Short Stories

 

The Last Tiger

In a mechanical future devoid of life, Edward falls in love with the Last Tiger. But her existence comes at a cost. Online now at Daily SF.

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Sand and Seawater – co-written with Rabia Gale

An island where bad luck is sewn into dolls sent out to sea. But what happens when the dolls start coming back? Published in One Small Step from Fablecroft Publishing.

Always a Price

Winner of the AHWA Short story award 2012. Published in Midnight Echo 8 November 2012.

Reprinted in Award Winning Australian Writing 2013.

Sanaa’s Army

Bloodstones October 2012.

Reprinted in Focus 2012: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction from FableCroft Publishing.

Luminaire

Published in From Stage Door Shadows in September 2012. Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.

The Bone Chime Song

Zvonimir creates wind chimes that can summon the shadowy spirit of whatever they are made of. His old friend, war hero, and city Watchman, Casimir arrives at his door with the body of a murder victim, and asks him to build a wind chime from their bones. The city Necromancers have been unable to raise the victim’s spirit, and plagued by his own demons and doubts, Casimir turns again to his oldest friend — as he always does in his times of need. But Zvonimir can not foresee the song the bone chime will sing, or the impact it will have on both of them. Published in Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear from Peggy Bright Books, June 2012.

A Memory Trapped in Light

Isola lives a hard life beneath Crust, amidst the ruins of her civilisation. When her sister Ruby is taken by one of the terrible Drones, she will risk everything to get her back. But Isola cannot imagine who she will meet on that fateful journey, or the consequences of her actions — consequences that will echo through two worlds. A story set in the Debris universe, published in Epilogue from Fablecroft Press, June 2012.

Tied to the Waste

A crippled witch and her enhanced cats make magic out of the scrap of a dying world. When they find the pure body of a dead bird among all the usual rubbish, it brings hope, and an entirely different kind of power. Published in Tales of the Talisman, March 2012.

Reprinted in The Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012.

High Density

In an ordinary suburban street a secret war is being waged, between the encroaching Density and a small band of residents intent on preserving the past. A story about coping with change when it all happens too fast, and the magical artifacts we hold onto, the ones with the strength of our memories and past. Published in ASIM, February 2012.

Out Hunting For Teeth

Wype, part machine, part dead boy, hunts humans through the insides of a crippled starship, so he can extract their useful material, such as skeletons and neural networks. He usually ignores the whispers from his dead boy’s brain and listens to his programming instead, until he finds the body of a man hanged by his own people. What he discovers on the dead man’s networks will change everything. Published in Midnight Echo 6, November 2011.

Out Hunting for Teeth received an honorable mention in the 2011 Australian Shadows Award for best short story.

Midnight Echo 6 received an honorable mention in the 2011 Australian Shadows Award for best edited collection.

Flowers in the Shadow of the Garden

Asfar is Threaded, bound to collect powerful and toxic stigma from the Gardens of plants and bone that float above her desert world. The Gardens have begun to fall, and with the stigma growing scarce, she finds herself in a conflict for resources with the technologically advanced City States. But when one such battle brings an entire Garden down on her, Asfar must learn to trust her enemy — Edward, captain of a City State harvester — to survive. Can Edward and Asfar put aside their conflict to learn the truth about the Gardens, and save themselves? Published in the Hope Anthology from Kayelle Press, October 2011.

Flowers in the Shadow of the Garden was a finalist for the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story.

It was also shortlisted for the WSFA Small Press award!

From the Dry Heart to the Sea

When the drought finally breaks in a dry, far-future, the suddenly raging river brings more than water with it. Damla, the only female ferrymaster in Town, doesn’t trust the river or the changes it makes to the people around her. With ‘Ararat’, her trusty ferry, she must decide where she belongs, and what she is willing to sacrifice to survive the river’s deadly waves. Published in After the Rain by FableCroft Publishing, April 2011.

The Sea at Night

Joe is homeless, and every night he digs through the sand of Maroubra beach, looking for the life that was stolen from him. Then he meets Gideon, who offers him an alternative to his misery and loneliness, but only at a terrible price. Published in Dead Red Heart by Ticonderoga Publications, April 2011.

The Sea at Night received an honorable mention in the 2011 Australian Shadows Award for best short story.

Dead Red Heart won the Australian Shadows award for best edited collection.

