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Three books re-released on Amazon!

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

covers2017 marks the twenty five year anniversary of my first short story publication. In that time, I’ve had three books published. My novel CARNIES was first published in 2006 by Lothian Book and Hachette Livre, and was subsequently republished by Cohesion Press in 2014. My short story collection, LIVING WITH THE DEAD, and my novella, ROPE, were both published in 2012 by Dark Prints Press. Sadly, all three of these books are now out of print.
Or, more accurately, WERE out of print.
To celebrate my quarter century in the business, I’ve gone through and re-released (or, in the case of CARNIES, re-re-released) all three books as ebooks on Amazon. All three books have been cleaned up and updated, though only in very minor ways, but the main thing is that all three are now available again from now on. They even have new covers, inexpertly but lovingly created by myself. So if you’ve never gotten around to buying any or all of them, now is the perfect time to do so.
And, if you HAVE bought them and read them before, please feel free to give them reviews and/or ratings on their Amazon pages. The more people who do that, the more might be tempted to buy them for themselves.
These are all books I’m immensely proud of, and I’m thrilled to have them available again. I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed putting them together for this release!
The books are available at the following links:
Living With the Dead

Another review of ROPE!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Now Matthew Tait over at Hellnotes has also reviewed my Ebook novella Rope.  And I think he liked it too, which is excellent!

Martin Livings has been traversing Australia’s dark fiction scene for over two decades now, providing dependable tales with a mature rendering of prose. Although short, Rope still manages to deliver something that is unmistakably the author’s.

You can still of course purchase Rope from Dark Prints Press in ePub and mobi format, and also find links to purchase it from Amazon and Kobo, here:

Rope now available from Amazon!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Yes, after twenty years I’ve finally made it.  I have a book available through Amazon. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

My novella Rope, published by Dark Prints Press, is now available in Kindle edition from the Amazon website here:

Not only that, but it’s 20% off the retail price. AU$3.19?  Bargain!

So what are you waiting for, Kindle owners?  Get out there and buy it, then let me know what you think.  Or, even better, let Amazon know what you think and give it a review there.  And don’t forget it’s on Goodreads as well, so feel free to review it there too!

Rope now available on Mobi!

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

That’s right, for those Kindle users out there, my well-reviewed novella Rope is now available on Mobi!

You can purchase it from Dark Prints Press on this page, or directly here:

Next stop, hopefully – Amazon and Apple.  And then WORLD DOMINATION!

First review of Rope!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Alan Baxter has reviewed my Ebook novella Rope over at Thirteen O’Clock, and he liked it!

Rope is a dark and compelling tale, excellently written, as we would expect from someone with the talent and experience of Martin Livings.

Phew, first review survived intact.  Bring on some more, I can take it!

Remember, you can purchase Rope from Dark Prints Press in ePub format here:

And hopefully we’ll have other formats and availability from Amazon and Apple real soon now!


Enough “Rope”? No, more “Rope”!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Two new quick links in relation to my new (and first!) ebook, “Rope“, from Dark Prints Press.  Firstly, you can now purchase it from Kobo, and it’s fifty cents off there.  Yay, already on sale!

The link is:

And secondly, it’s now showing up on Goodreads, so please add it to your To Read list, and if you’ve read it already, I’d love to read your opinions, so please post reviews.  The link for that is:

Hopefully the next post will be some Amazon and Apple links.  How very exciting that’ll be!

A brief interview with Greg Chapman

Friday, July 20th, 2012

VaudevilleYes, in a moment of the purest and most shameless cross-promotion since A Current Affair had stories about The Voice pretty much every night, the author of that other Dark Prints Press novella  released today, Vaudeville’s Greg Chapman and I have interviewed each other.  And the results are… well, the results are below, or half of them at least.  The other half will appear at Greg’s blog.


– Tell us a little about yourself. Who is Greg Chapman?

Dark fiction author and artist from Rockhampton in Central Queensland; father of two fiery redheaded girls; former newspaper journalist who went over to the dark side of public relations. Mostly though I’ve got my head in the clouds, dreaming up a new tale or piece of artwork.

My writing fluctuates between Poe and Barker. I like my fiction to be equal parts horror and terror. For some reason my work seems to feature children encountering monsters both real and imaginary and probably has something to do with my childhood phobia of the dark.

