From his website: "Martin Livings was born in Western Australia in 1970, and has subsequently scarcely budged. He reluctantly works in IT and non-reluctantly lives with his wonderful girlfriend and her not-quite-so-wonderful cat, both of whom somehow tolerate his tendency for sudden bursts of insane creativity, usually book-ended by lengthy procrastinatory periods of watching bad horror DVDs and eating junk food. There should be a Nobel Prize category for that. His main writing influences came mainly from reading science fiction as a child and teenager, particularly the works of the Holy Trinity of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein, but since then his tastes have diversified wildly, and now there are simply too many to name adequately, but in a parallel universe somewhere far removed from ours he's certain he'd be as good a short story writer as Greg Egan. Regrettably, though, he lives in this universe instead. " Please wander over for more :)
The small south-west Australian town of Tillbrook has a secret, one that has been kept for over a hundred years; the Dervish Carnival, which has been there for a century, is run by people who are neither human nor animal, but live in the woods and howl at night. But when David Hampden, a journalist on the downward slope of his career, visits the town with his younger brother, unemployed photographer Paul, that secret is threatened. When Paul is seduced unknowing into their world, David will get him back, whatever the cost. And the cost may be both their lives - and possibly even more.
Carnies is a contemporary Australian supernatural thriller by debut novellist Martin Livings, and is described by the author as "an old fashioned horror novel, harkening back to the days when scary books were fun." Containing equal helpings of horror, action and humour, Carnies is a sideshow haunted house of a novel, with dark twists and turns, sudden drops, surprises, shocks and delights. So roll up, come to the carnival. You'll never be the same again... if you survive!