Publishing deal news!

After so long, I can finally share this news! I’ve signed a two-book deal with the incredible team at Ultimo Press for my new novel, a psychological thriller.

It’s been a long strange journey to get here but it turns out deep in my soul I’m a crime writer. I probably should have guessed when my first book started with an assassination

I absolutely loved writing Dark Mode and I can’t wait to share this novel with you! Dark Mode will hit bookshops in March 2023. If you’re a fan of JP Pomare, Tana French, Candice Fox, Gillian Flynn (and so many more thriller authors), I wrote this book for you.

You can read the press release, including a blurb about the book below, and hear James and I share the news in a special bonus podcast ep.

Ultimo Press acquires chilling psychological thriller from Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Ultimo Press has acquired ANZ rights for Dark Mode – a highly original and contemporary psychological thriller that shines a light on the sinister side of the web and will make you question every keystroke you ever make. The deal was brokered by Pippa Masson from Curtis Brown.

Compulsive and deeply frightening, Dark Mode is a terrifying exploration of the online nature of the world we live in, misogyny and the intersections between violence online and in real life.

‘I’m a huge thriller fan, and I’m fascinated by all aspects of crime – who commits it, how it’s investigated, and what it tells us about our society. And as I got into the research for this book, what came to terrify me most isn’t a possible serial killer lurking in the shadows. It’s what’s happening in the darkest corners of the internet, how little most of us know about that world, and the risks we’re taking online, every single day.’ – Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Dark Mode gripped me from the first page and did not let go. Frighteningly relevant, Ashley’s thriller delves into the way our digital lives capture our every move, and the terrifying implications when it crosses over into real life.’ – Alex Craig, Publisher

About Dark Mode
Once you’re online, there’s nowhere to hide

Is it paranoia – or is someone watching?

For years, Reagan Carsen has kept her life offline. No socials. No internet presence. No photos. Safe.

Until the day she stumbles on a shocking murder in a Sydney laneway. The victim looks just like her.


As more murders shake the city and she’s increasingly drawn out from hiding, Reagan is forced to confront her greatest fear.

She’s been found.

A riveting psychological thriller drawn from true events, Dark Mode delves into the terrifying reality of the dark web, and the price we pay for surrendering our privacy one click at a time.

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