Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder

image from Dark Imaginings at Melbourne Uni
 
What a wonderful title for an exhibition — how can you resist? For the University of Melbourne has prepared just such a show, running 1 March to 31 July.

It features artists, body snatchers, and some of the renowned writers and poets, and trick photography and magic lantern slides to get a little ghosty.

As well as wonderful art, there will also be some events, such as a curator’s talk, a workshop on writing horror/Gothic with Dmetri Kakmi (he knows his stuff, people!), lectures by Mary Luckhurst and Ken Gelder (on vampires!), and an “in conversation”.

This last item includes Kirstyn McDermott, Michelle Goldsmith, Narrelle Harris and yours truly, hosted by Louise Swinn (of Sleepers Publishing and Stella Prize fame, amongst other things).

We’ll be yarning about speculative fiction noon-1pm on 14 June at the uni’s Parkville campus: details and bookings here.

All events are free but bookings are required. More here on Dark Imaginings.
 

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We have launch: Shadows on the Wall by Steven Paulsen

Steve Paulsen launches his collection Shadows on the Wall

Steve and Kirstyn


 
Kirstyn and I were stoked to be asked to launch Steve Paulsen‘s Shadows on the Wall, a collection of 14 spooky, at times extremely poignant, occasionally funny short stories penned over the past 30 years.

The launch was held yesterday at the Printers Room, the new home of Words Out Loud in Ballarat, and what a splendid venue it is. It was an excellent launch, with an eager and appreciative audience helping to celebrate the milestone. (Steve had a Melbourne launch earlier in the week, shared with IFWG stablemate and fellow good guy Jason Franks.)

The picture above is of Kirstyn and Steve chatting about the book and his career to date: very gratifying to hear he has more tales on the drawing board, and one might just be set in Ballarat!

Find out more about the book, and where to snaffle a copy, at Steve’s website.
 

Ecopunk! The end of the world as we know it

Ecopunk anthologyTiconderoga Publications brought this rather splendid volume out this year — 19 tales of how we might adapt to climate change. It’s an important topic, and given I’ve spent the best of three years studying it for my (ongoing) PhD, one that’s close to my heart. So I’m doubly chuffed to have a story in this, one written as part of my PhD project. I talk about it over at the Ticonderoga site — please do check out the book should you visit (it’s colourful, would look grand under the Xmas tree, eh!). There are some damn good writers there, collected by editors Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks.

2018 Calendar of Australian Literary Events

calendarOh my, it’s almost December! That means it’s time to cram in the last literary events of the year, take a breather (and maybe do some reading) over the festive month, and then get back into it for the new year. Yep, it’s time to cast ahead to 2018 and get those highlighters out — it’s looking like a big one. So here is the 2018 calendar of Australian literary events!

And if you’re still at a loose end for what remains of this year, you can still check out this year’s calendar. There are events in Wollongong, Brissie and the Clare Valley to finish off the year.

As always, updates, notifications and corrections are appreciated!

Late SF additions to the calendar

Sean Williams,  a guest at WestWordsFest

Sean Williams, a guest at WestWordsFest

Two events on this weekend in NSW have just been added to the 2017 literary events calendar.

Both running September 15 to 17, they are: WestWordsFest in Dubbo, and Sorcery to Spaceships in Armidale. Both look fab!

  • I’m always keen to hear about literary festivals to add to the calendar, in whatever genre. Drop me a line if it’s not already listed!
  • Mythomorphosis: tales of paranormal Brisbane

    years best australian fantasy and horrorBack in 2015, SQ Mag published my story “Night Blooming”. It featured Shane Hall, a homicide detective, and Manasa Chalmers, a corporate security operative from India, united by happenstance and searching for a lost teenager.

    There were a couple of points of difference to the typical buddy cop story, firstly in that Brisbane, as with the rest of the world, is experiencing “mythomorphosis”, in which people are transforming into mythical creatures, and secondly, in that this strange and little-understood phenomenon was affecting our heroines quite personally.

    I was chuffed and pleasantly surprised for “Night Blooming” to be selected for Ticonderoga Publications’ latest anthology of Australian fantasy and horror, their Year’s Best 2015 — see the table of contents below*, salivate, then order it, my friends!

    and then ... anthology volume 1But wait, there’s more! Because hitting the digital shelves at the end of 2016, ahead of a paperback release this month, is And Then … Vol.1 from Clan Destine Press. This tome features 15 longer tales starring dynamic partnerships, a varied and exotic selection of Antipodean adventure stories (here be dragons, and so much more!).

    Among the first offering (TOC below) is my “The Mermaid Club”, another outing for Shane and Manasa. I’ve written a little about the story over at Sophie Masson’s website, but proof’s in the pudding. Not to give too much away, the pair suspect their’s something fishy about a kidnapping at a rich man’s club … Ebook here, paperback to come, with Vol.2 close on its heels!

    * you will notice a certain Kirstyn McDermott in the list! doubly chuffed!

    Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 TOC

    Joanne Anderton — 2B

    Alan Baxter — The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner

    Deborah Biancotti — Look How Cold My Hands Are

    Stephen Dedman — Oh, Have You Seen The Devil

    Erol Engin — The Events at Callan Park

    Jason Fischer — The Dog Pit

    Dirk Flinthart — In the Blood

    Kimberley Gaal — In Sheep’s Clothing

    Stephanie Gunn — The Flowers That Bloom Where Blood Touches Earth

    Lisa Hannett — Consorting With Filth

    Robert Hood — Double Speak

    Kathleen Jennings — A Hedge of Yellow Roses

    Maree Kimberley — Ninehearts

    Jay Kristoff — Sleepless

    Martin Livings — El Caballo Muerte

    Danny Lovecraft — Reminiscences of Herbert West

    Kirstyn McDermott — Self, Contained

    Sally McLennan — Mr Schmidt’s Dead Pet Emporium

    DK Mok — Almost Days

    Faith Mudge — Blueblood

    Samantha Murray — Half Past

    Jason Nahrung — Night Blooming

    Garth Nix — The Company of Women

    Anthony Panegyres — Lady Killer

    Rivqa Rafael — Beyond the Factory Wall

    Deborah Sheldon — Perfect Little Stitches

    Angela Slatter Bluebeard’s Daughter

    Cat Sparks — Dragon Girl

    Lucy Sussex — Angelito

    Anna Tambour — Tap

    Kaaron Warren — Mine Intercom
     

    And Then Vol.1 TOC

    Introduction by Janeen Webb

    Sulari Gentil — Catch a Fallen Star

    Jason Nahrung — The Mermaid Club

    Alan Baxter — Golden Fortune, Dragon Jade

    Jason Franks — Exli and the Dragon

    Lucy Sussex — Batgirl in Borneo

    Amanda Wrangles — Come Now, Traveller

    Evelyn Tsitas — Stealing Back the Relics

    Peter M Ball — Deadbeats

    Narrelle M Harris — Moran & Cato: Virgin Soil

    Dan Rabarts — Tipuna Tapu

    Kat Clay — In the Company of Rogues

    Sophie Masson — The Romanov Opal

    Tor Roxburgh — The Boudicca Society

    Emilie Collyer — The Panther’s Paw

    Tansy Rayner Roberts — Death at the Dragon Circus
     

    2017 Calendar of Australian Literary Events

    calendarWelcome to 2017, and what is already looking like a crowded calendar of literary events in Australia — some events have already staked claims as far out as November! Check out the 2017 calendar of Australian literary events!

    As always, updates, notifications and corrections are appreciated!