Trent Jamieson has had more than sixty short stories published over the last decade, and, in 2005, won an Aurealis award for his story "Slow and Ache". His most recent stories have appeared in Cosmos Magazine, Zahir, Murky Depths, and Jack Dann's anthology Dreaming Again. His collection Reserved for Travelling Shows was released in 2006. He won the 2008 Aurealis Award for best YA short story with his story "Cracks".
Trent was fiction editor of Redsine Magazine, and worked for Prime Books on Kirsten Bishop's multi-award winning novel The Etched City. He's a seasonal academic at QUT teaching creative writing, and has taught at Clarion South. He has a fondness for New Zealand beer and gloomy music. He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Diana. Trent's blog can be found at www.trentjamieson.com.
Working for `regional death' isn't exactly the best of jobs. Crossing spirits over to the underworld is painful and stopping the arisen dead needs at least a drop of your own blood. But being shot at was definitely not in the job description, nor was falling in love with a ghost. When your family and friends are being assassinated one by one you know that things have gone very wrong somewhere. When their corpses reanimate to finish the assassin's job, you have to fight back. The first novel in Trent Jamieson's `Death Works' series is a brilliant opening to what promises to be an enthralling series. The narrative runs at a good pace, interspersed with the kind of humour that has made Jamieson's award-winning short stories must-reads. It is also great to see Brisbane being used as a location in the novel. The city is both recognisable and altered by the dark fantasy of the story, and the familiarity of the setting adds to the atmosphere of the story-something that a lot of overseas dark fantasy lacks for Australian audiences. An enthralling read for those that have loved Neil Gaiman, Charles Stross and Charlaine Harris. Chris McDonough is a bookseller at Coaldrakes in Brisbane