Saturday, May 14, 2011

Continuum Panels

I received my timetable for my panels at Continuum. They are:

Saturday 11th June
11.30am, 30 mins
Spooky Music - A Brief History of Horror in Popular Music

Reading, 20 mins

Sunday 12th June
Beyond LoLCATS - Writing and the Internet

The Spooky Music presentation was meant to be a bit of lighthearted fun, ideally in a late night timeslot. Instead, it's ended up sandwiched between the Opening Ceremony and the Guest of Honour's speech.

I better start writing.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Had to write a bio for my Emerging Writer's Festival project. Which raises the thorny issue of genre.

Once upon a time I'd have called myself an urban fantasy writer, and be done with it. But these days, that label is mostly reserved for vampire soft porn.

I went with "weird fantasy and suburban gothic". Which sound like genres, even if they aren't.

(Now I wish I'd invented a genre called crepuscular fiction.)

Speaking of the writer's festival: a sneak preview of our project is up at

Saturday, April 30, 2011

An Unexpected Honour

My friend David Conyers just told me that two of my short stories (one of which is a collaboration with David) made Ellen Datlow's Full Honourable Mentions List for the Year's Best Horror 2010.

Ellen Datlow is a legend in the speculative fiction community. She's probably best known for co-editing the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology series, and now the Year's Best Horror anthologies.

So this is a huge honour, and completely unexpected. My stories mentioned are:

Witteveen, David “Perfect Skin,” Cthulhu’s Dark Cults.
Witteveen, David and Conyers, David “Sweet as Decay,” Macabre.

Lots of other Australian authors on that list, too, thanks mostly to the Macabre anthology that Angela Slatter and Dr Marty Young put together.

The list was published back in March. Work was so stressful at the time I didn't even notice. I really should pay more attention.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


The problem with have a serious, official website for my writing is that I tend to neglect it for the fripperies and ease of my LiveJournal.

But! I have news...

I will be presenting a panel at Continuum 7 entitled "Spooky Music: A Brief History of Horror in Popular Music."

June 10-13. The convention, that is. I'm not talking for four days straight.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Author Bios

I hate writing author bios. They should all just read "David is very boring and never publishes anything..."

This is my one for the forthcoming anthology MACABRE from Brimstone Press. It will include "Sweet as Decay", my collaboration with my old friend David Conyers.

David's bio is full of international travel and the thousand million billion stories he's had published. I feel very dull in comparison.

David Witteveen was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1971.

His first published story was "Brother's Blood" on

Between 2000 and 2002 he wrote and drew six issues of the minicomic DEATH BY MUSIC, and produced several promotional comics for the Australian electronic band Tankt.

In 2005, his story "The River, Black With Night" won the inaugural Australian Horror Writers Association's Flash Fiction competition. It was subsequently published on the Shadowed Realms website, and in the Australian Dark Fantasy  & Horror Volume 2 anthology.

David has also had stories published in the anthologies Hardboiled Cthulhu and Cthulhu's Dark Cults, and he has recently had flash fiction published on the Dictionary of Moments website.

He became a life-long friend with David Conyers after they met in high school. "Sweet as Decay" is their first, and to date, only fictional collaboration. Although they did work together on the roleplaying game supplement Devil's Children, which was published by Pagan Publishing.

By night, he wears cravats and drinks absinthe. By day, he does something uninteresting with computers. At the time of writing, he is at work on his debut novel. He still lives in Melbourne.

David's official website is at

Thursday, June 3, 2010

paper thin tigers

if you're going to put a tiger in your book,
it has to be a real tiger

its breath has to be hot
its claws have to be sharp
it has to kill things and eat them
and smear its orange fur with their blood

if readers want metaphors, they'll visit the zoo
they're reading your book to be eaten