Check out other sites featuring Robert Hood, author. There are links to them in the left-hand column.
FRAGMENTS OF A BROKEN LAND: This explores the world and background of Hood's award-winning epic dark fantasy novel.
PERIPHERAL VISIONS: This site is dedicated to Hood's reference volume of ghost stories and other matters phantasmal.
UNDEAD BACKBRAIN: This is Hood's popular blog focusing on films (mostly) and other matters relating to giant monsters, zombies and anything else weird that grabs his attention. (currently — as of Feb. 2017 — somewhat damaged due to a cyber-attack. Other problems with it continue.)
UNDEAD BRAINSPASM: A split-off site from Undead Backbrain that mainly serves as a repository of brief (and sometimes not) information on B-horror and other independent genre films. [In abeyance at the moment.]
ROBOT WAR ESPRESSO: All things robotic.
16 January 2017
A very creepy ghost story from Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, "Double Speak", is to be included in The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, and published by Ticonderoga Publications. See announcement here.
23 April 2016
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories won the 2015 Australian Shadows Award in the Best Collected Works category. For details go to the Peripheral Visions website here.
30 December 2015
A post-human SF story, "Breaking the God Partition", appears in Cosmos Magazine: The Science of Everything, December, 2015. Read it here.
24 April 2015
A new SF/fantasy/horror story based on the life and [future] times of Gilgamesh and titled "Footprints in Venom" has just been published in the anthology Insert Title Here, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing, 2015; ISBN 978-0-992553-41-8).
16 April 2015
The shortlist for the 2014 Australian Shadows Awards has been announced, and "The Shark God Covenant" is in line for the Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction (novella). Winners announced on 24 April 2015. See the full list here. [Update: It didn't win.]
14 April 2015
Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories (IFWG Publishing Australia, 2015) is officially published, having made its highly successful debut at Supanova in Melbourne. Now comes the hard slog of regional launches and general marketing.
25 February 2015
A website focusing on ghosts in celebration of the upcoming ghost story collection Peripheral Visions is now online. Check it out. There's even a book trailer....
14 February 2015
The deluxe limited edition hardcover of Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories is now available for pre-order. Check out the details here.
31 January 2015
Previously announced publication of a reference collection of my ghost stories now has a name and cover (by Nick Stathopoulos): Peripheral Visions: The Complete Ghost Stories 1986–2015. There are actually three covers: for the single volume hardcover and the two-volume trade paperbacks. You can view them here.
16 September 2014
"Flying Death", a Rocketeer novella, has just been published in The Rocketeer: Jet-Pack Adventures, edited by Jeff Conner and Tom Waltz, for IDW Publishing.
13 July 2014
My story "Footprints in Venom" has been accepted for publication in the FableCroft anthology, Insert Title Here. Expected publication date is October 2014.
1 July 2014
IFWG Australia Publishing is to produce a reference collection of my ghost stories (1986-2014), including several new stories. As yet, it has no title. Expected publication date is March 2015.
8 June 2014
Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead has won the Ditmar Award for Best Novel at the 2014 National SF Convention, Continuum X, in Melbourne.
6 June 2014
My Zombies vs Robots novella, "Soul Killer", written for the anthology ZVR: Diplomacy, edited for IDW by Jeff Conner, has been shortlisted for the Paul Haynes Shadows Award for Long Fiction -- part of the Australian Shadows Awards for stories published in 2013.
10 April 2014
A quantum sport/invasion story, "Dark Mechanics of the Game" was published in Cosmos Magazine: The Science of Everything, Issue 56, April/May 2014.
19 February 2013
My story “Esceno de un Asesinato” has just been chosen for inclusion in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror for 2013 (ed. Paula Guran, Prime Books). It was first published in the excellent anthology Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson (PS Publishing, 2012).
3 February 2013
My long-awaited dark fantasy novel, Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead (Borgo Press/Wildside Press) is finally out and available. With cover artwork supplied by multiple Hugo award-winning artist Bob Eggleton), the book looks magnificent. Information can be found on its website, along with downloadable e-reader stories related to the characters and events of the novel. You can buy the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository and the Wildside Press website, to name but a few. I will be announcing a launch date and venue, and other appearances, soon.
26 July 2012
"Escena de un Asesinato" -- a ghost story set in Mexico and Sydney -- has been published in Exotic Gothc 4, edited by Danel Olson (PS Publishing). The book is beautiful and well worth your attention. More details here.
12 May 2012
My story "Desert Madonna", though happily shortlisted in the Best Science Fiction Short Story category of the 17th Aurealis Awards on Saturday 12 May, didn't win. That honour went to Robert N Stephenson for his story "Rains of la Strange", which appeared in the same anthology as "Desert Madonna" -- namely Anywhere But Earth, edited by Keith Stevenson for Coeur de Lion Press.
10 April 2012
The supernatural noir anthology Damnation and Dames, edited by Amanda Pillar and Liz Grzyb (Ticonderoga Press), was launched over the Easter weekend in Perth and again a bit later at Notions Bookshop in Melbourne. The anthology includes my incredibly fun story "Walking the Dead Beat" -- a noir tale of monsters, phantasmal hookers, zombies, ghosts and a host of other oddities. Buy a copy now!
