Weird writer. Martial artist. Whisky-soaked swear monkey.

Alan Baxter is a British-Australian, multi-award-winning author of horror, supernatural thrillers and dark fantasy liberally mixed with crime, mystery and noir. This Is Horror podcast calls him “Australia’s master of literary darkness” and the Talking Scared podcast dubbed him “The Lord of Weird Australia.” He’s also a martial artist, a whisky-soaked swear monkey, and dog lover. He creates dark, weird stories among the valleys of southern Tasmania, where he lives with his family and other animals.

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Alan is the author of several novels, including the Alex Caine trilogy, BoundObsidian and AbductionThe Balance duologyRealmShift and MageSign, the urban horror noir novel, Hidden City, the horror/crime thriller Devouring Dark, and the small town folk horror story, Sallow Bend. His latest novel is a folk horror thriller, Blood Covenant, published by Cemetery Dance. He’s also written several novellas, including the cosmic horror thriller The Book Club, the supernatural noir Eli Carver novella series, Manifest RecallRecall Night, and Ghost Recall, the wildly popular gonzo horror, The Roo, the cult occult mystery, The Leaves Forget, and a mosaic novel across two novella collections of weird Australian cosmic horror, The Gulp and The Fall. Alan has had more than 100 short fiction publications in journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK, France, Germany and Japan, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and many others. Alan has two award-winning volumes of collected short fiction, Crow Shine and Served Cold. Alan’s work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Taiwanese.

At times, Alan collaborates with US action/adventure bestselling author, David Wood. Together they have co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, four action thrillers in The Jake Crowley Adventures, and three giant monster thrillers in the Sam Aston Investigations series.

Alan has been a fifteen-time finalist in the Aurealis Awards, an nine-time finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards and a fourteen-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards. From those shortlistings he won the 2021 Aurealis Award for Best Collection for The Gulp, the 2014 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story (“Shadows of the Lonely Dead”), the 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award For Long Fiction (“In Vaulted Halls Entombed”), the 2016 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection (Crow Shine), and the 2019 Australian Shadows Award for Best Collection (Served Cold). He is also a past winner of the AHWA Short Story Competition (“It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”). Alan’s work has made the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards three times (Crow Shine, 2016 Bram Stoker Award (TM) for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, The Gulp 2021 Bram Stoker Award (TM) for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, and Sallow Bend 2022 Bram Stoker Award (TM) for Superior Achievement in a Novel). Alan’s 2015 Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award-winning story, “In Vaulted Halls Entombed”, was adapted for Season 3 of the Netflix Original Series, LOVE DEATH +ROBOTS.

Alan is also a martial artist, having spent his life since childhood learning a variety of fighting styles. Alan has competed in a number of competitions in the UK, Australia, and China. In 1996 he won the Wutan Federation British National Championship title in the UK. He’s now an International Master of Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, and a Fire Dragon Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Yong Fa.

Read extracts from his novels and novellas, and find free short stories at his website – and find all his social media links here.


For all publishing queries including reprints, film/TV options, and foreign rights, please contact Alan’s agent, Becky LeJeune, of Bond Literary Agency.


There’s a full press kit here. Contact Alan with any queries at [email protected]


Alan has previously appeared as a guest and panelist at conventions, festivals, events, and writers’ centres around Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He’s been a guest at the Supanova and Oz Comic-Con fan expos in several cities. Alan has been a Guest of Honour at Conflux, Swancon, and GeyserCon (NZ). He’s run workshops on all kinds of writing-related subjects including short story clinics, novel writing, fight and action scenes, author platform, social media and more at Worldcon, schools, libraries, and several State Writers’ Centres, among other venues.

If you’d like Alan to be a guest at your event or to come and speak at your school, library, writers’ group, etc., please get in touch.

Here’s a full page about Alan’s workshops.

Click here for a full Bibliography of Alan’s work.