JOHN PINKNEY is a bestselling Australian author, screenwriter and journalist.
His ebooks include The Mary Celeste Syndrome...Alien Airships Over Old America...Haunted: the ghosts that share our world...Australia's Strangest Mysteries#1 and #2...A Paranormal File...Thirst: An Inheritance of Evil...The Girl Who Touched Infinity...The Key and the Fountain.
John's original screenplay Thirst, directed by Rod Hardy and produced by Anthony I. Ginnane, won Best Horror Film prize at the
Asian Film Festival. His three-act drama, The Face in the Mirror was co-awarded Best Stage Play in the General Motors/ Elizabethan Theatre Trust competition.
He has written several hundred drama episodes for
TV - and his paper-books, including such titles as Great Australian Mysteries 1 & 2, Haunted, Unexplained and Unsolved have been numerously reprinted. His 3-volume Mazeworld series has appeared in North America and in translation through Europe. His logic puzzle books Think!, Think Again! and Wordgames have been published by Macmillan, Melbourne and London.
For many years he was a prominent writer with the Melbourne Age, subsequently moving his column, Pinkney Place, to Rupert Murdoch's national daily The Australian. Here he covered the most extraordinary UFO case of the century: the disappearance without trace of young Melbourne pilot Frederick Valentich, after radioing Flight Services that he was being 'orbited' by a gigantic craft.
John has had a lifelong interest in the unsolved and unexplained. He has expressed this preoccupation in the television series Dream Street and such young people's novels as The Girl Who Touched Infinity and The Key and the Fountain.
But his fascination with the unknown took its most practical form when, with lawyer-friend Peter Norris, he co-founded the organization known today as VUFORS - the Victorian UFO Research Society. John and Peter collaborated to produce two weekly national radio series, The Truth Behind UFOs and Do You Believe in Ghosts?
Over the years, John Pinkney's broadcasts and columns have attracted a remarkably large mail from listeners and readers describing their experiences with the mysterious and the bizarre. Readers of his books continue the input.
John has a daughter Robin and a son Matthew. He is married to Maggie, an anthologist and book editor. They live in a house near the sea, in Australia.