19 March 2012
"Desert Madonna" from the anthology Anywhere But Earth, edited by Keith Stevenson (Coeur De Lion) is a finalist in the Science Fiction Short Story section of the 2011 Aurealis Awards, with the winner to be announced at the award ceremony on 12 May at ther Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Two other stories from the same anthology are also on the list, not to mention a story by my partner Cat Sparks.
17 January 2012
A noirish supernatural novella set in a 1950s B-film setting, titled "Walking the Dead Beat", has been accepted for publication in Damnation and Dames, an anthology edited by Amanda Pillar and Liz Grzyb for Ticonderoga Press, 2012.
23 November 2011
A fantasy novel, tentatively titled Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead, has been contracted by Borgo Press in the US, an imprint of Wildside Press. Publication date TBA.
8 September 2011
A novella-length story, "Cold Steel, Colder Flesh" (now called "Soul Killer"), has been contracted, completed and accepted for a Zombies vs Robots anthology, edited by Jeff Conner for IDW Publishing (US). Publication date will be announced soon. One interesting facet of the franchise is that a film version is currently under development by Michael Bay.
8 September 2011
The revised edition of my collection Creeping in Reptile Flesh, published by Morrigan Press, is now available on Smashwords in a variety of e-formats and on Amazon in book form and for Kindle.
9 July 2011
Exotic Gothic 4, and hence my story "Escena de un Asesinato", is now being published by PS Publishing in the UK.
11 April 2011
Morrigan Press has just announced that my collection Creeping in Reptile Flesh will be re-printed as part of their e-book series. Read about it here.
25 March 2011
The story "Wasting Matilda" from Zombie Apocalypse! (Robinson Press/Running Press) is one of five finalists in this year's Best Horror list of the Aurealis Awards.
11 March 2011
Ellen Datlow has included my story "Ego", from Scenes from the Second Storey (Morrigan Books), in her Honorable Mentions list for her definitive Year's Best Horror anthology.
18 January 2011
A new Gothic ghost story, "Escena de un Asesinato", has been accepted for inclusion in Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson, to be published in 2011 by Ash-Tree Press. It's set in Mexico and Sydney.
17 January 2011
My article/commentary, "Making Fish out of Men: Gothic Uncertainty in Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan", has been published in 21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000, edited by Danel Olson, The Scarecrow Press, 2011. 21st Century Gothic is an incredible, encyclopedic book that anyone interested in Gothic literature should seek out immediately. Go to the publisher's site to check it out and order it online.
to the site!
More stories sold
Online by Robert Hood
on my stories
• What's Out
There? Various writings -- in editorial limbo
my Atheling award-winning article, "Divided
Kingdom: King Kong vs Godzilla".
• "Ghosts -- Treat Them Gently" by M.R. James
• What's happened to The
Additions to the Daikaiju!
Guidolon Project: An Ongoing Report
• Daikaiju! reviews
• Information on the sequels to Daikaiju!
Cartoons by Robert Hood
and Super-Monster: A History of Daikaiju Eiga
and its Metaphorical Undercurrents -- an article
that appeared in Borderlands Magazine #7, 2006
Giant Against Giants:
Ultraman for the New Millennium -- an article that
appeared in G-Fan #77
• Updates have been made to the lists of Evil
Doll movies and Ghost
movies that appear in the Obsessions
section of this website (April 2007)
• A full
list of films based on The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
• Daikaiju! 2: Revenge of the Giant Monsters
• Daikaiju! 3: Giant Monsters vs the World is also here!
• Clarion South Pseudo-blog
(which may or may not develop into something more extensive...)
• Custom-made Godzilla
DVD covers for multi-disk cases (courtesy
of Craig Neufeld)
• Check out the new website for my fantasy novel Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead.
and commentary on films and TV shows.
Anthology: Legends, The
Red Shoes [Bunhongshin], Sorum,
Legends: Bloody Mary, Gamera
the Brave, Watch
The Movie, Transformers,
Hood of Horror, The
Quick and the Undead, Dead
and Deader, The
Dead Will Tell,
Monster from the Deep, Flight
of the Living Dead, The
Meeksville Ghost, Night
of the Living Dorks , The
On My Shoulder, Trespassers,
Kraa! The Sea
vs Cobra, Grindhouse,
of the Lost Legend, Zombie
Town, The Horseman, Showdown of the Godz, Big Man Japan, Monster X Strikes Back, Zombie Strippers, Onechanbara, Monster From Bikini Beach, Prom Night, Devi, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Attack of the Slime People, I Am Omega, The Land That Time Forgot, Fallen Angel and Whirlpool,Monster island, Ogre, Tokyo Gore Police, Transmorphers, Transmorphers: Fall of Man, Snuffin' Zombies
New reviews/commentary now appear on Undead Backbrain
Creature From the Black Lagoon: Time's Black Lagoon,
Paul Di Filippo, DH Books, 2006 -- off-site