BP Gregory

Biography

Monsters, machines and roaming cities, insanity, betrayal and lust! Author and avid reader, BP Gregory was always an oddment to justify the most terrible things. With such tales you shouldn’t always feel comfortable or safe.

Coming from a sober, orderly corporate background she has been a student of archaeology and a dilettante of psychology, biological science and prepping culture. However it was her love of writing about people that drew her strongly to science fiction, horror and urban fantasy: all engines for frogmarching hapless characters through extreme situations. A process of painfully peeling back layers to discover what, if anything, lurks within. Do we each treasure some inviolate core of self, kept safe from our actions and choices? Would it matter if nobody saw it?

BP Gregory is the author of three novels including the newly released Something for Everything (second in the Automatons series). A stroll down life’s eerie back alleys with a few collections of short stories, and a horror novelette which is a youthful messy love letter to her home town round out the picture. She lives in Melbourne with her husband where she is currently writing The Town, an Australian horror novel about a mysterious burnt out town that should never have been there.

For sneak peeks at The Town, more stories, reviews and recommendations on some great reads as she ploughs enthusiastically through her to-read list visit bpgregory.com.

Smashwords Interview

As at November 2015 you have three novels as well as a cluster of short stories that seem to vascillate between science fiction, humour, and horror. Did you set out to be a genre writer?
I love to write about people. Both horror and sci-fi allow me to frogmarch characters through extreme situations. Peeling back their layers bit by bit to discover what, if anything, lurks inside. Do we each treasure some inviolate core of self, kept safe from our actions and choices? Would it matter if nobody ever saw it?
With such an interest in people, do you write about real life?
I never write about real life. I figure if I wanted reality, I could stand on a street corner and watch it.

But I'm always thrilled to hear someone complain, "You wrote about me!", even though they're dead wrong. Because that's the idea: you're supposed to identify, it's what makes the characters rich. A male friend once proudly claimed I based Simon from Only Skin on him, which horrified me to hear. That character's a real jerk.

Pretty much every novel finds its germ in something that's happened to me, however. Even if you need to dig a long way back to find it.
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Where to find BP Gregory online


