Incorporeal, Specul8 Special Halloween Issue, October 2018
Follow me into the Victorian Sewers and lets follow Jack, the pauper son of a resurrectionist (body snatcher) and his friend, Edwin, son of Paracelsus Physician. What are these two up to in the worse area of the sewers? What will we find there? Treasure? Death? Come with me, come dear one... we are waiting.
Like the Cane Toad, Idiom 23, Annual Issue #27
Tropical Gothic is a strange genre to write. Hot weather, glorious sunny days... what can go wrong? Set in Central Queensland during WW2, Like the Cane Toad explores the racial relationships of the era, the hardship of war and the unpredictability of the land, all seen from the perspective of a young teenage girl.
Pay a visit to Laurence, a 16 year old tragically killed somewhere in Barcaldine. Her loving family built her a gigantic Immortelle as a tombstone (an Immortelle is a flower arrangement made of porcelain flowers, encased in glass domes). Have a look at what death looks like in the tropics in Till Death Do us Part - again, at Barcaldine's cemetery.
Where's Holmes? An Absent Sherlock Anthology
In 1887, Arthur Conan Doyle first published A Study in Scarlet in the 27th issue of Beeton’s Christmas Annual, a popular London magazine which had entertained 19th century readers for well over two decades. Yet this particular issue would introduce the world to something entirely new, a literary icon who would move on to become the greatest
fictional character in modern history. Holmes certainly casts a great shadow, and what would we ever do without him? That is precisely the question this collection dares to ask. We have challenged nine exciting Australian authors to take up the daunting task of writing a Sherlock story, where the great man himself is conspicuously absent. The resulting work has been utterly fascinating, and we have found that even in his absence Sherlock Holmes is still a force to be reckoned with. As the man himself would often say, “The game is afoot!”
A Handful of Notes, published as part of Where's Holmes
A long short-story set in Victorian era, sees Mrs Hudson (Sherlock Holmes's landlady) travelling to Australia to rescue her niece, daughter of her estranged brother. Walk with her through a very wild country, where danger is in every corner and there's no escaping murder and intrigue. A little bit Gothic, very Victorian, and a lot of Speculative Fiction and Horror thrown into the mix, this story will keep you guessing "Who done it?" until the last page!
The Red Tides, Specul8 - Issue # 2
The Red Tides was published in issue # 2 of Specul8, and received the Editor's Choice Highly Commended Award. If you'd like to know more, please visit the Biography page.
Set in Argentina in 1976, during the dirty war, we find two people, Daniel and Patricia, running away from a demonstration against the government that's gone seriously wrong. When they thing they're finally on the clear, they're detained and kidnap by government officials dressed as civilians... and that's the last time either of them is seen, alive or dead.
A real horror story at its core (based on true events) is Speculative Fiction at its best.
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