Home Again, Home Again: Post-Natcon, Post-Retreat, Post-Brisbane Post

This is probably the last and latest “post-Natcon” post to show its face on the interwebs — considering it’s now, what, a whole week after the convention ended? — but better late than never, I say. I had a grand time at Contact 2016, which kicked off on the Thursday evening with a completely fun…… Continue reading Home Again, Home Again: Post-Natcon, Post-Retreat, Post-Brisbane Post

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Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014

So happy to be able to announce that ‘Vox’ has been selected for the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014 — to be published in late October this year. The contents were released today, and here they are in alphabetical order: Alan Baxter, “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” [Suspended in Dusk] James Bradley, “The…… Continue reading Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014

Aurealis Weekend: In which Awards were won!

You’d think, as a writer, I’d have a full stock of words upon which to draw at any given moment. Phrases prepared for, you know, speaking to other word-based life forms. Quips and witticisms locked and loaded, ready for quick-shot commentary. Words are my business. I’ve spent years thinking about them, reading them, turning them…… Continue reading Aurealis Weekend: In which Awards were won!

Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten

In this month’s column for This Is Horror, I showcase nine of Australia’s best women writers of horror and dark fiction. So much amazing writing happening in Australian speculative fiction, in short stories and longer works alike. I could’ve gone on for ages, but I think the post would’ve buckled under the weight of all…… Continue reading Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten

Conflux 9 / Natcon 2013

Conflux 9 / Natcon 2013 is kicking off in Canberra on Thursday — so before I start packing for my flight tomorrow, I thought I’d tell you where I’ll be over the next few days! Basically, when I’m not at the hotel bar, you’ll find me here: Thursday: Fairy Tales, Old and New 9.00 -…… Continue reading Conflux 9 / Natcon 2013

I have been remiss…

Slackness the First: I’ve been back from Continuum for two days and have yet to post a con report. In short, the convention was brilliant. Got to Melbourne on Thursday evening, had a lovely dinner with Angela, Kirstyn and Mondy and then recorded our ‘guest appearance’ for the Writer and the Critic podcast. We had…… Continue reading I have been remiss…

Australian Shadows Awards 2011

The Australian Shadows Awards shortlists and winners have just been announced! I’m delighted that Bluegrass Symphony got an Honourable Mention for ‘Best Collection’ and my novella ‘From the Teeth of Strange Children’ got a nod as well! So cool to be mentioned alongside such excellent authors. Huge congratulations to all the winners and Honourable Mentions!…… Continue reading Australian Shadows Awards 2011

Continuum 8 Program

The Continuum 8 program is up, and I’m delighted to be part of some awesome panels and reading sessions. If you’re in Melbourne for the long weekend and are up for some Natcon excitement, swing past the Rydges on Swanston — Friday’s admission is a mere gold coin donation! Bargain! In case any of you…… Continue reading Continuum 8 Program

Aurealis Awards 2012 (In Which I Smile and Squee and Lose All Words)

What a weekend! I always have a blast at the Aurealis Awards, but Saturday night felt like a dream. SpecFaction NSW put on an incredible show in Sydney; the drinks flowed before and after the awards, the ceremony ran super-smoothly (Kate Forsyth in her AWESOME red leather gloves was a fantastic MC) and the vibe…… Continue reading Aurealis Awards 2012 (In Which I Smile and Squee and Lose All Words)

Six stories on Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Honorable Mentions List!

So exciting! Ellen Datlow has just published the full list of Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year, Vol 4 — and she gives the nod to SIX of my stories! Hannett, L. L. “Gutted,” Shimmer 13. Hannett, Lisa L. “Carousel,” Bluegrass Symphony. Hannett, Lisa L. “From the Teeth of Strange Children,” Bluegrass Symphony.…… Continue reading Six stories on Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Honorable Mentions List!