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: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFKYYQ4
Smashwords version available here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/699965
Also available at other online vendors.
My story “She Says” will be appearing in issue #148 of Island Magazine, which will be available in stores on the 27th February 2017. This story explores the viewpoint of a non-verbal autistic teen, trapped with a Paralympian athlete in a city full of dangers.
It pleases me no end when one of my stories is selected for a literary market, given that I have earnt my writing chops in the supposed ghetto of genre fiction. It’s a thrill that I can deliver stories at this level, and I hope that readers enjoy my tale! As the father of a delightful autistic boy, it’s a real honour and a responsibility to tell stories where a person with an intellectual disability can be the hero of the day. I hope to write many more!
You can find out more about Island Magazine via their website at https://islandmag.com/, or you can pick up a copy at your local newsagent. Island Magazine can also be found online at the following places:
Facebook: @islandmagtas Twitter: @islandmagtas Instagram: @islandmagtas
I have long adored the Escape Artists trio of podcasts. Today I am tickled pink to see my story “Defy the Grey Kings” turned into a beautiful piece of narration, and it is now available for your listening pleasure over at PodCastle.
Even better, this month is Aurealis month over PodCastle, and they promise to have several of the winning and finalist stories from last year in the weeks to come. If you don’t subscribe to PodCastle now, I highly recommend you click that button
Today, my fantasy story “Defy the Grey Kings” went live over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. This is a new short story in the same setting as my infamous serialised novel Tusk, the world where iron-age elephants have enslaved humanity…
(Picture courtesy of Rhys James, from the late lamented Terra magazine)
“There are many ways to kill an elephant. When that mountain bears down on you, shaking the earth and screaming for your blood, show no fear.
Only without fear will you see the truth. They are quick, even draped in chain and iron, but you are quicker by a whisker. They fight like devils, but it only takes three people who know what they are doing to bring an elephant down.
They are afraid of you.
All elephants can die.”
To read the full story, visit the most excellent Beneath Ceaseless Skies via this link:
On Spec Magazine are Canada’s premier speculative fiction magazine, and their latest issue has just been released into the wild like a moose on a maple-syrup powered dirt-bike, busting mad moves in the pristine forest and just daring you to look at him funny. Ahem.
In this issue, my story “The Glorious Aerybeth” can be found. It’s a pure science fiction story (which is unusual for me to write) and I had oodles of fun writing it. Blood-ships trawling the galaxy looking for murder and profit…a disgraced noble sent on an archeological dig…a thunderous mutiny, and the ultimate fall from grace.
You can read the magazine as an e-book here, and a print version will soon be available here or where magazines are sold.
“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:
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: http://www.antisf.com.au/
The table of contents has just gone live for issue #8 of Midnight Echo, which includes my postapocalyptic offering “Pigroot Flat”. Just…just look at that list of authors! MY GOD. I’m so excited. Joe R Lansdale! Jack Ketchum! Various Aussies! Plus of swag of non-fiction goodies and interviews. Nicely done Midnight Echo.
The Table of Contents:
A Visit With Friends by Joe R Lansdale
The Girl from the Borderlands by Felicity Dowker
Blissful Ignorance by Matthew Wedge
Hello Kitty by Jason Nahrung
Jar Baby by Michelle Jager (with artwork by Glenn Chadbourne)
The Boy With the Hole in his Heart by Caysey Sloan
They Don’t Know That We Know What They Know by Andrew J McKeirnan
Squirrely Shirley by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee (with artwork by David Schembri)
Always A Price by Joanne Anderton (AHWA Short Story winner 2012)
Blood Lillies by Shauna O’Meara (AHWA Flash Fiction winner 2012)
Tooth by Kathryn Hore
Pigroot Flat by Jason Fischer
Gallows & Blooms by Andrew Alford
Insatiable by Stuart Olver
Coming Home by Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca
Allure of the Ancients; The Key to His Kingdom - story by Mark Farrugia, illustrations by Greg Chapman
In the Art, The Dark: Glen Chadbourne
Facts, fiction and fevers by Gary Kemble (non-fiction)
An Interview with Jack Ketchum
An Interview with Lee Battersby
A Word from the AHWA President - Geoff Brown
Tartarus - Danny Lovecraft (poetry column)
Pix and Panels – Mark Farrugia (comic column)
Black Roads, Dark Highways #3 – Andrew McKiernan (column)*
Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)
More info here, including pre-orders: http://midnightechomagazine.com/
Some great news – alongside a swag of my peers and colleagues, one of my stories will be appearing in the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011. This will be “Hunting Rufus”, which first appeared in Midnight Echo #5. Congratulations everybody, if it’s anything like the last volume it will be top-shelf. Kudos to everyone at Ticonderoga Publications, especially Talie and Liz, experts at herding kittens (aka authors) with their spaghetti lassos.
And just LOOK at that cover. Gorgeous!
Ticonderoga Publications are delighted to announce the line-up of the second volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled 32 fantastic stories and poems first published in 2011, from New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers.
The contents are:
- 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 & 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)
In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2011 and a list of recommended stories.
The editors will shortly begin reading for the third volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 is scheduled for publication in July 2012 and can be pre-ordered at indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.
To celebrate the release of the “VIRAL” series onto the Kindle, the books are currently listed at half-price. Four collaborative novellas, five authors, plenty of political thriller action that anyone can sink their teeth into. Links to the books on Amazon can be found in this post. http://jasonfischer.com.au/?p=817
Also, I’m running a limited promotion here – free .EPUB versions of the four novellas to the first ten folks who put their hands up. All I ask is that the winners consider leaving a rating or review via Amazon, Goodreads or similar. This condition is enforced only by karma and my good wishes, no biggy if you don’t :-)
More info on the series can be found here – http://viralnovels.com/