Reviews

Review of “Everything is a Graveyard” (Collection, Ticonderoga Publications)

“If you haven’t been reading Jason Fischer, your literary diet is lacking in zest, zing, and essential vitamins. ‘Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh’ is alone worth the price of admission here.” – Gardner Dozois

“Of all these writers, Jason Fischer is the one who, to my outsider sensibility at least, feels the most Australian, with stories that simply couldn’t happen anywhere other than a land down under…an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable collection showcasing a strong new voice with a distinctive vision.” – Peter Tennant, Black Static #39 (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/)

“Jason Fischer’s new collection of short stories, Everything is a Graveyard, might perhaps be more accurately titled ‘Everything is going to kill you’. Featuring dimension-shifting, soul-sucking witches, a ravening horde of undead camels, and murderous, amputation-happy rednecks—among other things—Everything is a Graveyard is full of messy endings for the few poor souls who inhabit its post- apocalyptic worlds.” – Alex Stevenson, Aurealis Magazine #69 (http://aurealisblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/aurealis/)

“Without a doubt Everything is a Graveyard contains a wealth of left-field undead storytelling. But that’s not the whole story. Fischer’s apocalyptic obsessions cover much wider ground than that, from sheer fantasy to the realism of the ever-present threat of dropbears. If zombie tropes, and indeed all apocalypse stories, are about our personal and social attitudes to mortality (and they are), Fischer explores the personal and social absurdities and profundities like few before him.” – Robert Hood

“Jason Fischer’s first collection Everything Is A Graveyard is arguably the best release of tales to chill by this year. A very solid collection of post apocalyptic stories that have a uniqueness about them that will provide you with hours of entertainment while making you wonder why on earth this Author hasn’t released a collection previously. As expected Ticonderoga Publication have produced a polished release that simply states professionalism. Excellent release that is one of the must have books of 2013. Do not miss this collection, it’s destined for cult status, highest recommendation folks.” – ScaryMinds (http://scaryminds.com/reviews/2013/book182.php)

“Fischer has created several distinct worlds in this short book. Some completely unfamiliar, many quintessentially Australian, and a couple that beg for their own full length story to explore their potential complexity. All of them are vividly drawn and memorable. Possibly too memorable.” – Jean M Gordon, Antipodean SF (http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10063/20140808-0019/www.antisf.com.au/antisf-reviews/1417-everything-is-a-graveyard-by-jason-fischer.html)

Review of “Quiver: Vol 1, The Tamsyn Webb Chronicles” (Novel, Black House Comics)

“Jason Fischer has embraced the pulp novella, embraced everything about zombie stories and combined them into something equal parts familiar and refreshingly original. If you’re a fan of zombie action, bow-wielding badass heroines and good pulpy fun you should really check out Quiver.” – Alan Baxter, Thirteen O’Clock (http://www.thirteenoclock.com.au/quiver-by-jason-fischer/)

“Tamsyn’s age and archery skills will draw inevitable comparisons with Katniss Everdeen. While I loved The Hunger Games, I have to say I would rather spend an afternoon with Tamsyn than Katniss. Tamsyn is far more optimistic. She is competent, funny, determined-but-vulnerable, and very believable. The kind of girl I would have given up my entire comic book collection for, for a single date. ” – Scott T Barnes, New Myths (https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/books-we-are-reading/quiver)

“ The writing is excellent (as I’ve come to expect from Fischer), and the story finds a good balance with showing the world spanning nature of the crisis (mainly through the wide variety of locations visited), while keeping the main narrative more intimate (through focusing on Tamsyn’s story). Fischer creates a very horrific environment, both in terms of the description of the zombies themselves, but also the reaction of the human race.” – Mark Webb (http://www.markwebb.name/?p=1767)

“Fast-paced, violent and clever, QUIVER goes well beyond the tired tropes of the zombie apocalypse genre without ever stooping to parody. You should read it.” – Jason Franks (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16430960-quiver-volume-1-the-tamsyn-webb-chronicles)

