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Name  Alan Baxter

Role  Author
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Born  18 April 1970 Sussex, United Kingdom (1970-04-18)
Occupation  Writer, Martial Artist, Personal Trainer
Notable works  RealmShift MageSign Dark Rite Bound Obsidian Abduction
Books  RealmShift, MageSign, Shall We Have Magic?, A Killer Among Demons, Dark Rite

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Alan Baxter (born 18 April 1970, Sussex, United Kingdom) is an author of dark fantasy, science fiction and horror. He is also a martial artist and Personal Trainer, and runs the Illawarra Kung Fu Academy on the south coast of NSW, Australia.


Writing career

Baxter was born in the UK and moved to Australia in the mid-1990s. His first novel, the dark fantasy/horror thriller RealmShift (The Balance Book 1), was self-published in 2006. Baxter set up independent publisher Blade Red Press in 2008 and re-released RealmShift along with the sequel, MageSign (The Balance Book 2). In 2010 both RealmShift and MageSign were acquired and republished by Gryphonwood Press.

Baxter is also the author of the dark urban fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series), published by HarperVoyager Australia in 2014, and forthcoming from Ragnarok Publications in the US from December 2016.

Baxter has more than 70 short stories published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France including Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, Wily Writers and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than twenty anthologies, including the Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2010 and 2012). Baxter's first collection of short fiction, Crow Shine, is to be published by Ticonderoga Publications in September 2016.

In 2011 Baxter was nominated for a Ditmar Award Best New Talent Award and his 2013 story, Not The Worst Of Sins, was nominated for the Ditmar Award in the Best Short Story category in 2014. Baxter's novel Bound: Alex Caine Book 1 was nominated for the 2014 Best Novel Ditmar Award and Obsidian: Alex Caine Book 2 was nominated for the 2014 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel. His novelette, The Darkness in Clara, was nominated for the 2014 Ditmar Award for Best Novelette or Novella. Baxter also had two short story nominations in the 2014 Australian Shadows Awards, for Mephisto and Shadows of the Lonely Dead, winning the Award for Shadows of the Lonely Dead. Baxter also won the Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction in 2015 for In Vaulted Halls Entombed.

Baxter also writes narrative arcs and dialogue for video games. His freelance work includes reviews, feature articles and opinion. He is a contributing editor and co-founder at Thirteen O’Clock – Australian Dark Fiction News & Reviews, and co-hosts AuthorCast, a genre fiction podcast. He is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, and a full Active Member of the Horror Writers Association.


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