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Bad Ass Australian Shadows Trophy Arrives

A little while ago, the trophy for my 2014 Australian Shadows Award win for Collected Work arrived, and it is totally bad ass!


I haven't named him yet, and I'm not even sure if I will, but he looks great sitting beside me at my writing desk, giving me that glaring scowl as if to say, "Hey, come on, man! Keep those words coming or I'll put a curse on your arse and haunt your dreams."


My collection, Last Year, When We Were Young is still available via Amazon [http://www.amazon.com/Last-Year-When-Were-Young/dp/0992509521] in both print and digital versions. Or, if you're not into the whole online-ordering thing, you should be able to pop into your nearest brick-and-mortar bookstore and get them to order you a copy if they don't have any on the shelf.

Here's what some of the reviewers have been saying:


"A superb collection. Horror with heart; a rare combination that's worth your time, believe me." - Deborah Sheldon
"A great collection from one of Australia's foremost short fiction writers." - Alan Baxter
"His stories are pure magic, staying with you like an echo long after reading." - Kaaron Warren
"Sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying; always clever, always disturbing. Highly entertaining!" - Jonathan Maberry
"A wonderful collection with an amazing variety of tales. This book blew me away." - Matthew Summers (reader)
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Shouldn't You Be Writing? Creativity & the Pressure of Social Media.

Shouldn't you be writing? Maybe you should be. Or maybe, the words aren't coming today and you can't bear another moment staring at a blank page. You need a break from torturing yourself. You need to find creative ideas elsewhere, maybe some reassurance from others? Maybe your best writing time is at night not day, or day not night, or maybe you're on your lunchbreak? Perhaps you're one of those disciplined people who can avoid the lure of social media, and this is the only short break you allow yourself between writing chapters.

Whatever way you look at it, the last thing you want to see in those moments is someone else thinking they're being inspirational, when in fact all they're doing is making people feel guilty and anxious about not doing what *they* think you should be doing.


Writing isn't like that, at least not for everybody. For some, discipline is the key. Wake up, sit at the keyboard, minimum 1,000 words before your second coffee is done. Rinse, repeat. 10,000 words by the end of the day. And don't worry about the quality; you can always fix it in second draft.


I'd love to be able to work like that, but it's just not for me. I've tried, and I just end up anxious, because somedays I just can't produce. And that leads me into a spiral of questioning and doubting myself. I start focussing on "why am I not writing!?" instead of my usual method of just letting the story grow organically in my mind. If I can dispense with all that worry about daily word counts, I find that the story is more willing to show itself. The words come whenever they do, and often in great quantities.


I'm one of those people whose creative mind baulks at any suggestion of you *must* do THIS. Tell me that I have to produce an illustration by 3pm tomorrow, and I'll be more inclined to pick up my guitar and write a song, or those words I've been looking for all week will suddenly spring forth like a gushing oil well. But you know what? By the time I've finished with my guitar, or the words and story have run out, I'll find that illustration there in the back of my mind, fully formed and ready to make the leap into reality.


Whenever I'm stuck on one thing, I shift my creative focus to some other discipline, and that frees up whatever was blocking me.


Creativity is a fickle thing, and I think we all have our methods for coaxing our Muse out of hiding. Long showers, long walks, exercise workouts, tv binges, talking it out with others. Some don't coax their Muse, but drag her kicking and screaming each day to their writing desk. All good, whatever works. But my method may not be the same as yours.


So, when I'm on FB, or Twitter, or Tumblr, it's not always because I'm a lazy, undisciplined slob. Not always. A lot of the time it is because I'm a bit lost with my writing. I'm frustrated and looking for something social that will help free my mind a little, help me relax, let me laugh at a cat pic or two. Only then will the words come.


Which brings me back to those "SHOULDN'T YOU BE WRITING?" memes. They don't help me, and I'm sure there are many others who feel this too. All they do is remind me that YES I SHOULD BE FUCKING WRITING BUT MY BRAIN JUST ISN'T COOPERATING TODAY!


To be honest, they make me feel a little bit shit about myself.


So, all I ask is, before you post those memes, have a think about *why* you're posting it, and *for whom*? Is it meant to be Inspirational, because it is a rather passive aggressive message if it is. Is it for someone in particular? Someone who has asked you to kick their writerly butt every day or two? If so, tag them, so others don't see it as a blanket guilt trip on every writer who isn't currently writing.