“The book is a big read that should have a few people squirming as the gore hits the page, but Fischer never drops his narrative edge from first page to last page. A solid example of decent writing in a ghetto sub genre Quiver kept my attention, and more importantly didn’t bounce me off the page, as the journey went increasingly more surreal.” – ScaryMinds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2013/book161.php)

“…QUIVER encapsulates many of the tried and true formulas common to survival horror; the building of fortifications, scavenging, zombie (or coffin-dodger) hoards and their migration, the fall of Government and the rise of independent parties, but the most important component of this zombie post apocalyptic concoction is the humans themselves who are commonly more inhumane than the walking dead. Fischer goes to great lengths to portray a dead world whose living souls are rotten and more menacing than those who threaten to end mans existence.” – OzNoir(http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/review-quiver-by-jason-fischer.html)

Review of “The Glorious Aerybeth”, On Spec #97

“Combining an original premise, fascinating aliens with an intriguing culture and a few neat plot twists, this is an excellent piece of work. It’s the best hard Science Fiction short story I’ve read this year and should be up for awards.” – Eamonn Murphy, SF Crows Nest (http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/on-spec-the-canadian-magazine-of-the-fantastic-vol-26-no-2-97-magazine-review/)

“Overall, a rich story with a protagonist whose character is wonderfully flawed, giving us a glimpse into a xenopsychology as relating to a completely foreign culture.” – Colleen Chen, Tangent Online (http://www.tangentonline.com/print–quarterly-reviewsmenu-261/on-spec-reviewsmenu-73/2560-on-spec-97-summer-2014)

“The characters here belong to an alien species obsessed with personal status, as measured by their plumage, and their technology is biological. Gannet is a high-status ship-breeder who has suffered a career setback, for which he is sent on a mission to report on the possibility of alien life that may have been discovered by the eponymous blood-ship. Gannet’s people and their creations are not very nice…This one could have read as either horror or humor, but the humor prevails, making it difficult to take the horrific aspects of the tale seriously. Those not overly-sensitive should find it imaginatively entertaining” – Lois Tilton, Locus Online (http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/#onspec2014su)

Review of “Pigroot Flat”, Midnight Echo #8 (Australian Horror Writers Association)

“PIGROOT FLAT by Jason Fischer flips the script on zombie horror by introducing an all too real horror amidst the dust and desolate Australian outback. I particularly liked the living dead in PIGROOT FLAT as being objectified as mere obstacles while the true horror flourishes behind the face of the living.” – OzNoir (http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/review-midnight-echo-8.html)

“Ensuring the local market is well represent Jason Fischer drops Pigroot Flat on us to finish the issue. A zombie tale that is so insanely different that it deserves every accolade and award that comes its way. Zombies just want to have fun, feral pig rampages, and psycho killers. Who let Fischer off the chain with this one?” – Scaryminds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2013/magazine21.php)

Review of “Eating Gnashdal”, Anywhere but Earth (Couer De Lion)

“Of the rest, I am hard pressed to pick a favourite, but I will mention that “Eating Gnashdal”, Jason Fischer’s horrific vision of a post-human culture, is inventively funny and creepy” – Dave Versace, Goodreads review (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/443682008)

Review of “Tusk”, Terra #1

“Still in keeping with the serialised nature of the magazine, “Tusk” plumbs the Golden Age of genre fiction with something that could have come right out of an early 70s issue of Analog. “Tusk” is straight prose — with a few Rhys James illustrations sprinkled throughout — of the sort that Mr Fischer has become well known for: tight, well written, original and more than a little bit gonzo. “Tusk” is The Planet of the Pachyderms with a healthy dash of Robert E Howard thrown in. A post-apocalyptic world run by a civilisation of war-like elephants. Talking warrior elephants, no less. Who enslave humans. And they wear ‘swords’ on their tusks! Count me in! Not only are the battle scenes tremendous, but there are hints of a much deeper story developing here. I very much look forward to reading more of “Tusk” in future issues.” – Andrew McKiernan, Thirteen O’Clock (http://www.thirteenoclock.com.au/review-terra-magazine-issue-1/)

