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“from the far caverns of dead sins came monsters…”


In case you have not heard …


The long-awaited sequel to Doomsday’s Child is here in the new novel, Came Monsters.

Three years after the events of book one, the deaders are rotting away, the bikers are gone and life for the fledgling community of Settlers Downs is hard but it is peaceful. Until disease strikes and strikes hard, forcing Elliot into a dangerous cross-country trip that will draw the attentions of a new and powerful enemy—and bring him face-to-biting-face with some very fresh and mobile undead.

The title, Came Monsters, is inspired by a 19th Century dark apocalyptic poem. The question remains in all “zom-poc” literature: who are the real monsters, the mindless undead or the humans who survive them?

Available for Kindle from Amazon (obviously! LOL) and in paperback from Book Depository (or contact the author direct).

Terrain and Towns: Doomsday’s Child’s Tasmania

Let’s face it. I have taken a lot of liberties with the topography and geography of Tasmania in the Doomday’s Child series.

The terrain around the east coast and for some way inland is largely mountainous. Not mountainous like the Swiss Alps or the Rockies, but it’s mountainous nonetheless. Rugged. The country that Lewis and Elliot hike through is based on forest and farmland more in the midlands of the state.

Apart from Hobart, Launceston, Jericho and the Esk Highway (these last two are mentioned in Book 2), the other locations are fictional. The Downs for example–the former sheep farm and orchard that Elliot and Lewis end up at–for the sake of writing the story, I located it on the coast (on the Tasman Highway) and in the triangle between the Elephant Pass Road and the Esk Main Road. But very very little of the types of properties and roads I mention in the story to be in that area (including the one they drive in on with the Cambodian families) are accurate. A quick glance at a map will tell you that (about the roads), and the properties along that strip are often vineyards, farms to be sure (but far hillier than The Downs) and there is the magnificent Iron House brewery/distillery if you’re ever in that area.

There is definitely no honking great Barnabas Island off the coast (that’s sort of based on Bruny Island a long long way south of there). Birns River Bridge (Jock’s home town) is typical of towns you will find up in those mountains near Fingal or St Mary’s.

I’m a believer in accuracy and research in as much as it serves story; where it doesn’t, I believe in making things the hell up. We all want interesting stories, after all, and stories that work.

But I did base these locations loosely on typical places and real terrain in Tasmania (like Bruny). The following images are taken with my dodgy iPad during the 2017 touring vacation my wife and I took, driving from Hobart up along the East Coast and across the hills/mountains to Launceston and Devonport.

Tasmania is a beautiful state. These few images won’t do it justice. But they may bring some of the story to life for you. And I offer them in that spirit.

The kind of terrain through which Elliot, Lewis and Birdy flee from the undead horde in the middle of Book 1

The kind of terrain inland around The Downs. This is what they would scout through in Book 2 to scavenge for resources or hunt wallabies. Much thicker. More places for decomposing zombies to hide and ambush…

Two views of a farming property like The Downs, seen from the road and through the wire…

Typical views of the beach and true coast that the residents of The Downs might see across the “highway”:


The Downs homestead from the front. Imagine breaching this when you don’t know who’s inside, nor what they’re armed with:

And lastly, while it might not be very interesting, this is the small creek I envisage splitting The Downs from roughly west to east, which will feature in a couple of scenes for Book 2 (the book I’m currently writing at the time of this blogpost).


I love Tasmania. If I were to ride out an apocalypse, I can’t think of a location more suitable for it.

On the other hand, if there’s never an apocalypse to survive, then “Tassie” is also a great place to cruise around on vacation! Especially without zombies, outlaw bikers and other desperate survivors all trying to kill you.

I hope this has been interesting. If you’ve visited the Apple Isle, please comment with your experiences and favourite places; I’d love to hear of it.



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So What’s Next, Pete?


A few readers have been asking me variations on the question “So what’s next?”

