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Old and crusty with a deep love of cynicism and vodka. A late starter, maybe, but a long, drawn-out finish seems likely.

Background Information

Born into a working class family in 1940 in NZ, I was an only child. As a fat kid, I spent much of my time alone and became an almost predatory reader. Ultimately, in my dotage, and after almost 30 years drifting about in Australia and PNG, I returned to NZ and began to write.

My major influence has been personal experience, but characters like Lewis Carroll, Spike Milligan, Banjo Patterson and Omar Khayyam must share some of the blame. Charles Bukowski is now keeping me in touch with unreality.

I write mainly poetry, but have ventured into horror, sci fi and other speculative genres in recent times.

Birth Place
Lower Hutt,  New Zealand
Additional Information

I have had a number of collections published thus far: Man of Stone: an honest look at my own life, illustrated by Aimee Hare ISBN: 1-877365-34-3 and Rat atouille for the rindless: a series of short poems about my pet rat Brian, illustrated by Aussie cartooning genius, Dave Freeman. ISBN: 978-0-473-12544-8 Blood Curry An illustrated collection of speculative poetry, fiction and recipes. ISBN: 978-0-9831603-3-5 Four other books are in the wings awaiting their call, and several joint efforts are in progress. I have had innumerable poems and short stories published in print and electronic magazines and anthologies in various genre.

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Books on the move...
My website which lists all the books I've published and have edited as a contributor. Purchase links and samples can be found there.

Spectrum collection
A small collection of horror/speculative fiction and poetry from five of the members of Dark Continents.

Anomalous Appetites
An anthology of speculative poetry from the world's best poets, illustrated by the world's best genre artists.

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