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Dead of Night and Hell’s Bells now available on Amazon!

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Both Dead of Night and Hell’s Bells are now out on Amazon! I have stories in both of these collections, “Stillegeist” in Dead of Night and “Tradition” in Hell’s Bells. Get them here:

Carnies cheap for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

I’m sure everyone already owns a copy of Carnies by now, but if not, the ebook is going to be discounted from $4.99 to $2.99 for Halloween.  What better way of spending this dark day than by reading about werewolves?  Don’t bother trying to think of an answer, for there is none.  None, I tell you!

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Story in Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013!

Monday, October 13th, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that my story from last year’s epic collection This Is How You Die, “La Mort D’un Roturier”, has been selected to appear in Ticonderoga PublicationsYear’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013.  This is the first time I’ve appeared in one of these collections for a fantasy story instead of a horror one, so I’m even more chuffed than usual to be in such good company.  I can’t wait for it to come out… so much horrory fantasy-y goodness!

Cohesion Press to reprint Carnies

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Yes, it’sCarniesCover official, documents signed and everything!  Cohesion Press have snapped up my 2006 novel Carnies to reprint, both as an eBook and in print.  I’m hoping Carnies can have a bit of a life after, uh, first life; there must be a bunch of people who missed it the first time around, so being available as an eBook will certainly help with that, and a spanking new print edition really is the icing on the cake!  The book is also still under option to be made into a movie, of course, so who knows what might happen?  Straight to the top of the New York Times bestseller list?  An Academy Award for Best Motion Picture?  A Nobel prize for me?  Dare to dream big!

Anyway, further news is available here, and I’ll update more when it’s coming out.

The Next Big Thing!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Like so many others, I’ve ended up tagged in this  Next Big Thing shameless self-promotion chain email kind of thing, where you answer some questions about your next book, then tag five other hapless authors to do the same.  I was snared by Kirsty McDermott to do it, so here we go:

1) What is the working title of your next book?

My “next” book has just been published by Dark Prints Press, and its title is Living With the Dead.  It was always going to be called Living With the Dead, which is the title of one of the stories in it.  Even before anyone asked for it, it was going to be called that.  I’ve been planning this for a loooooooooong time!

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Living With the Dead came about because Craig Bezant from Dark Prints Press approached me about doing a collection of my previously published stories over the last twenty years.  It had been something I’d been thinking about for a long time before that, though, as single author collections are one of my favourite kinds of books, and I’d always dreamt of having one published.  When the time came to put it together, we collected twenty of my stories from previous publications, and I added three more stories original to the collection, and that was that!

3) What genre does your book fall under?

The stories in Living With the Dead are all horror.  Horrory horror.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Man, it’d have to be an episodic anthology series like Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, wouldn’t it?  I really don’t picture actors in my stories, but I COULD perhaps imagine Colin Farrell in “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet!”, being an Irish sh#tkicker…

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I’ll use a quote instead:

“I wouldn’t be surprised to learn he writes his first drafts in blood.”Kaaron Warren

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It has been published by Dark Prints Press (  Buy it now!

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Twenty years.  That might be a new record?

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’d say other single-author horror collections like Terry Dowling‘s Basic Black or Felicity Dowker‘s Bread and Circuses, or if I was feeling VERY generous and egotistical, the short fiction collections of Stephen King!

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Gosh, where to start?  Horror stories always come from within, and I battled mental illness in my teens and twenties (and continue to do so now, though it’s less a battle and more a cold war these days!).  That’s the bad kind of inspiration.  For good inspiration, all the writers I love to read, all the editors who bought my stories, and all the readers who told me they liked them.  My family and friends who’ve supported me throughout twenty years of this madness.  And my wonderful wife, Isabelle, who inspires me to do better every day.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, if homicidal alien clown dolls, giant monsters, Scottish ghouls, stranded astronauts and nightmarish Christmas mornings don’t lure you in, the amazing cover artwork by Vincent Chongshould hook you!

