Stories don’t emerge, pure and utterly original from the mind. Instead, they’re stitched together like Frankenstein’s creature, shaped from found treasures and past experiences. And one of the most profound past experiences for a writer is the stuff they’ve read and fallen in love with.
Two weeks ago, I posted a link to Flame Tree Publishing’s blog about the inspirations behind some of the stories in their latest Gothic anthology, Lost Souls.
This week, the authors (myself included) were asked to share some of our favourite stories from the genre. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to give a shout out to some fabulous Australian authors, such as Lisa L. Hannett, Rue Karney, Matthew J. Morrison and of course, Deborah Sheldon. Check them out. If you haven’t read much Australian horror, you’re in for a treat.
You can read the latest blog from Flame Tree Publishing here.
Why do you write the things you do? Where do the ideas come from? These are two of my favourite questions to ask authors. I like to discover the winding path to the page almost as much as I like to read the actual story itself. My short story, ‘The Pontianak’s Doll’ will be published in Lost Souls, a Gothic Fantasy anthology this September. If you’re curious about how some of the stories in this gorgeous collection emerged, head over to Flame Tree Publishing’s blog.
My short story, ‘The Pontianak’s Doll’ will be republished in the Lost Souls Gothic Fantasy short story anthology in September this year. The anthology will be brought out by Flame Tree Publishing and will feature many new writers as well as classic masters of the Gothic tale such as M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. Here’s a link to the blog post from Flame Tree Publishing if you’d like to learn more.