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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 indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.

For further information please contact Russell B. Farr, Ticonderoga Publications, editor@ticonderogapublications.com

Australian Shadows Awards 2012

Hot on the heels of the Aurealis shortlists, the results are now out for the 2012 Australian Shadows Awards shortlists.


Be still, my rotten undead heart, but my story “Pigroot Flat” has made the grade! I join several talented folks as a finalist in the Short Fiction category. There are some great results here, and added points to the AHWA for putting on a great online awards ceremony (and for milking the suspense just shy of a lynch mob breaking out). Well done to everybody involved in Aussie horror fiction and everyone fortunate enough to nab a finalist berth…and now for three weeks of being on tenterhooks.

New Review of Midnight Echo #8

A new review has just gone up of Midnight Echo #8, the issue that contains my story Pigroot Flat. Reviewer OzNoir says:

“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.”

Glad it worked, that’s exactly what I was aiming to do! The rest of the review can be read here:


The Echo of Midnight, and a Tusk to the FACE.

Hey folks, just a quick spot of pimpage. Issue #8 of Midnight Echo is now available for pre-order, and it’s got an absolutely STUNNING line-up. Do yourself a favour and grab the hard-copy, it promises to be a ripping read.


Also, over at review site Thirteen O’ Clock, Andrew McKiernan discusses the inaugural issue of Terra Magazine. The latest foray from Black House Comics is just plain fun (think early 2000AD), and I’m lucky enough to have the first chapter of my serialised novel “Tusk” therein. Of Tusk, Andrew says:

“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.”

Thanks Andrew! You could say that “Tusk” is the ultimate trunk story :-) the rest of his review can be read here: http://www.thirteenoclock.com.au/review-terra-magazine-issue-1/

Here, have a wee snippet of “Pigroot Flat”

Over at the Midnight Echo website, I’ve answered a few questions about my upcoming short story from issue #8, “Pigroot Flat”. The interview and a short snippet of my story can be found at the following link:


Words cannot describe how flipping excited I am to have a story in this issue. We live in exciting times :-)

Midnight Echo Issue #8: Table of Contents

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

Special Features

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

Regular Features

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/