I was ‘gobsmacked’–as they say here in Australia–to find out that Dreaming in the Dark made the final ballot for the World Fantasy Award. My congratulations to all the wonderful contributors who gave wings to this anthology. And my congratulations to all the other finalists on the ballot!
Here’s the link:
The Melbourne launch of Dreaming in the Dark will take place at the Continuum 13 National Science Fiction Convention at 6:00 pm at the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. I can promise everyone a great time…and our authors will be there to read and sign books. Oh, and I just may do some schtick <Grin>. Join us for a drink and nibbles!
As usual, I’ve been remiss in posting to my website. Mea culpa! A lot has been going on, including recovering from my recent PhD. The latest bit of news is that I’ve got copies of my new Holocaust collection Concentration in hand.
Here’s the skinny on the new book (which was officially published in 2016):
The good folks at Dymocks Brisbane will be hosting the launch of Dreaming in the Dark on Thursday, December 8th at 6:00 pm. Dreaming is a showcase anthology of Australian speculative fiction, fantasy, and horror. To quote Locus Magazine:
“Dreaming in the Dark will especially appeal to two groups of readers–those who love words themselves, and those who want an enticing sampler of work by some of Australia’s most talented working writers.”
I’ll be doing some master of ceremonies schtick, and Dreaming in the Dark contributors Paul Brandon, Kirstyn McDermott, Jason Nahrung, Janeen Webb, and Kim Wilkins will be giving some short (and spectacular) readings.
Paul and his wonderful Aria-finalist partner Sarah Calderwood have also graciously agreed to provide a few songs (and some sophisticated sound equipment).
So…sign up and help us celebrate this fabulous volume of “impressive prose, sometimes precise and measured, sometimes poetic” (Locus). Come and help us celebrate this first book from PS Australia! Click on the url below for details:
Dreaming in the Dark, the first volume in the new PS Australia line, will be out in November; and here’s a sneak peek of the cover:
Our Table of Contents:
Welcome to the Golden Age:
An Introduction of Sorts—Jack Dann
Sing, My Murdered Darlings—Sean Williams
Falling Angel—Paul Brandon
Martian Triptych—James Bradley
Northerner’s Farewell—Rjurik Davidson
Midnight in the Graffiti Tunnel—Terry Dowling
A Right Pretty Mate—Lisa L. Hannett
Eromon No More—Jason Nahrung
Luv Story—Kim Westwood
The Luminarium Tower—Sean McMullen
Neither Time Nor Tears—Angela Slatter
His Shining Day—Richard Harland
The Liquid Palace—Adam Browne
Heat Treatment—Venero Armanno
Snowflakes All the Way Down—Rosaleen Love
Served Cold—Alan Baxter
The Dog Who’d Been Dead—Anna Tambour
Fade to Grey—Janeen Webb
All those Superpowers and What Are They Good For?
Burnt Sugar—Kirstyn McDermott
In Hornhead Wood—Kim Wilkins
And as I wrote in the introduction:
It’s said that one of the characteristics of a good editor is the ability to read out of his or her comfort zone. Well, I can only say that every story in this volume is here because it made me nervous, made me laugh, scared me, made me think, reconsider, or just plain blew me away: i.e. knocked me out. And many of these stories are definitely out of my comfort zone. My response: ‘Oh, joy!’
Not one of the stories was bought (yes, authors need to be paid!) because the author had a big name or because the volume was light on a particular subgenre or because I had to meet a word count. If I couldn’t get the stories, then I’d wait until I did. No conciliation, no accommodation, no concession. Well, okay, I lied: I did have to make one accommodation: I had a word limit. I couldn’t buy the universe. But I sure as hell tried to buy the best of it!
Dreaming in the Dark can be pre-ordered HERE.
More Dreaming news as it happens…
A conference on contemporary Australian popular fiction is taking place Thursday, October 6th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne. Conference title is The State of Play: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century. I’m doing a program panel at 11:30 called “Genre Communities: How Is Popular Fiction Organized and Supported?” with romance writer Anne Gracie, crime writer Angela Savage, and academic Lisa Fletcher. Should be great fun!
Other writers, publishers, bloggers, and academics attending the conference are Kate Cuthbert, Rjurik Davidson, Beth Driscoll, Rochelle Fernandez, Candice Fox, Ken Gelder, Kat Mayo, Adrian McKinty, Angela Meyer, Kylie Scott, Angela Slatter, and Kim Wilkins.
We’re still trying to get the kinks out of this site, which is why there has been a dearth of posts from me. A lot has been happening, and I’m hoping to remedy the dearth/post situation.
I’ll be doing a guest gig at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Melbourne, which is taking place this weekend, April 10-12 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. I’ll be signing all weekend and doing a Q&A panel on Sunday at 11:00 am with K.J. Taylor, Jack Dann, Traci Harding and John Scalzi. It should be great fun. Here’s the title and the brief:
“When We Were Young”: Our panel of guest authors maybe natural born storytellers, but were their first attempts at writing the finely crafted narratives that we have come to expect from them now? A light-hearted peek into the early writing attempts of our guest authors, looking at their humble beginnings to becoming fan favourites today. “
And I should also have a few copies of the new chapbook interview with Lucius Shepard called Reading the Entrails.
Looking forward to seeing old and new pals. So if you’re attending, do say hi!
More soon (he writes with great confidence).
The e-book version of my retrospective collection JUBILEE is just out from Satalyte Publishing. You can find it at http://satalyte.com.au/.
The brilliant Margo Lanagan will be launching it in Canberra at Conflux 10 at 6:45 pm, October 3 (Friday). Herewith the convention’s URL: http://conflux.org.au/tag/conflux-10/
Join us if you can…
I did my reading today at the Melbourne Jewish Writers’ Festival, which was held at the Lamm Jewish Library in Caufield South. It was a great gig. I read my story “Tea” from my retrospective collection Jubilee, and the audience was enthusiastic and welcoming. You know, there are some days–there aren’t all that many of them, alas–when it’s great to be a writer. A blessing on everyone’s head!
This is just a heads-up for those who might be interested in attending my workshop at Continuum X, the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention. I’m told there has been strong interest–well, we all know that writers are masochists by definition <Grin>. The workshop will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 9:30-12:00. Here are the details: CLICK HERE
If you’d like an idea what I’ll (most likely) be discussing, take a look at this short video I did for the Queensland Writers’ Centre. I should mention in advance that the low technical quality is the fault of the speaker, not the Centre. CLICK HERE