Reviews of “Rolling for Fetch”, Aurealis #49

“I am a big and growing fan of Jason Fischer‘s work, and Rolling for Fetch did not disappoint. Fischer describes a dystopian world of energy shortages and reverted transportation where some gangs have their feet replaced with wheels and perform couriering services. It is an excellent dissection of a transient subculture and the impact of what is essentially a fad where radical surgery is an option (and you thought you might regret that tattoo you got at university – at least you didn’t replace your feet with wheels!).” – Mark Webb (http://www.markwebb.name/?p=936)

“Rolling For Fetch by Jason Fisher is a dazzling story set in an unspecified period. The story opens with the character Whip being converted to a Skeg. His legs are amputated and a skeg rig fused to his shin-bone, a dive train is rigged to pneumatic tyres and he is no longer a typical human. Whip earns his gangdanna and joins a cruising mob who dash through metro traffic, wild like hornets. Jason Fisher creates a fascinating world where technology and nano science freely mix with nineteenth century horse cart and with steam bikes. Whip eventually gives up everything for love, but his physical modification has implications. ” – John Athol Henry (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/148123)

Review of “Viral #2: Anomaly”

“Taut and thrilling – this is the second in the Viral series of orginal and clever thrillers that looks at the same story from different perspectives. Following the same energetic and wild ride of -30-, Anomaly is a fast ride through the dark secrets and motives behind Aid in Africa. Like its predecessor – the dilemma lies in which version of events to reveal for the greater good – and the choices are skilfully and cleverly handled.” – customer review, Barnes and Noble (http://my.barnesandnoble.com/communityportal/Reviews.aspx?reviewid=2397594&pagestart=0&sort=)

“Jason (who normally writes Science Fiction/ Horror) and Steven have turned out a very nice thriller. The equal in skill and tone of any of the good thriller writers out there today: Eisler, Childs, or Finder.” – Sean the Bookonaut (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007RQWMEM)

Review of “After the World: Corpus Christi”

“Hold onto your knickers kids, Jason Fischer delivers his long awaited sequel to After the World: Gravesend…Fischer once again knocks one out of the ball park and for sure I’m now sweating on another chapter in this series.” – Scaryminds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2012/magazine19.php)

Review of “Houndkin” and “Ward of Hours”, An Eclectic Slice of Life

“…some of the first stories I’ve read by South Australian Jason Fischer. Both Houndkin and The Ward of Hours take on mythological creatures set against eccentric backdrops – one in a hospital ward that lies at the nexus of time. The prose is mature and effortless … and it’s easy to see the argument for his success.” – Matthew Tait, Horrorscope (http://www.horrorscope.com.au/2011/04/review-eclectic-slice-of-life.html)

Review of “Goggy” and “Hunting Rufus”, Midnight Echo #5

“Included are of course Jason Fischer’s award winning flash piece Goggy, I can’t praise this piece enough, it’s quintessential flash while get a real chill happening…Jason Fischer has been kicking some goals on the short story front just recently, and Hunting Rufus continues a recent sub-genre trend of the killer kangaroo yarn. Absolutely loved this story with it’s almost apocalyptic nod at the conclusion.” – ScaryMinds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2011/magazine11.php)

Reviews of “The School Bus”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #46

“And of course where there’s cannibals there has to be zombies, Jason Fischer simply sending one out of the ballpark with The School Bus, a story with one of those twists that make you wonder if the Author shouldn’t be immediately institutionalised. There’s some sick stuff in this zombie outing that had me counting the beat and checking if Fischer might have a collection of his own available.” – Scaryminds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2012/book131.php)

“Jason Fischer’s “The School Bus” was the best, with a post-apocalyptic Australia complete with zombified kangaroos. Told from the point of view of a child, it built its horror slowly so that when the final revelation hit hard, it was the human parents who were the scariest characters to be found anywhere in this dark and disturbing world that Fischer created.” – David Conyers, Albedo One (http://www.albedo1.com/reviews/andromeda_spaceways_46_on_spec_77.html)