So here’s my answers to those variations:

  • Both novels have been attracting terrific reviews and there have been questions about sequels for both. At the moment, there’ll be no sequel for Black Marks (sorry!), but there’ll be plenty for Doomsday’s Child (can I hear an amen?).
  • With Black Marks (BM), I’ve tinkered with ideas for a sequel for a couple of years now (that novel’s been essentially finished for that long), but I’m yet to come up with something that won’t dilute or cheapen the impact and themes of the initial story.
  • With Doomsday’s Child (DC), I am already well down the road to completing the first of two (and possibly three) followups. Book 2’s first draft is nearly complete. I’m also writing a short story for release between Books 2 and 3 (it’ll sit before the original story and so be kind of a 0.5 in terms of chronology). The short story’s first draft is halfway complete.
  • Like many authors, I have other projects at various stages of completion. One thing I’m considering is releasing some medieval fantasy under a pseudonym. Reasons being that a) it’ll be a different genre from my other novels, b) it will potentially be a little more upbeat, fun, PG-rated. I’m interested in the thoughts of anyone who can be bothered commenting here: would it bother you to buy a book with Pete Aldin’s name on it which wasn’t dark, gritty, violent and full of bad language? Is that what you’ve come to expect? Or would you like something I’ve written which is completely different from the noir thriller style? (BTW, you can purchase a book of short fiction of mine — on all platforms including iTunes and Kobo — which would give you a sample of my range. The Kindle copy can be found here: Nine Tales. 99cents).
  • There’s a collaboration with another author in the winds (maybe two collaborations), but we won’t get to them until next year. I’m also chipping away at a scifi crime thriller which may be done next year some time, but I’m hoping to shop that around some major publishers. Initial feedback from critiquers on the first draft is very positive.
  • However. In terms of you the Reader, what’s next will be more Elliot. More DC. More post-apocalyptic shenanigans exploring life in an emerging dark age. I’m enjoying writing it and that has to translate into fun for the reader.

Hey. Thanks for asking! 🙂

Cover Reveal: Black Marks


With the impending release of Black Marks on March 30 (2017), I’m proud to reveal the novel’s cover (created by Chuck Regan)…



Can you guess the subject matter?


Something I’ve Been Tinkering with…




And the saurs did wage war with we raptors,

time after time, land after land, chasing us across oceans, across islands, across jungles and forests and wastes of ice,

intent on our genocide,

waging devastation across the planet, shifting continents, changing ecosystems.

A thousands species fell victim to their blood-avarice: large-bodied, small bodied, and the microscopic from whom came we all.

The god of the micro, who did first drive us from the waters to the dry earth, who did oversee our evolution into dense-brained multiple-intelligences, did itself fall prey to the saurs. Because of their madness, but not by their design.

It was our higher intelligence created the End when it should have created a Better World,

a Better World which is the Goal of Creation.

It was our higher madness that killed the god and its children by drawing on its very strength, the strength of the micro.

Our enemies the saurs enacted many ends before the Ultimate and Final.

And so we, who scorned and hated them for their hubris, we did do worse.

We destroyed the planet.

Two-twelves and four years ago, our creatives were charged with the mission to bring the eon of war to conclusion, to stop our ceaseless migration in flight from our enemies.

And so that which was meant to power life became the power of death. That which was born of the micro god, of its very substance and nature, the god who gave continually of itself to power our industry, our vehicles, our homes, we did take his essence and pervert it, turning it to destructive purposes, abusing it, weaponizing it.


And the explosion was great. And the explosion was godlike. And we were proud.

And we were devastated, just as we had devastated the world. Dust blocking the sun. Weather patterns changed forever.

And we now huddle in the dark and wait for death.

We have won our war.

And we have lost our world.


More free stuff:

In Human (audio story)


Hey there, folks. VERY excited and proud of this one. My turn of the 20th Century horror tale In Human has been produced as a an audio show as part of the Manor House podcast. Excellent voice acting, narration and background sound effects and music. Available at Soundcloud (where you can download the file for free) and iTunes too, but I’d love to see the YouTube link get well over 10, 000 hits, so yours will help! Story starts a couple of minutes into the podcast. Runs for about 30 minutes. Go on. You know you wanna…

Interview with yours truly here about the story…

Upcoming Short Story Release: C IS FOR CHIMERA


An Anthology


This installment of Rhonda Parrish’s alphabet anthology series asks skilled storytellers to write around the theme of chimera. The resulting tales are part fable, part poem, part dream. But like any chimera, the parts make up a greater whole.

Blend reality with fantasy. Mesh science fiction with mystery. Mix history with what should have been. They are all chimera.

A shadow tells a tale of schoolyard bullies. A long-vanished monster returns from the cold dark. Make-up makes up a life. Alchemy, Atlantis, and apocalypse. These 26 tales bring both chaos and closure to dark and elusively fantastic geographies.

