Two dozen dark tales from one of Australia's finest genre writers.
Drawing on inspiration from such diverse sources as Japanese mythology, European folklore, modern urban legends, and ancient native Australian and American traditions, as well as the literature of Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Bram Stoker, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe – the author tells stories of humanity's deepest desires and most dreadful nightmares. Dedman journeys into the past, present, and future... to the jungles of Malaysia, outback ghost towns, and modern metropolises... to places both too familiar and unfamiliar to give comfort.
An accomplished storyteller, Dedman re-imagines supernatural entities like vampires, succubi, and ghosts and combines them with modern terrors such as ecological and scientific horrors and the eternal evils of the political and the rperverse. His stories are disturbing, erotic, or amusing – or any combination of the three.
With one original story and several never published in the United States or the United Kingdom, Never Seen by Waking Eyes will serve as an apt introduction for many to the darker short works of Stephen Dedman.
Stephen Dedman (born 1959) is an Australian author of dark fantasy and science fiction stories and novels. His short stories have appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Year's Best SF, and The Best Australian Writing: A Fifty Year Collection.
Contributing as a story editor, Stephen Dedman is also one of the team members behind Borderlands, a tri-annual Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine published from Perth, Western Australia.
In 2007, he contributed to the Doctor Who short-story collection, Short Trips: Destination Prague.