“Jason Fischer’s The School Bus also uses the innocence and naivety of youth to construct a dark examination of an outback society trapped following the outbreak of a zombie virus. A story of layers, Fischer draws you in through the horrors of a zombie hoarde only to reveal a far more sinister underbelly from the town itself. His writing is a brilliant example where saying a little can be far more disturbing than saying too much.” – Mark Smith-Briggs, Horrorscope (http://www.horrorscope.com.au/2010/11/review-asim-46-48.html)

“Of course one of the highlights of this issue is Jason Fischer’s at times nasty The School Bus, in this yarn even the Roos have gone zombie and are apt to take a good bite out of the unwary. Of course it’s not only the fauna you have to worry about in a “who will pay the piper” twist that really makes you wonder if you would want to survive in this post apocalyptic world. Simply excellent stuff that builds on the Romero notion of “the undead aren’t the only ones you have to worry about”. This story is worth the price of admission alone.” – ScaryMinds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2011/magazine16.php)

Reviews of “gunning for a tinkerman”, Aurealis #44

“I really enjoyed gunning for a tinker man by Jason Fischer, a story based in a post-apocalyptic world where the main character, Lanyard, is a fallen “jesusman” (a caste of warrior priest types who can kill the ‘witches’ that prey on the remnants of the human race). I also enjoyed for the want of a jesusman that I heard on the Terra Incognita Speculative Fiction podcast (number 18) set in the same world. The characters are not clean cut hero types and I enjoyed the way the world was described and realised. Fairly gritty and violent in places – not for the faint of heart or those that like a neat happy ending. I understand from Mr Fischer’s website that he is working on a full novel set in the same world, which I am now very much looking forward to reading.” – Mark Webb, Mark Webb’s Home (http://www.markwebb.name/?p=188)

“Jason Fischer offers another piece in the same milieu as his story from #42, “for want of a jesusman.” “gunning for a tinkerman” features a former “jesusman,” Lanyard Everett, looking for another despised character, a “tinkerman,” who keeps mechanical things going but is blamed for the state of their strange world. His journey on a cranky “skiff” (a sort of landboat) brings him against a monstrous snake, sinister witches, and a town of “crooked men.” It’s a dark and cynical tale of multiple betrayals.” – Rich Horton, SF Site (http://www.sfsite.com/03b/au340.htm)

“Jason Fischer’s Gunning for a Tinkerman uses a blend of character and action in the highly entertaining outback tale of a former preacher hunting a man through a world of giant snakes and witchcraft. An apocalyptic style fantasy, there is a lot of fun to be had with Fischer’s free flowing prose and warped sense of humour.” – Mark Smith-Briggs, Horrorscope (http://www.horrorscope.com.au/2010/11/review-aurealis-44.html)

“I’ve been loving the stuff I’ve read so far, including Jason Fischer’s batshit insane post-apocalyptic Mad-Max-meets-Gilgamesh ‘gunning for a tinkerman’.” – Adam Ford (http://theotheradamford.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/published-a-billion-tiny-lights/#more-2465)

gunning for a tinkerman by Jason Fisher is a wonderful little post-apocalyptic story where tinkermen have run the gamut of being wanted for their skills to being a dying breed who are both wanted and reviled in the same breath. I would like to know more about this world and more about the people in the world. It’d just be extra cool to have a story from someone else’s point of view so we can see how the tinkermen and their roles have changed.” – Suz’s Space (http://www.suzs-space.com/blog/2011/01/07/aurealis-issue-44/)

Reviews of “The Harvest”, EEEK! Vol #2

“Our first story kicks off a duo of Science Fiction orientated nasties that will have most readers nodding their heads in approval. Jason Fischer provides a typically morbid tale in The Harvest that gets progressively nastier till a final twist worthy of Jason Franks nails the opening gambit and ensures the reader receives value for money right from the kick off. Highly recommended tale and one of the best yet to grace the pages of Eeek.” – Scary Minds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2011/comic034.php)

