Paul Haines has been writing horror since the late nineties and he just keeps getting better. Although ‘better’ may be an odd term to describe someone whose work regularly features faeces, blood, and vomit, and often in the same paragraph. Paul’s writing is visceral, yes. It’s also incredibly open and honest. Nothing is taboo, everything [...]
Paul Haines’s X6 novella ‘Wives’ picked up it’s fourth award nomination with the announcement from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand that its been shortlisted for ‘best novella’ in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards. This is on top of an Aurealis Award for horror short story, Australian Shadows Award nomination, and [...]
Working through the story submissions for Anywhere But Earth makes me think back to my days as submissions manager and later editor of Aurealis Magazine. And it’s made me realise that, even after all these years, it’s still all about the story.
It’s hard for authors to self-crit. They’re too close to their work and [...]
If you’re familiar with the Sookie Stackhouse phenomenon, and its cable TV incarnation True Blood, you know that hot sex with a vampire is not necessarily life threatening. Admittedly there’s not much werewolf or vampire bonking going on in the Twilight movies, but they certainly think about it a lot. However this is just the [...]
Mirror Space is the third instalment of Marianne De Pierre’s galaxy-spanning Sentients of Orion Series and slackens the breakneck pace of book two, Chaos Space, just a little, although there is still plenty going on. Mira Fedor, symbiont-ship space pilot who is seeking help for her embattled planet Araldis, has been captured by the extros, [...]
The Shirley Jackson Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Named for Shirley Jackson, acclaimed American author of The Haunting of Hill House and We have Always Lived in the Castle, the awards are selected by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input [...]
Respected spec fic editor Ellen Datlow’s annual list of ‘honourable mentions’ was posted on her blog earlier this week and appears in print in her new anthology Best Horror of the Year 2 from Night Shade Books. Two novellas from coeur de lion’s X6 are listed amongst the notable reads for the year – Paul [...]
The Terra Incognita Speculative Fiction podcast is a monthly showcase of the best Australian Science Fiction read by the authors who created it. TISF 18 is up now and free on the TISF website as well as on iTunes.
The latest podcast features Jason Fischer’s future-Australia horror story ‘For Want of A Jesusman’, which recently [...]
Well, since announcing our science fiction anthologyAnywhere But Earth open for subs in early February, there was an initial flurry of submissions (around thirty all up), mainly from overseas at this stage, from established authors and writing newbies.
As you might expect, quality has been variable but we’ve been impressed by a number of them. [...]
Beneath the Dark Ice begins like many a modern day action novel. A crack team of scientists and military personnel are brought together to mount a rescue mission in Antarctica when first a light plane goes down in a violent storm quickly followed by a group of scientists going missing in the same area. The [...]