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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


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: tasmaniacpublications@gmail.com


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: tasmaniacpublications@gmail.com

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

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: tasmaniacpublications@gmail.com 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.


Keene To Close The Keenedom

Soon, the message board mecca that was The Keenedom will be no more (Brian lays out his reasons here). As a result, I will no longer have a forum, and will not likely have another anytime soon. However, I will still be posting all of my writing and publishing updates here, and if you’re on Facebook, I’ll be using that as my substitute message board. Here is my Facebook page, if you’re interested in ‘friending’ me.


Check-In Once Again at The Last Motel!

I’m pleased to announce that the new edition of my first novel, THE LAST MOTEL, has been released. However, this isn’t just any old re-release. This edition from LegumeMan Books is a true novelisation of the lost 1981 Australian horror movie, complete with a reproduction of the original cover art and 18 pages of movie stills and never before seen production photos! With no known print of the film in existence, this novel will be as close as most people will ever get to actually watching this brutal horror movie. Available in trade paperback, ebook, and special lettered editions. For more information, visit the LAST MOTEL page. For more information about the movie and the book’s history, visit Last Motel – The Movie.


Last Motel Lettered

The lettered edition of LegumeMan Books’ re-release of THE LAST MOTEL is now available to pre-order. This will be a truly unique package: along with a signed copy of the book, you also get reproductions of the lobby cards, movie poster, full-length soundtrack and the movie trailer. All this comes housed in a VHS case. For more information, and to pre-order a copy, go here. There will be only 26 copies of the special lettered edition produced, so hurry before they’re all gone!


Vincent Preis Awards 2010

I’m pleased to announce that my novel Die Mutter (The Mother) has come in 2nd place in the German horror literary award, Vincent Preis (Vincent Price), for ‘Best International Literary Works 2010’. Sitting among the likes of Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Joe Hill and Simon Clark, I must say I’m humbled and awed. Thank you to all of my German readers for voting for Die Mutter.

Vincent Preis Awards 2010


The Truth is Out There…

The truth about my first novel, THE LAST MOTEL, can finally be told!

THE LAST MOTEL was a 1981 Australian horror movie that was moderately successful upon its initial release, but soon fell into obscurity. In 2002 I wrote the novel based on the movie, and, with the writer/director’s OK (in fact, on his insistence) the book was marketed as an original novel, rather than a novelisation. Now that the film’s writer/director – Butch Callaghan – is gone, I’ve decided to come clean and let the world know about this little-seen horror movie. Also, the novel will now be re-printed as a movie tie-in, and will be coming soon from LegumeMan Books.

More details about both the novelisation and the movie to follow. You can go here to watch the trailer for THE LAST MOTEL, listen to select tracks from the soundtrack, and view behind-the-scenes photos and production stills: The Last Motel – the movie.


Torment Has Been Kindled

My latest novel, TORMENT (Severed Press) is now available to download on Kindle. Other formats, such as Nook and iphone, will be made available shortly.


Dead Tree Forest – the e-book.

The digital edition of my Delirium Books novella, DEAD TREE FOREST, has just been released. Available to download in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats, and for the small price of $4.99.

http://www.darkside-digital.com/dead-tree-forest-by-brett-mcbean.html


Third Novel Released

My latest novel, Torment, has just been released by Severed Press.

The trade paperback can be purchased from Amazon.


Neighbourhood Jungle

The second book in my ‘Jungle’ novella trilogy is now up for pre-order from Tasmaniac Publications.

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 has 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 author-signed softcovers, only $14!
26 lettered hardcovers, $80 (sold out)

Cover art by Steve Crisp
Internal illustrations by Keith Minnion
Bonus stories from Kealan Patrick Burke and R. Frederick Hamilton

Order direct from publisher for free shipping within the US and Australia:
tasmaniacpublications@gmail.com


Preorder Dead Tree Forest

My latest novella, Dead Tree Forest, is now up for preorder.  Limited to only 150 copies, so secure your copy now by heading on over to the Horror Mall.

Deep within the Tasmanian wilderness lies Boolool Kiambram – Dead Tree Forest. To the local Aborigines, Boolool Kiambram means death. A curse was placed over the forest more than a century ago, and the locals know that once you enter the vast expanse of leafless trees and ash-like soil, you’re never to return.

To others, Dead Tree Forest is a legend. Some are attracted to the adventure and mystery of the fabled forest of dead trees; others, such as Ray Lambert, are drawn to the legend of the girl murdered in the forest and the treasure she took with her to her grave – a treasure that supposedly contains incredible powers.

When Ray travels to Dead Tree Forest in the hope of finding the buried treasure, what he and his friends find is the restless spirit of the murdered girl, and a curse that won’t let them leave until blood has been spilled and the wrongs of the past have been avenged.


HorrorScope Reviews Tales

A very nice review posted up at HorrorScope of my story collection, Tales of Sin and Madness.  If you have yet to purchase a copy, head on over to the publisher’s website here; or, if you’d prefer, the book is available to buy on Amazon as either a trade paperback or e-book.  Heck, it’s even available to download on Smashwords for$4.99, so you have no excuse not to buy a copy…


Another Concrete Jungle Review

Read The Horror Review’s review of Concrete Jungle here.


Torment Cover

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover of my upcoming novel, Torment, coming soon from Severed Press.


Another Concrete Jungle Review

Jeff Ritchie from ScaryMinds has reviewed my new novella.  Check out the review here.


Concrete Jungle Review

A review of my new novella, Concrete Jungle, has just been posted at Horror World.  Check out the review here.


Tales Review

The good people over at ScaryMinds have reviewed the new edition of my short story collection, Tales of Sin and Madness.  Check out the review here