2020 Snapshot: Geoff Brown

Geoff is an award-winning Australian writer and Australian Shadows Award finalist-editor raised in Melbourne’s gritty Western Suburbs. He is a trained nurse, and holds a Cert. IV in Professional Writing and Editing, as well as a Dip. Arts (Professional Writing and Editing).

Geoff writes fiction across various genres, and is the author of many published short stories. He has had numerous articles published in newspapers, both regional and metropolitan. He is the past president of the Australian Horror Writers Association (2011-2013), as well as the past director of the Australian Shadows Awards.

He owns Cohesion Press, an award-winning Australian publishing house focused on fast-paced military horror, and currently works with Tim Miller, director of Deadpool, as a senior story consultant. He is also the owner of Asylum Ghost Tours.

1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

Our most recent release, SNAFU: Medivac, is an unofficial charity anthology to help out regular Cohesion writer James Moore after more than a year of cancer treatment, along with the usual struggles associated with such, especially in the US where the health system runs on a capitalist basis. Jim was lucky enough to have good insurance through his employer, but it was still a stretch to ensure he could maintain his household while unable to work and write for a fair while.

After we announced Medivac, we were immediately offered four original tales from previous contributors; short stories from Charles R Rutledge (dinosaurs!), Alan Baxter, and Evan Dicken, and a novella from bestseller Greig Beck.

Along with eight reprints, Medivac became a hybrid ‘new release/best of’, and a way to support one of my best friends (even though we’ve never physically met) in a time of need. We will send all income from the release to Jim for the next two years, and then will transfer payments over to an Australian cancer research or support charity in perpetuity.

The stories are all strong, and it’s a great read.

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

That awesome day I received what I first thought was a scam email from someone claiming to be the personal assistant of Hollywood director Tim Miller.

When something like that comes into your inbox, it’s impossible to take it seriously. The email address and content looked legit, so even though I was sceptical, I did a bit of research and sure enough, he seemed to be who he said he was. I tentatively replied, and not long after that we were selling multiple SNAFU stories to Netflix for season one of Love, Death + Robots, a collaboration project between Tim and David Fincher (a filmmaker best known for Gone Girl and Netflix’s amazing series Mindhunter).

Working closely with Tim and others through season one was a chance to see how stories were animated, step-by-step, from start to finish.

We’ve maintained a good working relationship with Tim and his LA business, BLUR Studios, since. Some of our writers have contracted to help with other things for BLUR, including writing originals for S2 of the animated series (we also have three stories in the second season, but we can’t say which ones just yet) and helping with adaptations of other tales, as well as writing CGI sequences and trailers for upcoming console games, a big part of BLUR’s regular work outside of TV and film jobs.

All up, it’s been a blur (pun intended) of ‘OMG, Tim Miller just spoke to me on the phone. Is this really happening?’ and ‘Holy hell, I just got an email from Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3!’ and ‘This all must be a wonderful dream of success.’

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

One of my favourite recent releases from an Aussie writer is Alan Baxter’s The Roo. A wonderful mix of laconic Aussie humour, blood, screaming, and creature feature-style writing, what’s not to love?

Go, buy it, read it.

[taps foot]

Well, what are you waiting for? Go.

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