Short Stories and Novellas

Bad Weather
Outback Horrors Downunder: Anthology of Antipodean Terrors, edited by Steve Dillon (Things in the Well, 2020)
Time and Tide
Cthulhu Deep Down Under, Volume 2, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira, Bryce Stevens (IFWG Publishing Australia, August, 2018)
A Man, Totally Alone
The Mammoth Book of Halloween, edited by Stephen Jones (Skyhorse Publications, September 2018)
Through the God Partition
Cosmos Magazine: The Science of Everything, December, 2015
The Whimper
Novella: Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Double Speak
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2015, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, Ticonderoga Publications, 2017
After Image
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Footprints in Venom
Insert Title Here, edited by Tehani Wessel, FableCroft Publishing, 2015
Flying Death
Novella: The Rocketeer: Jet-Pack Adventures, edited by Jeff Conner, IDW Publishing, September 2014
The Shark God Covenant
Dimension6 Speculative Fiction e-zine, Coeur de Lion, Issue 3, 2014Dimension6 Annual 2014
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Dark Mechanics of the Game
Cosmos Magazine: The Science of Everything, Issue 56, April/May 2014
Garuthgonar and the Abyss
Published as e-book by UndeadBackbrain Publications, 2013
Dark Witness
Published as e-book by UndeadBackbrain Publications, 2013
Soul Killer
ZVR Diplomacy, edited by Jeff Conner, IDW Publishing, July 2013
Walking the Dead Beat
Damnation and Dames, edited by Amanda Pillar and Liz Grzyb, Ticonderoga Publications, 2012
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Escena de un Asesinato
Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4, edited Danel Olson, PS Publishing 2012
Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2012, ed. Paula Guran, Prime Books, 2013
Focus 2012: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction, FableCroft Publishing, 2013
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Desert Madonna
Anywhere But Earth, edited Keith Stevenson, Coeur de Lion Press, November 2011
Wasting Matilda
Zombie Apocalypse! edited by Stephen Jones, Robinson Press/Mammoth Books UK, and Running Press US, 2010
Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Professor Cadaveros’ Experiments in Transcendent Mortality as Reflected in Zombie Cinema
Faux “history” of major zombie films, in Continuum: Future Tense convention booklet, February 26–28, 2010
Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Ego
Scenes From the Second Storey, edited Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall, Morrigan Press, September 2010
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Behind Dark Blue Eyes
Exotic Gothic 3, edited Danel Olson, Ash-Tree Press, December 2009
Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
The Heart of a Child
Faux foreword to The Man Who Collected Psychos: A Critical Essays on Robert Bloch, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj, McFarland Press US, 2009
Kulpunya
Exotic Gothic 2, edited Danel Olson, Ash-Tree Press, 2008
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Creeping in Reptile Flesh

Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Getting Rid of Mother
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Fifth Annual Volume, edited by Bill Congreve, MirrorDanse Books, 2010
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Unravelling
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Lo Que No Asusta

Originally written for Borderlands: That Which Scares Us convention booklet, Perth, 7 to 8 September 2002
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Remainders
Voices, edited by Mark S. Deniz and Amanda Pillar, Morrigan Books, 2008
(comprises six discrete but connected short stories: “1928”, “1948”, “1968”, “1988”, “2008” and “Epilogue”)
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Zombie Au Gratin
Scary Food, edited by Cat Sparks, Agog! Press 2008
Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Moments of Dying
Black magazine, #1, edited Angela Challis, Brimstone Press 2008 (comprises “First Moment of Dying” [see 2006 below], “Second Moment of Dying”, “Third Moment of Dying”, “Fourth Moment of Dying” and “Last Moment of Dying”)
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Call of Cthulhu’s Mum
Conflux 5 Progress Report 1, Jan 2008
Dear Mary
Conflux 4 Programme Booklet, September 2007
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Abandoned

