MAD MAX

It’s been said that George Miller was so impressed with this novelization of MAD MAX that he hired its writer to co-script THE ROAD WARRIOR

Fortress

It was the first novel by Australia’s Gabrielle Lord, who based the story on an actual crime that occurred in Australia.

Fear is the Rider

FEAR IS THE RIDER also contains a great deal of Cook’s celebrated descriptive power, although that’s ultimately about the only thing it really has in its favor.

Thirst

This Australian vampire thriller from the late seventies is an above average example of its type. It may not have a whole lot going for it cinematically, but is worth seeing due to a uniquely perverse script that wickedly updates the vampire myth to the eighties and beyond.

Wolf Creek

Hard, mean, no-nonsense horror from Down Under, proving that Aussie-sploitation is alive and well. It’s too bad, though, about that crummy ending!

Clowns at Midnight

This is smart person’s horror. CLOWNS AT MIDNIGHT is the first-ever horror novel by Australia’s Terry Dowling, a short story scribe and veteran editor. His intelligence and voluminous knowledge of the genre are evident in this highly provocative account. The book is never self conscious or obscure, but getting through it takes a fair amount of thought and patience.

Bloodhouse

With this outrageous novel Australia’s late Kenneth Cook turned out his finest work since WAKE IN FRIGHT. That 1961 novel, for those who don’t know, contained an unforgettably rancid portrayal of Australian lowlife that remains unsurpassed–well, almost unsurpassed, as the short and sharp BLOODHOUSE imparts an even grungier fictional portrait of the land down under.