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Brett McBean is best known as an award-winning Australian horror, thriller and speculative fiction writer. He was born and raised in Melbourne. He is also a drummer and has an Advanced Diploma from Box Hill College of Music

Brett McBean
BornDecember 1978
Melbourne, Australia
GenreHorror fiction, thriller fiction, speculative fiction
Notable worksThe Mother, Wolf Creek: Desolation Game

McBean's novel The Mother was nominated as the "Best Novel" for the 2007 Ditmar Awards (where he was also nominated as "Best New Talent"), a Ned Kelly Award for "Best Novel" of 2007, a 2007 Aurealis Award for "Best Novel," and it received a 2006 honorable mention by the Australian Shadows Awards. His short story collection Tales of Sin and Madness won the 2011 Australian Shadows Award for "Best Collection".[1]

He also has a keen interest in true crime, in particular the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. He runs a Jack the Ripper website, Saucy Jacky,[2] in which he reviews Ripper movies and literature, and shares his thoughts about popular suspects and Ripper victims.

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  1. ^ "Australian Shadows Award winners 2011".
  2. ^ "Saucy Jacky website".
  3. ^ "Article for the Australian Horror Writers Association, 13th October, 2006".

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