Kris Ashton
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Kris Ashton

An Australian author and journalist, Kris Ashton has published nearly forty short stories in a range of high-profile fiction titles including Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways, Antipodean SF and Dark Moon Digest. His short story ‘Highway Memorials’ claimed third prize in The Fiction Desk’s 2018 Ghost Story Competition, while ‘Howling Mad’, which appeared in Aurealis #106, was selected for Tangent Online’s 2017 Recommended Reading List. His sci-fi/horror novel, Invasion at Bald Eagle, published in October 2018, received a glowing review from author Megan Kelly in Aurealis #118 and has enjoyed consistently good sales. Kris is also a noted essayist and literary critic, receiving an Australian Shadows Award nomination for his analysis of Stephen King’s early fiction. His short stories feature in a scholarly work, Writing Speculative Fiction: Creative and Critical Approaches (Macmillan International), by academic and author Eugen Bacon. Kris graduated from Western Sydney University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in creative writing and literature, and has been a journalist for more than twenty years. He is a noted travel writer and often incorporates his extensive knowledge of regional Australia into his stories and novels. In his spare time Kris enjoys reading, writing, film and television (he is a former film critic), and fitness. His favourite authors include Stephen King, Liane Moriarty, Mark Childress, Dan Simmons, John O’Grady, Henry Lawson, M. L. Stedman, John Wyndham and John Steinbeck. He lives in the wilds of south-western Sydney with his wife, two children and a crippling mortgage.
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