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Thirty-two fantastic stories and poems first published in 2011, from New Zealand's and Australia's finest writers. Contents: Peter M Ball "Briar Day" (Moonlight Tuber) Lee Battersby "Europe After The Rain" (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press) Deborah Biancotti "Bad Power" (Bad Power, Twelfth Planet Press) Jenny Blackford "The Head in the Goatskin Bag" (Kaleidotrope) Simon Brown "T Thirty-two fantastic stories and poems first published in 2011, from New Zealand's and Australia's finest writers. Contents: Peter M Ball "Briar Day" (Moonlight Tuber) Lee Battersby "Europe After The Rain" (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press) Deborah Biancotti "Bad Power" (Bad Power, Twelfth Planet Press) Jenny Blackford "The Head in the Goatskin Bag" (Kaleidotrope) Simon Brown "Thin Air" (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications) David Conyers and David Kernot "Winds Of Nzambi" (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA) Stephen Dedman "More Matter, Less Art" (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA) Sara Douglass & Angela Slatter "The Hall of Lost Footsteps" (The Hall of Lost Footsteps, Ticonderoga Publications) Felicity Dowker "Berries & Incense" (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications) Terry Dowling "Dark Me, Night You" (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA) Jason Fischer "Hunting Rufus" (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA) Christopher Green "Letters Of Love From The Once And Newly Dead" (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA) Paul Haines "The Past Is A Bridge Best Left Burnt" (The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Brimstone Press) Lisa L Hannett "Forever, Miss Tapekwa County" (Bluegrass Symphony, Ticonderoga Publications) Richard Harland "At The Top Of The Stairs" (Shadows and Tall Trees #2, Undertow Publications) John Harwood "Face To Face" (Ghosts by Gaslight, HarperCollins) Pete Kempshall "Someone Else To Play With" (Beauty Has Her Way, Dark Quest Books) Jo Langdon "Heaven" (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press) Maxine McArthur "The Soul of the Machine" (Winds of Change, CSFG) Ian McHugh "The Wishwriter's Wife" (Daily Science Fiction) Andrew J McKiernan "Love Death" (Aurealis #45, Chimaera Publications) Kirstyn McDermott "Frostbitten" (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications) Margaret Mahy "Wolf Night" (The Wilful Eye - Tales From the Tower #1, Allen & Unwin) Anne Mok "Interview with the Jiangshi" (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications) Jason Nahrung "Wraiths" (Winds of Change, CSFG) Anthony Panegyres "Reading Coffee" (Overland, OL Society) Tansy Rayner Roberts "The Patrician" (Love and Romanpunk, Twelfth Planet Press) Angela Rega "Love In the Atacama or the Poetry of Fleas" (Crossed Genres, CGP) Angela Slatter "The Coffin-Maker's Daughter" (A Book of Horrors, Jo Fletcher Books) Lucy Sussex "Thief of Lives" (Thief of Lies, Twelfth Planet Press) Kyla Ward "The Kite" (The Land of Bad Dreams, P'rea Press) Kaaron Warren "All You Can Do Is Breathe" (Blood and Other Cravings, Tor) In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2011 and a list of recommended stories.


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Thirty-two fantastic stories and poems first published in 2011, from New Zealand's and Australia's finest writers. Contents: Peter M Ball "Briar Day" (Moonlight Tuber) Lee Battersby "Europe After The Rain" (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press) Deborah Biancotti "Bad Power" (Bad Power, Twelfth Planet Press) Jenny Blackford "The Head in the Goatskin Bag" (Kaleidotrope) Simon Brown "T Thirty-two fantastic stories and poems first published in 2011, from New Zealand's and Australia's finest writers. Contents: Peter M Ball "Briar Day" (Moonlight Tuber) Lee Battersby "Europe After The Rain" (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press) Deborah Biancotti "Bad Power" (Bad Power, Twelfth Planet Press) Jenny Blackford "The Head in the Goatskin Bag" (Kaleidotrope) Simon Brown "Thin Air" (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications) David Conyers and David Kernot "Winds Of Nzambi" (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA) Stephen Dedman "More Matter, Less Art" (Midnight Echo #6, AHWA) Sara Douglass & Angela Slatter "The Hall of Lost Footsteps" (The Hall of Lost Footsteps, Ticonderoga Publications) Felicity Dowker "Berries & Incense" (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications) Terry Dowling "Dark Me, Night You" (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA) Jason Fischer "Hunting Rufus" (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA) Christopher Green "Letters Of Love From The Once And Newly Dead" (Midnight Echo #5, AHWA) Paul Haines "The Past Is A Bridge Best Left Burnt" (The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Brimstone Press) Lisa L Hannett "Forever, Miss Tapekwa County" (Bluegrass Symphony, Ticonderoga Publications) Richard Harland "At The Top Of The Stairs" (Shadows and Tall Trees #2, Undertow Publications) John Harwood "Face To Face" (Ghosts by Gaslight, HarperCollins) Pete Kempshall "Someone Else To Play With" (Beauty Has Her Way, Dark Quest Books) Jo Langdon "Heaven" (After the Rain, Fablecroft Press) Maxine McArthur "The Soul of the Machine" (Winds of Change, CSFG) Ian McHugh "The Wishwriter's Wife" (Daily Science Fiction) Andrew J McKiernan "Love Death" (Aurealis #45, Chimaera Publications) Kirstyn McDermott "Frostbitten" (More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications) Margaret Mahy "Wolf Night" (The Wilful Eye - Tales From the Tower #1, Allen & Unwin) Anne Mok "Interview with the Jiangshi" (Dead Red Heart, Ticonderoga Publications) Jason Nahrung "Wraiths" (Winds of Change, CSFG) Anthony Panegyres "Reading Coffee" (Overland, OL Society) Tansy Rayner Roberts "The Patrician" (Love and Romanpunk, Twelfth Planet Press) Angela Rega "Love In the Atacama or the Poetry of Fleas" (Crossed Genres, CGP) Angela Slatter "The Coffin-Maker's Daughter" (A Book of Horrors, Jo Fletcher Books) Lucy Sussex "Thief of Lives" (Thief of Lies, Twelfth Planet Press) Kyla Ward "The Kite" (The Land of Bad Dreams, P'rea Press) Kaaron Warren "All You Can Do Is Breathe" (Blood and Other Cravings, Tor) In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2011 and a list of recommended stories.

