Author of various Aurealis Award-nominated and Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror recommended short stories, including ‘The Third Rail’ and the dark werewolf-bouncer world of ‘Watchmen’ (the basis for his upcoming novel Blood).
Sterns is a former lecturer in Gothic & Subversive Fiction, editor of The Journal of the Australian Horror Writers and Ph.D. student in postmodern horror. He served as a script-editor on Greg McLean’s Rogue and appeared as a cop/security guard/mafiaso in countless tv shows and films for a few years there (mostly in the background, but he did get to beat up people quite often).
He’s also the co-writer, with McLean, of Wolf Creek II.
As well as the screenplay, Sterns has just emerged after a year immersed in the twisted mind of outback serial killer Mick Taylor to turn in the prequel novel Wolf Creek: Book One to Penguin. Maybe he can start sleeping again. The novel’s due for release in conjunction with the new film next year, and will be the first in a series co-written by McLean and the cream of Australian horror authors (the late Paul Haines was working on the second novel until his tragic passing earlier this year; Brett McBean, author of the excellent—and very Wolf Creek-like novel The Mother—has taken over instead).
Sterns and McLean are working on a number of other screenplays, including a film version of his vicious and visceral werewolf novel Blood. But in the meantime, Sterns is pushing ahead on his next novel—a body horror story set in the shadow of the coming singularity. More on that soon.
He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his partner of 14 years and their new baby!!