Lisa L Hannett is based in Adelaide, South Australia. She used to feel weird speaking about herself in the third person but has learned to embrace this convention: it makes a fair bit of sense, she’s realised, considering she often feels like several different people.
In an earlier life, Lisa lived in Canada where she earned an Honours degree in Fine Arts (majoring in painting and photography).
Another version of Lisa earned an Honours degree in English in South Australia. Subsequently, this part of her personality got it into her head that doing a PhD in medieval Icelandic literature (of all things!) would be a good idea. So in 2005 she began this immense task, completed it in 2011, and is now a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Flinders University.
The Lisa you’re here to see is a writer of speculative fiction, largely of the creepy or unsettling variety. She is also a graduate of Clarion South. Her short stories have appeared in venues including Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, The Dark, Weird Tales, Apex, Electric Velocipede, and Shimmer, among other places. (Her complete bibliography is here.) Her stories have won four Aurealis Awards, and have appeared on Locus’s Recommended Reading List, as well as in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror.
Her first collection of short stories, Bluegrass Symphony (Ticonderoga Publications) won the 2011 Aurealis Award for Best Collection, and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Collection. It deals with cowboys and fallow fields, shapeshifters and rednecks, superstitions and realities in harsh prairie country — and a whole bunch of other things thrown in the mix.
Her first novel, Lament for the Afterlife, was published by ChiZine Publications in 2015, and won the 2016 Australian National Science Fiction (‘Ditmar’) Award for Best Novel:
No one knows when the war against the greys began. There are theories, speculations, but the only certainties are air-raids, abductions, and inner city explosions. Assaults are endless, swift and lethal; the enemy’s stealth unsurpassed. Whispers have circulated for centuries, thoughts spinning from minds in visible wordwinds, clear for all to read, to wield, to steal. Where are the greys? When will they next strike? How can you attack something you can’t see? And secretly, fearfully: Are the greys even real? Spanning decades, Lament for the Afterlife follows one man as he negotiates the hostile territory of life after combat. Peytr Borysson comes from a long line of soldiers, but isn’t born for fighting. His ‘wind is better shaped for poetry than bullets. Even so, at sixteen he follows the local boys into battle – and never quite leaves. Interweaving Peytr’s struggles with those of his family, Lament for the Afterlife takes readers to the frontlines and far beyond, telling a story of ordinary people persisting in extraordinary circumstances. A novel of human survival, guilt, and the devastating power of memory, Lament for the Afterlife examines the physical and psychological distances we travel when beliefs are threatened – or held too tightly.
Her second collection, Midnight and Moonshine (co-authored with Angela Slatter) was published in November 2012. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, appeared on Locus‘s Recommended Reading List, and was nominated for Best Collection at the Aurealis Awards in 2012.
The Female Factory, her third collection (also co-authored with Angela Slatter), was published in December 2014, and won Best Collection at the Aurealis Awards in 2015.
Currently, Lisa is working on an historical speculative fiction duology based on the life of one of Iceland’s first settlers, an amazing woman named Unnr the Deep-Minded. Meanwhile, she has another collection coming out in March 2020 (ChiZine Publications): Little Digs returns to the world of Bluegrass Symphony because everyone needs a bit more honky-tonk in their lives. And because this Lisa has no concept of time restrictions, and is apparently accustomed to existing on very little sleep, she is also working another collection, which indulges her love of ships, sailors, fishermen, and mermaids…
Undoubtedly, most of these works will be categorised as ‘Dark Fantasy’ or ‘Horror’, which is hilarious considering all versions of Lisa are afraid of the dark.
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Lisa L. Hannett has had over 70 short stories appear in venues including Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex, The Dark and Year’s Best anthologies in Australia, Canada and the US. She has won four Aurealis Awards, including Best Collection for her first book, Bluegrass Symphony, which was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Her first novel, Lament for the Afterlife, was published in 2015. A new collection of short stories, Songs for Dark Seasons, is coming out in April 2020. You can find her online at http://lisahannett.com and on Twitter @LisaLHannett.