New Spheres of Influence

In my previous post, I discussed the authors who influenced and inspired me during my formative years, well now, I want to tell you about the authors whose works encourage me today. These are just a few of the authors, who continue to astound:

Benjamin Kane Ethridge – His novel, Bottled Abyss, made me love the darkness of mythology all over again. It’s a unique take on the Underworld myth.

Daniel I Russell – His works are many and wondrous, but his novella, Critique will leave a bad taste in your mouth, for all the right reasons.

Andrew J McKiernan – Mr McKiernan is an extremely talented author and artist. His stories really hit home and carry considerable emotional weight. I look forward to his collection, Last Year, When We Were Young coming out later this year from Satalyte Publishing.

Lisa Morton – Lisa Morton is the expert on Halloween, but her fiction is also masterful. I highly recommend her books, Hell Manor, Wild Girls and her collection Monsters of L.A. as a good place to start.

Brett McBean – Brett McBean is one of the rising stars of horror in Australia. Find his books, The Mother, The Awakening, his Jungle series and you’ll never look back! He also recently co-authored the Wolf Creek 2 tie-in novel, Desolation Game.

Matthew Tait – Tait’s work is very original, bordering almost on the philosophical. His collection, Ghosts in a Desert World and his novel, Dark Meridian are hauntingly memorable.

Kaaron Warren – Her collection Through Splintered Walls is very powerful stuff, with the horror being on a deep, psychological level.

Martin Livings – This Perth-based author is a pleasure to read, particularly his collection, Living With the Dead. His tale, Birthday Suit, will leave you feeling ill at ease for a long while after you’ve finished reading.

Paul ManneringTankbread author from New Zealand, re-imagines the zombie apocalypse in all its gritty glory. Mannering’s writing is snappy, but oh, so memorable.

Stephen M Irwin – This Brisbane-based author has penned two supernatural novels and a television series. His novels, The Dead Path and The Broken Ones offer unique takes on the afterlife.

Angela Slatter and Lisa L. Hannett – their collaboration Midnight and Moonshine is a wonderful mingling of Norse mythology.

Felicity Dowker – Her collection, Bread and Circuses, is horror with heart.

These are just a few of the authors have left their mark on me. I’d Would love to know which authors inspire you.

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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