Alien Tears – Wendy Waring

Appeared in Anywhere But Earth (coeur de lion publishing) Originally from Canada, Wendy has made a home in Australia and her speculative fiction has appeared in Interzone and Tesseracts. She was an alumnus of the 2004 Clarion South workshop. Also…

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Like a Bug Underfoot – Chuck McKenzie

Appeared in Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales (Agog! Press) Chuck McKenzie was born in 1970, and still spends much of his time there. He currently fills multiple roles as a bookseller, reviewer, and zombie obsessive, only one of which pays the…

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The Duchess of Newcastle – Lucy Sussex

Appeared in Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores (DreamHaven Books) Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand in 1957. She has degrees in English and Librarianship from Monash University, and is a freelance researcher, editor and writer. She has published widely,…

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Bats – Jane Routley

This story was inspired by my first visit to Queensland .  As I listened to the fruit bats fighting in the outside in the warm thick Townsville night, I thought about how perfect this sound was for Australian Gothic and wondered…

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Podcast – Simon Petrie

Appeared in Rare Unsigned Copy (Peggy Bright Books) Simon Petrie is a NZ-born research scientist now living in Canberra. His short fiction has appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Aurealis, Kaleidotrope, Murky Depths, Sybil’s Garage, and arguably in the Monthly…

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Father Muerte and The Flesh – Lee Battersby

Appeared in Aurealis Magazine Issue #36 (Chimaera Publications) Lee Battersby is the multi-award winning author of over seventy stories in Australia, the US and Europe, as well as numerous poems, reviews, and ephemera, including a stream of minicomics and comic…

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Black and Bitter, Thanks – Nathan Burrage

Appeared in The Workers’ Paradise (Ticonderoga Press) Nathan Burrage is a Sydney-based writer and author of Fivefold, a mystic thriller drawing on the rich tradition of the Kabbalah. Nathan has published short fiction in a number of Australian speculative fiction…

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The Fear of White – Rjurik Davidson

Appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 7 Rjurik Davidson has written short stories, essays, screenplays and reviews. He has been short-listed for the Ditmar Award for Best Short Story three times, the Aurealis Award once and won the Ditmar award…

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Fleshy – Tansy Rayner Roberts

Appeared in 2012 (Twelfth Planet Press) Tansy Rayner Roberts is a Tasmanian writer of speculative fiction.  Her Creature Court Trilogy is published by HarperVoyager featuring shapechangers and flappers. Tansy is also one of the three voices of the Galactic Suburbia…

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Black Dog – Peter Ball

Appeared in Interfictions II (Interstitial Arts Foundation/ Small Beer Press) Peter M Ball is a Brisbane-based writer whose short fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine and the Interfictions II anthology. He attended Clarion South in 2007 and…

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Flower and Weed – Margo Lanagan

The story is unpublished, but is set in the same world as ‘Sea-Hearts’ novella in X6: a novellanthology  (coeur de lion publishing) and Sea Hearts (Allen and Unwin). Sydney-based writer Margo Langan was predominantly known for writing YA short fiction…

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For Want of a Jesusman – Jason Fischer

Appeared in Aurealis Magazine Issue #42 (Chimaera Publications) Jason Fischer is based in Adelaide, South Australia. He attended Clarion South in 2007, was shortlisted in the 2009 Ditmar Awards for Best New Talent, and is a recent Winner of the…

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Under the Red Sun – Ben Peek

Appeared in Fantasy Magazine Issue #4 (Prime Books) Ben Peek is the author of Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth and Black Sheep. His short fiction has been reprinted in numerous Year’s Best volumes, and have appeared in Overland, Polyphony, Leviathan, Fantasy Magazine, Aurealis,…

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Beast Machine Fableaux – Matthew Chrulew

Appeared in Antennae Issue 9 “Mechanical Animals” Matthew Chrulew’s fiction has been published in Canterbury 2100, Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror, The Worker’s Paradise, ASIF and Aurealis. He is currently writing a cultural and natural history of the mammoth for…

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In The Bookshadow – Marianne De Pierres

Appeared in Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores (DreamHaven Books) Marianne lives in Queensland and is the author of the best-selling Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion series. She also writes humorous crime novels under the pseudonym, Marianne Delacourt. Also in…

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Hush – Deborah Biancotti

Appeared in A Book of Endings (Twelfth Planet Press) Deborah Biancotti’s debut short story collection, A Book of Endings was described as a ‘superb collection of short stories’ by Graham Joyce, with stories The Age calls ‘succinct and powerful’, and…

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Aleph Mem Tav – Miranda Siemienowicz

Appeared in Aurealis #41 (Chimeara Publications) Miranda Siemienowicz is a Melbourne writer of dark literary surrealism. She has had stories and essays published in venues including Overland, Quadrant, Hecate and Island. Her work has been reprinted in The Best Horror…

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A Louder Echo – Brendan Duffy

Appeared in Agog! Terrific Tales (Agog! Press) Brendan Duffy is the Aurealis Awards winner for science fiction short stories in 2003 and 2004, with ‘Louder Echo’ and ‘Come to Daddy’. ‘Louder Echo’ was also selected for Hartwell & Cramer’s Year’s…

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Special Perceptions – Richard Harland

Appeared in At Ease with the Dead (Ash Tree Press) Richard Harland is the author of numerous adult and YA speculative fiction novels, including his steampunk adventure Worldshaker from Allan and Unwin, and countless adult, YA and children’s fantasy, science…

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A Longing for The Dark – Sean Williams

An excerpt from Geodesica: Descent (HarperVoyager) Author website Sean Williams has been described as ‘the premier Australian speculative fiction writer of the age’ and ‘King of Chameleons’ for the diversity of his output.  Forthcoming releases include The Grand Conjunction, a…

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Slow and Ache – Trent Jamieson

Appeared in Aurealis 36 (Chimeara Publications) Trent Jamieson – Brisbane SF writer – has sold over sixty short stories and won the 2005 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story (‘Slow and Ache’), and the 2008 Aurealis Award for…

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Smoking, Waiting for The Dawn – Jason Nahrung

Appeared in Dreaming Again (HarperVoyager) Jason Nahrung grew up on a Queensland cattle property and works as a newspaper journalist in Brisbane. He has travelled widely, both within Australia and internationally, and is a regular attendee at Australian writers conventions.…

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Souls Along The Meridian – Bill Congreve

Appeared in Souls Along the Meridian (Blade Red Press) Bill is an award winning writer, editor, book reviewer and independent publisher (MirrorDanse Books). His collection of vampire stories is called Epiphanies of Blood, and he is the publisher and co-editor…

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Nightship – Kim Westwood

Appeared in Dreaming Again (HarperVoyager) Kim Westwood first came to prominence when her short story ‘The Oracle’ won a 2002 Aurealis Award. Since then‚ more stories have appeared: in anthologies such as Agog!‚ Eidolon I and Dreaming Again‚ as well…

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The Little Demon – Louise Katz

Appeared in  Mystery, Magic, Voodoo and the Holy Grail (HarperCollins) Louise is an award winning speculative fiction writer. Her previously published works include The Other Face of Janus (HarperCollins) a novel for young adults which won the YA Aurealis Award and…

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The Devil in Mr Pussy – Paul Haines

Paul Haines was raised in the '70s, in the wrong part of Auckland, New Zealand. Vowing to never call Australia home, he now lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter, who all successfully navigated the treacherous waters of IVF.…

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