Aurealis Award nominee 1997, Bram Stoker Award nominee 1997.
If he'd known all the trouble following her, itinerant photographer Michelangelo "Mage" Magistrale would have thought twice about helping the beautiful, distressed woman at the bus station. In return for a ticket she gives Mage what she says is the key to her apartment, but he quickly discovers that it's much more: it's a key to any door, to any place, to incredible power – and there are people who will stop at nothing to possess it.
Suddenly Mage is on the run from Calgary to Los Angeles, under constant attack from ninja, Yakuza thugs, and terrible creatures ripped from Japanese mythology. His only hope is to discover the secret of the key and master its power – to learn the art of arrow cutting – before he comes to the inevitable confrontation with the dark forces pursuing him.
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.