The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

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Q&A with Steve Carter

Steve Carter is an artist and writer, who pushes the boundaries in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy and horror. All his work is injected with a liberal dose of surrealism and weirdness. He works with fellow creator, Antoinette Rydyr and together have produced graphic novels, award-winning screenplays and esoteric electronic music with their experimental band TeknoSadisT, which can be sampled on Bandcamp. They have recently published a series of graphic novels including, a collection of fantastic beasts and strange monsters titled Bestiary of Monstruum, the out-of-this-world anthology Weird Worlds – Subversive Science Fiction Stories, and the dystopian New World Disorder. Inspired by the gruesome and ghoulish EC comics in the USA, Steve created Australia’s first newsstand available horror comic magazine called Phantastique. Phantastique propelled horror comics onto the national stage and drilled it into the Australian psyche. Recently, Steve and Antoinette resurrected the controversial comicbook into the celebratory graphic novel Phantastique – Tales of Taboo Terror, ingloriously presented in full bloody colour!

When and why did you start making zines?

Zines are a perfect medium in which to experiment, develop ideas and hone skills.

What is your favourite thing about zines?

The best aspect of zine-making is complete freedom of creative expression without editorial control or interference.

Do you have a favourite zine (aside from your own!)? What is it and why do you like it?

Malefact by the late Tom Crites. It was brimming with incredibly gorgeous and edgy artwork. It focussed on bizarre and esoteric comics and art from the extreme art underground by such luminaries as Trevor Brown, Tom Corlette, Chris Crites, F. Crites, Mike Diana, Mike Duggins, Killdozer, Randall Phillip, SCAR, Bill Spicer, DB VelVeeda, along with my own art! It also featured stunning full-page illustrations by Crites himself.

You can view Steve’s zine Femonsters here