Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Title spotlight - "The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011" edited by Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene

After an excellent first volume of Australian year’s best fantasy and horror published in 2011 Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, the editors of this new series of speculative fiction released by TiconderogaPublications, have put together the final line-up for the second volume of “The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror”. If last year the collection gathered 33 stories this year Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene’s anthology offer to the readers 32 short stories and poems first published in 2011 in Australia and New Zealand. The first edition of “The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror” was a wonderful opportunity for me to discover new talented writers and enjoy the works of some of my older acquaintances, although the later were not numerous. But thanks to this collection the number of authors I am delighted to meet again through their fiction has significantly increased and this year I am eagerly waiting to savor their works again. Deborah Biancotti’s collection containing the story selected for 2011 year’s best was one of the best books I read this year, Lisa L. Hannett, Angela Slatter and Kaaron Warren are names already present in my personal library and will certainly prompt me to buy their future works, while Felicity Dowker, Kirstyn McDermott, Andrew J. McKiernan, Paul Haines, David Conyers and Pete Kempshall were nothing but pleasant surprises in my first experiences with their writings. As you can see I have plenty of reasons, but also a consistent curiosity, to await with great interest the release of Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene’s “The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011” in July.

“Briar Day” by Peter M. Ball (Moonlight Tuber)
“Europe After The Rain” by Lee Battersby (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press)
“Bad Power” by Deborah Biancotti (Bad Power, Twelfth Planet Press)
“The Head in the Goatskin Bag” by Jenny Blackford (Kaleidotrope)
“Thin Air” by Simon Brown (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Winds Of Nzambi” by David Conyers & David Kernot (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA)
“More Matter, Less Art” by Stephen Dedman (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA)
“The Hall of Lost Footsteps” by Sara Douglass & Angela Slatter (The Hall of Lost Footsteps, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Berries & Incense” by Felicity Dowker (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Dark Me, Night You” by Terry Dowling (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA)
“Hunting Rufus” by Jason Fischer (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA)
“Letters Of Love From The Once And Newly Dead” by Christopher Green (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA)
“The Past Is A Bridge Best Left Burnt” by Paul Haines (The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Brimstone Press)
“Forever, Miss Tapekwa County” by Lisa L. Hannett (Bluegrass Symphony, Ticonderoga Publications)
“At The Top Of The Stairs” by Richard Harland (Shadows and Tall Trees #2, Undertow Publications)
“Face To Face” by John Harwood (Ghosts by Gaslight, HarperCollins)
“Someone Else To Play With” by Pete Kempshall (Beauty Has Her Way, Dark Quest Books)
“Heaven” by Jo Langdon (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press)
“The Soul of the Machine” by Maxine McArthur (Winds of Change, CSFG)
“The Wishwriter's Wife” by Ian McHugh (Daily Science Fiction)
“Love Death” by Andrew J. McKiernan (Aurealis #45, Chimaera Publications)
“Frostbitten” by Kirstyn McDermott (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Wolf Night” by Margaret Mahy (The Wilful Eye - Tales From the Tower #1, Allen & Unwin)
“Interview with the Jiangshi” by Anne Mok (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Wraiths” by Jason Nahrung (Winds of Change, CSFG)
“Reading Coffee” by Anthony Panegyres (Overland, OL Society)
“The Patrician” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Love and Romanpunk, Twelfth Planet Press)
“Love In the Atacama or the Poetry of Fleas” by Angela Rega (Crossed Genres, CGP)
“The Coffin-Maker's Daughter” by Angela Slatter (A Book of Horrors, Jo Fletcher Books)
“Thief of Lives” by Lucy Sussex (Thief of Lies, Twelfth Planet Press)
“The Kite” by Kyla Ward (The Land of Bad Dreams, P'rea Press)
“All You Can Do Is Breathe” by Kaaron Warren (Blood and Other Cravings, Tor)


deborahb said...

Looks like a great collection, doesn't it? :) Can't wait to get my copy.

Mihai A. said...

It looks excellent! I can't wait to get a copy too :)