He is the author of two novels, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties, and Gunshine State.
He is co-editor of Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980, published by PM Press in 2017, and Sticking it to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1956 to 1980, forthcoming from PM Press in 2019.
He has also written a monograph about Norman Jewison’s 1975 dystopian classic, Rollerball, released by independent UK film and media studies publisher, Auteur, in 2018.
He was one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications, a Melbourne-based small press that specialised in crime fiction and co-edited two of its publications, Hard Labour, an anthology of Australian short crime fiction, and LEE, an anthology of fiction inspired by American cinema icon, Lee Marvin.
His short fiction has appeared in a number of print and on-line publications, including Crime Scenes, Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 3, Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels, Blood and Tacos, The One That Got Away, Phnom Penh Noir, Crime Factory Hard Labour, and The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, which won the prestigious Anthony Award in the US for best crime anthology in 2018.
His reviews and non-fiction have appeared in a number of hard copy and online publications, including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Time Out Melbourne, Bookseller & Publisher, The Age, Guardian Australia, Wheeler Centre Dailies, Crime Reads, Overland, Crikey, Metro Magazine, Sight and Sound, Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, CulturMag,The British Film Institute, Australian Author and Noir City, the magazine of the US Film Noir Foundation.
He was a co-recipient of the 2015 Australian Film Institute Research Fellowship, examining depictions of crime and policing in early Crawford’s television crime drama, Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock Police. He is currently undertaking a PhD examining the history of pulp paperback publishing in Australia.
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