Call for Recommendations: reprint anthology

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In the past two years, I’ve read a number of works that made me decide to put together a collection of very Australian flavoured stories. The collection is titled Australis Imaginarium, and will be produced by my new press, FableCroft Publishing, which will also be printing my original anthology for kids, Worlds Next Door.


I’m looking for short story reprints by Australian authors that are strongly Australian, particularly those that “feel” like alternative Australian folklore or mythology. Please note, this does not mean they have to be Aboriginal or Dreaming in origin, although of course this type of story will be included. I am not looking for “ocker” stories that don’t contain a strong speculative element.


As a guide to what I’m seeking, the stories that inspired the project are Thoraiya Dyer’s “Night Heron’s Curse” (ASIM 37), “The Jacaranda Wife” by Angela Slatter (Dreaming Again), and “Once a month, on a Sunday” by Ian McHugh (ASIM 40). While these stories were the start of the project, they are not wholly representative of the type of stories I will consider, so don’t be afraid to suggest stories that don’t exactly feel like these.


I would love to hear from authors, publishers and fans who can suggest any stories that might fit this collection, which will be available for Worldcon in September. I know there’s been a rich history of speculative fiction in Australian settings published over the last few decades – I’m looking forward to discovering more of it!


Please comment below if you have recommendations, or email me (with e-text of stories attached if possible!) at fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com if you prefer! Publications will be paid.

I will also be seeking artwork for the anthology – reprint or original – not necessarily related to particular stories. Please email if you would like to submit any work (also paid publication).

Feel free to spread the word πŸ™‚





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25 responses to “Call for Recommendations: reprint anthology

  1. Anonymous

    Just off the top of my head…
    ‘Dragon Bones’, by Joanne Anderton (ASIM 39)
    ‘Map’, by Adam Bales (ASIM 37)
    ‘Dark Continent’, by Greg Egan (Oceanic, Gollancz)
    ‘The Dark and What It Said,’ by Rick Kennett (ASIM 28)
    ‘Taking Back the Words’, by Patty Jansen (Ticon4)
    ‘Requiem for the General’, Geoff Maloney (Tales from the Crypto-System)

  2. Anonymous

    yay! congrats on launching the press… though I think you’re better off calling it something beginning with T πŸ˜‰

  3. Anonymous

    After reading Lee Battersby’s snapshot, I ordered a Brimstone Press anthology whose name I forget for the sole purpose of reading the story he was so proud of.
    It hasn’t arrived yet, but since you’re the one who snapshutted him, you’ve no doubt already read it πŸ™‚
    Also, I would be willing to kiss Patricia Wrighton’s boots if she had a suitable reprint to contribute πŸ˜€
    And I wonder if Alexis Wright might have any short stories along the lines of Carpentaria. I’ve never actually gotten off my arse and ordered The Serpent’s Covenant. Then again, she might not consider the spirits in her stories to be fantastic…she might be just as offended as if I’d asked the Pope if we could include the Book of Genesis.
    The life so short, the craft so long to learn πŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous

    Margo’s creepy story about the Christmas pudding!

  5. Anonymous

    I had a story in Antipodean SF that was so Australian it was virtually indecipherable by anyone from any other country. Are you looking for flash?

    • Anonymous

      Sure, happy to consider everything people think might fit the theme! πŸ™‚ Email me?

      • Anonymous

        Hmm… now I think about it… it might not be a flash fiction piece, more of an ocker joke about penis size stretched into a flash piece and smeared with aliens. I think your theme is too classy for it!

  6. Anonymous

    A couple from The Outcast – Kylie Seluka’s Awakening the Spirit, and Lily Chrywenstrom’s The Rubbish Witch.
    Congrats and good luck with the new press – hope it’s a fun and fulfilling ride for you.

  7. Anonymous

    …and I almost forgot “Brolga Dreaming” by Deborah McDonnell:

  8. Anonymous

    Terning the Weel by Kim Westwood, Aurealis magazine.

  9. Anonymous

    The Hanging Tree by Lyn Battersby, Borderlands #6
    Also, Stephen Dedman has a fantastic one in ‘Gathering The Bones’– the name escapes me, and I dont have a copy to hand, but the story’s stuck with me for 6 years now.
    Lee Battersby

  10. Anonymous

    Isobel Carmody’s “Green Monkey Dreams”.

  11. Anonymous

    I’d love to see some of the early Aurealis stuff. Don’t have my books with me of course (and this could already be covered), but it would be great to have stuff from a broad time period.

  12. Anonymous

    Are you looking for works that have already been published???

    • Anonymous

      Re: Laurelle
      Hi there
      As it says in the guidelines above, only reprints will be considered.
      Thanks for your interest!

  13. Anonymous

    Its a nice guide for a newbies like me…:) Thanks for sharing…
    Imee from Philippines for Kids, Adults and Teachers

  14. Anonymous

    Pass The Parcel! Best party game ever.

  15. Anonymous

    Hear Hear! *slinks glass*

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