The lights are out and the zombies are fed, which means it’s time to introduce you to the next group of nefarious authors hell bent on unhinging your mind and stealing your soul. When they aren’t lurking under your house or tampering with your brakes, this pair of writers can been see slaving over their keyboards in service to the muse. To all creatures human and otherwise, we bring you fresh blood – errr ink.
Recommended for First Novel
A first novel – that first literary exorcism of body and soul captured in ink long cherished by writers. For two Australian authors, the ritual of creation has manifested several recommendations a piece. We persuaded them (and by persuaded we mean we jabbed them with hot pokers behind their knees) to tell us a little bit about themselves and what they are up to.
Karron Warren ~ Slights
Kaaron’s first novel Slights was launched by Angry Robot this year to critical acclaim. After her short story collection The Grinding House won a number of awards, Karron’s work continues to draw attention. We hope that Slights is the first of many novels.
Karron stopped screaming long enough to tell us that she’s working on two new novels at the same time because they are both filling her with inspiration. Her short fiction will appear in Datlow and Mamatas’ Haunted Legends and Gilgamesh Press’ Ishtar. And be sure to keep an eye out for A Positive, the short film based on the award-winning story of the same name, to be released next year.
Karron also hit one of those ‘Don’t you hate it when that happens’ moments recently when a title she had given a short story was used for an upcoming film. We feel your pain Karron. You want to borrow the poker?
Be sure to pick up a copy of Slights from Amazon before they sell out.
Stephen M Irwin ~ The Dead Path
Stephen has lived in and around Brisbane, Queensland all his life. At an early age, he was discovered to be a lousy swimmer and an poor cricketer. Fortunately he found and fostered a love of reading and writing.
His short stories, films, and poems have won numerous national and international competitions and awards. His first novel, The Dead Path, was released by Hachette Australia in mid-2009 to excellent reviews and was the August 2009 selection for The Big Book Club – as a result, Stephen toured the country astounding innocent folk with his bizarre Brisbane accent and terrifying them with tales about stonewash denim and finger cramps. The Dead Path will be available in the UK in late 2009 as The Darkening (by Sphere), and in 2010 in the US (by Doubleday) and Germany (by Blanvalet). You can hunt down your copy at either Folio Books or Infinitas.
Stephen is currently working on his second novel… and working as a series writer for a new Australian TV drama series… and working with other producers on a different series… and is engaged as an educational consultant… and writing a feature film script… and trying to do research for his third book… Don’t worry if you see sparking arcs of electricity blooming from Stephen’s rooftop late at night – he is simply trying to clone himself.
Stephen still haunts Brisbane with his wife and son. He reports that his swimming has improved, but the cricket remains a lost cause.
We wish you both the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing some of your new work.
Update: Sinister Reads team 3, Smurfs 1. Turns out Handy Smurf lived up to his name – but not for long.