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New e-book available now! “Seven Threads” by Jason Fischer

seven threads

Seven Threads is a mini-collection to introduce new readers to the work of Australian fantasy author Jason Fischer. Stories in this collection include the Aurealis Award winning novella “Defy the Grey Kings” and “The House of Nameless”, winner of the Writers of the Future contest.

Follow these seven threads through Fischer’s fantastic worlds, through grim futures, through heroics and heartbreak. Described by reviewers as “an impressive talent” and “a strong new voice with a distinctive vision”, these stories of Fischer’s are a great sampler and a taste of his unpredictable imagination.

“If you haven’t been reading Jason Fischer, your literary diet is lacking in zest, zing, and essential vitamins.” – Gardner Dozois, multiple Hugo Award winning editor.

Available now on the Kindle via this link:

Smashwords version available here:

Also available at other online vendors.

EVERYTHING IS A GRAVEYARD – Available for Pre-Order!


“They can take my Torana but they’ll never take my freedom.”

Picture if you will, a warped tome of tales. A bogan love-child of the Necronomicon and Wolf Creek. A book possessing the strength of ten undead camels, the pouncing speed of a thousand drop-bears, and the lurching hop of a pack of zombiefied kangaroos. This is my short-story collection EVERYTHING IS A GRAVEYARD, and it is imminent.

If you can’t make the official book launch in Adelaide on October 5th, or the Melbourne Zombie Convention the day after, be of good cheer. For there is another option at your disposal. Pre-orders are now being taken for this book via the following link, and it will be in stock as of the 11th of November:


Upcoming Appearances

Hey folks,

Some fun times ahead! Tomorrow I shall be at the Salisbury Writers Festival, appearing on a panel to talk about “Speculative Fiction Unleashed” with fellow ink-scribblers Sean Williams and Tony Shillitoe. Panel is at 12:50pm at the John Harvey Gallery (more details here:

Next Thursday night (29th August) from 9 pm, I shall be appearing on community radio station PBA-FM 89.7. Presenters Alexis and Pete have invited me as a guest of The Show. They’ll be running a zombie/literature themed program, and it will be my great pleasure to come along and talk all things zombie and writing related. More information on PBA-FM can be found via this link:

And The Show has its own Facebook and Twitter pages:!/pages/THE-SHOW-897-PBA-FM/115071388537800


Remember the old Choose Your Own Adventure? Would you like to do one in real life? What if I told you we had some of the world’s best genre writers just waiting to pen an adventure in your city?
If you want to do a real life Adventure, written by world famous authors such as Isobelle Carmody or NY Times bestseller Sean Williams, then you MUST support this project!!

I’m lucky enough to be one of the authors connected to this project. Back when I was a wee tacker, I used to love poring through anything that had multiple choices, and had a great love for Choose Your Own Adventure, Fighting Fantasy etc etc.

These days, we’ve gone all high-tech on the concept. Think smart phones, QR readers, maps, social media, all the bells and whistles. Adelaide successfully ran a Real Life Choose Your Own Adventure during Writers Week, and hopefully it will soon be an option in many other cities.

There are some BRILLIANT writers who have put their hands up for this. It looks like seriously good fun, and I can’t wait to see what some of these other squirrely author minds come up with for their readers.

New world, exciting new times, and an 80s mode of storytelling meshes up with modern technology. What’s not to like? Click on the link below to tip a few dollars in the crowdfunding tin.

Of a broken Smashwords, and an attempted workaround

Be it by design or accident, the e-book purveyors known as Smashwords are now charging 1c/copy for all free titles downloaded via Apple.
I’ve regrettably had to put a price onto my short story “The House of Nameless” but here’s a coupon dealy that will let you still get it for free. Hope that gets around that little conundrum! Coupon is LT73J, let me know if you have any trouble.

“The House of Nameless” can still be downloaded here –

The House of Nameless – The Opera

In “The House of Nameless”, a dinner at a minotaur’s house brings an unwelcome intruder. Raoul Mithras, god of both the old, One-Way-World and the surreal, chaotic world that replaced it, is forced to pursue and old foe across a surreal landscape to prevent the reawakening of the One-Way-World – if he is not destroyed first.

I was fortunate enough to write this story a few years ago, and “The House of Nameless” has brought me a lot of joy. Not only did I get to dip my toe into surrealist fantasy writing, I won the Writers of the Future contest and got to go to America on a Big Adventure. Now, just to prove that this is the story that keeps on giving, my brilliant friend Laura E. Goodin is now adapting Nameless into an opera libretto. A blues opera, no less, and colour me bloody excited on that front!

Laura is a dear friend, and can write like nobody’s business. She has a wonderful literary sensibility, and whenever she puts her words to something you can immediately tell that she’s just having a damn good time. Proving she is ever the renaissance woman, this isn’t the first time she’s converted a story into a stage production, and I can rest assured that Raoul, Nameless and friends are all in capable hands. She’s writing this project as part of the Clarion West Write-A-Thon, and can be sponsored at the following page:

Some more information about the project can be found on this press release:

And for those of you who want to read the original short story of “The House of Nameless” – hey, lookie here!

