Michael J Elliott is a first generation Australian author from a British family.
He was born in the city of Dandenong, in the State of Victoria in January 1962. He developed a love of reading at and early age and showed a talent for drawing.
In Primary School (The Australian equivelent of U.S Elementary and British Junior/infants), Michael began writing ‘dark’ stories whilst his classmates were writing about their Summer holidays.
At a parent /teacher evening, Michael’s school headmistress predicted that, ” Michael will become a second Alfred Hitchcock one day.”.
At Secondary school, Michael discovered a love of Media Studies. He actively threw himself into scriptwriting and directing short movies.
He recieved an honours grade for his media studies work in his final year. Michael briefly attended teachers college, majoring in Media Studies and English. He wrote scripts for radio ads, videos and movies as well as directed.
He wrote a sketch for an Australian comedy special which was picked up and used by the show’s director.
In 2015, after encouragement by friend and author, Stewart Bint, Michael published his first short story, Dinner For Two. He followed this up with the highly regarded, Mr Westacott’s Christmas. He then published his first collection of horror stories, Portraits Of Dread.
In 2016 Michael published his second collection, Choice Cuts-A Bite From The Dark Realm.
Michael is a member of the global authors group, #The Awethors. He has a story in the group’s anthology, Awethology Dark, entitled, Pennies From Heaven.
He is the creator and host of the You Tube channel, The Dark Realm Diaries, where he reviews horror/thriller books and movies with the emphasis on indie creators.
Michael continued his love of drawing and is now the illustrator for Claire Plaisted’s series of childrens books, Girlie’s Adventures.
When he isn’t writing stories to terrify readers, Michael enjoys cooking, gardening, Golden Age Hollywood movies and chatting to his author friends from around the globe.
Michael currently resides in the bayside suburb of Frankston in Victoria.
He’s single and shares his life with his two cats, Charlie and Snaps.
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