Trust Me!, edited by Paul Collins, due 2008
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Flesh and Bone
Daikaiju! 3: Giant Monsters vs the World, Agog! Press/Prime Books, October 2007
Fafrotskies
Black Box, edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Brimstone Press, March, 2008
Pseudomelia of the Masses
The Workers’ Paradise, edited by Russell B. Farr and Nick Evans, Ticonderoga Press, 2008
Monstrous Bright Tomorrows
In Bad Dreams, edited by Mark Sin Deniz and Sharyn Lilley, October 2007
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Luxury Goods
Fantastic Wonder Stories, edited by Russell B. Farr, Ticonderoga Press, 2007
Desert Madonna
Tales from a Sunburnt Realm, edited by Nigel Read and Shane Jiraiya Cummings, 2009
Gold and Black Ooze
Destination: Prague, edited by Steven Savile, Dr Who: Short Trips series, Big Finish, 2007
God of War
Borderlands #8, 2006
First Moment of Dying
Shadowed Realms #11, edited Angela Challis, 2006
see “Moments of Dying” (2008)
Birthmark
cØck, edited by Keith Stevenson and Andrew Macrae, Coeur de Lion Press, 2006
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Touched
Fables and Reflections #8, edited by Lily Chrywenstrom, 2006
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
In the Service of the Flesh
Aurealis #35, 2005/6
Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2007, edited Angela Challis, Brimstone Press, 2007
Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Cross-currents
Cosmos, Issue 5, November 2005. Now available online.
Galaktika, iss. 222, September 2008, pp. 32-36. Published as “Keresztáramlatok” – translated into Polish by Attila Németh
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Ticonderoga Online, No. 4, June 2005
Cosmos Online, December 2012
Trevor, the Giant Killer: a failed screenplay
Mitch?3: Stories by Writers Who Should Have known Better, March 2005
A Helping Hand
Dark Animus, no. 7, 2005
Got Change?
Orb Speculative Fiction magazine, no. 6, 2004
Regolith
Agog! Smashing Stories, edited by Cat Sparks, Agog! Press, 2004
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Books To Look Out For
Antipodean SF web-zine, No. 69, Feb-March 2004. Note: this issue has been archived.
Lady of the Flies
Oceans of the Mind, no. X, “Australian Authors”, Winter 2003Galaktika, Sept. 2016. Published as “A Legyek Urnóje” – translated into Polish by Gubó Luca
Howler
Andromedan Spaceways Inflight Magazine, no. 9, 2003
Beware! The Pincushionman
Southern Blood, edited by Bill Congreve, Sandglass Publishing, 2003
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
www.digiflesh.cum
Consensual 2: Come Again, edited by Cathy Cupitt, Stephen Dedman and Elaine Kemp, 2003
The Drift
Orb Speculative Fiction magazine, vol. 5, 2003
JAM Jars
Agog! Terrific Tales, edited by Cat Sparks, Agog! Press, 2003
Heartless
Aurealis No. 31, 2003
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Writing on the Wall
Dark Animus No. 2, 2003
Nobody’s Car