47 review for The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011

  1. 5 out of 5

    Don Midas

    I was pleasantly surprised by this anthology. Australian speculative fiction is up there with the world's best and the best here would fit amongst the best anywhere. That being said there were a couple stories (largely from the horror section) that didn't feel as strong. There are some big/ emerging big names here eg Sara Douglas, Terry Dowling, Margaret Mahy, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Lee Battersby and Kaaron Waaren My three favourites, which I've already reread, were Reading Coffee by Panegyres, M I was pleasantly surprised by this anthology. Australian speculative fiction is up there with the world's best and the best here would fit amongst the best anywhere. That being said there were a couple stories (largely from the horror section) that didn't feel as strong. There are some big/ emerging big names here eg Sara Douglas, Terry Dowling, Margaret Mahy, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Lee Battersby and Kaaron Waaren My three favourites, which I've already reread, were Reading Coffee by Panegyres, Miss Tapewka County by Hannett and The Coffinmaker's Daughter by Slatter. I actually haven't heard of any of them (maybe that's my fault) but I look forward to reading more from them all in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    When Talie Helene told me in a Canberra pub that she had a new copy of Ticonderoga Press’s Years Best Fantasy and Horror 2011, I laid my last twenty bucks on the table, sight unseen. The first of the volume was such a diversely satisfying collection of recently published stories by Australian writers that there was no chance I was going to miss out on Part Two. And what a collection it is. As chunky as a novel, what the current Year’s Best shows is how integrated the Horror and Fantasy genres hav When Talie Helene told me in a Canberra pub that she had a new copy of Ticonderoga Press’s Years Best Fantasy and Horror 2011, I laid my last twenty bucks on the table, sight unseen. The first of the volume was such a diversely satisfying collection of recently published stories by Australian writers that there was no chance I was going to miss out on Part Two. And what a collection it is. As chunky as a novel, what the current Year’s Best shows is how integrated the Horror and Fantasy genres have become among Australian writers now—we like a good dollop of darkness with our fantastic fiction, and the lines between are as blurred as the shadow that lurks in your room after the lights go out. Ten to fifteen years ago, a fantasy collection would have heavily leant towards stories of the Tolkienesque and heroic D&D kind. We might still see a resurgence of this after readers get tired of the current media and literary fashion of dystopia and grimdark, but that’s still a way off, if our best published stories give any indication. There are several standouts in this collection. Angela Slatter’s Gravedigger‘s Daughter, won this Year’s British Fantasy Award winner. She absolutely deserved it.. The tropes of ghosts and magic and dastardly dames are all eminently recognisable, yet a quirk of noir elevates a murderous tale into something else altogether. Revenge seems to play a big part in a lot of these stories. A great many victims turn the tables on their oppressors, bad people get punished. Pure Horror sometimes doesn’t have this denouement, as he Final Girl often runs off only to fall into our monster/killer’s last trap. The fantasy element of this collection allows for a sweeter, more triumphal wrap-up of our sometimes hapless protagonist. One final note, many of these stories were published overseas. As little as five years ago it was unfairly suggested that AU publications didn’t have the same robustness as say, UK and US markets. I’m happy to say that this comparison is no longer the case. Elephant Stamp On The Hand Rating: - Good Work!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

    Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team. To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over. Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team. To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over.

  4. 4 out of 5

    EveLyn

    A wonderful book with beautifully written stories that would be perfect for anyone who is a fan of the Horror/fantasy genres!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ticonderoga Publications

    Standard Ticonderoga Disclaimer: We published this book because we loved it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Franken

  7. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Holm

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  9. 4 out of 5

    A. Dawes

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa A Brewer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Evangelia Kasmetli

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nick Pane

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Panegyres

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Blackford

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pam And

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  20. 5 out of 5

    j rees

  21. 5 out of 5

    Abhinav

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caitrin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eldorankin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trish

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Gates

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  30. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Irfan

  31. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  32. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ownsbey

  33. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  34. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  35. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

  36. 5 out of 5

    F.

  37. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  38. 4 out of 5

    Christiane

  39. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha

  40. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

  41. 5 out of 5

    Meag

  42. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer beck

  43. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  44. 4 out of 5

    Katreed

  45. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Schlais

  46. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  47. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

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