It’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)
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)
I am so delighted to announce that my short story, “Frostbitten”, has been selected for the second volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, edited by Talie Helene and Liz Gryzb, and published by Ticonderoga Publications. It was the only piece of short fiction I published in 2011 so I feel very honoured to have it included, even more so because I judged the Aurealis Awards for horror last year so I know precisely what a strong field there was to choose from in that genre. There are some truly excellent stories in this volume — including one by a certain Mr Jason Nahrung with whom I have more than a passing familiarity 😉 — and I’m looking forward to delving into the handful from the fantasy end of the spectrum that I haven’t yet had a chance to read.
The anthology is due to be published in July 2012, but you can pre-order your copy right now. Feast your eyes on the following ToC, then just try to resist its darkly fantastical charms:
- Peter M Ball “Briar Day” (Moonlight Tuber)
- Lee Battersby “Europe After The Rain” (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press)
- Deborah Biancotti “Bad Power” (Bad Power, Twelfth Planet Press)
- Jenny Blackford “The Head in the Goatskin Bag” (Kaleidotrope)
- Simon Brown “Thin Air” (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications)
- David Conyers and David Kernot “Winds Of Nzambi” (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA)
- Stephen Dedman “More Matter, Less Art” (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA)
- Sara Douglass & Angela Slatter “The Hall of Lost Footsteps” (The Hall of Lost Footsteps, Ticonderoga Publications)
- Felicity Dowker “Berries & Incense” (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications)
- Terry Dowling “Dark Me, Night You” (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA)
- Jason Fischer “Hunting Rufus” (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA)
- Christopher Green “Letters Of Love From The Once And Newly Dead” (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA)
- Paul Haines “The Past Is A Bridge Best Left Burnt” (The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Brimstone Press)
- Lisa L Hannett “Forever, Miss Tapekwa County” (Bluegrass Symphony, Ticonderoga Publications)
- Richard Harland “At The Top Of The Stairs” (Shadows and Tall Trees #2, Undertow Publications)
- John Harwood “Face To Face” (Ghosts by Gaslight, HarperCollins)
- Pete Kempshall “Someone Else To Play With” (Beauty Has Her Way, Dark Quest Books)
- Jo Langdon “Heaven” (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press)
- Maxine McArthur “The Soul of the Machine” (Winds of Change, CSFG)
- Ian McHugh “The Wishwriter’s Wife” (Daily Science Fiction)
- Andrew J McKiernan “Love Death” (Aurealis #45, Chimaera Publications)
- Kirstyn McDermott “Frostbitten” (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications)
- Margaret Mahy “Wolf Night” (The Wilful Eye – Tales From the Tower #1, Allen & Unwin)
- Anne Mok “Interview with the Jiangshi” (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications)
- Jason Nahrung “Wraiths” (Winds of Change, CSFG)
- Anthony Panegyres “Reading Coffee” (Overland, OL Society)
- Tansy Rayner Roberts “The Patrician” (Love and Romanpunk, Twelfth Planet Press)
- Angela Rega “Love In the Atacama or the Poetry of Fleas” (Crossed Genres, CGP)
- Angela Slatter “The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter” (A Book of Horrors, Jo Fletcher Books)
- Lucy Sussex “Thief of Lives” (Thief of Lies, Twelfth Planet Press)
- Kyla Ward “The Kite” (The Land of Bad Dreams, P’rea Press)
- Kaaron Warren “All You Can Do Is Breathe” (Blood and Other Cravings, Tor)
More Scary Kisses, the paranormal romance anthology edited by Liz Gryzb and published by Ticonderoga is now available in a Kindle edition. For only US$4.99! It contains a short story of mine called “Frostbitten” — which is definitely more scary than kissy — among a stellar line up of new work by Australian authors, including Felicity Dowker, Nicole R. Murphy and Martin Livings.
Vampires and fairies, werwolves and wizards, oh my!
So if you don’t already have the very pretty paperback — or if you also like to grab a handy e-book edition — head on over to Amazon now.
Ticonderoga Publications has just announced the contents for its inaugural volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
Edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, the anthology weighs in at a mighty 150,000 words and collects 33 of the best stories published last year — and I’m very pleased to report that my own “She Said” has been selected to appear within its pages. It will also include a review of 2010 and a list of recommended works.