But mainly, before you post a meme telling others what they should be doing, maybe you should ask yourself, "SHOULDN'T YOU BE WRITING?"



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Writing Toolbox Guest Post - Gary Kemble

Writing Toolbox Intro: In this ongoing series of guest posts, I've invited a number of other authors to come along and show us what is in their Writing Toolbox, and tell us a little about how they approach the more 'mechanical' aspects of story writing. This week, Australian author Gary Kemble shares the contents of his Writer's Toolbox...
Here’s what’s in my writing toolbox…
MacBook: I envy writers who have their own writing ‘space’, but at the same time I like to be able to write in different locations. I work from home so I do have a desk, but sometimes writing there makes it a bit too much like ‘work’. So sometimes I move to the couch, or the kitchen table, or a local coffee shop. When the kids were smaller I would write while sitting in their room helping them get off to sleep. I write on a Mac because in the olden days Scrivener was only available on OS.
Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php): I used to write in MSWord — just one massive text file. I used to be a ‘pantser’ (writing without planning). After several failed novel-writing attempts I became a planner. Scrivener has helped me make this transition. Scrivener allows me to jot down rough ideas (which become ‘index cards’), move them around, and flesh out the structure. During the early re-write phase, I can easily drag and drop chapters around. Yes, I know this is possible in Word, but it makes more sense to me in Scrivener. There are other bits and pieces that I find useful, such as a place to write a short summary of each chapter, which helps when it comes to writing a full synopsis. There’s also a ‘name generator’, which I like because I hate coming up with names.
MSWord: Once I’ve finished the major structural work, I export to Word. I could probably do this final stage in Scrivener, but for me moving a project to Word signals that I’m done with big changes and from here on in it’s only relatively small changes. I like to see how the MS will look when I submit it to publishers (or my agent these days).
The Internet: This is kinda a no-brainer. Research. Duh!
Books: Again, duh! You need to read to write, which is why I’ve included ‘books’ as part of my toolbox. Also, even though I do a lot of research on the Internet, I still like to buy non-fiction books during the research stage. (I should probably get a library card).
Kobo: This is a very recent addition to my toolbox. This is by no means essential but in terms of research, it’s easier to search an ebook for a particular fact/passage.
Brown noise: I can’t listen to music when I write. I wish I could. But sometimes I need to block out annoying background noise (like, ah, children squabbling for example :D). This site serves up white noise and a bunch of variants, that block out background noise. My fave is brown noise. http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php
Thanks for having me!
Gary Kemble’s debut novel Skin Deep (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25356542-skin-deep) was published by Echo Publishing this year (2015). His short fiction has won awards and been published in anthologies and online. When he’s not writing, he works as a digital/social media consultant. He lives in Scotland with his wife and two kids. http://garykemble.com


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Writing Toolbox Guest Post - James O'Keefe

Writing Toolbox Intro: In this ongoing series of guest posts, I've invited a number of other authors to come along and show us what is in their Writing Toolbox, and tell us a little about how they approach the more 'mechanical' aspects of story writing. This week, South Australian author James O'Keefe shares the contents of his Writer's Toolbox...
My Writing Toolbox consists of quite a few items. In no particular order:
Laptop - I do most of my writing on my laptop which I can carry around the house, sit outside, take away on holiday etc. For most of my writing I use the software called...
Scrivener (www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php) - I’ve heard both pros and cons to using it but since it was only a small investment of US$40 I have found it to be worth the price. I do use this on conjunction with Microsoft Word. Generally I will start with the basic idea, whether it’s the ending, a character, a situation etc, which I will jot down into Word (which I have also installed on my phone). Once the basic idea is there, I snowflake the idea out (although this sometimes depends on the idea, as I do pantser it at times, rather than plotting it out). Once the Snowflake is developed, I open up Scrivener and transfer what I have snowflaked out into Scrivener. The story is broken down into scenes, so as part of the corkboard feature, the snowflake sentence/paragraph is used on the scene header. Once this is down, I start writing. Scrivener does have an Outline feature like Word has, but I haven’t tried it out yet. Once the first draft is done, I can export this to Word and play around in there.
Hemingway (www.hemingwayapp.com) - A great tool that I use here and there for picking up on any adverb usage (happens far less now that I’m more aware of using them) but also picking up on any passive voice passages. I then highlight them in Word and set about to rewriting them so they are active.
When it comes to research, I use Google, Wikipedia and any other source of information I come across. I quite often save these pages to PDF files and then can import them into Scrivener for use later, particularly if there are numerous sources for what I have researched. Having that at a simple click in the software is better than having to print out stacks and stacks of pages for them to be only used a few times.
Headphones and Music - I find that when I am writing, I listen to a lot of music. This will vary and quite often I turn iTunes to random and get end up writing to whatever comes along. Other times I’m in the mood for something specific which adds to the moods of my scenes as I’m writing them.
Coffee - Coffee is great!
Dropbox (www.dropbox.com) - All my work is saved to my Dropbox folder. This is handy when I am working in something in Word, which I can open on my iPhone and work when out and about. This is also helps when I come up with an idea that I put into Word and save to my Dropbox folder to use later when I am back home.
James O'Keefe is an author living in Adelaide. He was a co-facilitator of the Riverland Creative Writing Group until he moved back to Adelaide. He is married with 2 kids, working full time and writing when he has a chance. He dreams of selling that best seller someday. http://jamesokeefewriter.wordpress.com/


