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“There was an awful lot of blood splashed around Joey’s office and it was upsetting me.  It wasn’t making me sick – that I could cope with.  It was making me hungry and that was frankly disturbing.

I bet Phillip Marlowe never had the problems I have – like salivating over the body.”

from The Aldrin Vial, Johnny Phillips, Werewolf Detective – The Collected Case Files

I went to the launch of  Robbie Matthew’s Johnny Phillips, Werewolf Detective – The Collected Case Files on 10 December last year.

I’m so glad this book has come out. I have been in love with Johnny Phillips for years, ever since I first heard Robbie read one of the stories.

Johnnie is a local were-boy.  He works in Sydney, so that’s special to me because I recognise so many of the landmarks.

Robbie swears the stories are not meant to be funny, but I don’t believe him at all.

johnny_fullThe awesome cover is by Nick Stathopoulos, who is a finalist in the 2008 Archibald Art Prize and the 2008 Doug Moran Portrait Prize.  Nick is also nominated twice in the same category for a 2008 Ditmar Award for his book covers, Rynemonn, the final installment of Terry Dowling’s epic Tom Rynosseros saga, and Daikaiju 3  –  Giant Monsters Vs The World!

Johnny Phillips, Werewolf Detective – The Collected Case Files is published by Aust Speculative Fiction and can be ordered from the website.


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