Monday, April 22, 2013

Table of contents - "The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012" edited by Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene

One of the year’s best collections I enjoyed reading in the past two years is “The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror”. The anthologies edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene and released by Ticonderoga Publications are not only an opportunity to discover the best of what the speculative fiction of Australia and New Zealand has to offer, but also to admire a collection of quality and high-standard fiction. Although limited to only two countries in its selection to name “The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror” a local collection would be an injustice, especially since writers such as Kaaron Warren, Angela Slatter, Lisa L. Hannett or Margo Lanagan are renown throughout the world. Of course, there are other extremely talented writers whose reputations went beyond the boundaries of Australia, such as Deborah Biancotti, Felicity Dowker, Kirstyn McDermott, Stephanie Campisi, Andrew J. McKiernan and Jason Nahrung, just to name a few who are also my personal favorites. Some of these authors are present in the new edition of “The Year’s Nest Australian Fantasy & Horror” too, edition that features 34 fantastic stories and poems selected by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene from those first published in 2012 by the New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers. “The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012” will be released by Ticonderoga Publications in July 2013 in hardcover, ebook and trade editions and has a wonderful cover made by Yaroslav Gerzhedovich. Here is the full table of contents in the alphabetical order by author.

“Tied To The Waste” by Joanne Anderton (Tales Of Talisman)
“The Cook of Pearl House, A Malay Sailor by the Name of Maurice” by R.J. Astruc (Dark Edifice 2)
“Comfort Ghost” by Lee Battersby (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56)
“Tiny Lives” by Alan Baxter (Daily Science Fiction)
“A Moveable Feast” by Jenny Blackford (Bloodstones)
“The Witch's Wardrobe” by Eddy Burger (Dark Edifice 3)
 “The Stone Witch” by Isobelle Carmody (Under My Hat)
“Beautiful” by Jay Caselberg (The Washington Pastime)
“The Fall” by Stephen Dedman (Exotic Gothic 4, Postscripts)
“To Wish On A Clockwork Heart” by Felicity Dowker (Bread And Circuses)
“Nightside Eye” by Terry Dowling (Cemetary Dance)
“Population Management” by Tom Dullemond (Danse Macabre)
“Sleeping Beauty” by Thoraiya Dyer (Epilogue)
“Hungry Man” by Will Elliott (The Apex Book Of World SF)
“Pigroot Flat” by Jason Fischer (Midnight Echo 8)
“The Bull In Winter” by Dirk Flinthart (Bloodstones)
 “Sweet Subtleties” by Lisa L. Hannett (Clarkesworld)
“Bella Beaufort Goes To War” by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter (Midnight And Moonshine)
“Stalemate” by Narrelle M. Harris (Showtime)
“Kindling” by Kathleen Jennings (Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear)
“Saturday Night at the Milkbar” by Gary Kemble (Midnight Echo 7)
“Crow And Caper, Caper And Crow” by Margo Lanagan (Under My Hat)
“You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet” by Martin Livings (Living With The Dead)
“A Small Bad Thing” by Penelope Love (Bloodstones)
“Torch Song” by Andrew J. McKiernan (From Stage Door Shadows)
“Anvil Of The Sun” by Karen Maric (Aurealis)
“Oracle's Tower” by Faith Mudge (To Spin A Darker Stair)
“The Black Star Killer” by Nicole Murphy (Damnation And Dames)
 “The Last Boat To Eden” by Jason Nahrung (Surviving The End)
 “What Books Survive” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Epilogue)
“Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” by Angela Slatter (This Is Horror Webzine)
“The Dog Who Wished He'd Never Heard Of Lovecraft” by Anna Tambour (Lovecraft Zine)
“The Loquacious Cadaver” by Kyla Ward (The Lion And The Aardvark: Aesop's Modern Fables)
“River Of Memory” by Kaaron Warren (Zombies Vs. Robots)

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