Where The Weird Things Are Volume 1

Review in from Aurealis Magazine for Where The Weird Things Are Volume 1. Edited by Clare Rhoden and Austin P. Sheehan. Published by Deadset Press. (Available here: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Weird-Things-Are-Fantastic/dp/0645022853

Other stories are enjoyable, speculative romps. Geraldine Borella’s ‘Ghosts of the Inland Sea’ is a stand-out – pairing academic infighting with vengeful dinosaur ghosts…

Michaela Teschendorff Harden, Aurealis Magazine Issue 157


A Young Adult Climate Fiction Anthology


Dust Makers: people, machines, attitudes, evidence

Who are we when the stakes are our survival and the change makers might be us?

My science fiction story, Lost Soul, follows young draggernaut pilot Halley Rutherford as she navigates the positives and negatives of her role in the galactic mining industry. How much influence can one person have on a mining behemoth like AsterResources? A lot, it seems.

Dust Makers is a collection of thirteen young adult stories by Australian authors that examines the impact we have on our environment. Can the choices and decisions we make effect a difference? How can we contribute to the health of our planet, now and into the future?

Covering a wide range of genres and settings—from historical to dystopian, sci-fi to contemporary—Dust Makers explores themes of sustainability and environmental legacy. What kind of world do we want to leave our future generations?

Edited by Penny Jaye and RA Stephens, Dust Makers is published by Rhiza Edge/Wombat Books and is available for pre-order now. https://wombatrhiza.com.au/dust-makers/

“Hand & Heart”

Midnight Echo 17, The Magazine of the Australasian Horror Writers Association

Edited by Greg Chapman

Midnight Echo 17

Goodreads Review: thanks to Cameron Trost (Author and Editor at Black Beacon Books)

It’s hard to believe this is Greg Chapman’s very first foray into the wonderful world of editing. Welcome aboard, mate, and let’s hope you have the opportunity to stitch together a host of other horror magazines and anthologies in the future. Greg’s hand can be felt steering the prose and verse collected here from start to finish; there’s his trademark penchant for tales of descent, madness, and torture in which the supernatural is blurred with the psychological.

Issue 17 of Midnight Echo had me enjoying the fiction of both familiar names and authors whose work I’d not yet encountered. Mark Towse’s “The Fruits of Labour” is the standout story in this issue, both haunting and horrifying the reader, and no doubt hitting close to home for many a fellow writer, while Matthew R. Davis shows us what it means to have a monster for a father and Claire Fitzpatrick doesn’t fail to disappoint (as usual) with “The Lighthouse”, a domestic thriller inspired by a grim real-life discovery. But let’s not forget to mention one of the new names, for this reader at least; Geraldine Borella’s “Hand and Heart” is a mind-bending tale that will have you questioning everything you think you know about everyone in your life, and the final line of dialogue is a ripper.

Congratulations to Greg Chapman and all the team on Midnight Echo #17.https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/61759163#CommunityReviews

Midnight Echo Issue 16

Midnight Echo 16 is out now and available through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09M696ZZY

My story, Hatchling, set on a crocodile farm in Pormpurraw, Far North Queensland, features in it.

The story came about after listening to some tall tales from an ex-crocodile farmer and after hearing a retelling of an actual feed taking place. Of course, everything else is entirely fictional—the farm and the characters, and the troubles they find themselves in. But I hope the flavour of Far North Queensland shines through.

Thanks to Tim Hawken, Alan Baxter, AHWA and the Midnight Echo crew for allowing this ‘Hatchling Horror Writer’ to join in. Enjoy!

The Opposite of Disappearing

Short Stories in Uncertain Times

Edited by Laura Norris & R.A. Stephens

Published by Rhiza Edge

A homeless boy walks the city in search of a prized possession. A couple wakes to a day where the sun refuses to rise. Two housemates, reeling from the loss of their friend, are saddled with the care of a pot plant. A new student attempts to include herself in the worst known environment: a new school. A girl, lost in time, adapts to the new normal.

These fourteen short stories explore connectivity, resilience, grief and the small ways to navigate the uncertainties of life.

Authors included: Sandy Bigna, D. J. Blackmore, Geraldine Borella, Samantha-Ellen Bound, Niko Campbell-Ellis, Peter Clarkson, Kelly Emmerton, Carla Fitzgerald, Kate Gordon, Deborah Huff-Horwood, Elizabeth Macintosh, Laura Norris, Frances Prentice and R. A. Stephens.

Reviewed by Sam at Lamont Books: ‘Written during the current pandemic, when we questioned everything about life, this is a wonderful collection of fourteen short stories, suited to upper secondary students.

These short stories are all about experiencing life, both the good and the bad times. These stories draw on how we can all learn from what we go through, and prove to ourselves how strong and resilient we really can be.

They are stories of how deep experiences in life help shape who we become, and how we react to confronting situations.

From escaping broken and violent family situations, overcoming grief, anxiety and mental health issues, these stories are ones that will stay with you.

These stories might be short, but they are powerful and insightful, and with the stories all coming from different authors they tackle the theme of uncertainty from a variety of perspectives. A wonderful read for those living in uncertain times.

The Opposite of Disappearing: Author Interview with Geraldine Borella

Check out my author interview at: https://wombatrhiza.com.au/blog/the-opposite-of-disappearing-author-interview-with-geraldine-borella/


Coming Soon: Crossed Spaces

Posted by Rhiza Edge on 19th Dec 2020

We are pleased to announce the winners of Crossed Spaces!

Congratulations to:

Adele Jones, Anne Hamilton, Catriona McKeown, Emily Larkin, Geraldine Borella, Janeen Samuel, Jennie Del Mastro, Jennifer Horn, Jo Hart, Jonathan E. Furneaux, Lynne Stringer, Jack Garrety, Penny Jaye, Rosanne Hawke, Russell Hume and Stephanie Martin.

Each have contributed a fantastical story to this collection, which as been edited by Lynne Stringer and RA Stephens, bringing to you a handful of different worlds to visit!

Crossed Spaces is a collection of 16 short stories that explore different aspects of the realms of science-fiction and fantasy. Tales of humour, action and the quintessential sci-fi existential crisis of the human race; there’s a little something for everyone.

Meet the clockmaker that fixes a broken time machine; a young scientist who betrays his people to protect an alien species; a girl bonds with her new technological helper; a boy who finds his whole life changing when his best friend writes in a mysterious notebook; and a crew aboard a settlement spaceship who discover that sleeping passengers have gone missing …

TOC Reveal: Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies

Very excited to announce that my story, My Sweet Porcupette, will be included in this anthology in 2021. Everyone has a frightening story to tell about pregnancy and childbirth, right? Well, this one’s definitely not your normal childbirth horror story. Published by IFWG Publishing Australia.

Jump Write In

It’s daunting to create a writing blog. What do I have to say that hasn’t already been said before? And what gives me the chops to be talking about this topic? Maybe I should just stop, kick back, grab a delicious glass of red and watch Netflix instead? Or better still, read a book.

I could have surrendered to that taunting naysayer on my shoulder years ago, when I first put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard. But I’m glad I didn’t. Writing has become a passionate pursuit, providing me with moments of utter exhilaration and complete despair. Quite a roller coaster ride, really. A bit like life! But for me, at least, the highs far outweigh the lows.

I’ve been fortunate enough to benefit from the wisdom of other writers, passionate writers who’ve been generous with their time. I think most of us writers are like that though. They want to give back, ‘pay it forward’, impart what they’ve learned. And that’s what I hope to do with this blog. I’d love to connect with you here, so please feel free to comment and share your wisdom too.

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