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BEST OF books
Edited by Liz Grzyb ($25 plus postage, Ticonderoga Publications)
With Twilight continuing to assault bestseller lists, ‘paranormal romance’ has
become the genre de jour. Scary Kisses, however, doesn’t so much jump on the
bandwagon as stop it at gunpoint and force it off in a different direction.
Glittery bloodsuckers give way to all manner of mystical beings in love,
highlights being Angela Slatter and LL Hannett’s dragon tale and Felicity
Dowker’s gruesome story of love after death. Visit ticonderogapublications.com.
By Marianne de Pierres ($35 plus
postage, Twelfth Planet Press)
Carmine Island is shrouded by
unusual spores that turn the
beaches into shiny, rose-coloured
expanses. The spores have strange
effects on people, so only those
with the cash for the antidote can
afford to live there, and, as one new
arrival finds, the isolation creates a
hiding place for the sinister and
secretive. This collection of short
stories paints an evocative picture
of a strange new environment,
against which the corruptions and
frailties of its characters are laid
bare. Visit twelfthplanetpress.com.
SIZE DOESN’T MATTER
RUSSELL B. FARR, PUBLISHER/EDITOR
Russell started Ticonderog a Publications in the mid-90s, and in the past
15 years the Perth company has scooped a number of awards for
individual tales and short-story collections.
Q/1 What are your hottest titles at the moment? Dead Sea Fruit by
Kaaron Warren and The Girl With No Hands, and other tales by Angela
Slatter. Dead Sea Fruit is a large collection of stories by a multiple award-
winning Canberra writer. The Girl With No Hands is the first Australian
collection by a fantastic Brisbane-based writer – fairytales for grown-ups.
Q/2 What have you got coming up? Next June we launch The Year’s
Best Australian Fantasy and Hor ror, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene.
We’re also g oing to be publishing the debut collections from three exciting
writers: Lisa L. Hannett, Felicity Dowker and Lezli Robyn. Lisa writes
unusual, astounding and thought-provoking tales, Felicity spins amazing,
creepy yarns that get under the skin, and Lezli is making waves overseas,
and is deser vedly selling to some impressive international markets.
Q/3 Who tops your list of local writers? I’ve had the pleasure of
working with several exciting WA writers, including Stephen Dedman,
Martin Livings and Sonia Helbig. Carol Ryles is probably the writer
I’m most excited by – she doesn’t write enough and each story she
sends me makes me want more.
Q/4 How can a writer get to work for you? Send me a g ood story.
There are a bunch of open projects right now, full details are available
online (ticonderogapublications.com). I’m presently looking for vampire
tales set in Australia, and also science fiction or fantasy novels.
Q/5 What are you looking for in a new writer? Talent, ideas and the
ability to send my mind somewhere it hasn’t been before. The ability to
craft interesting sentences and tell stories with style, as well as the usual
stuff, having good spelling and grammar.
ALISA KRASNOSTEIN, PUBLISHER/EDITOR,
TWELFTH PLANET PRESS
Alisa has been in small press for five years, starting with online publishing then
moving into print in 2008. Twelfth Planet has since become a respected name in
speculative fiction, winning the Washington Science Fiction Association Small
Press Award – the first Australian (and Perth!) small press to do so.
Q/1 What’s your hottest title at the moment? The boutique collection
Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres. It’s our first hardcover book and features
four interconnected short stories, as well as one bonus story.
Q/2 What have you got coming up? Our most exciting project for next
year is The Twelve Planets, one four-story collection from a different female
short-story writer for every month of 2011. The works span time and space
and science fiction, fantasy and horror. I’m looking forward to sharing what
Australian female short story writers have to offer.
Q/3 Who, in your opinion, is the most exciting up-and-coming writer
on your books? Peter M Ball has made a big splash with his noir detective
novella Hor n, which I published last year. He subverts a lot of fantasy tropes
in gritty, dark pieces. The sequel, Bleed, is equally gripping.
Q/4 Who tops your list of local writers? I’m excited to announce that
WA writer Sue Isle will headline The Twelve Planets series with a short-story
collection called The Nightside. It follows several young protag onists finding
their own identities in a post-apocalyptic Perth CBD with no formal rule.
Q/5 How can a writer get to work for you? Keep an eye on my website
twelfthplanetpress.com, where I announce reading periods and submissions
guidelines for projects. I’m open to pitches, but send a query email first.
Q/6 What are you looking for in a new writer? I’m looking to be blown
away. So, no pressure! Anything I buy is because the work has fought for
my attention. I’m looking for unique works. And I’m also looking to
be challenged or thought-provoked. Above all else, I’m looking for
works that have something to say.
LOOKING FOR GREAT STORIES BY LOCAL TALENT?
LOOK NO FURTHER THAN OUR SMALL-PRESS PUBLISHERS
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