Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2011

years best australian fantasy and horror 2011

A gorgeous cover and a splendid table of contests, a real feast of Aussie writers working in fantasy and horror: and me! I am so thrilled that ‘Wraiths’, from Winds of Change, made the fantasy list of Ticonderoga’s Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 (now available to order), edited by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb. Well done, all; what splendid company to be keeping — my wife included: here, look for yourself!

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 selected stories

  • 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 and 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)
  • Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010

    years best australian fantasy and horrorIt’s great to see that someone has risen to fill the gap (almost) left by Brimstone (horror and dark fantasy) and MirrorDanse (science fiction and fantasy) no longer compiling a year’s ‘best of’ of Australian spec fic. Awards listings have been the best guide to quality Aussie writing in their absence.

    But Ticonderoga Publications is releasing a best of: fantasy and horror published in 2010, edited by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb. It’s the first of an ongoing annual snapshot. The contents have already been released, and now, the recommended reading list. What a superb springboard into an exploration of flights of fancy from Australian pens!

    best australian fantasy and horror 2010 contents

    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”
    L.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 & LL Hannett: “The February Dragon”
    Grant Stone: “Wood”
    Kaaron Warren: “That Girl”
    Janeen Webb: “Manifest Destiny”

    recommended reading list, australian fantasy and horror 2010

    Deborah Biancotti, ‘Home Turf’ Baggage
    Jenny Blackford, ‘Adam’ Kaleidotrope #9
    Simon Brown, ‘Sweep’ Sprawl
    Mary Elizabeth Burroughs, ‘The Flinchfield Dance’ Black Static #17
    Steve Cameron, ‘Ghost Of The Heart’ Festive Fear
    Stephanie Campisi, ‘Seven’ Scenes From The Second Storey
    Matthew Chrulew, ‘The Nullabor Wave’ World’s Next Door
    Bill Congreve, ‘The Traps of Tumut’ Souls Along The Meridian
    Rjurik Davidson, ‘The Cinema Of Coming Attractions’ The Library of Forgotten Books
    Stephen Dedman, ‘For Those In Peril On The Sea’ Haunted Legends
    Felicity Dowker, ‘From Little Things’ Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #43
    ——— ‘The House On Juniper Road’ Worlds Next Door
    ——— ‘Bread And Circuses’ Scary Kisses
    Will Elliott, ‘Dhayban’ Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
    Mark Farrugia, ‘A Bag Full Of Arrows’ Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #48
    Jason Fischer, ‘The House Of Nameless’ Writers of the Future Vol. xxvi
    Bob Franklin, ‘Take The Free Tour’ Under Stones
    Christopher Green, ‘Jumbuck’ Aurealis #44
    Paul Haines, ‘Her Gallant Needs’ Sprawl
    Lisa L Hannett, ‘Singing Breath Into The Dead’ Music For Another World
    ——— ‘Commonplace Sacrifices’ On Spec
    ——— Tiny Drops’ Midnight Echo #4
    Richard Harland, ‘Shakti’ Tales of the Talisman
    ——— ‘The Fear’ Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
    Narrelle M Harris, ‘The Truth About Brains’ Best New Zombie Tales: Volume 2
    Robert Hood, ‘Wasting Matilda’ The Mammoth Book Of The Zombie Apocalypse
    George Ivanoff, ‘Trees’ Short & Scary
    Trent Jamieson, ‘The Driver’s Assistant’ Ticon4
    Pete Kempshall, ‘Dead Letter Drop’ Close Encounters of the Urban Kind
    ——— ‘Signature Walk’ Sprawl
    Martin Livings, ‘Lollo’ Close Encounters of the Urban Kind
    Penelope Love, ‘Border Crossing’ Belong
    Geoffrey Maloney & Andrew Bakery, ‘Sleeping Dogs’ Midnight Echo #4
    Tracie McBride, ‘Lest We Forget’ (audio) Spectrum Collection
    Kirstyn McDermott, ‘Monsters Among Us’ Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
    Andrew J McKiernan, ‘All The Clowns In Clown Town’; Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears
    Simon Petrie, ‘Running Lizard’ Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables
    Michael Radburn, ‘They Own The Night’ Festive Fear
    Janeen Samuel, ‘My Brother Quentin’ Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #44
    Angela Slatter, ‘A Porcelain Soul’ Sourdough and other stories
    ——— ‘Gallowberries’ Sourdough and other stories
    ——— ‘The Dead Ones Don’t Hurt You’ The Girl With No Hands and other tales
    Cat Sparks, ‘All the Love in the World’ Sprawl
    Grant Stone, ‘Dead Air’ (poem) Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #46
    Lucy Sussex, ‘Albert & Victoria/Slow Dreams’ Baggage
    Anna Tambour, ‘Gnawer Of The Moon Seeks Summit Of Paradise’ Sprawl
    Kaaron Warren, ‘Sins Of The Ancestors’ Dead Sea Fruit
    ——— ‘The Coral Gatherer’ Dead Sea Fruit
    ——— ‘Hive Of Glass’ Baggage
    David Witteveen, ‘Perfect Skin’ Cthulhu’s Dark Cults