Contributing authors include:

~ Alexandra Seidel ~ KV Taylor ~ Marge Simon ~ Pete Aldin ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Simon Kewin ~ BD Wilson ~ Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Sara Cleto ~ Megan Engelhardt ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Lilah Wild ~ Laura VanArendonk Baugh ~ Milo James Fowler ~ Brittany Warman ~ Michael B. Tager ~ L.S. Johnson ~ Beth Cato ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Sammantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Steve Bornstein ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ Michael Kellar ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Amanda C. Davis ~

PRAISE FOR C is for Chimera:

“I dare say it’s an anthology with something for just about anyone who likes short speculative fiction.” — Jennifer Crow

“There are 26 stories in this anthology that range from fantasy to sci-fi to dark to hopeful to just plain weird (in a good way). I recommend picking this anthology up if you like a variety of tales that will fascinate you.” — Elesha Teskey

“The format is like the previous two (A is for Apocalypse, B is for Broken), where each author writes a story around a word beginning with their given letter. What I really love is that the word isn’t given until the very end. Sometimes the word is obvious. Sometimes not so much… If you can get your hands on it, I would recommend this anthology.” — S. L. Saboviec

C is for Chimera is an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what happens with D and the rest of the Alphabet.” — Reb Kreyling



Official page:









amazon 1Our scifi short story Illegal. Just yesterday, the #1 Amazon Best Seller on 45 Minute Science Fiction short read list and the top Hot New Release. Plus it moved to number 4 in 45-minute lit & fic short fiction and is on that Hot New Release list. Pretty darn happy, Kevin Ikenberry. This picture is a cut and paste of both lists. You’ll have to click on it to see it clearly, but our cover is bottom left of both lists…

B is for Broken…and r is for release


B is for Broken – an anthology

Broken people, broken promises, broken dreams and broken objects are just some of the ways these 26 fantastic stories interpret the theme of ‘Broken’. From science fiction to fantasy, horror to superheroes the stories within these pages cover a vast swath of the genres under the speculative fiction umbrella.

I’m proud to be a part of this series and this volume. I feel like it might just contain my best short story yet. And I’m in excellent company…

~ Brittany Warman ~ Milo James Fowler ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Sara Cleto ~ Samantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Gary B. Phillips ~ Alexandra Seidel ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Simon Kewin ~ Beth Cato ~ Cory Cone ~ Cindy James ~ Alexis A. Hunter ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Steve Bornstein ~ BD Wilson ~ Michael Kellar ~ Damien Angelica Walters ~ Marge Simon ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ L.S. Johnson ~  Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Lilah Wild ~ KV Taylor ~

B is for Broken is released by Poise and Pen. Its official page can be found here and its Goodreads profile here. If you’re buying (or sampling) an electronic copy, I’d prefer you went to Smashwords (in keeping with my largely anti-corporation values).


Praise for B is for Broken:


“This collection is a massive and magnificent assortment of truly enjoyable stories. There is simply no way to read this book  and not find a story you can connect with or love. This is the book to have in your travel bag. In it you are sure to find a tale to fit any mood. Each time you open it, a new adventure begins.”

~ Anita Allen, Assistant Publisher/Editor, Mythic Delirium Books

Editing Capers


It’s incredibly humbling when you read back through your first draft and realise just how truly craptacular some of your initial writing was. The only other process that brings you face to face with your flawed- humanity-as-a-writer (apart from editing your own second draft) is the first time you send the project out for critique partners to give feedback on. Then you get questions like, “Why has this character inexlicably changed clothes (or gender?)?”, “Didn’t this character die two chapters ago?”, and “Shouldn’t you stop saying ‘He saw’ every third paragraph”. (Oh, and comments like “Way too many adverbs dude.”)


In today’s post, I thought I’d share some not-so-gems from my own editing of my first drafts – things I came across and changed wearing a scowl on my face as I contemplated my own craptactularity as a writer:


  • she smiled vaguely – what the hell is a vague smile, Pete? Is it a smile or isn’t it? (I cut the word vaguely)
  • he was hit with a cacophany of odors – I know what I was going for here, but cacophony just wasn’t the right sensory word. I change it to collision for the moment, but I’ll still have to go back and finesse.
  • Donnici’s backside found his chair once more, expression incredulous. – er, Donnici’s backside had an incredulous expression?? Note to self: don’t make people’s bottoms the subject in a sentence.

Thank God that in writing, unlike real life, we get the chance to redraft…