There are some fantastic Speculative Fiction releases coming out between now and March. Here are a few exciting new releases to make space in your TBR pile for!
Before we get into those, there were two books released late January that are worth a read so let’s start with THE ROO and RIVER OF DIAMONDS.
January 28th: THE ROO by Alan Baxter.
Something is wrong in the small outback town of Morgan Creek.
A farmer goes missing after a blue in the pub. A teenage couple fail to show up for work. When Patrick and Sheila McDonough investigate, they discover the missing persons list is growing. Before they realise what’s happening, the residents of the remote town find themselves in a fight for their lives against a foe they would never have suspected.
And the dry red earth will run with blood.
THE ROO is an exciting, gripping novella by the one and only Alan Baxter, so make sure you check it out!
January 31st: RIVER OF DIAMONDS by S. M. Isaac.
A mechanic who can save the world. A mercenary who should hide from it. Just another day living the dream in post-Rise Australia.
Rosa is a mechanic living in the Otway Ranges, in one of the last idyllic settlements left after the Rise flooded the coastlines. Unlike those in other communities, Rosa has grown up with access to ample food, fresh water, and safety—but there is a secret that keeps this community sustainable, one that the leaders aren’t willing to share.
Rosa isn’t content with hiding away and keeping resources to herself, so when she finds a map that could lead to a fortune in fresh water—a scarce commodity—she embarks on a plan to make a real difference to the world. The only problem? There’s an apocalyptic wasteland between her and possible salvation.
Rosa has a map, a mercenary, and a hope to salvage the future.
RIVER OF DIAMONDS is part of the Drowned Earth series, made up of eight standalone novellas by eight Australian authors. Click here to check it out, or go to Aussie Speculative Fiction‘s page (or even here) for the whole series!
February: STORIES OF HOPE.
STORIES OF HOPE: A Bushfire Relief Anthology is a speculative fiction anthology that is about to be released by Aussie Speculative Fiction, featuring short stories by authors from New Zealand and Australia. This collection has been put together by people who wanted to do something to help the people, communities and animals impacted by the devastating fires, with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross and the WWF Bushfire Emergency Fund.
The links aren’t up just yet, but keep your eyes out for this one.
February 3rd: BLACKBIRD RISING by Keri Arthur.
For hundreds of years, the Witch King’s sword has been buried in stone awaiting the next hand to draw it.
Many have tried. None have succeeded.
Gwen is the last in a long line of De Montfort witches whose duty it is to protect the sword of all power. But when she returns to King Island to perform the blessing, a mysterious pulse of blue light tells her that someone has attempted to draw the sword. Before she can investigate any further, demons attack. She only survives with the help of a mysterious stranger who disappears as quickly as he appears.
Gwen and her grandmother soon discover that minor gateways into Darkside—the traditional home of both demons and dark elves—are being forced open by magic. Even worse, someone is now sending demons after the Witch King’s heirs.
As vital artifacts are stolen by Darkside and the deaths draw altogether too close to home, Gwen and Mo—with the help of old gods and an ancient order of knights once thought dead—scramble to unravel the clues and stop the murderous would-be king from claiming the crown and unleashing utter hell onto an unsuspecting and unprepared England. . . So what are you waiting for? Pre-order your copy here!
February 11th: DARKLY EVER AFTER by Zoey Zolton.
Darkly Ever After is the debut collection of best-selling Australian author Zoey Xolton.
Between these pages you’ll find an alluring array of original dark fantasy, paranormal romance, ancient mythology and timeless fairy tale retellings.
Here, darkness reigns—but even in the dark there is hope.
Embrace the shadows and revel in your very own delicious Darkly Ever Afters. . .
Vampires, witches, ghosts, angels, demons, queens, princesses, fae, elves, gods and goddesses await!
Whether you seek microfiction, flash fiction or short stories this beautiful collection has it all, so pre-order it now!
February 14th: BURNING LOVE AND BLEEDING HEARTS.
Releasing on February 14th is BURNING LOVE AND BLEEDING HEARTS: Dark and dangerous tales for Valentine’s Day. All proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross.
This collection is edited by Louise Zedda-Sampson and Chris Mason, and features authors including Lynne Lumsden Green, , Matthew R. Davis, A J Collins, Ronnie Smart, Anthony Ferguson and Steve Dillon.
Pre-order your copy here!
February 14th: WALK AWAY SILVER HEART by Frank Prem.
All day long I have been working
Now I am tired.
I call: “Where are you?”
But there is only the oak tree rustling in the wind . . .
from Madonna of the Evening Flowers
Drawing on the phrasing of the early 20th Century Amy Lowell poem Madonna of the Evening Flowers (above) Frank Prem has produced a collection of personal and interpersonal love poems written, as always, in the unique style that allows every reader to relate.
Prem’s interpretations breathe new life into contemporary love poetry and utilise Lowell’s original phrases to inspire a tender immediacy and warmth of response as in the eponymous poem:
I look at you
see myself the way
I should have been
but something pure
along the way
from walk away (silver heart)
This is a new kind of poetry that tells stories, draws pictures and elicits emotional responses from readers. Just as the best poetry should. Get your copy here.
February 15th: PISCES.
PISCES: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Zodiac is the third in a series of speculative fiction anthologies inspired by the signs of the Zodiac.
It is a collection of twisted poems and dark stories inspired by the sign of Pisces, as well as retellings of the myths behind the sign. The tales span multiple genres, including horror, fantasy and sci-fi, told by some award-winning authors and new stars of the Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction scene, such as Nikky Lee, Aiki Flinthart, Rem Wigmore, Stephen Herczeg and Zoey Xolton.
Pre-order links aren’t available yet, but they will be up shortly. In the meantime, have a look at the other two books in the series, Capricorn and Aquarius.
March 1st: CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE AND THE AMAZING GLADYS by B.G. Hilton.
London, the 1860s. Steam technology has advanced tremendously since the invention of the caloric converter, a device that can extract heat from coal and store it in liquid form. Gladys Dunchurch is a clever, cantankerous Australian music hall performer who has sought her fortune on the London stage, only to find herself working for Gruffydd Pritchard, a drunken and unsuccessful stage magician. Gruffydd has one great advantage as a magician – a wand that can teleport people across short distances. When Gruffydd goes missing, Gladys searches for him, and runs into ‘Charlie’ Decharles. Charlie is a well-meaning but foolish aristocrat, who woke up one morning in a steam-cab to find the driver murdered, and has resolved to find the murderer. Get your copy of CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE AND THE AMAZING GLADYS here!
There are some great books about to be published by some wonderful Australian authors! Don’t forget to pre-order or mark as ‘to read’ on Goodreads if they appeal to you.
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We look forward to sharing with you more news and reviews of Speculative Fiction written by amazing Aussie and Kiwi authors, so please keep coming back!