Robert (Maxwell) Hood (born 24 July 1951) is an Australian writer and editor recognised as one of Australia's leading horror writers. though his work frequently crosses genre boundaries into science fiction, fantasy and crime. He has published five young adult novels, three collections of his short fiction, an adult epic fantasy novel, fifteen children's books and over 120 short stories in anthologies and magazines in Australia and overseas. He has also written plays, academic articles and poetry and co-edited anthologies of horror and crime. He has been nominated for five Aurealis Awards and elevent Ditmars. In 2006 Hood won a Ditmar Award for Best Collection for Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales (edited with Robin Pen) and another in 2009 for his film review and commentary website, Undead Backbrain.