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Writing Toolbox Guest Post - Lee Battersby

Writing Toolbox Intro: In this ongoing series of guest posts, I've invited a number of other authors to come along and show us what is in their Writing Toolbox, and tell us a little about how they approach the more 'mechanical' aspects of story writing. This week, West Australian author Lee Battersby shares the contents of his Writer's Toolbox...


Somewhere along the line, I appear to have become terribly old-fashioned. I started out, back in the late 80s, on a second-hand Imperial 80 typewriter, photocopying my stories at the local library for 4 cents a page and keeping my records on index cards in a card file. I didn't buy my first computer until I was in my second year of University—a second-hand Commodore 64 with a word processing program so inept I could only write one page at a time, and had to print that page before I could delete it and write the next page. All my of early short story sales—from 2001 to roughly 2006—were written in long-hand first, then transcribed into my computer as a second draft.
These days, I remain fairly uncomplicated as far as my technical requirements go. I use Word to create my stories, scripts and poetry. I keep my submissions and sales records on Excel spreadsheets. I save all my work to a funky 4GB Darth Vader thumb drive that's about to run out of space and a 1TB portable hard drive that also holds all my music, movies, photos and Real Life ™ faderal. If I'm feeling particulary funky, I will listen to my iPod or iTunes through a pair of bog-standard came-with-the-iPod earphones. And I type it all on a 5 year-old, bottom of the range Sony Vaio lap-top which sits on the kitchen table. If I need to research something I use Google, or take a fine-minute run to my local library. The only computer games I'm any good at are Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, too.
What it comes down to, I guess, is that I want my technology to be simple because anything too complicated gets between me and the work. Now get off my lawn!
Lee Battersby is the author of The Corpse-Rat King (2012) and Marching Dead (2013) from Angry Robot Books as well as the collection Through Soft Air (2006) and more than 70 stories hither, thither and yon, with publications in Australia, the US, and Europe. He lives in Western Australia with his wife, writer Lyn Battersby, a brood of kids, and a niggling sense of doom. http://battersblog.blogspot.com.au/





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Writing Toolbox Guest Post - Tarran Jones

Writing Toolbox Intro: This week, South Australian author and bookseller shares the contents of her Writer's Toolbox...


Every writer needs tools to help them on their journey of creation.  For some, it can be a pen and paper. For others it is lucky socks, music, programs, you name it – it’s been used. For me, the tools in my toolkit are:



I need quiet to write. When I was younger I used to be able to have the TV on and listen to music. Now, I need to have silence or my flow gets distracted and I can’t concentrate. Saying that, music helps me focus on plotting when I am not actually writing. The turn of a phrase or the sound of a haunting tune will get me into writing mode. I just have to turn it off when it comes to putting words down.


WPS OFFICE SUITE (Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheets) –  http://wps.com/

I write mainly on my tablet and I have gone through many writing suites trying to find one that won’t corrupt or screw with my formatting too much when I convert it to Microsoft Word on my laptop. This writing suite is fantastic so far. I only get minimal formatting issues and it lets me review, edit, save, view, everything that Word does.  It also jumps me to the spot I left off at so I don’t have to forever scroll to find my last chapter. 



