Jason Nahrung


Jason Nahrung grew up on a Queensland cattle property and now lives in Ballarat with his wife, the writer Kirstyn McDermott. 

Jason's fiction is invariably darkly themed, perhaps reflecting his passion for classic B-grade horror films and ’80s goth rock.

The Australian landscape, whether natural or manmade, forms the heart and soul of his work, and was a cornerstone of his Master of Arts in Creative Writing by Research that looked at Australian vampire Gothic.

Jason works as an editor, proof reader and journalist to support his travel addiction, in particular his enduring love affair with New Orleans. A newspaper journalist for more than 20 years, he has also been the editor of the Queensland Writing Centre's Writing Queensland magazine for four years.

While working at the Courier-Mail in Brisbane, he won the William Atheling Jnr Award for Criticism or Review and had a regular review speculative fiction review and news column.

Jason is active in the speculative fiction community as a member of several writing groups, a director and judge of the Aurealis Awards, and manuscript appraiser. He has won a Chronos award for his fan writing.

A regular panellist at Australian genre conventions, he has also appeared at World Fantasy and Worldcon, and been a guest at mainstream literary events including Brisbane, Newcastle and Emerging Writers festivals.

He has more than 20 short stories spanning horror, fantasy and science fiction to his credit, several of which have been reprinted in year's best anthologies.

'Mornington Ride' was a finalist in the WSFA Small Press Awards for Short Fiction and won a Chronos award.

His Gothic tale Salvage (Twelfth Planet Press, 2012) also won a Chronos award and was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and the Ditmars.

His debut co-written novel, the supernatural thriller The Darkness Within (Hachette, 2007) was a finalist in the Australian Shadows and highly commended in the Aurealis Awards, and has been translated into German.

In its digital-only form, Blood and Dust (Xoum, 2012) was a finalist in the Shadows and Aurealis awards.

Clan Destine Press plans to give Jason's 'outback vampire mechanic' series the treament it deserves.

Blood and Dust, and its sequel, The Big Smoke, will be in eBook and in paperback for the first time.