“A Pet is for Life” (reprint) and “Little Worm”
In 2019, I finally met award-winning author and editor Lee Murray face-to-face at Genrecon. We began chatting about being the “black sheep” – Asian, horror writers, and female. We lamented the fact that there seemed to be very few places where we could see ourselves reflected in fiction. Lee turned to me with a wicked gleam in her eye and said, “You know, we should do an anthology of Asian female horror.”
Ten months later, and here is the anthology. It’s powerful and authentic and heartfelt. My two stories are nestled in amongst work by some of Southeast Asia’s most talented dark fiction writers.
“A Pet is for Life” examines the tendency to eroticise Asian women, and also to think of them as helpless creatures requiring rescuing. There are also rescue dogs. “Little Worm” explores the expectations laid at the feet of Asian mothers and daughters and what happens when dreams become monstrous.
You can read both stories, along with twelve other tales of unquiet women by following the link here.
The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season devastated communities across the country and decimated bushland. Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts is a collection of dark Valentine-themed short stories created in support of victims of the bushfires. My eerie flash fiction “Seamless,” can be found amongst its pages. If you’d like to support this worthy cause and have a read, you can get a copy here.
I’m proud to say that I am officially on Stephen King’s brain. My short story “Catfish” is a wry little horror flash fiction, inspired by two of King’s own works: “Gramma” and Pet Sematary.
You can get a copy here from Unnerving Magazine if you’d like to see what I came up with.
“The Pontianak’s Doll”
Dolls. Shudder. Those glassy eyes. That wiry hair.
My short story “The Pontianak’s Doll” explores the legend of a Malaysian vampiric ghost and her search for what is lost. It has been republished in the Lost Souls Gothic Fantasy short story anthology.
The anthology is brought out by Flame Tree Publishing and features many new writers as well as classic masters of the Gothic tale such as M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.
If you like the thought of small fingers of dread walking up your spine, you can get a copy here.
“The Zoo of All Things”
There was a guy at my local supermarket who never spoke a word. I always wondered what his story was but he and the supermarket are now long gone, so I never got to ask him.
“The Zoo of All Things” is how I imagined he would survive on his first day of work after a zombie apocalypse.
My short story features in the After the Rebirth anthology brought out by TANSTAAFL Press.
You can also get your hands on a copy here on Amazon.
My short story ‘The Fledgling” appeared on episode #329 of the Tales to Terrify podcast on the 18th of May, 2018. The story delves into a mother’s guilt and the alien landscape of religious education.
Chris is relieved when her daughter flourishes at her new school. Rebecca blooms, becoming the perfect student. Then the crows begin to arrive.
Check it out here.
Shades of Santa: Tales from the Bloody North Pole is a collection of thirty-seven dark flash fiction tales with all proceeds going to charity:water.
663 million people in the world today live without access to clean water. Charity:water is a non-profit organisation bringing clean, safe water to people in developing countries.
My story “Teatime” is the tale of the wicked Miss Maisy, her devoted manservant, Mr Poole and Juniper, Winter’s child. It appears in the section of the anthology on Snow People and I hope it stirs a shiver or two up your spine.
If you’re thirsty for some fabulous frosty fiction, check out the anthology on Amazon by clicking here.
“A Pet is For Life”
Asian urban legends give me the heebie-jeebies. There’s no redemption and no reasoning to how these vengeful ghosts operate.
“A Pet is For Life” is my take on the kuchisake-onna tale and features in Behind the Mask – Tales from the Id.
The anthology is brought out by Oz Horror Con and features works by authors such as Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell, as well as many talented Australian authors..
Grab a copy here here and uncover some monsters.
500 words; a Christmas ghost story theme; a two week deadline. Simple, right? And a hell of a lot of fun.
My sick little flash fiction “Grandmother Rina” pits a venomous grandmother against a murderous Santa, and features in the Australian Horror Writers Association’s Christmas anthology alongside stories by talented writers such as Greg Chapman, Deborah Sheldon and Alan Baxter.
Check it out here on Amazon.com
“A Special Breed”
In 2016, the Vision Writers Group celebrated twenty years of speculative fiction by publishing Darkest Depths, an anthology of short stories that go dark and delve deep.
“A Special Breed” is my humble homage to “Some Children Wander by Mistake,” a short story written by John Connolly that remains one of my favourites to this day.
A dark circus, lost children and the legend of the Apis bull; what more could you wish for?