Appearance: Writers’ Forum, Salisbury Writers Festival

Coming up soon is the Salisbury Writers Festival. They always put on a great show with lots of contests, seminars, and workshops. Some years back I won their 3 Day Novel Race, which was great fun to enter. This year it’s my great pleasure to be appearing on the following panel during their Writers Forum day:

12:50pm PANEL OF WRITERS: Speculative Fiction Unleashed
John Harvey Gallery 

Three award winning speculative fiction writers will share stories about how their careers developed, the successes and the difficulties, dealing with publishers, finding markets, the opportunities, the advantages and the challenges of writing speculative fiction in South Australia.

  • Sean Williams
  • Tony Shillitoe
  • Jason Fischer

More details on the following link. There’s a tonne of great stuff happening on the day, so why not come along? They’ve done a great job with this program lineup, so you’ll definitely get value from the day.

New story goes live: “Art, Ink” by Jason Fischer and Martin Livings

Hey folks!

Way back in 2004, I was lucky enough to have my first short story published by Antipodean SF. I’ve always been grateful to Ion Newcombe and AntiSF for that opportunity, and for the crazy ride that has followed since. So it’s an absolute pleasure to see one of my new collaborations grace its electronic pages. I’ve teamed up with the talented Martin Livings (also an AntiSF alumni) and the result was “Art, Ink.”

Editor Ion Newcombe says “One of the best things about having edited AntiSF for such a long time is seeing authors travel on to bigger and better things. This month, two regular contributors (especially in times past) have collaborated to create a special story exclusively for publication at AntiSF — and they have done this just “for the love” of AntiSF.

Thanks Jason and Martin. Each of you has amassed an impressive list of publication credits, and I really appreciate you coming back home to make such a fine contribution to this ongoing project that is AntipodeanSF.”

You can read the story via this website:

Year’s Best Contents Announcement

Hey folks!

Tis with great pleasure that I announce my zombie-tastic “Pigroot Flat” (oh ye of the reverse Wolf-Creek infamy) has been selected for inclusion in the next volume of the  Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012.

Here’s the official spiel, including the drool-worthy list of contributors. Seriously, I’m chuffed to elbow my way into this lot. The editors have done a great job on this since the first volume, and with the brilliant opening essays, great story selection etc, I can see this series becoming an institution in genre circles.



Ticonderoga Publications are delighted to announce the final line-up of the third volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled 34 fantastic stories and poems first published in 2012, from New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers.

The contents are
Joanne Anderton, “Tied To The Waste”, Tales Of Talisman
R.J.Astruc, “The Cook of Pearl House, A Malay Sailor by the Name of Maurice”, Dark Edifice 2
Lee Battersby, “Comfort Ghost”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56
Alan Baxter, “Tiny Lives”, Daily Science Fiction
Jenny Blackford, “A Moveable Feast”, Bloodstones
Eddy Burger, “The Witch’s Wardrobe”, Dark Edifice 3
Isobelle Carmody, “The Stone Witch”, Under My Hat
Jay Caselberg, “Beautiful”, The Washington Pastime
Stephen Dedman, “The Fall”, Exotic Gothic 4, Postscripts
Felicity Dowker, “To Wish On A Clockwork Heart”, Bread And Circuses
Terry Dowling, “Nightside Eye”, Cemetary Dance
Tom Dullemond, “Population Management”, Danse Macabre
Thoraiya Dyer, “Sleeping Beauty”, Epilogue
Will Elliot, “Hungry Man”, The Apex Book Of World SF
Jason Fischer, “Pigroot Flat”, Midnight Echo 8
Dirk Flinthart, “The Bull In Winter”, Bloodstones
Lisa L. Hannett, “Sweet Subtleties”, Clarkesworld
Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Bella Beaufort Goes To War”, Midnight And Moonshine
Narrelle Harris, “Stalemate”, Showtime
Kathleen Jennings, “Kindling”, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear
Gary Kemble, “Saturday Night at the Milkbar”, Midnight Echo 7
Margo Lanagan, “Crow And Caper, Caper And Crow”, Under My Hat
Martin Livings, “You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet”, Living With The Dead
Penelope Love, “A Small Bad Thing”, Bloodstones
Andrew J. McKiernan, “Torch Song”, From Stage Door Shadows
Karen Maric, “Anvil Of The Sun”, Aurealis
Faith Mudge, “Oracle’s Tower”, To Spin A Darker Stair
Nicole Murphy, “The Black Star Killer”, Damnation And Dames
Jason Nahrung, “The Last Boat To Eden”, Surviving The End
Tansy Rayner Roberts, “What Books Survive”, Epilogue
Angela Slatter, “Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”, This Is Horror Webzine
Anna Tambour, “The Dog Who Wished He’d Never Heard Of Lovecraft”, Lovecraft Zine
Kyla Ward, “The Loquacious Cadaver”, The Lion And The Aardvark: Aesop’s Modern Fables
Kaaron Warren, “River Of Memory”, Zombies Vs. Robots
In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2012 and a list of highly recommended stories.

The editors will shortly begin reading for the fourth volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 is scheduled for publication in July 2013 and can be pre-ordered at The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.

For further information please contact Russell B. Farr, Ticonderoga Publications,