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Episode Info: On today's show I chat with talented Dark Fantasy and Horror author Alan Baxter about his brand new Alex Caine trilogy. Here's the blurb from book one, Bound: Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents’ moves before they know their intentions themselves. An enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, approaches Alex after a fight and reveals, ‘I know your secret.’ Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him into a mind-bending adventure beyond his control. And control is something Alex values above all else… Bound is a gritty and at times disturbing dark urban fantasy. It moves along at a cracking pace and draws on some classic, epic fantasy tropes to tell one of the best stories I've picked up this year. In today's reading, Alan introduces us to Alex Caine and his gives us a peek at his unique talent. Click the play button below to listen to today’s episode or go to iTunes or Stitcher. Reading Alan reads mostly within the Dark Urban Fantasy and Horror genres but also enjoys Science-Fiction, Crime and Western. At the moment he's reading Boom Studio's new Hellraiser comics, co-written by Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette (with art by Leonardo Manco), All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld and Raymond Carver's last collection of short stories, Where I'm Calling From. Clive Barker is amongst Alan's biggest influences but he also counts Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Ursula McGuinn as inspiring his writing. Writing Alan says that determination is by far the most important thing he's learned throughout his career. His advice to new writers is that if you want to succeed as a writer you have to keep writing, submitting and never give up. The harder you work, the better (and luckier) you'll get. Pick up a copy of the Alex Caine trilogy The outstanding Alex Caine trilogy Bound, Obsidian and Abduction are available online and in all good Australian and New Zealand book stores. Click on the links to pick up a copy via Amazon or here to pick up an e-book copy at the Kobo store. Lovers of dark fantasy and horror might also like to check Alan's excellent novels Realmshift and Magesign (the Balance duology). Connect with Alan Baxter You can learn more about Alan Baxter over at his Warrior Scribe website and connect with him
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