Category Archives: Books

Monstrous Big Stories

Remember Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales, edited by Robert Hood and Robin Pen? It was a much-lauded collection of 26 original giant monster stories — and the anthology ended up winning a Ditmar Award (Australian Hugo) for Best Collection in 2005.  … Continue reading

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Creeping to the Top

Much to my own self-satisfaction, the good folk over at Not If You Were the Last Short Story in the World have included my novella “Creeping in Reptile Flesh” (the lead story in the recent collection of the same name, … Continue reading

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The Lost Thing… Animated

The work of Shaun Tan — The Rabbits, The Arrival, The Lost Thing, The Red Tree and most recently the superb Tales from Outer Suburbia — are brilliant, good-natured yet edgy, quirky and luminous — a bit like Shaun himself. … Continue reading

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Coming: Shambling Towards Hiroshima

With its elegant referencing of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming”: And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? James Morrow’s Godzilla-allusive new novel, Slouching Towards Hiroshima, slouches towards a release date … Continue reading

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New Publication: Scary Food

A zombie grabbed at him from behind the breakfast cereals. He actually smelt it before he saw it – a nasty mix of rotting meat, rancid blood and something else, something deep and sorrowful. He ducked away, thinking that maybe … Continue reading

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New Publication: Creeping in Reptile Flesh

Creeping in Reptile Flesh is a new collection of stories, gathered around a loose (a very loose) theme that is dictated by the title story — a 20,000 word novella that can be described this way (to quote from the … Continue reading

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New: Voices

Hotel rooms can be very creepy places and have occasionally been the setting for horror stories and films. The Stephen King-based ghost flick 1408 (US-2007; dir. Mikael Håfström) springs to mind. Now Morrigan Books is about to release Voices, an … Continue reading

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Spectres of the Past: James Doig

James Doig has recently published two excellent anthologies of early Australian supernatural horror fiction: Australian Gothic: An Anthology of Australian Supernatural Fiction 1867-1939, edited by James Doig (Equilibrium Books, 2007) and Australian Nightmares: More Australian Tales of Terror and the … Continue reading

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Doctor Grordbort’s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory (Catalogue Edition)

A catalogue of wondtabulous merchandise has just become available. Produced by the good folk at WETA studios (SFX creators for such films as Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong), in conjunction with Dark Horse Books, it … Continue reading

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Update: The Arrival

Shaun Tan’s fantastic all-picture book (for want of a better term), The Arrival, has been nominated in three categories of the 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: Best Graphic Album — New Best U.S. Edition of International Material Best Writer/Artist … Continue reading

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