I do love these New Book posts. Sometimes the life of a writer can feel isolated. Very solitary and internal. So these messages from the outside, these reminders that my stories are making their way in the world, are revitalising.
Plus, they are wonderful books I’m delighted to own and read.
The Invisible Thread (editor is Irma Gold, publisher is Halstead Press) is subtitled “One hundred years of words”. One hundred years of words written in, or inspired by, Canberra, to celebrate this city’s 100th birthday. An excerpt of my story “The Glass Woman” appears in here, alongside stories by Garth Nix, Roger McDonald, Marian Halligan, Judith Wright and many others.
Najlepsze Horrory A.D. 2012 (editor is Barthomiej Paszyek, publisher is Polonsky) is a Polish publication, gathering the Best Horror of the year. The cover is one of the most disturbing I’ve seen; I have to keep it face down to stop freaking out any innocent visitors. In this book are Polish writers Jaroslaw Mozdzioch and Alexsandra Zielinska amongst others. I wish I could read Polish. Will have to get my dad to translate. My story “All You Can Do is Breathe” appears here.
Slices of Flesh (editor is Stan Swanson, publisher is Dark Moon Books) is another book I have to keep facedown. Creepy! Mike Mignola (Hellboy) did the cover. This book is full of tiny nasty tales. I love tiny nasty tales. My story “Blame the Neighbours” appears in this one, which I’m thrilled about, because it’s one of those stories that came to me fully-formed and I like the way it plays out.