Ideomancer Speculative Fiction website, featured author, Jan. 2003
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Instructions on Pandora’s Box
Ideomancer Unbound, edited by Chris Clarke and Mikal Trimm, through Fictionwise.com, 2002
Apocalypse with the Lot, Part 2
Fables and Reflections 2, 2002
Waxing Mel Gibson
Mitch?3: Hacks to the Max, 2002
Scrubbed
AustrAlien Absurdities, edited by Chuck McKenzie and Tansy Raynor Roberts, Agog! Press, 2002
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Line of Sight
Agog! Fantastic Fiction, edited by Cat Sparks, Agog! Press, 2002
Maculate Conception
Passing Strange, edited by Bill Congreve, MirrorDanse Books, 2002
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Housewarming (co-written with Paul Collins)
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Number 7
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Resonance of the Flesh
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Rotten Times
Aurealis 27/28, 2001
Ideomancer Speculative Fiction website, featured author, Feb. 2003
Shortlisted Aurealis Award 2001
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Size Matters
ConSensual, edited by Cathy Cupitt, Stephen Dedman and Elaine Kemp, 2001
The Reckoning of Wisdom: A Parable About Really Important Stuff
Mitch?2: Tarts of the New Millennium, edited and published by Mitch? 2001
Apocalypse with the Lot, Part 1
Fables and Reflections 1, Nov. 2001
That Old Black Graffiti
Tales from the Wasteland, edited by Paul Collins. Hodder Headline Australia, 2000
Shortlisted Aurealis Award 2000
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Ground Underfoot
Aurealis 23, 1999
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Primal Etiquette
Orb Speculative Fiction magazine, issue 0, 1999
Orb: Greatest Hits, issue #8: The Best of Orb, 2010
Occasional Demons
Aurealis 20, 1998, Special Vend-A-Nation issue
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Tamed
Dreaming Downunder, edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb, HarperCollins, 1998
Published as e-book by UndeadBackbrain Publications, 2013
A Quickening in Stone
Aboriginal SF, No. 51/52, 1996
Dead in the Glamour of Moonlight
Moonlight Becomes You: Crimes for Summer, edited by Jean Bedford, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1995
Sunday Sun-Herald, 28 Jan. 1996
Bonescribes. Years Best Australian Horror. Sydney, MirrorDanse Books, 1996
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Peeking
Strange Fruit, edited by Paul Collins. Ringwood, Vic., Penguin, 1995
The Black Lake’s Fatal Flood
Eidolon 14, 1995
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens, 2014.
Keeping An Eye On The Man In Black
Cold Cuts 2, Sydney Horror Society, 1995
One-Hand Clapping
Panorama Magazine, November 1994
Autopsy
Bloodsongs 1, 1994
serialised in Shadowed Realms e-zine, 2005
Book of Shadows, Volume 1, edited Angela Challis, Brimstone Press, 2006
Rough Trade
Aurealis 13, March 1994
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
On-line: the Virtuous Medlar Circle, May 2006
Macabre. A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis and Dr Marty Young, Brimstone Press, 2010
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Rotting Eggplant on the Bottom Shelf of a Fridge
Eidolon 14, 1994
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books, 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Blurred Lines
Anthology of the Illawarra, edited by Ron Pretty. Wollongong, Five Islands Press, 1994
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Instruments for the Removal of Body Parts
Scarp 1994
A Place For The Dead
Bloodsongs 3, 1994
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Openings
Terror Australis, edited by Leigh Blackmore. Sydney, Hodder & Stoughton, 1993
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Voyeur Night
Crosstown Traffic. Edited by Stuart Coupe, Julie Ogden and Robert Hood, Five Islands Press, 1993
Haunted Flesh: Stories of the Living Dead, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Mamandis Dreaming
Eidolon 12, 1993
Sandcrawlers
Case Re-Opened, edited by Stuart Coupe and Julie Ogden. Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1993
Rolling Stone magazine, December 1993
Dead Souls, edited by Mark S. Deniz, Morrigan Books, March 2009
Dem Bones
Intimate Armageddons, edited by Bill Congreve. Wollongong, Five Islands Press 1992
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002.
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Inchoate
Commissioned and published in catalogue for the exhibition of Tony Hulls work, Memory, Mammery, Mummery, Wollongong City Gallery 1992
Acts of Concealment
Scarp 20, May 1992
Bloody Hide
A Corpse at the Opera House, edited by Stephen Knight. Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1992
Groundswell
Aurealis 5, 1991
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Separating Lenore
Book of Shadows, November 1991
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
The Backroom Boys
Canberra SF Society newsletter, August 1991
Nasty Little Habits
Dark Voices 3: the Pan Book of Horror Stories, edited by David Sutton and Stephen Jones. Pan UK, 1991
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
The Slimelight, and How to Step Into It
Iniquities: the Magazine of Great Wickedness and Wonder, No. 2, 1991
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Hitmen On Holidays
More Crimes For a Summer Christmas, edited by Stephen Knight. Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1991
People Magazine, 8 January 1992
Watching Out
Southerly, March 1991
The Death of Clark Kent
Scarp 18, May 1991
Mugger’s Game
Crimes For a Summer Christmas. Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1990
Womans Day, December 18, 1990
Large print edition of Crimes For a Summer Christmas, 1991
You’re a Sick Man, Mr Antwhistle
Mattoid 36, 1990
The Years Best Horror Stories XIX, edited by Karl Edward Wagner. New York, DAW, 1991
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
The Calling
Redoubt 3, October 1988
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Alphabet Soup
Redoubt 9, May, 1990
Dreams of Death
Alfred Hitchcocks Mystery Magazine, July 1990
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Grandma and the Girls
Redoubt 5, 1989
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002, revised
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
An Apocalyptic Horse
Southerly, Dec. 1989
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Peripheral Movement in the Leaves under an Orange Tree
Alfred Hitchcocks Mystery Magazine, 1989
Immaterial. Ghost Stories by Robert Hood, MirrorDanse Books 2002
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Dangerous Specimens
The Australian Way, November 1989
Casual Visitors
Scarp 2/2, May 1989
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Altair Australia Books 2008
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood, Morrigan Press, 2011 (revised and expanded)
Dead End
The Australian Way September 1988
The Golden Dagger Mysteries, Sydney, Century Hutchinson, 1988
The Weekend Australian, 22 October 1988
Day-dreaming on Company Time. Wollongong, Five Islands Press, 1988
The Bulletin, January 1992
The Invasion of Earth AD Nauseam
Day-dreaming on Company Time. Wollongong, Five Islands Press, 1988
Keep It Short
Southerly, December 1988
Run!
Scarp 12, 1988
A Good Friend
Day-dreaming On Company Time. Wollongong, Five Islands Press, 1988
Bad Day for Something New
Scarp 11, 1987
Day-dreaming on Company Time. Wollongong, Five Islands Press, 1988
Ancestor
Puffinalia, 1988
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Juggernaut
Day-dreaming on Company Time, Five Islands Press, 1988
Last Remains
Day-dreaming on Company Time, Five Islands Press, 1988
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
An Old Man and His Dog
Oz-Wide Tales, 1987
Day-dreaming on Company Time, Five Islands Press, 1988
Day-dreaming on Company Time
The Cringe, 1987
Day-dreaming on Company Time, Five Islands Press, 1988
Necropolis
Ghost Stories, Campbelltown City Council, 1986
Day-dreaming on Company Time, Five Islands Press, 1988
Ideomancer Speculative Fiction website, as featured author, March 2003
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, edited by Gerry Huntman, IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015
Caesar or Nothing
ABC Radio broadcast 28 February 1975
Day-dreaming on Company Time. Wollongong, Five Islands Press, 1988
Orientation
Canberra Times, 1975
National Times, 1975
Day-dreaming on Company Time, Five Islands Press, 1988

