Caution: Contains Small Parts – A Cover and a Launch!

Caution Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermottVery exciting news today! My Twelve Planets collection is finally done, dusted and off to the printers. It’s called Caution: Contains Small Parts and will feature two short stories and two novellas. As she has done with the rest of the series, Amanda Rainey has produced a brilliant cover that manages to capture the feel of the whole collection, while specifically illustrating the titular story. I love it so much!

The collection will be launched at Continuum 9 in Melbourne, so if you’ll be at the convention, please come along and help me celebrate :

When: 6pm – Sunday, 9 June 2013

Where: Continuum 9 @ Ether – lower level, 285 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne (check con program for the room)

Naturally, if you can’t make it to the launch, you can always purchase the book direct from Twelfth Planet Press. It’s available right now for individual pre-order or as part of the Twelve Planets subscription. I cannot recommend this series more highly and am delighted to note that Kaaron Warren and Margo Lanagan both just won Aurealis Awards for stories in their particular volumes.

As part of the lead up to the launch, I’m planning a series of “Story Notes” type posts in which I’ll talk about each of the four pieces in the collection. These will mostly focus on the background to the stories, with anecdotal discussion of inspiration, process, and so on — no actual spoilers, I promise!  They’ll go up every few days over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

Caution: Contains Small Parts is an intimate, unsettling collection from award-winning author Kirstyn McDermott.

A creepy wooden dog that refuses to play dead.

A gifted crisis counsellor and the mysterious, melancholy girl she cannot seem to reach.

A once-successful fantasy author whose life has become a horror story – now with added unicorns.

An isolated woman whose obsession with sex dolls takes a harrowing, unexpected turn.

Four stories that will haunt you long after their final pages are turned.



Madigan Mine: the book launch that was

The book launch for Madigan Mine on Monday night when exceedingly well. Lots of lovely people came along to the Carlton library and ate yummy food and drank yummy wine (or orange juice) and had a wonderful time. The brilliant and erudite Lucy Sussex gave a introduction which included a neat timeline of the Gothic in Australian literature, as well as some very nice things about yours truly:

Kirstyn has easily and gracefully moved from short story to novel form with Madigan Mine. It’s a very Melbourne story, and also a very Gothic story — being about Goths, but also about a truism of human nature, that being drawn to the dark side can lead us to some very banal evils. A love story, which turns into a hate story. Strongly characterised, intensely and skillfully narrated, and lastly beautifully written. Here’s my favourite line from the novel: “The past is a poisonous place and I’m not going to live in it any longer.”

Thanks so much, Lucy. Thanks also go to Theary and the staff at Carlton Library for having us, as well as the delightful crew from PanMacmillan (Debra, Meagan, Corey and Kate) who came to fly the flag on the night, Justin Ackroyd of Slow Glass Books for purveying of books, Tiger Lily cafe for catering, and of course, to everyone who came along to help me celebrate, as well as those who sent their regrets but very best wishes.

I talked to a lot of people, but didn’t get to meet everyone who came, for which I do apologise. Thank you, thank you all for coming. I also signed a lot of books . . . and for my appalling handwriting and wildly differing signatures, I also must apologise. 🙂 My beloved, Jason Nahrung, wandered around with a camera:

Lucy Sussex

Lucy Sussex waxing lyrical

Justin Ackroyd

Justin Ackroyd ... bookseller extraordinaire


The lovely people from PanMacmillan ... Debra, Meagan, Corey (who designed Madigan Mine's amazing cover) and Kate.

Kirstyn McDermott


Kirstyn McDermott

My favourite purple pen!

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Rowena ... all the way from Brisbane!

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Ori and Ian, two of my oldest friends

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Ian, Ori and . . . iPad!!

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Myself and Julia

Madigan Mine Book Launch

An ebullient Rachel

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Blurry Elizabeth, sharper Steve 🙂

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Sarah and Talie

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Paul Collins and Jane Routley

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Ellen and Tracie

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Tracie, Paul and Miranda

Madigan Mine Book Launch

Listening attentively ...

Madigan Mine Book Launch

... and general milling about

Kirstyn McDermott

Tired but exceedingly happy!

Madigan Mine Book Launch!

Madigan Mine

So I’m having a small party for this little book of mine which has just been released into the wild today. Yes, I am doing a happy dance as I type. No, it isn’t easy.

Details of the launch as follows:

Date:  Monday, 2nd August 2010

Time:  7.00pm – 8.30pm

Where:  Carlton Library
667 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

The brilliant and ever-gracious Lucy Sussex will be launching Madigan Mine and I might possibly do a (very) short reading.  Scrumptious snacks and beverages will be provided and much merriment will be had by all.*

Justin Ackroyd of Slow Glass Books will be selling copies on the night for a special cash-only price of $30 (the regular RRP of $32.99 will apply to credit card purchases). If you happen to acquire the book before the launch and wish me to sign it — bless your little cotton socks! — then please do bring it along. I’ll be more than happy to scribble on anything you put in front of me.

Naturally, you don’t have to bring or buy a book at all. This launch is simply a celebration of a novel I’m very proud of having written, and even prouder of having published, and I’d love to have a whole bunch of awesome folks along to share it with me. So, make a note of the date and spread the world. Everyone is welcome!

While not absolutely required, RSVPs will be appreciated. If you’re on Facebook you can RSVP here.  Otherwise, simply contact me by email.

* Further merriment may possibly be had by following me to the Kent Hotel across the road after the launch.