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Alan Baxter Alan Baxter i(A122422 works by)
Born: Established: 1970 Sussex,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1997
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An author of dark fantasy, science fiction and horror, Alan Baxter's stories have been published in a number of print and online magazines and anthologies. 'I write in the fantasy, sci-fi and horror genres and my stuff is primarily based in the magical and the arcane.' he records on his website. 'I often like to play with various religious mythologies in my fiction. And it always seems to be dark. Even stories that I think are going to be lighter fare seem to end up a bit disturbing. Above all, I try to tell a good yarn with my fiction, but I would also like to make people think' (The Word -

Born in the United Kingdom, Baxter combined his passion for dark fiction with music (as a musician in various bands) and with martial arts throughout his youth and twenties. He studied various martial arts styles (including Kung Fu Judo, Karate and Muay Thai) and received instructor certification in the UK and USA during the course of some twenty-five years. After winning the 1996 he won the British Wutan Federation National Championship title, Baxter moved to Australia in 1997, initially living in Sydney where he became a dedicated student and teacher of Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Qi Gong. He later established himself in the Kiama region of the Illawarra south coast of New South Wales, becoming associated with the Illawarra Kung Fu Academy as Chief Instructor.

Baxter's first novel, a dark fantasy/horror thriller called RealmShift, was self-published in 2006. Two years later he founded the independent small publisher Blade Red Press, based out of the village of Jamberoo (situated about 10 kilometres west of Kiama). The press' first publication was a re-released version of Realmshift (2008) followed by its sequel MageSign (2008). In 2010 both novels were acquired and republished by Gryphonwood Press. That same year he received an Honourable Mention in the Writers of the Future Competition (Second Quarter).

In addition to his novels Baxter has published both short fiction and non-fiction. His noir sci-fi novella Ghost of the Black: A 'Verse Full of Scum was initially serialised on his website throughout 2008. It is now available in print and e-book through Blade Red Press. He has also had stories published in numerous online and traditional publications, including Martial Arts Planet, Cyberkwoon, Haringer Journal, Horror Bound Magazine, House of Horror, M-Brane SF, Flashes in the Dark, Antipodean SF and Op-Ed Magazine. In 2007 his flash fiction entry, "Stubborn" won first place in the Scribe's Writing Desk Flash Fiction Competition (July). The first sentence was supplied and the word count was set at a maximum of 300 words. The previous month he has been placed second with "Grandma's Legacy."

Baxter's non-fiction includes general articles on writing, publishing, martial arts, strength conditioning and fitness, music, and movie reviews. His writings have appeared in such publications as, Player Magazine, Publishing Renaissance, Business News Makers magazine, Miscellaneous Voices #1 (a blogging anthology) and is a regular contributor to Metal as Fuck e-zine.

Most Referenced Works


  • For a comprehensive list of Alan Baxter's published works see his website: The Word: The Website of Author Alan Baxter.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Damnation Games Bittern : Clan Destine Press , 2022 25692609 2022 anthology short story horror

'Damnation Games is a smart and scary anthology of crime and mystery stories all with a supernatural or horror bent. From heists interrupted by ghosts and gangster organisations infiltrated by monsters to cops investigating inexplicable crimes and PIs dragged into occult madness - these mysteries will chill you to the bone.

'The anthology, from Clan Destine Press, showcases the breadth and depth of modern dark fiction writing in a collection of stories from some of the biggest names in the horror world, including international bestsellers and award winners.

'Within these pages you'll find tales of theft and murder, of crooked cops and honest cons, of the lengths some people will go, and through them all lurks a shadow of the weird, the cosmic, the supernatural, the unexplainable. Do you dare engage in these Damnation Games?

'Damnation Games features 18 all-new stories by a crew of acclaimed dark fiction writers including Kaaron Warren, Aaron Dries, Joanne Anderton, Dan Rabarts, Maria Lewis, Robert Hood, Alan Baxter, Gemma Files, Gemma Amor, Kyle Lee Ward, Philip Fracassi and more. Many of the contributors are finalists or winners of various awards including the Aurealis, the Ditmar, the Australian Shadows, and the Bram Stoker.' (Publication summary)

2023 nominated Ditmar Awards Best Collected Work
y separately published work icon Sallow Bend Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications , 2022 24658283 2022 single work novel horror

'Something old and deadly has awoken.

'When two teenagers go missing from the small, rural town of Sallow Bend, the residents come together to search for them. Little do they suspect that finding the wayward girls will be the start of their problems. An old evil is rising, and only one man seems to realize that everyone is in danger and this is not the first time it’s happened. With the carnival in town, people want to have a good time, but for many, this will be the worst time of their lives.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2023 nominated Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2022 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horror Division Novel
2022 finalist Bram Stoker Awards Superior Achievement in a Novel
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