Paul Haines – author

Paul Haines, a New Zealand author now based in Australia, is a speculative fiction writer who specialises in quite disturbing stories. When I first started to realise that I wasn’t happy with the narrow range of my speculative fiction reading, I came across one of Paul’s stories in the Terra Incognita Speculative Fiction podcast and thought “This is just cool”.

I’m not actually much of a horror reader, but Paul’s story was so well written and so different from what I was used to reading that it spurred me on to actively seek out antipodean writers and even start my own writing. I credit Paul and his writing for starting me on my current track, which has been very personally rewarding and has helped bring a bit more creative balance to my life.

So it was with sadness I recently read that, due to an ongoing and worsening fight with cancer, Paul has been forced to give up his writing career. His post gives a fantastic summary of the work he has done and a moving account of the work he has to leave behind.

Starting with his latest collection The Last Days of Kali Yuga, I’m going to be actively seeking out the work of Paul’s that I haven’t had a chance to read, and I’d encourage anyone who loves good writing that does an excellent job of freaking you the hell out to do the same.