Brisbane River Yachts

Her river twists around the suburbs a thousand times before the water reaches the pristine reaches of Moreton Bay, east of Brisbane City.

Geologists say this is the reason she may be presiding over the oldest river in the world.

I don’t care how old her river is. I love my hometown girl, Brisbane, just the same.

I’ve spent many years teaching photography students how to take the best of our lady’s form. From those century-old Banyan Figs in Brisbane’s heart to the postcard sunrises along Nudgee Beach, her shape and texture are the things made of wonderment and splendour.

Banyan Fig by Brisbane Photographer Michael Forman
Banyan Figs (Trees) Brisbane

In 2005, I stepped away from the camera to begin a new and exciting writing project about photography. This was to become a novel. I used what I learned behind the viewfinder to develop an entirely new narrative.

(No, it’s not another war correspondent story!)

Combining the elements of photography, Brisbane, it’s sub-tropical thunderstorms and outdoor lifestyle, was a pleasant change and challenge. What came out was a thriller.

Darkness Awakes follows the story of a photographer seeking to take a perfect picture of night lightning.

It sounds like a simple premise: Find a storm, take photos of it and then examine the results. But our protagonist’s life is complicated. The images he takes continues to infuriate him.

Perfection in photography is highly subjective. There’s always another way to compose a photograph, a better way to capture a storm’s light.

There’s always a more impressive lightning strike to capture.

It could be a flaw in the art or a shortfall in our artist’s desire to express emotion. Whatever it is, there are other components I’ve added into the narrative to make things more interesting.

A body is always found the following morning.

Our angst-fueled shutterbug hears a strange growl before each storm starts. It’s enough to raise their neck-hair but not enough to terminate the shoots.

It’s not until a news broadcast mentions a victim’s name does he begin to suspect something unusual. There’s a link between the sound heard in the forest, the news story and the frustration to find sanctuary inside a perfect storm scenario.

Darkness Awakes isn’t about revenge.

Revenge is yet to come.

Michael Forman

Creep you later,


Darkness Awakes Novel
Five Random Victims
Summer Thunderstorms
Charm Bracelet
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Author: M.Forman
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“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

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