Kyla Ward has reviewed the paperback edition of Perfections over at Tabula Rasa. I guess she kinda liked it:
With only a slight shift of perspective, this could be a razor-edged depiction of the worst month in the lives of two sisters. The month one ends a four-year relationship. The month their mother dies. It could be that story; only then readers like me wouldn’t touch it. Readers like me need the gloss, the promise of something beyond. And that is exactly where the horror of Perfections lies.
The full review lives here.
And, of course, it would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to remind you that copies of Perfections can be snagged over at Twelfth Planet Press in both print and digital formats. 🙂
I have a surprise new publication today! Not a complete surprise, obviously, but not one I expected to happen quite this soon. The latest edition of Review of Australia Fiction (Volume 12, Issue 3) features two novellas — my own “By the Moon’s Good Grace” and “The Fate of All Wens” by Tessa Kum. Released fortnightly, the format of RAF is an unusual one in that an established Australian author is chosen by the editor to helm each issue and they, in turn, choose an emerging author to partner with. There are no genre or length considerations, which means there have been many a speculative fiction author grace its virtual pages over the years.
When I was asked to contribute, I knew immediately that I wanted a story from Tessa Kum and was thrilled when she was able to say yes. Tessa is a sharply intelligent, emotionally intense, and extraordinarily mindful writer who, for various reasons, has not published terribly much in recent years. I have never read a piece of hers that I didn’t love and “The Fate of All Wens” is no exception. (I still think about “Acception” from time to time. Still. That story slew me.) Put simply: her voice expands our genre; its absence would only diminish it. I am so very glad that she is speaking again.
For my own part, “By the Moon’s Grace” is the first of the pieces I am writing for my PhD and I’m delighted to see it released into the wild in my first year of candidacy. As some of you might know, I’m working with fairy tale narratives in my research and creative work and this novella takes “Little Red Riding Hood” for its jumping off point. There might be wolves.
Each issue of RAF is available to purchase individually or you can take out a subscription for an entire volume (6 issues). It’s well worth the read and if you haven’t come across it before then this issue is obviously the perfect place to start!
Such exciting news! The Table of Contents for Cranky Ladies of History, due to be published by FableCroft next year, has just been officially announced and it is a corker. I am so pleased and proud to have my story, “Mary Mary” — about author, critic, philosopher, and pre-feminist Mary Wollstonescraft — included in the anthology. It’s a very different story to what I’ve written in the past and I suspect I shall pen a brief blog post about it, and about Mary, at some stage in the non-too-distant future, but for now, let’s all just bask in the glow of all these wonderfully cranky ladies of times past:
||A little detail…
||Chinese empress who discovered silk
||Theodora, wife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the first
||Wife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the first
||“For So Great a Misdeed”
|| Hallgerðr Höskuldsdóttir
||“The Company of Women”
||Hildegard of Bingen
||German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath
||Eleanor of Aquitaine
||French queen & mother of dynasty
||Central Asian warrior
||“The lioness and her prey”
||Jeanne de Clisson
||Mary Tudor (Mary I of England)
||Queen of England
||“Look How Cold My Hands Are”
||countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labelled the most prolific female serial killer in history
||“The gift of freedom”
||Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan sometimes known as “The Sea Queen of Connacht”
||Queen of England
||“The Pasha, the girl and the dagger: The story of Nora of Kelmendi”
||Nora of Kelmendi
||English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights.
||Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar, also known as Ranavalona the Cruel
||Queen of Madagascar
||“The dragon, the terror, the sea”
||Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States
||“Another week in the future”
||Miss CH Spence
||Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician and leading suffragist.
||“Due care and attention”
||British-born Australian doctor
||“Cora Crane and The Trouble with Me”
||American businesswoman, nightclub and bordello owner, writer and journalist.
||“A Beautiful Stream”
||French novelist and performer
||“Oodgeroo is Not Yet Your Name”
||Australian poet, political activist, artist and educator.