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  • June11th

    Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town is due for release on 1st of July. Here’s a book trailer I put together to tempt and tantalise.

  • April16th

    Yes, good stuff gets left out of any final version of a novel – and for many good reasons. Still, that’s no reason they can’t see the light of day, right?

    But do you know how hard it is to ignore ghosts, when you’re supposed to be a dedicated and conscientious ghost hunter? Correct answer is, “very hard” but with the avalanche of ghosts right now, that’s what Rani and I had to do. On our way to jobs, we saw ghosts everywhere. They spilled out of old buildings, blundered around alleys and lanes, wandered across busy streets, and basically made nuisances of themselves. And they weren’t solo manifestations, either. Pairs, trios, bunches of them skulking around together. Mobs and packs of a dozen or more. Crowds, even, drifting around, doing their ghosty thing, enjoying—if that’s the right word—their spooky existence.

    It was as if someone had stuck up a sign saying “Worldwide Ghost Convention Here!” and then forgot to arrange any accommodation. It was really lucky that politicians couldn’t see them otherwise they’d be frothing at the mouth about roaming gangs of ghosts up to no good and using this to justify some sort of law and order crackdown.

    Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town is coming in July, from Allen and Unwin. Pre-order now!

  • April4th

    While revising and editing, some good stuff gets cut and ends up on the cutting room floor. This is another example, where Anton does some musing.

    Because life wasn’t all about hunting ghosts and dealing with murderous cults, I hoped Dad was going to have a bumper bookselling day because, despite grandad’s investments, money was turning out to be an issue. Even in the middle of large scale ghost upsurge, that was a problem. Like, when wasn’t it? Oh, we weren’t going to starve, but a luxury lifestyle? Not really. No solid gold foot warmers for us. And despite our shady family history, we had no ‘there’s money in the banana stand’ fall-backs, worse luck.

    In between working in the shop and dispatching ghosts, I’d kicked around plenty of get rich quick plans, but ghost hunting isn’t actually all that full of possibilities for spinning off a lucrative sideline. I even played around with the idea of franchising, but after thinking it through—something some people like Bec claim I never do with anything—I dumped it for two reasons.

    1. The whole ghost hunting world hates publicity and bajillions of Marin Ghost Hunting franchises popping up all over the place might upset the wrong sort of people.
    2. We’ve already got all these serious ghost hunting leagues, brotherhoods, associations and stuff. We don’t need more getting in the way. Lots of Jim’s Ghost Hunting vans everywhere? No thanks.

    That’s not to say that I’ve got anything against Jim. That bald guy is one impressive hombre. Lawns? Check. TV antennas? Check. Pool cleaning? Check. Home surgery and international peace keeping? Probably coming soon.

    Oh, Anton.

    Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town, coming in July from Allen and Unwin.

     

  • March12th

    Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Gap Year in Ghost Town, is coming soon. But we have a cover! Many thanks to the phenomenally talented Craig Phillips for his stylish work!

    Look for it in July, from Allen and Unwin!

  • February13th

    With Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town (the sequel to the Aurealis Award Shortlisted Gap Year in Ghost Town) to be released in July, I’m deep in the last stages of editing. Thanks to the good people at Allen and Unwin, the story is getting tighter and pacier, coming together nicely. The editing process does mean, however, that some good bits necessarily hit the cutting room floor. But why lose them forever? Why not use them as tasty teasers for what’s shaping up as another spooky, witty, alarming adventure?

    So here’s the first.

    After the ghost’s gaze roamed vaguely in my direction it drifted back to whatever he was doing – or thought he was doing – and right there’s one of the puzzles of ghost hunting that fills in the boredom while waiting. Do ghosts actually think or are they, as they appear a lot of the time, an insubstantial machine going through the motions of life without any real intelligence? Whole careers have been taken up arguing about stuff like this in ghost hunting academic circles where professors huff and puff about this and that while cleaning their monocles or adjusting their pearl earrings or sharpening their flick knives or whatever ghost theoreticians do. Maybe they get red in the face and take it outside to settle these things mano a mano.

    Okay, so I haven’t had a lot of direct experience with ghost hunting professors, but that’s what imagination is for, to fill in gaps like that.

    Imagination. It’s not just for professionals.

  • September1st

    Hey, everyone! We now have a title for Gap Year 2 – ‘Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town’! More spooky, fun adventures, more Anton, Rani and Bec, more ghosts, more everything! Coming, July 2019 from Allen and Unwin.

     

  • February27th

    Good news, everyone! I’ve managed to rack up two Aurealis Awards shortlistings!


    Gap Year in Ghost Town has been shortlisted for Best Fantasy Novel and my short story ‘First Casualty’ (from the groundbreaking ‘Begin, End, Begin’ anthology) is shortlisted in the Best Young Adult Short Story category.

     

    These are my eighth and ninth Aurealis Award shortlistings, and congratulations to the many fine writers I’m humbled to be listed alongside.

  • December12th

    If you want a great holiday read, look no further. Available here.

  • November15th

    Community Sherlock – various incarnations Cards Against Humanity
    Star Wars 1984 M. Python
    Pulp Fiction Doctor Who Oscar Wilde
    LoTR Superman Wizard of Oz
    Three Musketeers Telestrations The Sweeney
    Dorothy L Sayers Arrested Development The Castle
    CS Lewis Erza Scarlet Lord of the Rings
    Silence of the Lambs Shane Firefly
  • September21st