And now to tag some other poor fools to take part… I’m going with four fellow sandgropers and a single token Eastern Stateser.  So you’re up, Ashlee Scheuerman, Stephanie Gunn, Guy Salvidge, Craig Bezant and Robert Stephenson!

My interview in the 2012 Snapshot is now online

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in all of the Australian Speculative Fiction snapshots, from the very first one that Ben Peek put together. It’s probably more a testament to how long I’ve been hanging around than anything else mind you! Anyway, there’s another Snapshot happening this year, even bigger than in previous years, and again, I’m happy to be a part of it. My interview is available here:

And, if you want to see all of the Snapshots… jeez, good luck to you, they’re scattered across the interwebs for the moment, though eventually they’ll be compiled at Australian Specfic In Focus.  For now, though, they’re at the blogs of Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright.  Happy reading!

“Lollo” nominated for an Aurealis Award!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Well, that was a genuine surprise… I honestly didn’t expect to get a mention for any awards this year, least of all the Aurealis Awards!  But there I am, somehow amongst the very worthy finalists, as just announced here:

HORROR Short Story

Take the Free Tour, Bob Franklin, Under Stones, Affirm Press
Her Gallant Needs, Paul Haines, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press
The Fear, Richard Harland, Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, Brimstone Press
Wasting Matilda, Robert Hood, Zombie Apocalypse!, Constable & Robinson Ltd
Lollo, Martin Livings, Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, Apex Publishing

I’m utterly thrilled to be an AA finalist, it really hasn’t happened often, though I’m also genuinely stunned and confused to see who isn’t on that list. I can think of at least a couple of stories that definitely deserved to be there, no names mentioned, you know exactly who you are.  If you’re not on the Ditmar lists, I’ll be demanding to know why, trust me!

Anyway, if you’d like to read the story that’s been nominated, assuming you’re not coulrophobic, “Lollo” is available to read for free at the Apex website here:

I hope you enjoy it!  And thanks to Jennifer Brozek for inviting me to submit to this collection in the first place, it was an awesome collection and such fun to write for, and of course big congrats to all those who made it into this and all the other categories of the Aurealis Awards this year!

Ticonderoga Books on sale at Indiebooksonline

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Just a heads-up to those with some spare cash floating about (and that’s all of us, right? Right?), Ticonderoga Publications are selling their books at Indiebooksonline at a discount, so get over there and buy some!  You can also get discounted pre-orders for some of their upcoming releases, including Dead Red Heart and More Scary Kisses, both of which I have a story (or two!) in.  So get over there and buy, buy, buy!  Consume!

Two Ticonderoga Covers!

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Ticonderoga Publications have recently released images of the cover art of two of their upcoming collections, both of which I happen to be in, and both of which are rather pretty.  Firstly, Liz Grzyb’s second paranormal romance collection More Scary Kisses, which features “The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker”, written by myself and Talie Helene, and then Russell B. Farr’s Australian vampire collection Dead Red Heart, which has my solo story “The Rider” plus a collaborative story which I oversaw the creation of with a pile of talented folks, “The Tide”.

Both look like excellent collections, and I can’t wait to see them!  I believe they’re both being launched at Swancon, which is also the National SF convention, in Perth at Easter.  I’ll be there with bells on!

Tuesday’s Ten Minute Tale – Erin-Day special – the setup!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Here we go yet again, and this time it’s devoted to Erin Battersby, who’s been through the mill lately.  So, no swearing, no gore, no naughty stuff… can I manage that?  We’ll see!

The first three people to post with a word, phrase, topic, theme, name, or whatever, dictate the direction of the story. I’ll endeavour to incorporate all three suggestions, and write it within ten minutes of receiving the third post, work allowing. Then I’ll post the result.

Tuesday’s… no, wait, Wednesday’s Ten Minute Tale – the setup!

September 22, 2010 by martinlivings · Leave a Comment (Edit)

Here we go yet again, and getting closer to the legendary Tuesday!  The first three people to post with a word, phrase, topic, theme, name, or whatever, dictate the direction of the story. I’ll endeavour to incorporate all three suggestions, and write it within ten minutes of receiving the third post, work allowing. Then I’ll post the result.




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