Alan Baxter (author)

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Alan Baxter
Alan Baxter (left), with Felicity Dowker and Aileen Harland, in 2010.
Alan Baxter (left), with Felicity Dowker and Aileen Harland, in 2010.
Born(1970-04-18)18 April 1970
Sussex, United Kingdom
OccupationWriter, martial artist, personal trainer
Notable worksRealmShift
Dark Rite

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.[1][2][3]

Writing career[edit]

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).[4][5] In 2010 both RealmShift and MageSign were acquired and republished by Gryphonwood Press.[6][7]

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,[8] 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.[9]

In 2011 Baxter was nominated for a Ditmar Award Best New Talent Award[10] and his 2013 story, Not The Worst Of Sins, was nominated for the Ditmar Award in the Best Short Story category in 2014.[11] Baxter's novel Bound: Alex Caine Book 1 was nominated for the 2014 Best Novel Ditmar Award[12] and Obsidian: Alex Caine Book 2 was nominated for the 2014 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel.[13] His novelette, The Darkness in Clara, was nominated for the 2014 Ditmar Award for Best Novelette or Novella.[12] 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.[14] Baxter also won the Australian Shadows Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction in 2015 for In Vaulted Halls Entombed.[15]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "About Alan". Alan Baxter Online. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Interview With Indie Author Alan Baxter". Publetariat. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Interview with Alan Baxter: Dark fantasty indie author". The Creative Penn. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Interview with Alan Baxter: How to Set Up a Blog Tour and Why Print Books Will Become a Niche Market". Smashwords. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Interview with Alan Baxter". An Exchange of Words: David B. Coe's Weblog. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Gryphonwood Authors". Gryphonwood Press. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  7. ^ "#RejectWriter: Alan Baxter". Evolve Journal: Advancing Fiction With a Purpose. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  8. ^ Daily Science Fiction, retrieved 24 Jun 2014
  9. ^ Farr, Russell B. "Ticonderoga to publish Alan Baxter's Crow Shine - Ticonderoga Publications". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  10. ^ Ditmar eligibility list 2012, retrieved 6 Feb 2012.
  11. ^ Ditmar eligibility list 2014, retrieved 24 Jun 2014
  12. ^ a b Books+Publishing Ditmar Awards ballot announced
  13. ^ ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014 Aurealis Awards Shortlist
  14. ^ Winners for the AHWA's Australian Shadows awards for 2014 have been announced
  15. ^, Kephra Design -. "Australian Horror Writers Association :: Australian Shadows Awards". Retrieved 2016-07-26.