❄ The Body Horror Book

WINNER OF THE 2017  ROCKY WOOD AWARD FOR NON-FICTION AND CRITICISM

Drawing from horror visionaries such as Clive Barker, David Cronenberg, and Mark Powell, including introspective analysis of films such as ‘Tusk,’ ‘The Fly,’ ‘Hellraiser,’ and ‘Eat,’ The Body Horror Book is a non-fiction exploration of the monstrous aspect of the human form. By exploring the literary trope of the carnival and the grotesque, and how the state of cultural and political affairs dictate the monsters created within fiction and film, The Body Horror Book is designed to educate, terrify, intrigue, and beguile, if you dare to enter the rabbit hole....

❄ Murder Down Under

 

Includes my chapter 'Snowtown and the South Australian Antipodean Nightmare'. 

Notorious, numerous and varied, serial murderers from Australia have an eclectic record of crimes, methods and trademarks. Scrutinizing these murderers at length, this book aims to identify characteristics exclusive to Australian serial killers, connecting the crimes with the continent’s geography, culture and social structure.

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❄ Dark Fantasy Versus Horror: Why Are Their Differences Important? And Which Genre Should You Introduce to Your Children First? Issue #91

 

It’s a question that stumps a lot of writers, and indeed a lot of readers. What’s the difference between dark fantasy and horror? There has been a lot of debate and discussion on the topic, but why does it really matter? And why is it okay for children and teenagers to read dark fantasy, but not horror?

 

 

 

 

 

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❄ A Vindication Of Monsters: Essays on Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.

RECIPIENT OF THE 2020 ROCKY WOOD MEMORIAL FUND FOR NON-FICTION WRITING.

COMING SOON.

 

❄ Why Do People Like Horror Movies?

Issue #88

 

It’s our first date. He’s treated me to a movie in an old run-down theatre with velvet mothball drapes, and stained carpet. He pays for my upsized frozen Coke, walks behind me with his hand on the small of my back, and strokes the top of my thumb as the credits begin to roll. Then I look up at the screen and frown. I wasn’t expecting the opening scene to the ‘surprise movie’ to show a scantily clad woman with breast implants being impaled by a javelin-wielding, hockey-mask wearing psycho killer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

❄ Body Horror And The Horror Aesthetic Issue #96

 

Mutations and metamorphosis, graphic violations of the human body, body horror is a genre that transcends pure fear and manifests in a physical form. Body horror—which describes creations deemed ‘outside of nature’—is seen as some hideous deformity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

❄ When Too Much Pleasure is Never Enough: An Exploration of Hedonism Issue #102

 

You are sitting in an empty attic in an abandoned house. You have just purchased the Lament Configuration puzzle box—a portal to an extra-dimensional reality which will only work after you’ve solved the puzzle...

Neuroscience in Science Fiction:

Brain Augmentation in an

Increasingly Futuristic World

Issue #105

Mary Shelley, Isobelle Carmody, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, AE van Vogt, Greg Bear...countless authors have re-imagined the advances in neuroscience within literature. Why are we transfixed upon anomalies and artificial intelligent advancements of the brain? And what advances await?

Monsters and Female Power: The Enduring Legacy Of Buffy

Issue #108

It's been 20 years since 'Buffy' first aired, one of the most celebrated pro-feminist television shows of all time. While real life monsters may not be vampires, ghosts, zombies, or witches, the metaphor remains - women are strong, powerful, and equal to men.

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Book to Screen: The Vampire Chronicles and the Future of Novel Adaptation

Issue #110

So what makes a good TV adaptation? How faithful should one stay to the source material? And what does the future hold for the novel adaptation?

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❄ Universal Monsters and the New Age of Fear

Issue #113

Will we ever see a resurgence of Universal Monster films? What are people actually afraid of now? And how can these new fears be interpreted in film?

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❄ The Importance Of Telling Children Scary Stories

Issue #116

Why is it important to tell children scary stories? What can they learn from them? And how do they help children adapt to an adult world?

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❄ Lovecraft, Audiobooks, and the Evolution of Storytelling

Issue #120

 

What makes audiobooks so accessible? How have they changed storytelling? How are audiobooks of Lovecraft's work an example of making archaic texts more accessible? And what are the differences between having someone tell you a story as opposed to reading it yourself?

 

 

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❄ Marginalisation and the Future of Horror

Issue #127

After experimental success in the 1970s, a commercial push in the 1980s, an underground existence in the 1990s, and a contemporary revival in the 2000s, the contemporary horror film industry has demonstrated a consistent rise and growth over the past several decades. So where does that leave the future of horror? What's next for horror?

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❄ What We Can Learn from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens?

Issue #131

'Good Omens' by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, first published in 1990, remains a beloved book by many. So what accounts for its inspiring longevity? And how can we continue to apply the lessons within the book to our every day lives?

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❄ Speculative Fiction Artwork—Revealing the Future

Issue #136

Art is a tool that keeps us grounded. It helps shape our collective imagination and allows us to envision a type of utopia to steady us within our world of societal disconnection. So how can speculative fiction artwork provide hope in a crisis? And why is it more vital now than ever?

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❄ Beenleigh Community Garden 

February 2021

Why is gardening so important for our holistic health? How do community gardens contribute to our overall well-being? Why are they necessary in this digital age? And why are they so important for our urban environments?

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❄ Tales Of Ursula Le Guinn - the Extraordinary Life of one of the World’s Most Talented Authors of our Time

Issue #139

In 2018 the world lost Ursula Le Guinn, the extraordinary author, essayist, philosopher, and feminist, whose exploration of cultural anthropology, sociology, philosophy,
political institutions, and gender cemented her as one of the greatest writers of our generation.  So what can we learn from Le Guinn's work? And how does her writing continue to inspire speculative fiction today?

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Miscellaneous non-fiction

Disability Intersections.

Life In Status Epilepticus. Or, what to do when you think you're a jellyfish.

 

Breath And Shadow Magazine

Life In Status Epilepticus. Or, what to do when you think you're a jellyfish. (Reprint)

Ginger Nuts of Horror

Marginalisation and the Future of Horror

Borderline Personality Disorder: When Psychopathy Helps Your Success As A Writer

❄ Grief and Horror: When Monsters Are Your Friends

Speculative Chic

Morbid Curiosity in Technicolour

Word Mothers

Horror: How Women Writers are Sticking It to the World

Memento Vitae

My Jade Tree