Scriptwriting for New In-Production “Kaiju” Film

At the beginning of October 2018, I was approached by Avery Guerra to write a scene for a new, in-production movie for which he is acting as Consulting Producer. The film was to be titled The Great Buddha Arrival, and is based on a long-lost Japanese film, Daibutsu kaikoku (1934).

Directed by Hiroto Yokokawa, the new film features a large cast of Japanese and US actors who have starred in a plethora of daikaiju eiga (giant monster films) over the years. One of these actors is Peggy Neal, best-known among fans for her role in Uchû daikaijû Girara (1967; otherwise known in English-dubbed countries under the notoriously silly title The X from Outer Space).

Anyway, I readily agreed to write the five-minute English segment required for Peggy’s role and handed the script over to Avery on the same day, after a tweak or two. It was greeted very positively, especially by Peggy, who got in touch and enthusiastically thanked me for my sensitivity toward the spiritual themes. 

Since then The Great Buddha Arrival has been made, and is currently running the independent-film festival circuit. By all reports, it has so far been well-received and has many times been assigned the role of “Official Selection“, has been variously short-listed in a number of categories, and has at least once received 2nd place as Best Fantasy Film. I have seen a version of the film and hope that it will be released in DVD/Blu-ray form when the film circuit is completed, if not to screenings in local theatres.

Time and Tide

Released on the first of August this year in Australia, UK and New Zealand is the second volume in IFWG Publishing Australia’s Cthulhu Deep Down Under series, featuring a superb group of Australian and New Zealand authors writing tales referencing H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. It will be released in  North America on 1 September 2018.

The authors are (in order of appearance): Kirstyn McDermott, Robert Hood, Lee Murray, Jason Nahrung, Bill Congreve, J. Scherpenhuizen, Silvia Brown, T.S.P. Sweeney, Geoff Brown and David Kuraria. Cover art is by Steve Santiago, and the book includes an introduction by Mythos guru, Peter Rawlik. To quote from the back-cover blurb:

H. P. Lovecraft pioneered a fusion of terror and science fiction themes, and is widely credited as having invented the sub-genre of ‘cosmic horror’. While America’s New England was the focus and setting for many of Lovecraft’s tales, the Southern Hemisphere held a fascination for him. Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica were featured locations in his Mythosian novellas…. Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 takes us back below the equator, into the bizarre and headlong towards horror. From mist-shrouded peaks and canyons of Melanesian islands, through rainforests and scorching deserts of the island continent of Terra Australis, and across the Tasman Sea to the inhospitable hinterlands of New Zealand.

My story, “Time and Tide” — the first I’ve written in nearly two years, thanks to a novel I’m still attempting to edit (more on that in a later post) — is among this elite group of tales. And it has an interesting background.

The Background to “Time and Tide”:

For “Time and Tide”, I was able to draw upon an incident that may have occurred in the south-coast  town of Mollymook earlier this year, reputedly experienced by Douglas Ormsham, a strange fellow who first contacted me via my main website back in 2005. Claiming to have experienced some remarkable and otherworldly events presaged in the diaries and other records of his long-dead great grandfather Dr Hugo Drakenswode, Ormsham began an on-line dialogue that lasted for several months — before he mysteriously disappeared from the internet. The exchange, however, remains on-line under the heading The Drakenswode Correspondance and is worth reading as a background to “Time and Tide”. You can check it out here: www.roberthood.net/daikaiju-antho/drackenswode.

