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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,

Author Appearances in April – FischFest 2013

While not exactly starving and moping in a garret, there are sometimes big stretches of time where I don’t get to conventions or other cool Writery Things. This year, I attempt to mitigate this by taking two interstate trips with a couple of weeks of each other.

First up, I’m going to be at Melbourne Supanova this year. Dymocks have kindly asked me to sign copies of my new novel “Quiver” at their signing table, which is pretty cool. I’m a Supanova virgin so very excited to see what mainstream conventions have to offer. At the very least, I want to high-five the Hoff, and get Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie to say a swear word.

Secondly, I’m going to be at Conflux in Canberra. Not only will this see the official launch of Quiver, but I’m on a swag of panels, catching up with a tonne of most excellent people, and generally having a great time.

My Conflux itinerary is as follows (and note, they haven’t nailed exact times down so this could change):


Zombie Panel

Ticonderoga Author spot,


“Quiver” book launch at morning tea time

Geeks Are Cool (after the book launch).


Australian Landscapes


If you’re going along to any of these things, make sure to say hello! April’s going to be manic and boonta and all things good.

Today, Quiver goes LIVE

Hi folks,

Well, it’s all official-like. My first full-length novel “Quiver” is now officially on sale, and available both in hard-copy and as an e-book. Publisher Baden Kirgan at Black House Comics has put together a stunning new website for the book, the aptly titled:

This, for the uninitiated, is the name of my tough-as-nails protagonist. The girl with the dead-eye aim, putting arrows into zombie brains. This book has been a long time coming, and it actually took a few years to get to this point. Starting off as four connected novellas (from the “After the World” series), I’ve done my best to tie these together into one coherent novel, in the grand SF tradition of “fix-up” novels. This should be appearing in book-stores soon, and there’ll hopefully be an official launch of “Quiver” at some point in the near future.

Huge thanks to those who helped me with the behind the scenes work on this story (especially Jason Franks), and big kudos to Baden Kirgan and Julie Ditrich at Black House Comics – they’ve moved mountains to get this thing going.

If you like zombies with your YA, and if you’ve enjoyed books such as The Hunger Games and the Passage, “Quiver” might just be the book for you. Tell your friends, and I’d count it as a personal favour if you added the following nifty banner thing to your blogs and such:!promote/c14vf

Finally, I’m going to also be releasing this book as a Scott Sigler style podcast/audio-book…more details soon!

Winners – AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition 2012

Well, it’s all official and such. The results for this year’s AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition are as follows:

WINNER: “Always a Price”, Joanne Anderton
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Life, Death and Customer Service”, Nicholas Stella

WINNER: “Blood Lilies”, Shauna O’Meara
HONOURABLE MENTION: “Fragments of a Botanical Journal”, Matthew J Morrison

(more info here

Congrats to the winners, and well done to all who entered. I was especially chuffed to see Jo win the short story contest – all entries were blind-judged, so we had no idea who the authors were until we’d made our decision. Jo is going great guns with her writing, and her story in Midnight Echo #6 was top-shelf.

Many thanks to fellow judges Alan Baxter and Felicity Dowker, and huge high-fives to Martin Livings for wrangling this thing, and keeping it together when we judges got all Battle Royale on each other. I have it on good authority that the winners will be getting the plague through the post soon. Erm, I meant their plaques, of course :-)

Cover Art Revealed for “Everything is a Graveyard”

Over at Ticonderoga Publications, the cover-art for my upcoming short story collection “Everything is a Graveyard” has just been revealed. This artwork comes courtesy of the talented Jason Paulos, the chap who is also responsible for my “After the World” covers. The astute might notice a pranged Torana, a gun-toting feral, and yes, what appears to be an enormous drop-bear…

“Everything is a Graveyard” comes out in October 2013, and I’m currently doing my best to make sure the fiction within matches this bad-ass cover-art :-) Huge thanks to Russell B Farr for making this all happen (and for the epic title font).

More info here:

“Viral: Anomaly” – on sale now!

Doctor Felix Koehler oversees the vaccination program in Dadaab, Kenya. When the world’s largest refugee camp is plagued with cholera outbreaks, Koehler discovers a murderous conspiracy. Corrupt CIA agents plan to destabilise the African Union by distributing a live virus to certain ethnic groups.

His amateur investigation is noted by those on the take, and hired guns come for him. Koehler is rescued by Hank Strait, a US Marshal investigating the corrupt company men. With no backup and hundreds of people hunting them, the pair must cross Kenya, and try to bring the truth to the world…but will they save lives, or doom millions?

Anomaly has just gone live over at Barnes and Noble. Consider this bad boy officially launched!

and book #1 in the Viral Series ”-30-” (by Steven Savile and Keith R DeCandido) has also gone on sale. This can be found at the following link:

Midnight Echo goes digital

Issue #6 of Midnight Echo has just been released into the ether as a digital download, available in various formats. This is the science-fiction/horror special, as edited by David Conyers, David Kernot and myself. Really happy with how our issue turned out, and now you can also experience the space-borne chills on your favourite reading device.

More info here:

(rumour has it that the preceeding issues may also get re-released in a downloadable format? Giddy-up)

Speaking of Midnight Echo, don’t forget about the AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction contest. The winning stories will end up in a future issue of this magazine, as well as scoring a snazzy plaque and bragging rights.

Contest info is here:

AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition 2012

Just a quick signal boost: Each year the Australian Horror Writers’ Association holds a short story and flash fiction contest, and this year I’m one of the judges. It’s a great little contest. Winners receive a cool engraved plaque, paid publication in the association’s magazine Midnight Echo, and bragging rights for a whole year :-)

Entries are open till May 31st. More details here: