Rick Kennett is an Australian writer of science fiction, horror, and ghost stories with several published books and many stories in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. The novella The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and the novella In Quinn’s Paddock feature his reoccurring character Ernie Pine, the “reluctant ghost-hunter.” Another reoccurring character is genetically engineered Martian space girl Cy De Gerch, who appears in the novel Presumed Dead and the collection Thirty Minutes for New Hell. Some of Kennett’s work is science fiction, but some of his science fiction stories feature ghosts, thus his work crosses genre boundaries that are often kept separate.
The St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers points out that Kennett is “really the one Australian writer to have produced a substantial body of work in the ghost-story field.” While Rob Hood and Terry Dowling have also produced significant quantities of ghost stories, Kennett’s concentration on the genre makes him the leading specialist in Australia.
Reggie Oliver, reviewing 472 Cheyne Walk: Carnacki, the Untold Stories, has called Kennett “prodigally inventive” and Peter Worthy of Black Book webzine has called the book “a dazzling continuation of William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.”
For more about Rick and his work, please visit his website.