“While clearly inspired by (and some might say derivative of) works such as Soylent Green and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, “The Harvest” is the highlight of this issue. Rick’s motivations are powerful, offering the beacon of a sympathetic protagonist as the reader is led through a particularly dark story. The revelation at the end is grim and ultimately offers a payoff that is enlightening and frustrating at the same time. Well done to Fischer and Paulos on creating such a brilliant story together. On the strength of this story, hopefully the pair will collaborate again in the future.” – Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Horrorscope (http://www.horrorscope.com.au/2010/11/review-eeek-2.html)

Reviews of “The House of Nameless”, L Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future Volume XXVI

“Of all these excellent stories, my personal favorite is “The House of Nameless” by Jason Fischer, a strikingly original piece written at a very professional level….This story is great fun to read all the way through. “The House of Nameless” sheds funny or thought-provoking concepts at breakneck speed — given the level of detail, I am not surprised to see that Fischer has written other work in this universe.” – Aaron Hughes, Fantastic Reviews Blog (http://fantasticreviews.blogspot.com/2011/04/aarons-story-recommendation-of-week_24.html)

“My favourite story was easily ‘The House of Nameless’ by Jason Fischer. Madcap energy, intriguing mythic underpinnings, amusing use of mundane details and a bouncy, joyful weirdness over a solid quest/chase structure.” – Michelle Ann, Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/349648071)

“Jason Fischer managed what I considered impossible; crack the contest with a work of humor…“The House of Nameless” is sharply written.” – Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots (http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=2026)

“These new stories by talented as-yet-unknowns are uniformly good; some show impressive talent, such as Adam Colston’s “Not in the Flesh,” an interesting take on the sentient android story, and Jason Fischer’s clever “The House of Nameless,” which opens with a girl and a minotaur on a date.” – David Rapp, Library Journal (http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/887391-264/xpress_reviewsthe_first_look_at.html.csp)

“It’s a witty, dizzying, evocative, whacked-out piece of incredible wordcraft. I was gobsmacked from the very first paragraph by how brilliant it is.” – Felicity Dowker (http://felicitydowker.livejournal.com/28206.html)

Reviews of “After The World: Gravesend”

“Fischer has perfectly captured the feel of an unravelling community desperately attempting to cling to a bygone time and place, the survivors of a zombie plague struggling to feel alive when all they know is death. A chilling and credible tale.” – 2010 Aurealis Award Judges’ Report (http://www.aurealisawards.com/judgesreports2010.pdf)

“At times, my fingers were actually curling on the pages with the tension of the plot, as I waited to see what happened next! The story is perfectly paced, and I was completely immersed in it.” – Tehani Wessely, ASIF (http://aussiespecficinfocus.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/gravesend/)

“These themes and their exploration give Tamsyn a surprisingly substantial developmental arc, given that the book is only novella-length.” – Natasha Pearson and Gillian Polack, ASIF (http://aussiespecficinfocus.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/gravesend-2/)

“The strongest aspects of Fischer’s zombie novella are the no-holds-barred, fast-paced, gory action sequences, and the emotional depth of his characters.  Fischer is a writer of obvious talent and ability, and Gravesend is a skilful, efficient and powerful work” – Felicity Dowker, Specusphere (http://www.specusphere.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=908&Itemid=32)

“Fischer writes in a clean and crisp style with the plot advancing at a reasonable clip…Gravesend stands out from the general pile of zombie literature that doesn’t work in any shape or form. Nice to see the subgenre is getting some tending loving care finally.” – ScaryMinds (http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2010/book49.php)

“Insightful social commentary, realistic characters and still enough gore to make it a zombie story, Gravesend was a real pleasure.” – Gobbets (http://gobbets.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/gravesend-gives-hope-to-series/)

