Saturday, 14 November 2015

Lighthouses Launch

What a great day we had yesterday in Byron Bay for the launch of "Lighthouses: An Anthology of Dark Tales". It started off raining and finished with a huge storm later in the evening, but the weather was perfect for the launch. Five of the authors (Linda Brucesmith, Danielle Birch, Alice Godwin, David Dolan, and Cameron Trost) were there with family and friends, and one of the local volunteers from Byron Bay Lighthouse Friends and Volunteers joined us. Thank you to everybody who came along to buy a copy of the anthology and chat with the authors.

Cameron Trost with Fergus, Alice Godwin, Linda Brucesmith, Danielle Birch. In the background, the Byron Bay lighthouse.

Cecile ensnared in Cameron Trost's "Horror at Hollow Head" and Graham browsing the anthology.

   Danielle Birch, Alice Godwin, and Linda Brucesmith with their contributor copies.

Don't worry if you couldn't make it. You can now purchase your copy of the anthology from our online shop.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Black Beacon Books Free Delivery Service

Black Beacon Books is offering free Brisbane-wide delivery on two of its most popular titles while stocks last!

Titles available
"Subtropical Suspense" and "Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales"

Just $10 per copy, or one of each for $15

Pay via Paypal to ctrost (at)
If ordering one title, indicate which one, and include your address and any delivery instructions. Alternatively, contact the editor, Cameron Trost, at ctrost (at) to arrange payment and delivery in person.

Please note that this service is only available in Brisbane, Australia.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas from the Black Beacons Team!

Well, what a year we've had here at Black Beacon Books. This year saw the release of two chilling titles, "Subtropical Suspense" and "Vaudeville and Other Nightmares". The former was launched at Black Cat Books in Paddington, Brisbane, and just today, we were informed that this wonderful bookshop will be closing down in January, 2015. This is terrible news for Brisbane bookworms, but it is not all that surprising. Independent bookshops are doing it very tough in the age of internet shopping. Here at Black Beacon Books, we have sought to support local bookshops, but this is quickly becoming impossible. So, this Christmas, we are urging you to support independent bookshops and publishers before you lose them! Black Beacon Books can't survive without you.

Do you want to keep independent publishing alive? Do you want great stories by talented authors for 2015? Yes? Then click HERE and buy one of our titles this very instant. That will be your Christmas gift to us, and even more so, to yourself.

Merry Christmas and thank you!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Happy Halloween, Black Beaconers!

Greg Chapman's debut collection, "Vaudeville and Other Nightmares", is out now in both print and electronic formats. Just CLICK HERE for all your spooky Halloween tales!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Greg Chapman: Rockhampton's Dark Scribe

Greg Chapman's debut collection, "Vaudeville and Other Nightmares", was released last weekend and is already receiving rave reviews. You can buy your copy now for just $12.50 (USD) plus postage and handling from our online store.

As Halloween draws ever closer, we'll be holding giveaways of Greg's other books and artwork through the Facebook event page, and if you happen to call Rockhampton in Australia home, you'll be able to meet Greg for a Halloween graveyard tour... if you dare! You can get in touch with him via his website, Greg Chapman: Dark Scribe.

Friday, 12 September 2014

An Interview with Greg Chapman

Greg Chapman's debut short story collection, "Vaudeville and Other Nightmares", will be released by Black Beacon Books next weekend. We've asked him to answer a few questions about what inspires and motivates him to write.

1. Several tales in Vaudeville and Other Nightmares have a historical or mythological setting. The title story takes place in the south of the United States and explores the history of the American Civil War. The last tale in the collection, Codex Musaicum, plunges the reader into a very important moment in history too, this time in Vienna. Tell us about which historical eras pique your curiosity and ignite your imagination and why?
I’ve always had a fascination for the dark ages (naturally), but strangely enough, I’m yet to set a story in that era. The obvious overtones of superstition and persecution are ripe for the picking though, aren’t they? Ancient history, and particularly the different cultures and mythologies of early civilisation interest me as well. Back then people truly believed in the impossible; monsters and heroes and gods and that’s fodder for any storyteller! My tale Chthonic in Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, is a sort of modern-day rehash of the quests of Greek myth.

2. Talking about different settings, how about writing locations. Imagine you could spend a month writing fulltime and with an unlimited budget anywhere in the world! Where would you go and what routine would you follow?
If I had the cash, I’d write a book in every great library in the world. Libraries like Trinity College in Ireland, or the Abbey Library of St. Gallen in Switzerland. I know that sounds corny, but I find libraries to be extremely calming; sometimes I just walk around inside them to de-stress. By their very nature, libraries are like peaceful temples and I’ve written many tales in my local library. At the very least I’d have a great opportunity to travel the world. As for routine, I’d probably sit near a window so I could take in the view (if need be), with my i-pod in.

3. Your love of Edgar Allan Poe's work is evident in many of the stories in the collection. How did this love affair start and why is Poe's work so special to you?
I first came across Poe about 15 years ago while at university. His tale The Fall of the House of Usher was tucked away inside a Literary theory textbook. I was instantly drawn into his words, his morbid descriptions and how he saw beauty in death. When I looked into his life and saw how melancholy he was, but how he used that to hone his writings, he became my all-time favourite. My story Patrick Oswald Edwards is my tribute to him.

4. Do any of the tales in your collection give you, the author, nightmares? Which do you think is the scariest?
One particular character more than any particular story; Meknok, the primary antagonist of Codex Musaicum, the tie-in story to my novella The Noctuary, is probably my most disturbing invention. He came to mind when I asked myself where my ideas come from. I enjoy creating nasty creatures, but my aim is to make them memorable – make them become nightmares.

5. Have you received feedback from your readers? What is the most touching message you have had from a fan? How can people get in touch with you?
I’ve had a few readers tell me they couldn’t sleep after reading one of my stories and I consider that a win. It would be great to hear from readers, either via my email – or via my website –

6. Tell us about what you are working on at the moment.
I’ve just started the first draft of a novel, tentatively titled “Kemper House”. It’s a haunted house tale, but it focuses on the neighbours, the house putting out an evil vibe on the rest of the street.  I still haven’t decided whether I’ll ever go inside the house. Time will tell ;)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Subtropical Suspense in the Queensland Capital

Brisbane Times has just published an article on Subtropical Suspense. Since the anthology was released on the 19th of July, Black Beacon Books has been receiving a great deal of interest from local media - 4ZZZ radio, The Courier-Mail, West End Magazine, and Brisbane Times. We would like to thank them all for their support.

If you haven't yet read Subtropical Suspense, you really are missing out. Brisbane residents can purchase the anthology at Black Cat Books, Pulp Fiction, or Riverbend Books. Those of you who are further afield can order it from our online store. Click HERE for more details.

Brisbane Times, "Subtropical Suspense in the Queensland Capital"

    Photo by Glenn Hunt