Salterin is a town full of fear. Fear and sheep. But mostly fear.
It lies in the north of a principality recently shattered by the Hanese war, cut off from its neighbours and warily watching the advance of winter. Bandits and wolves haunt the woods, but something worse lies within. A monster named Therian has installed himself as lord of the manor and no one is foolish enough to oppose him.
In their hour of need comes a man with one name. A man who will not suffer monsters. Or mutton. But mostly monsters.
Brendan Connell's Unpleasant Tales was published in April 2010 by Eibonvale Press, which is a small press run by a writer, artist and reader who loves books. Eibonvale Press publishes horror, magic realism, slipstream and surreal fiction.
Here's Risingshadow.net's review of Brendan's Connell's Unpleasant Tales.
A REVIEW OF BRENDAN CONNELL'S UNPLEASANT TALES
Chimaera Publications, publishers of Aurealis magazine and SpecFaction NSW are delighted to announce that the 2010 Aurealis Awards are now open to entries.
The Aurealis Awards, Australia's premier awards for Speculative Fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 November 2009 and 31 December 2010. This is an extension to the previous cut off to allow more time for entries.
The Awards’ founder, Dirk Strasser says, “With twelve categories ranging from Best Horror Short Story to Best Fantasy Novel, Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Picture Book, these awards truly cover the variety of literary works within the Speculative Fiction genre.”
“This is the first time the awards have been hosted by Sydney and we are confident that SpecFaction NSW Inc will maintain the high standard of excellence the Speculative Fiction community have come to expect,” Dirk added.
Entries close on Friday 31 December 2010. Finalists will be announced in late March 2011 and winners announced at a special presentation evening in Sydney in late April or early May 2011. For more information on the awards and to register your entry, go to the Aurealis Awards website at www.aurealisawards.com.
Jay Lake's The Baby Killers will be published by PS Publishing in August 2010.
Here's the description of The Baby Killers from the publisher's website:
"Within our tale, gentle reader, you will see writ before you a palimpsest of low living and high misdemeanor, and the curious redresses that are visited as a result thereof..."
In The Baby Killers, Jay Lake restages mankind's Fall from Grace as an alternate-history steampunk fable. Written in a style of rambunctious Victoriana-that-never-was, this novella is set in Philadelphia in 1907, when that city serves as the seat of the British Dominion of the Americas, and as a Pandora's Box of sin and vice. The Governor-General has a taste for violating innocents, while the good Dr. Scholes uses them to fashion his mechanized agents of Justice. The Gollinoster, a feminine incarnation of angry retribution, wanders beneath the city streets – and an undying creature of ancient destruction is rushing to meet her. Villains and heroes (categories that overlap significantly) battle in a story of debauchery, degradation, radical experimentation, mad metaphysics... and a farting Frenchman.
Both popular culture and actual history are mined here to create a tale in which the use of idealized technology meets our darkest desires... and the result is positively electric.
A REVIEW OF JAY LAKE'S THE BABY KILLERS
Rjurik Davidson's The Library of Forgotten Books will be published by PS Publishing in the summer of 2010.
Rjurik Davidson is probably an unknown writer to several readers, so here's some information about him:
Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer and editor. Over the years he has worked as a kitchen-hand, salesperson, cook, telemarketer, musician, writer, tutor, activist and lecturer. He has travelled widely, driven the Nullarbor Plain (with the longest stretch of straight road in the world) too many times to remember, and lived in Perth, Los Angeles and Paris. He speaks crippled French with a perfect accent, which causes all sorts of mix-ups. He has bunked with Indonesian democracy activists, travelled overland through Java during rioting, watched David Lynch movies in Berlin, been harassed by the mafia in a Novgorod nightclub. He has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays, and has been short-listed for and won a number of awards. He is currently Associate Editor of Overland magazine, and lives in Melbourne.
Rjurik Davidons's blog can be found here.
A REVIEW OF RJURIK DAVIDSON'S THE LIBRARY OF FORGOTTEN BOOKS
Lavie Tidhar's Cloud Permutations is a novella, which will be published by PS Publishing in July 2010.
Lavie Tidhar is the author of The Tel-Aviv Dossier (with Nir Yaniv), HebrewPunk, An Occupation of Angels and The Bookman.
Lavie Tidhar's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF LAVIE TIDHAR'S CLOUD PERMUTATIONS