Announcing “Mischa and the Mermaid” a new short story.

Mischa and the Mermaid in Underwater by Transmundane Press

“Mischa and the Mermaid” is a short story close to my heart, about a young boy and his fateful encounter with a group of mermaids off the coast of a small town in Australia. The impact of this unfortunate meeting with be felt for the rest of his life.

You can pick up a copy of this stellar anthology from Transmundane Press on Amazon.

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Upcoming short story in “Underwater” anthology

“Mischa and the Mermaid” is a tale close to my heart, drawing on my many memories of  beach combing as a kid. The “Underwater” anthology from Transmundane Press is out on February 29th, but you can read an excerpt of my work here.

And a short interview with me at the editor’s website as well.

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the anthology.


Being a judge for the Aurealis Awards.

Aurealis Awards logoFor the past two years, I have been a judge for the Aurealis Awards. For 2014, I was part of the panel for the Horror short story and Horror novel categories. Between us, we read hundreds of submissions and whittled them down to a shortlist and eventual winners in each category.

Best Horror short story was awarded to Angela Slatter for “Home and Hearth” and best Horror novel was awarded to Justine Larbalestier for “Razorhurst”. Both very well-deserved wins.

The ceremony was held in Canberra with a 1990s theme (who doesn’t love that) which meant lots of Spice Girls and glorious hat fashion abounded. It was a boozy, buzzy event that went on long into the night and was great fun to attend.

Judging is a great deal of hard work, but is also incredibly enjoyable as it gives a good window in the genre writing world of Australian publishing.

This year, I’ve been honoured to be part of the Fantasy short story committee, and while I can’t say much, I can say there have been some stellar stories as part of the process. I’m looking forward to the ceremony (this time in Brisbane) later in the year.

Divine Magazine interviews Adrik Kemp

Coinciding with the release of Blood of the Land, I’ve been interviewed by Divine Magazine. Read it and see a giant photo of my face here.

Divine Magazine interviews Adrik Kemp

“Blood of the Land” a new 🔥 novella out now!

Blood of the Land by Adrik Kemp coverLooking for romance this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Blood of the Land (out now with Pride Publishing!). This is a steamy, sexy, bloody, gay vampire romp through the ages. Come with Mack and Jason as they navigate puppy love, bloodlust and straying eyes and hands, from rural Australia in the 1890s all the way to the big smoke in the 1990s.

I’m pretty stoked about this novella. So much so that I went ahead and wrote a sequel Blood of the City, so when you’re spent on this one, it won’t be a long wait for more adventures in love and life with these gruff gay vampire cowboys.