Marty Young is a Bram Stoker-nominated and Australian Shadows Award-winning writer and editor, and sometimes ghost hunter. He was the founding President of the Australian Horror Writers Association* from 2005-2010, and one of the creative minds behind the internationally acclaimed Midnight Echo magazine, for which he also served as Executive Editor until mid-2013.

Marty’s first novel, 809 Jacob Street, was originally published in 2013 by Black Beacon Books, and won the Australian Shadows Award for Best Horror Novel. His novel was also given an Honorable Mention in Shelf Unbound’s Page Turner competition.

His short horror fiction has been nominated for both the Australian Shadows and Ditmar awards, reprinted in Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror (‘the best of 2008’), and repeatedly included in year’s best recommended reading lists. Marty’s essays on horror literature have been published in journals and university textbooks across the world, and he was also co-editor of the award winning Macabre; A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears, a landmark anthology showcasing the best Australian horror stories from 1836 to the present.

When not writing, Marty is a Director and Senior Palynologist at MGPalaeo, based in Perth, WA.


Marty was the Associate Editor of the HWA’s Dark Whispers blog, where he ran the monthly Horror Roundtable for a year and a half, stepping down in April 2014. He used to keep an irregularly updated blog called Darkling Muse (October 2006 to December 2011), which detailed his extensive travels for work to all sorts of fascinating places around the world, and an even more irregularly updated joint venture blog called Screaming Ink. SI eventually died a slow drawn out death in 2013.

From 2019, Marty has been writing Drop Bears and Taniwha for the HWA’s monthly newsletter, where he covers all thing horror from an Australian/New Zealand perspective.


* The AHWA’s official website was but due to reasons we’re not going into here, that domain was lost. However, a recent name change means the AHWA is now the Australasian Horror Writers Association (which I’m all for!), and the new website is As the AHWA committee slowly try to piece it all back together, the original site and all of its content can be accessed as an archived site here:

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