Stephen M. Irwin i(16 works by) (a.k.a. Stephen Irwin)
Born: Established: 1966 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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Stephen Irwin grew up in Brisbane and worked as an actor, including a small role on the TV series Sea Change, before turning to writing fiction.

Irwin is also an established screenwriter and director with many broadcast documentary credits. He began writing short stories and creating short drama films in 2004. His short-form stories and films have won many awards and competitions across Australia and internationally, including Best Short Film at the London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film and the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Story Award.

Awards for Works

Secrets & Lies 2014 series - publisher film/TV crime thriller 'Ben is an innocent man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a four-year-old boy. As his world falls apart, he desperately tries to find the real killer... at stake is his marriage, his kids, his reputation and his sanity.' (Source: Screen Australia)
2014 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Telefeature or Mini Series
The Broken Ones 2011 single work novel horror fantasy detective

'No one is safe. The world has descended into chaos. On the surface, everything looks the same - yet the unthinkable has happened. The dead have risen...

'Everyone is haunted by a relative, friend, spouse or stranger and these spirits are unshakeable, silent and watching. Governments the world over fail to deal with the epidemic. Crime is rife and murders commonplace. But who is responsible: the ghosts or the people?

'Finding out is where Detective Oscar Mariani comes in, although it's nearly impossible to run a department when you can't even see half the suspects. His strike rate is embarrassingly low.

'Then he stumbles onto a case that cuts through his apathy. A ritualistic, brutal serial killer is at work murdering young women, and the evidence implicates those in high places. If Mariani can solve the case, and keep himself alive, he may be able to exorcise his own ghostly shadow, a dead young man who just might have a message Mariani needs to hear.

'A gripping mix of police procedural and supernational thriller, The Broken Ones is a knuckle-whitening ride.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2011 honourable mention Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horror Division Best Novel No Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel was given in 2011. Irwin's novel and Trent Jamieson's The Business of Death received honorable mentions.
2011 honourable mention Australian Shadows Award Novel
The Dead Path 2009 single work novel horror thriller 'After his wife's sudden death, Nicholas leaves the life he had in London and returns home to Australia. He knows something is very wrong and feels he is teetering on the brink of madness. But the truth is much, much more sinister and dates back to his childhood: when Nicholas was ten years old he found a strange talisman near the woods close to his home. He didn't touch it but felt its menacing power and ran. Later, he told his best friend, Tristram, about it. They returned to the woods together to seek it out and Tristram picked it up. That same day Tristram was murdered. There is something lurking in the woods that knows Nicholas is back...it has been waiting. Because the wrong boy died. On the night Nicholas returns home another boy goes missing and when his body is found it is clear that his murder is chillingly similar to Tristram's. Forced to uncover long-buried secrets Nicholas finds himself and those he loves in great danger. And he realises that he is linked to a hideous and enchanting nemesis who will stop at nothing to get what she needs.' Source: www.hachette.com.au/ (Sighted 13/07/2009).
2010 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
2009 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horror Division Best Novel
2009 finalist Australian Shadows Award Long Fiction
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