He is the author of two novels, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid 1990, and Gunshine State. His Gunshine State sequel, Orphan Road will be published in early 2023.
He co-edited 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 online publications, including Phnom Penh Noir and The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, which won the prestigious Anthony Award in the US for best crime anthology in 2018.
He is co-editor of three collections for PM Press, Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980, Sticking it to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1956 to 1980, and Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950-1980. Dangerous Visions and New Worlds won the 2022 Aurealis Convenors Award for Excellence and the Locus Magazine award for non-fiction, and has been nominated for a Hugo award for non-fiction.
His scholarly works are Rollerball (Liverpool University Press, 2018), a monograph about Norman Jewison’s 1975 dystopian classic, and Horwitz Publications, Pulp Fiction and the Rise of Australian Paperback (Anthem Press, 2022).
His reviews and non-fiction have appeared in a number of hard copy and online publications, including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookseller & Publisher, The Age, Guardian Australia, CrimeReads, Overland, Crikey, Metro Magazine, Sight and Sound, Australian Book Review, and The Big Issue.
He has written for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and The British Film Institute, and has contributed booklets, visual essays and commentaries for film releases by Arrow, Kino Lorber, Powerhouse Films, Imprint and Umbrella Entertainment.
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. His PhD from Macquarie University on the history of Australian pulp fiction was awarded Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for postgraduate research in 2019.
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