Brett McBean was born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. He started playing the drums at age ten and after high school, studied music at Box Hill College, one of Victoria's most renowned music schools, where he earned an Advanced Diploma. Shortly after completing the music degree, he turned his attention towards writing.
McBean's books have been published in Australia, the US, and Germany, and he has been nominated for the Aurealis, Ditmar, and Ned Kelly awards. He has been a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA), where he has been a member of the judging panel for the Australian Shadow Award (2008), the AHWA Flash & Short Story Competition (2010) and a mentor in their mentor program.
It was supposed to be a quiet end to a long day: five close-knit family and friends settling in for some much-needed sleep after coming together for an early Christmas party.
Instead, it’s the beginning of a shocking night of brutality when six intruders break into the sprawling residence of Debra Hillsboro, a middle-aged romance novelist with a fierce devotion to her loved ones and a strong kinship with her home of almost thirty years.
Armed with smartphones and a modern brand of madness, the intruders – an internet-age cult disconnected from humanity and addicted to causing fear and mayhem – have come to the secluded property for one purpose: to terrorize, and ultimately kill, everyone inside all while filming their heinous crimes.
Outnumbered and cut off from the outside world, the terrified occupants find themselves trapped in a fight for survival as a once place of safety is turned into a deadly maze of darkened rooms and forbidding hallways. On this sweltering summer night, they must somehow find a way to escape before the cult turns the beloved home into a house for the dead.
The Mother2006single work novel horror thriller crime
'Hitchhiking along the Hume Highway, a woman hunts for her daughter's killer. Driven by guilt and the desire for revenge, the mother is set on a path of self-destruction. As the search becomes an obsession, the lonely highway begins to transform her...'