In alphabetical order of the author, the stories to be included are as follows:
RJ Astruc: “Johnny and Babushka”
Peter M Ball: “L’esprit de L’escalier”
Alan Baxter: “The King’s Accord”
Jenny Blackford: “Mirror”
Gitte Christensen: “A Sweet Story”
Matthew Chrulew: “Schubert By Candlelight”
Bill Congreve: “Ghia Likes Food”
Rjurik Davidson: “Lovers In Caeli-Amur”
Felicity Dowker: “After the Jump”
Dale Elvy: “Night Shift”
Jason Fischer: “The School Bus”
Dirk Flinthart: “Walker”
Bob Franklin: “Children’s Story”
Christopher Green: “Where We Go To Be Made Lighter”
Paul Haines: “High Tide At Hot Water Beach”
Lisa L. Hannett: “Soil From My Fingers”
Stephen Irwin: “Hive”
Gary Kemble: “Feast Or Famine”
Pete Kempshall: “Brave Face”
Tessa Kum: “Acception”
Martin Livings: “Home”
Maxine McArthur: “A Pearling Tale”
Kirstyn McDermott: “She Said”
Andrew McKiernan: “The Memory Of Water”
Ben Peek: “White Crocodile Jazz”
Simon Petrie: “Dark Rendezvous”
Lezli Robyn: “Anne-droid of Green Gables”
Angela Rega: “Slow Cookin’ ”
Angela Slatter: “The Bone Mother”
Angela Slatter & Lisa L Hannett: “The February Dragon”
Grant Stone: “Wood”
Kaaron Warren: “That Girl”
Janeen Webb: “Manifest Destiny”
The Year’s Best is due for release in June 2011 and is available for pre-order here. Look at that TOC! Look at that gorgeous cover! Go on, you know you want it!
There’s a very nice review of the More Scary Kisses anthology, edited by Liz Grzyb, over at Publisher’s Weekly:
Talent shines in this beguiling collection of 17 paranormal romance stories from Down Under, many of which are more haunting and humorous than scary. Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice takes a turn as a barbaric demon slayer in Fraser Sherman’s “The Sword of Darcy,” while a sugar-crazed cherub does his best to reunite two lovers in Nicole R. Murphy’s “The Protector’s Last Mission.” A telepathic tentacle monster reluctantly wedded to a human woman finds a way toward happy-ever-after in Liz Coley’s “Marriage of Convenience.” On the creepier end, both Felicity Dowker’s “Berries and Incense” and Kirstyn McDermott’s “Frostbitten” will leave readers with chills. Martin Livings and Talie Helene close the anthology with “The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker,” a brilliantly hypnotizing and heartwarming tale. Readers will be delighted by this introduction to some of Australia’s best paranormal romance writers.
Look! Creepy! Chills! 🙂
Publisher’s Weekly also reviews Dead Red Heart, a second anthology forthcoming from Ticonderoga Publications. Both books will be launched at SwanCon this Easter so, if you’re coming to the convention, please drop by and say hello.
I’m locked in the bunker trying to get my second novel finished over the next couple of months, but the release of this cover from More Scary Kisses was too beautiful not to post. Not only do I have a short story in the forthcoming anthology but so does my beloved husband, Jason Nahrung. Our first shard TOC . . . all together now: aaawww!
More Scary Kisses is edited by Liz Grzyb and will be published in April 2011 by Ticonderoga Publications, with a launch at SwanCon 29. The full Table of Contents are as follows:
Heather Albano – “The Dark Season”
Annette Backshall – “Hunting Rabbits”
Liz Coley – “Marriage of Convenience”
Dayle A. Dermatis – “Matchmaker”
Roxanne Dent – “Miss Luella’s Magic Shop”
Felicity Dowker – “Berries & Incense”
Donna Maree Hanson – “Phantom Love”
Martin Livings & Talie Helene – “The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker”
Kirstyn McDermott – “Frostbitten”
Nicole R. Murphy – “The Protector’s Last Mission”
Jason Nahrung – “Resurrection in Red”
Amanda Pillar – “Philomena and the Blond God”
Carol Ryles – “Snake Charmer”
Fraser Sherman – “Sword of Darcy”
Eric Steele – “3am”
Frank Summers – “Dances with Werewolves”
DC White – “The Dark Night of Anton Weiss”
Right. Back to the bunker then.
. . . as a handful of notable events that have happened over the past month. Old news, most likely, but I still like to keep a record of such things here if only for my own edification.
The 2010 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention, NatCon-Dudcon III, on 3rd September (the Friday night of WorldCon). It was a pleasure to see a whole bunch of very deserving people take home a shiny trophy. The full list of winners and nominees are on the Locus Website. It makes for a very fine reading/viewing list indeed!
The 2010 Hugo Awards were also announced at WorldCon, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, 5th September. Australian author and gentleman Garth Nix did a superb job as Master of Ceremonies, and the entire event was streamed live and now can be viewed online. The full list of winners and nominees are on the AussieCon4 website — congratulations to everyone!
Ticonderoga Publications have announced the first in an ongoing annual series of Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, to be edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene. Hopefully, this series will fill a void left by the untimely end of the Brimstone Press “best of” collection, Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror, while expanding the boundaries into other areas of the fantasy genre. The first volume will cover stories published in 2010, and will be published in June 2011. Full submission guidelines can be found here.
Finally, I’m extremely excited to learn that Ticonderoga will also be publishing Adelaide author Lisa Hannett’s debut short story collection in July 2011. Bluegrass Symphony promises us cowboys and fallow fields, shapeshifters and rednecks, superstitions and realities in harsh prairie country — and a whole bunch of other things thrown in the mix. Lisa is a brilliant writer and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!