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Brett McBean was born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. A
child of the ’80s, he grew up on a steady diet of He-Man cartoons, Steven
Spielberg movies and audio tapes such as Summer Hits ’88. And yet, somehow
he managed to turn out normal (well, kinda…). He started playing the drums at
age ten and after high school, studied music at Box Hill College, one of Victoria’s
most renowned music schools, where he earned an Advanced Diploma. Shortly
after completing the music degree, he turned his attention towards writing, and
he now prefers to pound the keyboard rather than the drums.
An avid movie, book and music fan, he also enjoys the occasional (*cough*) bit of
chocolate and cooks a mean spaghetti Bolognese. He also has a keen interest in
true crime, in particular the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888, and most
of his fiction deals with true-life horrors, often using real-life crimes as a basis
for his stories.
His books have been published in Australia, the US, and Germany, and he’s been
nominated for the Aurealis, Ditmar, and Ned Kelly awards. He is a member of
the Australian Horror Writers Association, where he has been a member of the
judging panel for the Australian Shadows Award (2008), the AHWA Flash & Short
Story competition (2010) and a mentor in their mentor program. He still lives in
the wilds of Melbourne with his wife and German shepherd.