Aaron J Clarke


Aaron Clarke was born in Queensland on 24th January 1973, the middle child of two sisters. Like many other children, he watch a lot of television. Then one day he changed the channel to the ABC and saw "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Immediately taken aback by the lyrical beauty, he wanted to emulate Shakespeare.

Aaron enrolled at James Cook University to study chemistry and biochemistry. In his second year he experienced his first psychotic episode and was hospitalised for several months. A year later he returned to JCU as an English student and started writing short stories and poems, which have been published in student publications and on the Internet.

Please contact me at < aaron.clarke@lycos.com > to discuss your opinions regarding my work, as I would greatly appreciate your point of view. Please address your questions as 'Reader Feedback' in the subject line of your email. Thanks, Aaron.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Queensland whose congenial people and climate shaped me as a person and most importantly as a writer. For instance, during the protracted wet season, which occurs between December and January, I spend my days voraciously reading novels by writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens.
When did you first start writing?
At the age of twelve, I started writing a sci-fi short story inspired by the American television series ‘V’; however, it was a pale imitation, and so I stopped.
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Death in Xanadu
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,830. Language: American English. Published: October 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
'Death in Xanadu' is a savage indictment against the movie industry, and in this world of celluloid fantasy, the ultimate power belongs to the studio mogul Carlton Hislop, who can either destroy careers or create them – on the condition that they submit themselves to him.
La Victime anonyme et autres poèmes
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,000. Language: French. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » French Poetry
Dans ce nouveau recueil de poèmes, Clarke aborde de nombreux thèmes, dont le racisme, l’amour homosexuel, la mort, ses réflexions sur la vie, le caractère transitoire de la jeunesse et de la beauté ou encore l’immoralité de la guerre.
The Voices of Discontent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,540. Language: Australian English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
On the verge of committing suicide, Cécile, a middle-aged woman, suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, contemplates her life in Townsville, and with that of her husband, Alain – whom in hindsight she believes to have made a mistake in marrying. Cécile believes her marriage to be flawed because Alain is unsupportive of her artistic ambitions and her dreams of travelling.
Le baiser du pécheur
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,570. Language: French. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Dans 'Le baiser du pécheur', Clarke raconte une histoire de trahison et de revanche se déroulant dans le France et le Maroc de la fin du dix-neuvième siècle.
Selected Short Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,470. Language: Australian English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The seven stories in this selection span Clarke’s early career...
The Road To Ignominy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,420. Language: British English. Published: January 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Inspired by a real-life 19th century scandal, Clarke deftly writes about the privileged world of the Victorian upper-class, where Hugh is forced by his overbearing mother, Lady Lillian, to conform to society’s views concerning sex.
Les fleurs du printemps
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,160. Language: French. Published: January 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Dans ce court roman finement écrit, Clarke peint le portrait de Sonia, éprise de liberté, qui sacrifie ses scrupules et, plus encore, son premier amour, le séduisant jardinier, en faveur de John, le millionnaire revêche.
Avant La Chute
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,620. Language: French. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
'Avant La Chute'est un roman basé sur l’histoire de 'The Golden Bowl' (La Coupe d’or) d’Henry James, mais avec un tournant inattendu, car celui-ci y implique des amants homosexuels, Marty Townsend et Carlton Aspern, qui séduisent et manipulent la richissime veuve australienne, Clara de Veer, et sa fille Maggie.
Selected Poems
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
Drawing upon personal events, Clarke invites readers of his poetry to meet a romantic and sensitive soul.
The Lover's Lament
Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: Australian English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Dissatisfied with her life with her boyfriend, Tobey, Patricia resorts to read sentimental novels in order to fulfil her desires; however, she soon realises that the world of fantasy can never negate her despair, and in so doing, she realises what she must do: renounce him.
Before The Fall
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,200. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
‘Before the Fall’ is a retelling of Henry James’ ‘The Golden Bowl’, but with a twist as it involves the gay lovers, Marty Townsend and Carlton Aspern, seducing and manipulating the widowed Australian millionaire Clara de Veer and her daughter Maggie.
The Flowers of Spring
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,300. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
‘The Flowers of Spring’ represents Clarke at his finest, exploring the corrosive effects of money and the consequences for those who obtain it.
The Cat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,730. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
In the distant future, a man downloads an ancient novel and instead of instantly transferring the novel into his brain, the man does something profound, he reads the text.
Upon The Rock
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,090. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Upon the Rock is a blend of narrative voices and styles that tells the story of Marcus Baird, a gay man from Townsville, and Aemilius, a character from a novel set in Ancient Rome written by Aaron J Clarke.
La Mer
Price: Free! Words: 790. Language: French. Published: September 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sur la plage un homme et une femme découvrissent la fragilité d’amour et de vie.
The Sea
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
On the beach a man and a woman discover the fragility of love and life.
The Sinner's Kiss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,030. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Historical
In 'The Sinner’s Kiss', Clarke tells the story of betrayal, revenge in France and Morocco during the fin de siècle.
Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the confines of a bedroom, a tragedy would be enacted between former lovers that would lead to guilt and recrimination.
Les ombres de la nuit
Price: Free! Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
On a winter's night, people gather around a group of bridge players. Unbeknownst to them, in the corner of the capacious chamber, two former lovers meet: their objective to subjugate the other.
Epiphany of Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,930. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Adam Carlson takes for his research topic an unfinished novel by Noelene Richards, a friend of Virginia Woolf. Trying to finish this extraordinary masterpiece, Adam begins to obsess about the book and its author, an obsession compounded by drugs. This clever debut novel by Aaron J Clarke, a book within a book, plays on perceptions of reality and identity and the possibilities of redemption.

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  • All I Want on Sep. 18, 2010

    Brilliant piece of writing full of vivid descriptions of the landscape. The writer conveys the period convincingly; moreover, she writes as if she were living during the 1900s.