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Books

The Town
Pre-release—available March 31, 2017. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Kate knows what she saw on the satellite footage: the burnt out remains of a town. But she was drunk, the evidence is gone and nobody believes it was ever there. Determined to prove it at any cost, in poking around the outback Kate risks exposing herself and her friends to a slew of horrible urban legends, sinister locals, and the mystery of too many people who have vanished over the years.
Abstract
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It had only slowly dawned that he was in fact subsisting in a flat beneath General Fucking Broncawei, a war criminal. But once it had, every creak and shudder of the ceiling became especially ominous. This short urban fiction story is part of a suite of short science fiction, fantasy and horror pieces by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Something for Everything
Series: Automatons. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,570. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Long ago humanity retreated into migrating cities, leaving the landscape to monsters. Within the safety of walls the caste of Surgeons are denied human touch to preserve their skills. A Surgeon must not be touched. The city can never stop. Comforting truths to live by. But the other cities have fallen silent. Fear stalks the streets. And John the Surgeon craves touch more than anything.
Lunchbox
Price: Free! Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Do ghosts exist? Surely the city would be crawling with them by now ... The author was always fascinated by what could be contained in a brief moment. As seen on creepypasta.com in August 2015, this little horror is part of a suite of short science fiction, urban fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Terry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Might artificial intelligence finally be real this time? Prodigy or processor, Terry’s mad keen to prove himself. He's going to paint us a picture. This short science fiction story is part of a suite of short science fiction, urban fantasy and horror pieces by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Orotund: Collected Short Stories Volume Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,520. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A paroled monster, a prostitute and a policeman all see a little girl lost but this isn't the start of a joke. An isolated, frail old man trapped in his apartment; what possible threat could he pose to the sociopaths next door? Take a stroll down humanity's eerie back alleys and enjoy BP Gregory's newest science fiction, urban fantasy and horror short stories packaged together in Orotund.
The Self Made Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
People are only supposed to get one bite at the pie; that single chance, do or die. But not Timers, who can grimly restart again and again, as many times as it takes. This urban fantasy is part of a suite of short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Economy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Wracked with jealousy Babette speeds down the road in a parasitic vehicle, determined to disrupt her lover's wedding. But how much of herself will she have to surrender to make it? This short urban fantasy is part of a suite of short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Stow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A young girl gazes down at a body shattered on the quiet suburban pavement. What desperation would drive anyone to risk such a horrible death? Who would stow away? This urban fantasy is part of a suite of short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Glory
Price: Free! Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Students were discouraged from venturing into the park's public toilet. Of course they all knew, in whispers and titters, it was because of the hole. This cautionary horror is part of a suite of short science fiction, urban fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing. Contains disquieting (adult) themes.
Submerged
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00)
An isolated, frail old man trapped in his apartment. What possible threat could he pose to the sociopaths next door? Except Brendan has his wife's foolish bravery to live up to ... This oppressive horror is part of a suite of short science fiction, urban fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Mould
Price: Free! Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(3.00)
My best friend was in Pompeii. And like everybody else on that fateful day she never left, leaving me orbiting helplessly within horror, reincarnation and the persistence of memory. As seen on creepypasta.com in 2014, this mournful little horror is the most obscure of a suite of short science fiction, urban fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory.
Strangers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.20)
A paroled monster, a prostitute and a policeman all see a little girl lost, but this isn't the start of a joke. What can such a morsel do, when all that's left to rely on is the kindness of strangers? This short urban fantasy is part of a suite of short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
The Elevator Story
Price: Free! Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00)
A well heeled lady almost misses an elevator, but she will desperately wish that she had. The Elevator Story, a horror of inadvertently dropping out of reality, is part of a suite of short science fiction, urban fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Promise
Price: Free! Words: 5,180. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The government controls the air, executing anyone who dares fly as "terrorists". But Guntarc secretly knows he can escape his life amidst the clouds. This urban fantasy is part of a suite of short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by BP Gregory, each its own little maelstrom of human suffering and longing.
Drive
Price: Free! Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00)
I was never a nervous driver until my Becky got her license. But then I discovered a car is also a weapon. Drive, a short story, is both every father's nightmare and every mother's secret dream. Includes disquieting (adult) themes.
Follow
Price: Free! Words: 4,030. Language: Australian English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00)
Everything Mary had ever known of warmth, comfort and pleasure was wrapped tenderly in the memory of her man's skin, and the mustiness of green wool. But now, adrift on frozen battlefields Mary and Joe wander amid corpses with only memories to keep them warm. Follow is a short story, and includes disquieting (adult) themes.
The Man's Heart
Price: Free! Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Just as with his father, the man's time was measured carefully for him before he was the man, or even the boy. And thus every step of life dances on, orchestrated to a set number of heartbeats. The Man's Heart is flash (very short) fiction, and was first released in 2004 in G Wells Taylor's amazing ezine The Wildclown Chronicle.
Commitment
Price: Free! Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Lovely Tiffany can hear the amorous folk upstairs, wistfully recalling when she and her boyfriend were just like that. Disturbingly, when the racket turns violent it's still just as she remembers. But what, exactly, does she remember? Short urban fiction Commitment evolved out of many evenings in a thin-walled apartment, and includes disquieting (adult) themes.
What a View
Price: Free! Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The billboard was leviathan, blotting out the sky. The only thing Meredith had ever loved. And, tapping a rifle thoughtfully against her leg, she was determined to keep her bold advertisement dominating the entire world's view. With violence, if necessary. This short science fiction story can also be enjoyed as part of Cacophony: Collected Short Stories Volume One.
It's All About The Love
Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
In the dim swampland of his mind Boris has always dreamed of working with fast food. And if spotty, squealing Pannager the Manager thinks he can stop him, he has another rather horrible thing coming ... Equal parts gory and humorously grotty, short story It's All About the Love includes disquieting (adult) themes.
Cacophony: Collected Short Stories Volume One
Price: Free! Words: 15,610. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
In the dim swampland of his mind Boris Bulgaris has always dreamed of working with fast food. The government executes people who fly as "terrorists", but Guntarc knows he can escape his life amidst the clouds. A well heeled lady almost misses an elevator, and she will desperately wish that she had. Annotated with bonus snippets of background lore from the author.
Automatons
Series: Automatons. Price: Free! Words: 82,840. Language: Australian English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
Perhaps the world ended, and we brought it on ourselves. But only Joyce noticed the whimper. And she might just be tits-out crazy. Intended for adult readers, science fiction / humour novel Automatons is a stripping bare of the ways people stumble blindly down the same old paths, and how we find it so much easier to be humane to our technology rather than each other.
Only Skin
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,230. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
Simon is a narcissist and a very dangerous man. Enter his world, where reality and everyone in it serve his grim fantasies. But in the bushland lurks a woman who suspects lost vulnerability at his heart. And another, less beautiful, whose violent loathing for him will never be silenced. Horror novelette Only Skin includes disquieting (adult) themes.

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  • Lipstick on Feb. 07, 2013

    Forgotten what it's like to feel sexy? A little sweaty and short of breath after finishing racy hen's romp Lipstick, I simply can't wait for the release of Melbourne burlesque celebrity Ms Nichols' upcoming compilation of short erotic stories.
  • Sloughing Off the Rot on June 20, 2013

    What are we reading?: Sloughing Off the Rot, by Lance Carbuncle. Give me the short version: Wiped tabula-rasa clean, John embarks on a surrealist journey to not only rediscover, but literally recreate himself. Are you looking for something different? I mean, really different? Sloughing Off the Rot is a meandering lyrical re-envisioning of biblical allegory, pop culture, songs, catchphrases, states of mind and just plain linguistic fun. Lance Curbuncle writes with the supreme confidence of one who can hold a loose reign; swigning between wham and whimsy without ever relinquishing control. I was rather reminded of the first time I read Naked Lunch: how briskly staccato and yet still elastic and melting narrative suddenly seemed to feel. Although I enjoyed the skillful to-and-fro of the language, through no fault of its own the story didn't really click for me - the elements that light my fire tend to be fairly specific. Don't be dissuaded from picking this up, as there's an audience out there waiting to go crazy for this book. Favourite moment: Along the road, they encountered other men and boys. Santiago plucked an everlasting supply of worms from his bottomless bag and dropped them in the people's eyes. And the men and boys joined them and danced along the road, spinning and circling around John, as planets orbiting a sun."