This app/program is a must have for all writers. It is a free program that lets you make notes. Now you might say why should I care about that? There are many apps and programs that do that. I would say to you, Evernote is different as the program then give you many different options on what to do with your notes. You can share them, sync them between devices (which is what I do as I work mainly on the tablet.) You can have many different note books going at once. For example, I have a writing notebook, a cooking notebook, a gardening notebook and a craft notebook and they are all kept separate.  You can make webcam notes, ink notes, copy and paste. You can print, save, import and export your notes. It is the best tool!



I would classify this program as the most important. 

Every writer knows that backing up and saving your work is crucial. We have all had those moments when you have lost hours of work because of hardware failure of some kind. If you use Dropbox, then fingers crossed you won’t experience that again. Dropbox lets you save to the cloud and you can access your files from any computer as long as you have internet access. It is free to use, but you can also pay for premium and that gives you more options. You simply save your files on your computer, then once that is done you can access them on your phone/tablet . Everything that’s in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices.  You can mark files for offline use as well. How handy is that!



I love my baby name books. I write fantasy and sometimes you need an unusual name.



All fiction is based on fact. Google can be our friend, when we research say what makes a town a town, not a village? What types of pubs are there? How do you mine limestone? Etc.. do not be afraid of research.  



I always carry a pen and paper around with me for those occasions that inspiration strikes. I love to draw maps and jot down ideas when I am having a quiet moment. 


Lastly you can’t forget the chocolate, coffee and tea you must consume to keep your energy up. Many people would argue that this last one is the most important item in your tool kit!


I hope you have enjoyed your glimpse into my writer’s toolkit 



Part 1 - 5 Useful Tools for Writers

Part 2 - Guest Post: Alan Baxter

Part 3 - Guest Post: Greg Chapman


Tarran Jones - Biography

Tarran Jones works at Collins Booksellers Edwardstown. She lives in Adelaide, Australia with her partner and young daughter. Tarran has been in the book industry selling other people’s books for over 10 years now and thought it was about time she started thinking about her own. She has finished her first novel 'Stones of Power’ which is due out in 2016 with Satalyte Publishing and is now writing the second.  Her short story ‘All That Glitters’ (a re-telling of ‘The Girl With No Hands’) is published in the ‘Twice Upon a Time Anthology’ by Bearded Scribe Press.  

Tarran has previously written articles, reviews and blog posts for her bookstore’s blog and has written a great many short stories and one unpublished novella.  She has had three short stories published online and was a finalist in the Australian Literature Review short story competition for one of her works. She loves writing all kinds of spec fiction and thinks that it fires up the imagination. Gardening is one of Tarran’s passions and when she isn’t writing she can be found out in the vegetable garden, talking to the plants. WEBSITE: https://taliesin13.wordpress.com/



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Writing Toolbox Guest Post - Greg Chapman

Writing Toolbox Intro: Last week, my Writing Toolbox - 5 Useful Tools for Writers post gained a bit of interest on social media from fellow writers. Discussions were started, and it was soon obvious how different everyone's writing methods were. So, I've invited a number of other authors to come along and show us what is in their Writing Toolbox, and tell us a little about how they approach the more 'mechanical' aspects of story writing. This week, author and illustrator Greg Chapman opens up his toolbox for all to see...


I’m one of those old school writers who prefers to write on paper (in longhand!) so very rarely do I write a story straight into a PC from the beginning. But when I do I write to PC I keep it very, very simple.
Microsoft Word: Recently my laptop’s charger socket came loose and no longer holds charge, so I’ve resorted to using my old laptop which has Widows XP on it (yeah, yeah, but like I said… old school). But there is one benefit to this. There are no distractions like the Internet to hold me back so I made quite a lot of progress on my novel over the past month and got the first draft completed ahead of schedule. Word is Word and I just love it.
Backing up stories involves me saving a copy on my computer, a copy to a USB, emailing it to my hotmail and gmail accounts and saving it to One Drive (via hotmail). One can never have enough back-ups. ?
Another thing is that I don’t use a lot of apps or programs to keep track of my writing progress, so I thought instead I’d talk about some of the websites I refer to when I want to get the creative juices flowing.
Online Etymology Dictionary (OED) www.etymonline.com : Reference books and websites, especially obscure ones are usually my first point of call when an idea comes to mind for a story, but sometimes a single word can be enough to plant a seed. The OED website is fantastic when you’re looking for a word and the site offers you not only the origin of the word, but its family tree. I find the meanings of words utterly fascinating. My novella The Noctuary got its title from this site.
Phrontistery www.phrontistery.info : Similar to the OED but with words that are even more obscure. 
Onelook Reverse Dictionary www.onelook.com : This is a cool website that allows you to enter a phrase or a concept and gives you a whole bunch of words to match it. Handy for titles but it can open many doors to potential stories and themes. I also have a Reader’s Digest hard copy of a Reverse Dictionary on my shelf.
Random House Word Menu by Stephen Glazier: This is a great book that is like a dictionary that puts words in order of subject rather than alphabetically. It’s been on my shelf since 1999 and I refer to it often.
I hope you find some of this useful. All these sites and volumes help me with the writing process particularly at the very early stages of generating ideas. Thanks to these sites I can attest that I’ve never suffered from writer’s block. If you do find trouble getting started I recommend you try any of the above and see where they take you!
Greg Chapman is an emerging horror author and artist from Queensland, Australia. He is the author of four novellas, "Torment", "The Noctuary" (Damnation Books, 2011), "Vaudeville" (Dark Prints Press, 2012) and "The Last Night of October" (Bad Moon Books, 2013). His debut collection, "Vaudeville and Other Nightmares", was published by Black Beacon Books in September, 2014. Greg is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel "Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times", written by Bram Stoker Award winning authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton was published in 2012. Website: http://darkscrybe.com/
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Writing Toolbox Guest Post - Alan Baxter

