Terry Dowling (www.terrydowling.com) is one of Australia’s most awarded, versatile and internationally acclaimed writers of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy. He is the author of 13 books, among them Clowns at Midnight, the award-winning Tom Rynosseros saga, and such critically praised collections as Amberjack: Tales of Fear & Wonder, Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear, and Blackwater Days, as well as three best-selling computer adventures. Terry’s stories have appeared in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Horror and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, as well as in anthologies as diverse as Dreaming Down Under, Wizards, The Dark, Inferno, Songs of the Dying Earth and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. He is editor of such titles as Mortal Fire: Best Australian SF, The Essential Ellison and The Jack Vance Treasury and winner of the 2007 International Horror Guild Award for Best Collection. The award-winning genre newspaper Locus calls him ‘Australia’s finest writer of horror’, while placing him ‘among the masters of the field’.