Monday, December 10, 2012

Linked Review of 'The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, 2011'

"Reading Coffee" received a special mention in a review of The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, 2011. It was also mentioned as one of the top stories in 'Horrorworld'...

And yes, I'm still uneasy about self-promotion.

Congrats to Tansy Rayner Roberts, Sara Douglass (posthumous) and Angela Slatter, who were also specifically praised.

I've also linked to Jane Gleeson-White's piece on her year as Overland's fiction editor:  

 Double Entry, Gleeson-White's latest work, explores how the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world and is exceptional. 

Reading wise, I've just finished the collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell. It's simply fabulous. Russell's fresh and innovative voice combined with her courage to venture into the magical realist realm make her a gem. Out of the many stand outs, "from Children's Reminisces of the Westward Migration" (originally in Conjunctions) is one of my all-time favourite stories. 


  1. Love the anthology!Often I skip a short story or two but I haven't so far with this one. Yours is my favourite so far -poetic prose, which held me throughout. Simply beautiful - although I did grow hungry. I also thoroughly enjoyed "The Coffin-Maker's Daughter", "Someone Else to Play With" and "The Hall of Lost Footsteps".

  2. Thank you, Jeremy.

    To the above reader. I won't single out stories just yet but I agree with you. Each story in the anthology is unique with something to admire, which makes for more colourful and enjoyable reading. I'm glad that you loved not only my story but the others too.