He is the author of two novels, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties, and Gunshine State. His sequel to Gunshine State, Orphan Road will be published in early 2023. He is co-editor of Hard Labour, an anthology of Australian short crime fiction, and LEE, an anthology of fiction inspired by American cinema icon, Lee Marvin.
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. 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. His book Horwitz Publications, Pulp Fiction and the Rise of Australian Paperback was published by Anthem Press in 2022.
His short fiction has appeared in a number of print and online 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, CrimeReads, Overland, Crikey, Metro Magazine, Sight and Sound, Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, We Are the Mutants, 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 has also contributed booklet & visual essays and commentaries for film releases by Arrow, Kino Lorber, Powerhouse Films and Imprint.
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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