“As with the bulk of apocalyptic zombie fiction there’s (understandably) not a vast amount of innovation here, but both Blakehill and Fischer provide sufficiently original set-ups and characterisation to make these novellas compelling reading for the zombie afficianado.” – Chuck McKenzie, HorrorScope ( http://www.horrorscope.com.au/2010/01/magazine-review-after-world.html)

“The action and horror are still there, and the story moves at a fine pace. However, this is clearly a book, not simply a printed-page rendering of a zombie movie. Characters have distinct and powerful personalities and motivations, and go through very real arcs of development as the story unfolds to a conclusion both eminently satisfying, and still gratifyingly open.” – Dirk Flinthart, (Cool) Shite on the Tube http://www.coolshite.net/review/2010/08/03/world-volume-1-2-novella-review/

“Tamsyn’s strength of character is one of the novella’s strengths: in fact the characterisation, throughout, is marvellous, with at least a dozen of the townspeople emerging as fully three-dimensional, living, breathing characters during the course of the story.” – Simon Petrie, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, issue #44.

Reviews of “for want of a jesusman”, Aurealis #42

“Jason Fischer’s “for want of a jesusman” is one of my favorite pieces here. It might be called horror, in that it features a violent protagonist, who is a killer himself and who is tortured horrifically during the story. But what fascinated me was the strange setting, apparently some sort of alternate world, inhabited by humans and aliens with glass-like spines and by “witches,” who may have something to do with travelling between this world and a world more like ours.” – Rich Horton, SF Site (http://www.sfsite.com/01b/au312.htm)

“Jason Fischer’s For Want of a Jesusman is a more exotic blend of Wild West and mythical horror, creating a sublimely twisted alternate history in the Australian outback. A strikingly original story it tells a raises some subtle yet emotive points about a world without faith.” – Mark Smith-Briggs, Horrorscope (http://www.horrorscope.com.au/2009/09/review-aurealis-42.html)

“The standout story, and indeed the standout story of the three anthologies, was “for want of a jesusman” by Jason Fischer.” – James Doig, judge’s commentary, Australian Shadows Award 2009 (http://australianhorror.com/index.php?view=201)

“”for want of a jesusman”, by Jason Fischer (Aurealis #42) is a standout in the most recent issue of the magazine, although it does keep good (if somewhat scary, story-wise) company!. Fischer’s growth as a writer is evident in this powerful, sort of post-apocalyptic story, with an anti-hero surviving in a strange world of Now by any means necessary, until he finds himself fighting for something more than himself. There are moralistic overtones to this story, but they are neither overt nor out of place, and Fischer demonstrates once again that he is an author to watch.” – Tehani Wessely, Not If You Were the Last Short Story On Earth (http://community.livejournal.com/lastshortstory/67409.html)

Reviews of “Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh”, Dreaming Again

“Jason Fischer’s Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh struck a particular chord with its mix of ludicrous splatter and black humour, set in the outback following a zombie epidemic and an invasion by the resurgent Danish empire. As ridiculous as it sounds, it is simply good fun.” – Will Elliott, Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.dreaming.com.au/dreaming-articles/2008/7/19/sinister-plots-outdo-the-past/)

“a great horror story with a lot of humor in it. It really meshed the two together well.”

“What more can one ask for, really? (The answer is found in “Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh” by Jason Fischer. To quote the TV Tropes wiki, it’s Exactly What It Says On The Tin.) ”

“Classic bad horror zombie flick in story form. Aussie camels turned zombie and eating people! Fun and gross :-)”

“”Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh” is the funniest title.”

“This was just a great horror story with a lot of humor in it. It really meshed the two together well.”

- various Amazon reviewers (http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Again-Thirty-five-Celebrating-Australian/dp/B003F76EFA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

“I’m not sure university courses in Australian literature are quite ready for some of the greasier genre elements collected here, such as Jason Fischer’s wonderfully titled ‘Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh’.” – Andrew Macrae, Overland (http://web.overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-195/feature-andrew-macrae/)

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