2020 Snapshot: Adrian Collins

Adrian Collins runs Grimdark Magazine and loves anything to do with telling darker stories. Doesn’t matter the format, or when it was published or produced–just give him a grim story told in a dark world by a morally grey protagonist and this bloke’s in his happy place. Add in a barrel aged stout to sip on after a cheeky body surf under the Australian sun, and that’s his heaven.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

The project we’re most excited released right before the pandemic–Neon Leviathan by T.R. Napper. An Australia / Vietnam / China-based collection of stories about the outsiders – the criminals, the soldiers, the addicts, the mathematicians, the gamblers and the cage fighters, the refugees and the rebels. From the battlefield to alternate realities to the mean streets of the dark city, we walk in the shoes of those who struggle to survive in a neon-saturated, tech-noir future.

2. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far?

Our Evil is a Matter of Perspective kickstarter. It was fun, hard work, and it’s been an excellent product for our brand and our business. It taught me so much about the costs and mechanics publishing that I might not have otherwise learned. I can’t wait to do another one (my wife feels differently … ).

3. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge?

Without a doubt, Neon Leviathan by T.R. Napper. As a near future SF story it nails the Aussie feel underlying a brutal world in which Australia and SEA war with China after the destruction of the US, a world of crushing government control, where the rich live well and the rest struggle in the dry dirt to survive.

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