Brett McBean


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.

Where to find Brett McBean online

Where to buy in print


The Awakening
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 147,850. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013 by LegumeMan Books. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
For as long as he can remember, Toby Fairchild has been afraid of the strange old man living across the street. However, when Toby accidentally discovers the remarkable truth about Mr. Joseph, an unlikely friendship develops and Toby will come to know about pain and death; loss and the meaning of freedom, as Mr. Joseph recounts the incredible story of his past back in Haiti.
Buk and Jimmy Go West
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,990. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012 by LegumeMan Books. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Film obsessed psycho-killer Buk Thompson is on a bloody pilgrimage. Driving through the American Southwest, murdering his way to Hollywood, home of the stars that have been his only friends since childhood, Buk is having a ball. When fate throws him in the path of the innocent Jimmy, Buk decides to take the boy on as a protégé and teach him the killing game.
The Last Motel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,710. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011 by LegumeMan Books. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Deep in the mountains. There is motel. A Nice place. A safe place. A place where people go to get away from it all. Who knew that checking in could be murder? During one long night, The Lodgepole Pine Motel is about to become awash with blood as the guests are stalked by a sadistic killer. They only wanted to stay one night. But one night can last a lifetime at...The Last Motel.
Tales of Sin and Madness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,700. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2011 by LegumeMan Books. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Brett McBean (The Last Motel, The Mother) continues his exploration of the dark side of the human character by bringing you twenty-one tales of sin and madness. From zombies roaming the Australian outback, to psychopaths roaming New York City, McBean plunges the depths of human depravity, and delves into a sick and sordid world of serial killers, Manson-like cults, even road kill and cheap souls.

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