As I indicate at the end of The Drakenswode Correspondance, I lost contact with Ormsham in July 2005. But in February 2009, I received a brief handwritten note from him, delivered by physical mail, apologising for his silence through the intervening years and explaining that he was setting up his own website to continue posting some of Drakenswode’s observations and experiences as told in his surviving diaries and notes. He wanted to let me know that he had been forced to face many difficulties and had been in hiding. He had been rendered totally debilitated, mentally, emotionally and physically, and simply shut himself off from the world. He promised to tell me more about what had happened when he felt up to it. In the meantime, he intended to put as many of Drakenswode’s reflections and experiences up on the web as he was able to. The website/blog is titled Searching For Cryptonbury, and I have provided the link here.

In the event, Searching for Cryptonbury contained several interesting posts — up until August 19, 2009, when again he fell silent. I checked every now and then, but it wasn’t until late January this year that I noticed he’d put up a new posting. It began apologetically (as usual), and was quite long. Then he recounted what he claimed was a real, very recent occurrence in which he played a direct part.  It found it intensely interesting, and, as I was writing a story for Cthulhu Deep Down Under, Volume 2  — a story I felt was a failure so far, nowhere near worthy to be published, and which I was hence happy to bin — I asked if could re-work the horror he had undergone as a story. He took some persuading, but I eventually convinced him to go along with the idea, for various reasons I won’t go into here. At this juncture, he took down the blog post he had put up hours before (though I didn’t require him to) and sent me a hand-written diary of the ten days during which the world, or at least one small part of it, faced a bizarre and potentially deadly menace. With his approval, I wrote the story in diary form, both to honour his bravery and to keep it as immediate as reading his diary had been for me. Though I am credited as the author (on his insistence), the final work is not far removed from what he wrote in his original diary as the events unfolded.

The question on your mind, no doubt, is this: Did these events really happen, or was it a delusion that Ormsham lived through while suffering from some form of mental breakdown? I would like to think that the latter is true, because if these events actually happened it completely changes the comfortably “normal” world on which we rely to maintain our sanity. The fact is the event was spectacular and destructive, with the police closely involved, yet there exists no official record nor newspaper reports to confirm the tale. Mollymook residents deny it as absurd. This puts considerable doubt on the truth of the matter. But to be honest, I’m actually not so sure it didn’t happen. I simply don’t know. The temporal anomalies as depicted in the story, if it is at all true, may account for why knowledge of the event has completely disappeared from memory and indeed from our timeline. Who knows?

So buy a copy of the book and read the story. You can decide for yourselves.

 

“A Man Totally Alone” Won’t Be Alone For Long

Just revealed by editor Stephen Jones is the cover for The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories, due out next Halloween from Skyhorse in the US.

The really good news is my story “A Man Totally Alone” will be included in the book, as part of a Table of Contents jam-packed with top-tier writers of horror and weird fiction:

“Introduction: When Churchyards Yawn”
“October in the Chair” – Neil Gaiman
“Reflections in Black” – Steve Rasnic Tem
“The Halloween Monster” – Alison Littlewood
“The Phénakisticope of Decay” – James Ebersole
“Memories of Día de los Muertos” – Nancy Kilpatrick
“Fragile Masks” – Richard Gavin
“Bone Fire” – Storm Constantine
“Queen of the Hunt” – Adrian Cole
“The October Widow” – Angela Slatter
“Before the Parade Passes By” – Marie O’Regan
“Her Face” – Ramsey Campbell
“A Man Totally Alone” – Robert Hood
“Bleed” – Richard Christian Matheson
“The Ultimate Halloween Party App” – Lisa Morton
“The Folding Man” – Joe R. Lansdale
“I Wait for You” – Eygló Karlsdóttir
“Dust Upon a Paper Eye” – Cate Gardner
“Not Our Brother” – Robert Silverberg
“The Scariest Thing in the World” – Michael Marshall Smith
“The Nature of the Beast” – Sharon Gosling
“The Beautiful Feast of the Valley” – Stephen Gallagher
“In the Year of Omens” – Helen Marshall
“The Millennial’s Guide to Death” – Scott Bradfield
“White Mare” – Thana Niveau
“Pumpkin Kids” – Robert Shearman
“Lantern Jack” – Christopher Fowler
“Halloween Treats” – Jane Yolen

The title “A Man Totally Alone” derives from the Nordic saga Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks konungs  and a passage translated by Todd B. Krause and Jonathan Slocum as:

Foolish he seems to me, who goes there,
a man totally alone, through dark night…

The story is set in the Australian outback, where there is a distinct lack of snow as October/November is summer-time and temperatures run high, and where Halloween lacks most of the familiar iconography common to seasonal tales set in Europe and the US. Even so, it seems the dead are just as restless.

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