Leigh BLACKMORE (b. 1959) writer, editor & manuscript assessor, & occultist, lives in Wollongong with his two partners, several cats, and a personal library of 5,000+ volumes. His most recent book is a collection of weird poetry, Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses (P’rea Press, 2008). He published & edited (with B.J. Stevens & Chris G.C. Sequeira) Terror Australis: The Australian Horror & Fantasy Magazine (1987-92) and edited Terror Australis: The best of Australian Horror. (Hodder & Stoughton Australia, 1993). His name is “now synonymous with Australian horror” (Melbourne Univ Press Encyc of Science Fiction and Fantasy). His weird fiction has appeared in the first two Agog! anthologies (“Uncharted” was a Ditmar nominee for Best Novella in 2003), Daikaiju 3 and at various places online including www.ligotti.net and www.writingshow.com. He has contributed to many scholarly works on supernatural fiction including Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia (ed. S.T. Joshi and Stefan J. Dziemianowicz, Greenwood Press, 2006). He is a co-editor (with chief editor Benjamin J. Szumskyj) of the bi-annual journal Studies in Australian Weird Fiction and regularly contributes the zine Mantichore to the SSFWT & EOD amateur press associations. He deals out-of-print weird & occult fiction under the name of Raven Books. As an occultist, Leigh regularly lectures on magick & the esoteric mysteries in the Illawarra, and co-facilitates MoonsKkin, a ritual working group, with his magical partner Margi Curtis; Their regular column on matters magical appears in Black: Australia’s Dark Culture magazine. Leigh’s Yahoo discussion group on ceremonial magick, Aurora Australis Thelemic Temple, can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aatt/. He is currently undertaking a BA Creative Arts (majoring in Creative Writing & Journalism) at the University of Wollongong.
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