For most of my life I’d dabbled in writing stories and drawing comic strips, but it wasn’t until 2009 when I nabbed a spot on the Australian Horror Writers Association’s Mentor Program with Melbourne author Brett McBean, that I started to really get serious.

In 2010 I finished writing my first two novellas Torment and The Noctuary and they were published in e-book and paperback in 2011 by US small publisher Damnation Books. I had a few other short stories published here and there, but I got a chance to pick up the drawing pens again around the same time when author Mark Farrugia contacted me about doing a vampire comic strip called “Allure of the Ancients” for AHWA’s official fiction mag Midnight Echo.

Rocky Wood, president of the Horror Writers Association and Stephen King guru saw that strip and subsequently contacted me about illustrating a graphic novel with fellow Bram Stoker Award winner Lisa Morton. That graphic novel, Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, was published by McFarland in May of this year to critical acclaim.

I guess it goes without saying that I owe the AHWA a massive debt of gratitude.

The last two years have been frenetic, but fun and Vaudeville is another notch on my belt.

– Where did the inspiration for “Vaudeville” come from?

A number of places. Circus performers and eccentric stage actors have always fascinated me and one day I imagined what it would be like if a troupe of evil actors rolled into town and created havoc. I also wanted to expose that terror through a child’s eyes and touch upon themes of grief; how children experience loss. In the end though I wanted to create some memorable, grotesque monsters and scare the crap out of readers. I hope I’ve succeeded in capturing all those aspects in the story.

– What can we look forward to seeing from you next?

Probably more art than any writing right now. I’ve got another installment of Allure of the Ancients to draw for Midnight Echo #8 and possibly some more comic work for an overseas publisher that I can’t really talk about yet 😉

I have been agonising over my first novel for the last 2 years and I’m hoping to tackle that again soon. Another novella about Halloween (yes, another novella) is begging to be completed and I’m currently reading like a madman as judge in the short fiction/collection category of Australian Shadows Awards. I’ve never been so busy in my life – but I’m loving it.

– And finally, Beatles or Stones?

Although I never had the privilege of growing up with them (yes, I’m from Generation X!) I certainly have a fondness for The Rolling Stones!

You can find Greg at his blog, at:

Rope has been hung for all to see…

Friday, July 20th, 2012

RopeMy first real eBook (I don’t count Ten Minutes to Dumbsday, since I made that one myself for a laugh!) has been released today by Dark Prints Press, and I’m delighted with the result!  Here is the blurb for my semi-fictional novella, Rope:

Explore the dark side of history with this mesmerising fictional (yet vividly real) story of Fremantle Prison’s hangman. It all begins with a rope, threads of darkening fibre that soon consume their maker… After 44 lives are taken, there is just one more to claim.

It’s now available for download from Dark Prints Press from this page:

Get out there and buy it, at $3.99 it’s a bargain.  And while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up Greg Chapman‘s Vaudeville for the same price!

Showing off a new cover!

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

This is such an exciting year for me… now Dark Prints Press have blogged about the covers of their new novella eBook series, which is starting with “Vaudeville” by the very talented Greg Chapman and “Rope” by… me! Yay!

The post showing these covers is HERE.

Gorgeous, innit? 🙂 Hopefully these will be out around late July, fingers crossed!

Enough “Rope”?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

This is definitely an exciting year for me… in addition to Living With the Dead, Dark Prints Press is also publishing my novella “Rope” as an eBook.  The announcement of this is now online here:

Rope’ by Martin Livings follows a man who played a key role in the gallows at Fremantle Prison. Drenched in history, with an unfolding drama, completely dark and yet a little heart-warming, this is a side of Martin Livings you don’t want to miss – storytelling at its finest.

I can’t wait to see this one in print (or e-print!); it’s a story I worked incredibly hard on, and the research gave me nightmares for weeks afterwards.  Although it’s fiction, the historical facts behind it are entirely true, and my Mum actually went to school with the last man in WA to be hanged, so there’s a personal connection there as well.  I’ll be intrigued to see how readers react to this one, it’s a little different to my usual fare!

Is it crass and commercial to say “buy this when it comes out”?  Ah, who cares?  Buy this when it comes out!




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