Writing Toolbox Intro: Last week, my Writing Toolbox - 5 Useful Tools for Writers post gained a bit of interest on social media from fellow writers. Discussions were started, and it was soon obvious how different everyone's writing methods were. So, I've invited a number of other authors to come along and show us what is in their Writing Toolbox, and tell us a little about how they approach the more 'mechanical' aspects of story writing. First up, dark-fiction authdog-lover and Kung Fu master, Alan Baxter opens up his toolbox for all to see...


Andrew asked me if I’d be interested in a guest post on my personal writer’s toolbox. I thought it was a pretty fascinating idea, so I was happy to get involved. I like to keep my toolbox very simple. I’ve tried a variety of more complicated things, but never got on with them. For example, I tried Scrivener and hated it with a passion.


Really, my toolbox contains two things:


MS Word



It’s fair to add one other thing to that:


The Internet


I use the net for research, obviously, as well as keeping abreast of current markets and all that stuff. But for the actual writing, I have my laptop and MS-Word, and that’s it. Everything is saved in Dropbox, which means it saves locally on my hard drive, but is also instantly uploaded to the cloud as well. And, because I’m really paranoid about losing work, I also email new manuscripts to myself and backup regularly to an external hard drive. Even so, one EMP and I’m fucked. I keep meaning to get books printed of all my stories, just for my own hard copies, to be old school safe. I did it once and have a hardback book from Lulu with everything in it up to about 2012 or so. One day I’ll get around to doing that again and get all my recent stuff saved too. Maybe I should do a book for each year of publication or something… But I digress.


So my toolbox is really just MS-Word. Not only the main manuscript, but all my notes and timelines are separate Word docs in the same file. I do quite often use an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of novel timelines, especially as there tend to be two or three main story threads in novel length work, so I have a column for each.


I’ve also sometimes used my iPad and the Docs To Go app for writing on the run when I’m away from home on holidays or at conventions and so on, and I have that synced with Dropbox too.


Everything else is peripheral. I often use the notepad app and the voice memo app on my phone when I’m out and about or sitting on the couch ruminating. I’ll also send myself an email with ideas written down that way. But then I transcribe all those into Word docs saved to Dropbox as soon as I’m back at my desk. Similarly, I do a lot of mind-noodling with an old-fashioned notepad and pen, then transcribe that ASAP too.


That’s what works for me – uncluttered simplicity. Me, a blank page and my fevered brainmeats. Then I let it all ooze out.



Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog and cat. He’s the award-winning author of six novels and over sixty short stories and novellas. So far. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – www.warriorscribe.com – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.

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Writing Toolbox - 5 Useful Tools for Writers

Seems that over the years I've settled on a suite of 5 essential writing/research tools that work for me. Apart from internet access for searches, they appear to be all I need. Every other program I've tried has fallen by the wayside, but these are the ones that remain, the ones I find essential to crafting any of my written work.

