct from Tasmaniac for free shipping within the US & AUS. Simply send a blank e-mail to: with NJ in the subject heading.

The Mother ebook

For all Australian readers: my second novel, The Mother, is finally back in print (well, digitally speaking…). To download the Kindle edition, go here.

Two New Interviews

One in English: Should Have Killed the Blog

One in German: Fantasyguide

I Went To The Last Motel…

Imagine if my novel THE LAST MOTEL had really been an early ’80s horror movie; an Australian-made low-budget exploitation flick in the vein of Motel Hell or Friday the 13th. That it had fallen into obscurity in the years following its release in 1981, and more than twenty years later I had written a movie tie-in novel.

Well, that’s exactly the premise the folks at LegumeMan Books and I took with the re-release of my first novel.

Since my novel was heavily influenced by low-budget horror movies of the ’70s/early ’80s, we thought it would be fun if this re-release tied in with the cinematic nature of my book. Initially the publishers and I were simply going to design the book in the mould of a movie tie-in, and leave it at that. But the more we talked, the more we liked the idea taking the concept further and actually creating a faux trailer, poster, lobby cards…

So no, there was no LAST MOTEL movie; no ‘Butch’ Callaghan and no Brazilian video containing the only known trailer for the movie. Everything you see in the offical website was created by the talented people at LegumeMan Books (with a little help from me and some friends). The trailer was filmed by us up at Creswick in April, 2010. The cast (including Butch) was played by our friends (I played the corpse!). The music was composed and performed by myself and Matthew Revert. The poster, lobby cards and video cassette were all created specifically for this re-release.

Apologies to anyone convinced this was a real movie and were hoping that one day a copy of this long-lost movie would turn up.

Still, we hope this re-release concept will be taken in the same way the book was written – with a sense of fun and entertainment, and with tongue lightly pressing on cheek.  With that in mind, here is the IMDB page for the ‘movie’ THE LAST MOTEL: THE LAST MOTEL (1981)

And here is the trailer: THE LAST MOTEL TRAILER (YouTube)

Lastly, the official website for the movie that never was: The Last Motel – The Movie.