cradle and grave cover



Queens of Noise by Leigh Harlen / Cradle to Grave by Anya Ow
Stone and Steel by Eboni Dunbar / Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

Cover art by Y. C. Yang

Yes, it's a new book

My new book, CRADLE AND GRAVE, will be coming out in the Spring 2020 release by Neon Hemlock. If you're looking to get my book (and/or the others by Leigh, Eboni, or Caitlin) for a pre-retail price in ebook or paperback form, check out the Kickstarter here (x). After the Kickstarter, the books will be sold at retail price.

CRADLE AND GRAVE is a post-apocalyptic dystopia, a Fallout-style weird Western with horror, survival, and biopunk elements merged through a desperate adventure through a dead city. In the distant dystopian irradiated future, Dar Lien is a professional scout for scavenger runs into the Scab, a ruined urban-zone badly infected by heavily mutagenic phenomena called the Change. When Yusuf and the mysterious Servertu employ her for an unorthodox run into the Scab, she finds herself embroiled in a conflict she didn’t expect.

A big thank you to Dave Ring for his extensive work on this project, and to Y. C. Yang for the awesome cover.

Upcoming Book Events

Neon Hemlock will be running a series of twitter panels as part of its 2020 release schedule. Join me during #hemlockchat during the below event slots. These are topics that are near and dear to me as a writer:

The Apocalypse as Current Events.
Moderated by Arshad Hassan. Featuring Elly Bangs, Meg Elison, Darcie Little Badger, Christopher Ruz and Anya Ow.
March 7 at 5pm EST
Families Lost & Found. Moderated by Lara Elena Donnelly.
Featuring Eboni Dunbar, Leigh Harlen, Anya Ow and Caitlin Starling.
March 15 at 5pm EST

There will also be other events by my fellow Neon Hemlock authors: check out the schedule for more information.

Other Dystopias

So You’re Writing the Apocalypse (During An Apocalypse)

Well, this year sure escalated quickly. A long, long time ago in November 2014 (I feel like I’ve aged a million years since 2014), I took a third crack at writing an original book-length story for Nanowrimo. It didn’t get far, because my completion record for Nanowrimo tends to be quite hit and miss at …

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Book Kickstarters And Other Stories

I have a new book out this year with Neon Hemlock! It’s a post-apocalypse mutagenic city survival-horror adventure, a Fallout Weird Western. Writing it was a lot of fun – this is one of my favourite genres – and the publishing process so far has been a blast. I’ve got a couple of Twitter panels …

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The Apocalypse and Other Stories

That was the view from my window one morning earlier in January, in Melbourne, Australia. Air levels overnight were the most hazardous in the world. The air’s improved in the city for now, but some outer areas are still registering poor air quality, and despite the abrupt drop in news coverage – even local news …

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Flash Fiction: If the Apocalypse Happens and CNN Isn’t There, Did it Really Happen?

Some days you sell a story and the fact that you even managed to sell it takes you by sheer surprise. That’s what happened with this one. Earlier this year I sold “If the Apocalypse Happens and CNN Isn’t There, Did it Really Happen?” to Daily Science Fiction, and I’m still surprised they were willing …

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Short Story: The Mourning Hour

My science fiction short story The Mourning Hour has been published in Giganotosaurus! It was inspired by the near-future sci fi stories like the Martian, and targeted advertising. I only realized this year how intricately people can get tracked online by Facebook, Google etc, when we were doing an ad buy for a client. You can literally …

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