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This is the cover for ‘Never Again’ , Greyfriars Press, an anthology of fiction in response to the murder of Sophie Lancaster

My story “Ghost Jail” is one of the stories included. This story is about censorship and control; about people not being able to speak the truth. The setting was inspired by three blocks of flats now demolished in Suva, Fiji. These flats were so decrepit they were condemned, but people still lived in them.

The thing that struck me every time I passed by was the respect the inhabitants had for their home. It may be falling down, but still the children played happily, the washing hung to dry, the pathways were kept clean. This spoke to me of the triumph of the human spirit, that regardless of surroundings, people don’t have to sink into self-pity.

Of course I’m mostly a horror writer, so “Ghost Jail” fails to capture that sense of a positive future!

Edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane, ‘Never Again’ contains one of my all time favourite stories, Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Night They Missed the HorrorShow.” It’s one of those stories which inspires me to  try harder, to write better. To do another draft, and another, to come up with another idea and another.

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This is the table of contents for Lavie Tidhar’s The Apex Book of World SF.  He’s really cast the net wide and I’m pleased to be there for Australia and Fiji. He’s asking for suggestions for the next volume, so if there is a writer you would like to recommend, let him know on his blog.

My story first appeared in 2012, from Twelfth Planet Press, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne. It was inspired by a block of derelict government flat here in Suva.  They had been condemned years ago, but people still lived there because they weren’t chased for rent. The flats are demolished now, and the residents dispersed through Suva. I wanted to capture the nature of the flats as I saw them as an outsider, and also I wanted to talk about the power of propoganda.

S.P. Somtow, The Bird Catcher, Thailand

Jetse de Vries, Transcendence Express, The Netherlands

Guy Hasson, The Levantine Experiments , Israel

Han Song, The Wheel of Samsara, China

Kaaron Warren, Ghost Jail, Australia/Fiji

Yang Ping, Wizard World, China

Dean Francis Alfar, L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars), Philippines

Nir Yaniv, Cinderers , Israel

Jamil Nasir, The Allah Stairs, Palestine

Tunku Halim, Biggest Baddest Bomoh, Malaysia,

The Rape of Martha Teoh and Other Chilling Stories Aliette de Bodard, France

Kristin Mandigma, Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang, Philippines

Aleksandar Žiljak, An Evening In The City Coffehouse, With Lydia On My Mind, Croatia

Anil Menon, Into the Night, India

Mélanie Fazi, Elegy, France

Zoran Živković, Compartments , Serbia

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