"AUSTRALIA'S BODY HORROR SPECIALIST" - PETER KIRK, BREACH MAGAZINE
Claire Fitzpatrick is an artist and award-winning author of non-fiction and speculative fiction, specialising in body horror. 'The Body Horror Book,' which she co-wrote and edited, won the 2017 Australian Shadows Award Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism. Her debut collection 'Metamorphosis' was released by IFWG Publishing Australia in 2019 to positive acclaim. She's also an occasional illustrator and has designed the cover for two Breach Magazine issues - Issue 8 and Issue 12.
Claire's poem 'Rainbows' was commended in the 2004 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition. Her short stories 'The Dog' and 'Happy Birthday, Ebony' both won first place in the 2016/2017 UQ Writer's Club Short Story Competition.
Claire has been a panellist at Continuum 13 in Melbourne, at Monsters After Dark in Brisbane, and at Conflux in Canberra. She has a Bachelor of Government and International Relations and a Postgraduate Certificate in Writing, Editing, and Publishing. She is the owner and operator of Oscillate Wildly Press. She taught Introduction To Horror Writing at the Queensland Writer's Centre in 2019.
Claire is also a performance artist. She performs serious pieces under her own name and comedy under Consuela Beaverhausen. For someone who writes horror stories, she's surprisingly funny. Sort of. She will be performing 'Mental Illness Is Not A Crime' at Anywhere Festival 2020.
She lives somewhere in Queensland, Australia, with her partner, a spray-paint artist (MiseryInk Design), their cat Cthulhu, and their two annoying kids. In her 'real-life' she's a Researcher in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland.
Feel free to contact Claire via social media, the adjacent contact form, or email her directly at: email@example.com.
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