  1. LibreOffice Writer - my main writing tool. Been using it since it was StarOffice, then OpenOffice, but the new LibreOffice v5 is the best yet and I'm yet to find a single compatibility issue between this version and MSOffice. [https://www.libreoffice.org/]
  2. Evernote - the perfect research/web-clipping tool. A different notebook for each story or story idea; nested notebooks inside for plot, characters, and just about anything else I choose to chuck in the mind-mill. The browser plug-in, which allows you to clip web-pages and articles directly into your notes, makes research gathering a breeze. And smartphone connectivity (android/iphone) and cloud based saving allows me to gather research anywhere (notes, photos) and have them saved straight to Evernote, ready for when I get home to my PC to start writing. [https://evernote.com/]
  3. Dropbox - I have a Writing folder on Dropbox and everything gets saved there. As well as maintaining synchronised local copies, Dropbox ensures I'll always have back-ups and access from anywhere. In-browser editing modes and version control make it indispensable for me. [https://www.dropbox.com/]
  4. Xmind - a great open source mind-mapping tool for brainstorming and plotting, Very flexible in how it can be used, and it also can export straight to both Evernote and Dropbox. [https://www.xmind.net/]
  5. GRAMPS - a free genealogy application for creating family trees. I find it really useful for keeping track of characters, especially when dealing with 'Families' and lineage. [https://gramps-project.org/]

So, that's inside my Writing Toolbox. What tools or apps are your favourites?

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NEWS: Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014

"Daddy keeps Momma chained up in the barn out back. Far enough away that visitors wont hear her moanin and screamin. Close enough so we can check on her a coupla times a day." - from A Prayer for Lazarus


Ticonderoga Publications have announced the final line-up and cover for the 5th edition of The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror.


I am especially pleased that editors Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb have chosen my story "A Prayer for Lazarus" (originally printed in my short story collection Last Year, When We Were Young) for inclusion alongside so many fantastic authors from Australia and New Zealand.


"A Prayer for Lazarus" is a previously unpublished tale, written especially for the collection. I'm immensely proud of it, as an author, because it is so grammatically experimental. If ever there was a story that not only breaks the rules, but downright ignores they exist at all, this is the one. It is also one of only two stories I've written that didn't have to go through the usual editorial acceptance route. It was never sent out and rejected, and as such I feel it is untried. To have it accepted for the YBAF&H, is a great feeling for me... like the experiment, the risk of writing such an unusual tale, was all worth the effort.


Here is the anthology's full list of stories and authors: 

  • Alan Baxter, “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” [Suspended in Dusk]
  • James Bradley, “The Changeling” [Fearsome Magics]
  • Imogen Cassidy, “Soul Partner” [Aurealis 74]
  • David Conyers & David Kernot, “The Bullet & The Flesh” [World War Cthulhu]
  • Terry Dowling, “The Corpse Rose” [Nightmare Carnival]
  • Thoraiya Dyer, “The Oud” [Long Hidden Anthology]
  • Jason Franks, “Metempsychosis” [SQ Mag]
  • Michelle Goldsmith, “Of Gold and Dust” [Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 60]
  • Michael Grey, “1884” [Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft]
  • Stephanie Gunn, “Escapement” [Kisses by Clockwork]
  • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Vox” [The Female Factory]
  • Gerry Huntman, “Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips” [Night Terrors III]
  • Rick Kennett, “Dolls for Another Day” [The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2]
  • Charlotte Kieft, “Chiaroscuro” [Disquiet]
  • SG Larner, “Kneaded” [Phantazein]
  • Claire McKenna, “Yard” [Use Only As Directed]
  • Andrew J. McKiernan, “A Prayer for Lazarus” [Last Year, When We Were Young]
  • Faith Mudge, “Signature” [Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi]
  • Jason Nahrung, “The Preservation Society” [Dimension6]
  • Emma Osbourne, “The Box Wife” [Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9]
  • Angela Rega, “Shedding Skin” [Crossed Genres]
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Love Letters of Swans” [Phantazein]
  • Angela Slatter, “The Badger Bride” [Strange Tales IV]
  • Cat Sparks, “New Chronicles of Andras Thorn” [Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014]
  • Anna Tambour, “The Walking-stick Forest” [Tor.com]
  • Kyla Ward, “Necromancy” [Spectral Realms #1]
  • Kaaron Warren, “Bridge of Sighs” [Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror]
  • Janeen Webb, “Lady of the Swamp” [Death at the Blue Elephant]

In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2014 and a list of highly recommended stories.

Here's where you can pre-order a copy before its October release: http://ticonderogapublications.com/web/index.php/years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror/volume-5-2014/387-year-s-best-for-2014-contents-announced

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