Jason Nahrung Jason Nahrung i(A70328 works by)
Also writes as: Jay d'Argo
Gender: Male
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Jason Nahrung's great-great-grandfather, a bootmaker, came to Australia from Germany in 1858, and Jason grew up on a Queensland cattle property. After leaving home he worked for some twenty years as a journalist in Brisbane. During his time with the Courier Mail he reviewed books, music and live entertainment, and one stage won a William Atheling Jnr award for Criticism or Review in the area of speculative fiction. In addition to being a member of the Vision writers group and the Writers on the Edge critique circle, Nahrung has been the editor of the Queensland Writers Centre’s magazine Writing Queensland. He has also had a novel, The Darkness Within (2007) and a number of short stories published.

During his career Nahrung has been highly commended in the Aurealis Awards, been shortlisted in the Ditmars and the Australian Shadows and the recipient of the 2012 Chronos award for Best Fan Writer. In 2004 he was also engaged as director of the Aurealis Awards, and has since served on various judging panels.

Nahrung was awarded a Master of Arts in creative writing in 2008. He now lives in Melbourne as a freelance editor and manuscript appraiser with his wife, the author Kirstyn McDermott.

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The Big Smoke 2015 single work novel horror

'Kevin Matheson is coming to Brisbane with revenge on his mind. Even for a vampire, there is no time like the present.

'He has a score to settle with Mira, the sadistic killer who tore his life in outback Queensland apart.

'For Mira’s bodyguard, Reece, worn out and fading a little more each day, the present is all he has.

'He is determined to spend it protecting his mistress, for better or worse.

'But, as the two men head for a collision, the vampires of Brisbane have their own plans – plans that will lead Kevin and Reece down roads they never expected to travel.

'And at the end of the line, at the intersection of loyalty and vengeance, both face the question: who are they willing to sacrifice to win the war?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 shortlisted Australian Shadows Award Novel
Blood and Dust 2012 single work novel horror

'Kevin Matheson works at his family’s service station in the Queensland outback. Life is all about cricket, fishing, the pub, his girlfriend. Then it all gets blown to hell – Kevin is caught up in a hideous, unbelievable world of cops and monsters in which two rival gangs of vampires vie for control, all while maintaining a charade of humanity.

Kevin has to adapt to the destruction of his family and play the politics of the supernatural world. The biker Taipan and his lover Kala make for unlikely allies as they lead the nomadic Night Riders in their fight to be free of the control of the Brisbane-based Von Schiller group, led by the ruthless Mira and her pack of blood-addicted human servants.

Caught between vicious bikers and their brutal foes from the coast, Kevin fights to save not only those he holds dearest, but his own soul. In a world without rules, only one thing holds true – blood really is thicker than water' [Source: Xoum website]

2012 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horror Division Best Novel
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