The Writer and the Critic: Episode 40

The latest episode of our podcast is now available for direct download and streaming from the website or via subscription from iTunes. Feedback is most welcome!

On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, begin with a lengthy discussion about authors, reviewers, and fans in view of the rapidly changing dynamics of author/reader relationships and power structures in publishing. This was sparked off by an excellent and thoughtful essay, “Don’t Attack Reviewers”, written by Jonathan McCalmont and published on his Ruthless Culture blog. You should go off and read the entire essay. Seriously.

This two books up for critique this time are Dust Devil on a Quiet Street by Richard Bowes (beginning at 24:30) and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (1:03:10). During the discussion of the Fowler novel, this review by Dan Hartland is mentioned.

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If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, then it’s safe to return at 1:38:50 for some brief final remarks.

The books that will be featured on the next episode are Hild by Nicola Griffith, chosen by Kirstyn, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which Ian has recommended. Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

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Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013It’s always an honour and a delight to have a story selected for the Ticonderoga Publications series The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, edited by Talie Helene’s and Liz Gryzb. The 2013 volume contains many fine works of Australian speculative fiction, including my own “Caution: Contains Small Parts” from the collection of the same name. Take a gander at the most wonderful ToC then scamper off to place your pre-order here.

Table of Contents:

Lee Battersby, “Disciple of the Torrent” (Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land)
Deborah Biancotti, “All the Lost Ones” (Exotic Gothic 5 Vol I)
Trudi Canavan, “Camp Follower” (Fearsome Journeys)
Robert Cook, “Glasskin” (Review of Australian Fiction Vol 5 #6)
Rowena Cory Daniells, “The Ways of the Wyrding Women” (One Small Step)
Terry Dowling, “The Sleepover” (Exotic Gothic 5 Vol II)
Thoraiya Dyer, “After Hours” (Asymmetry)
Marion Halligan, “A Castle in Toorak” (Griffith Review #42)
Dmetri Kakmi, “The Boy by the Gate” (The New Gothic)
David Kernot, “Harry’s Dead Poodle” (Cover of Darkness Magazine)
Margo Lanagan, “Black Swan Event” (
Griffith Review #42)
S. G. Larner, “Poppies” (Aurealis #65)
Martin Livings, “La Mort d’un Roturer” (This is How You Die)
Kirstyn McDermott, “Caution: Contains Small Parts” (Caution: Contains Small Parts)
Claire McKenna, “The Ninety Two” (Next)
C.S. McMullen, “The Nest”( Nightmare Magazine)
Juliet Marillier, “By Bone-Light “ (Prickle Moon)
David Thomas Moore, “Old Souls” (The Book of the Dead)
Faith Mudge, “The Oblivion Box” (Dreaming of Djinn)
Ryan O’Neill, “Sticks and Stones” (The Great Unknown)
Angela Rega, “Almost Beautiful” ( Next)
Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Raven and Her Victory” (Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe
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Nicky Rowlands, “On the Wall” (Next)
Carol Ryles, “The Silence of Clockwork”  (Conflux 9 Convention Programme)
Angela Slatter, “Flight” (Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales)
Anna Tambour, “Bowfin Island” (Caledonian Dreamin’)
Kaaron Warren, “Born and Bread” (Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales)
Janeen Webb, “Hell is Where the Heart is” ( Next)

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