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Over the years, Robert Hood – once referred to as “Aussie horror's wicked godfather” in a magazine article on Australian Horror – has published over 200 short stories, novellas, articles, YA novels and short books for kids, in the genres of Horror, SF, Fantasy, Crime and other generally Weird mutations of these categories. His stories have appeared in Australian and overseas magazines and anthologies, as well as in several personal collections and in various Year’s Best anthologies. He has also written novels, including the Ditmar award-winning epic fantasy Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead (Wildside Press, US, 2013). His most recent book is Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories (IFWG Australia Publishing, 2015), a career-defining tome that gained him the Australian Shadows Award for Best Horror Collection.
Jan 3, 2019 · 2,525 words (10 minutes)
For a while I worked as a journalist for a suburban newspaper. "Keep It Short" was inspired by that job, though, of course, the characters are pure fiction... well, maybe impure fiction. I was trying for a kind of sardonic realism, and in subsequent stories featuring the main character, the push of the stories became more crime-related, weirder and more fictitious. I'm now working on a novel set in this milieu.
Jan 1, 2019 · 1,768 words (7 minutes)
This was my first published ghost story, written for a book of ghost stories produced by the Liverpool City Council in 1986. It subsequently appeared in my first collection, Day-dreaming on Company Time (Five Island Press, 1988)— a Readercon Award runner-up in the Best Collection by a Single Author category.