Breathtaker

Published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue #44 in August 2010.

Worlds Next Door

Graffiti

Matt thought scribbling a little graffiti would be harmless fun. But when he discovers the truth can he save his mate Jason from the ghosts he has awakened? A YA story published in Worlds Next Door, FableCroft Publishing in August 2010. Visit the accompanying website – containing free teaching materials, story downloads, podcasts, guest blogs and more.

Our of the Frying Pan

A Little Courage

The real-life story of how my husband and I met, and came to realise what we meant to each other (no dragons or ghosts in this one!) Published in Out of the Frying Pan: Bittersweet Tales of Stumbling Into Adulthood by Finch Publishing in March 2010.

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Little Ghost Boy

The little ghost boy, too frightened to join the other dead playing in the ocean, meets a little living girl… who just might be scarier than any of the dead. Published in Midnight Echo 3 in November 2009.

Albatross Ghosts

A lonely old man knows the truth about a world ravaged by ghosts. Published in Kaleidotrope #7, October 2009.

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Shadow of Drought
For a small, drought ravaged community, salvation comes with a price. Published in Midnight Echo Issue 2 in June 2009, I will forever think of this as ‘The Creepy Statue Story’. This story was recommended for a 2009 Stoker award!

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Dragon Bones

An outback emergency, a powerful secret, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service… with dragons! Published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #39, June 2009. Shortlisted for a 2009 Aurealis Award for ‘Best Young Adult Short Story’.

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Trail of Dead has been reprinted in Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror Vol 3! By Brimstone Press in 2009.

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Death Masque
Henry is willing to risk everything to give his dead son a second chance at life. But does he really understand the cost? Published in the CSFG anthology, Masques, in March 2009.

Cold Beneath the Bougainvillea

Even dead cats need a bed to snuggle into on a cold night. Published in 2008 in the innovative Black Box.

Wordwitch
When a prison guard falls for one of his prisoners it changes not only him, but the rest of his world. July 2008 issue feature story at A Fly in Amber.

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Dogs
In the walls of a plague-ravaged city, a secret, dark war is being raged. This story won the Conjure short story competition in 2006, and was published in Aurealis in 2007.

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Demons and Gin

Can a drunk, ex-powerful sorcerer save the world from the reanimated corpse of a woman he failed to protect the first time? Published in 2007 in Niteblade.

Zombies

Trail of Dead
Where would you go if you were cursed to raise the dead in your footsteps, and a driza-bone wearing, samurai sword wielding hunter was bent on getting rid of you? How about the Australian outback? Published in 2007 in ‘Zombies’ by Altair Australia.

Touched by Wonder

When the Mountain Weeps
The mountain is a jealous mother. Eventually, her sons must return home. Published in 2007 in ‘Touched by Wonder’ by Meadowhawk Press.

Whale Fall
At the bottom of the ocean, whole societies depend on the body of a dead whale to survive. Who will they feast on, if all the whales are gone? Published in 2007 at Daikaijuzine.

Flightless
The girl and her dragon (or was that the other way around) return! What will happen to their relationship if the dragon is a dragon no more? Published in 2007 at Arcane Twilight.

Thread Embrace
Some outfits really like their owners, and aren’t happy when they’re murdered by a dress-obsessed serial killer. This strange story was published in 2007 at The Harrow.

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Mirror Dirt

A good reason to keep your mirrors clean! This flash fiction story was published in 2007 in Flashspec Volume Two.

Darkened
A ‘dark soldier’ attempts to flee army life, and makes a friend who shows her there is hope in even the darkest of magics. Published in 2007 in the very first Staffs & Starships Magazine.

Threefold
In this story a witch does a Goddess’ dirty work to bring a supernatural nasty to justice. Published in 2007 at Bewildering Stories.

Swinging the World
A very, very short story inspired by spending my lunch break on a set of swings near work. Won Flash Me Magazine’s October 2006 ‘Lightning Flash Fiction’ competition.

Bond
A story about a girl and her dragon. Or maybe that’s a dragon and his girl? Published in 2006 by Deep Magic, a gorgeous magazine that is sadly no longer with us.

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The Feast
A kind-of zombie story, and my first ever publication! Came 3rd in the Australian Horror Writers Association flash fiction competition in 2005 and was published in Shadowed Realms. Reprinted in Book of Shadows Volume One.