Great Inspiration – guest post from Jason Nahrung

Last week I posted about the time, back in 1989, when I met Neil Gaiman and got a signed copy of Sandman #1, with no idea at the time of the significance of the event. You can see that post here. At the end of the post I said I would put the call out to my writerly friends and see if any of them had similar inspirations in their lives they might like to share. The wonderful Thoraiya Dyer got back to me with this excellent post and Martin Livings wrote me this great post. Now I have a little something from Jason Nahrung:

When art and circumstance collide.

It was back in 2011 when I’d been to an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria about the Secessionist movement — Gustav Klimt is probably the most famous of them. But it was a painting by Oskar Kokoschka, of a Count Verona, and the enigmatic personality of seamstress and muse Emilie Floge that really got under my skin.

Lo, the very next day, an email arrived announcing a new anthology, Tales from the Bell Club (KnightWatch Press, 2012), looking for stories set in a time period that included the Secessionists. A little more research about Verona and the group, and ‘The Kiss’ was born, incorporating Emilie and Gustav and Oskar, a tuberculosis clinic and a cult led by another enigmatic figure, the Comte de St Germain (under one of his nom de plumes).

One of those wonderful moments when arts and circumstances collided, and I got to be an Austrian suffragette of the early 1900s.

Thanks to Amazon’s Look Inside feature, you can read (and buy) the end product here.

This is the Verona painting:

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And here’s Emilie:

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Jason Nahrung is a Ballarat-based writer and editor. His latest novel is Blood and Dust, an outback vampire adventure melding Mad Max and Anne Rice. www.jasonnahrung.com

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In The Name Of The Father podcast at Crime City Central

crime-city-central-logoIt’s no secret how much of a fan I am of short fiction podcasts. That only makes it sweeter when one of my own stories is recorded, especially by such a great audio crew as the people at Crime City Central. The District of Wonders is a quartet of audio fiction magazines: Tales To Terrify, Protecting Project Pulp, Starship Sofa and Crime City Central. I have a story or two forthcoming from Tales To Terrify sometime in the future too.

But today Crime City Central have released Bob Neufeld’s excellent reading of my story, In The Name Of The Father. I’ve just had a listen and it sounds great. The story was originally published in the Dark Prints Press anthology, The One That Got Away.

Go here to get a copy of the podcast and go here to get a copy of the book where the story was originally published. It’s a great anthology.

I’ve added the link to the Podcast page here, where you can find some of my other short fiction in podcast form.

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Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror Recommended Reading

years-best-fantasy-and-horror-v3-slideI’m doing my Snoopy dance. Ticonderoga Publications have just released their Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror Recommended Reading List and I feature on it four times. Four! That’s so cool. I’ve mentioned before how proud I am that my story, Tiny Lives, (originally published at Daily Science Fiction) is being reprinted in the book. To have a Year’s Best reprint is just such an honour. But to also have four other stories given a nod in the recommended reading is fantastic. It includes the story I co-wrote with Felicity Dowker. My listed stories are:

“Cephalopoda Obsessia”, Bloodstones anthology.
“Crossroads and Carousels”, The Red Penny Papers. (Free to read online)
“Fear is the Sin”, From Stage Door Shadows anthology.
“Burning, Always Burning”, with Felicity Dowker, Damnation and Dames anthology.

Check out the full list of recommended reading here. That’s some sweet company I’m keeping. And at the end of the page linked there is information on where to buy the book, jam-packed full of Year’s Best awesomenitude. And yes, that is totally a word. Now. Also, check out my Books page and Dark Shorts page for details on where to find the recommended stories.

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A Killer Among Demons in all its forms

1001892_10151501852782511_35378821_nCheck out that sweet tome in my grubby paw. It’s my contributor copy of the fantastic anthology, A Killer Among Demons, which features my story, The Beat of a Pale Wing. I’m really proud to be in this book. I read the e-version while I was away a couple of weeks ago and loved it. It’s a really outstanding effort by editor/publisher, Craig Bezant. It’s also an outstanding effort on his part to gift wrap the contributor copies. Very cool.

Anyway, I won’t go on. Suffice to say that you really should read this excellent book. All versions, print and e (DRM-free), available here. Go get some.

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A Killer Among Demons available now

1069201_601532619887529_526555381_n-224x300You may remember that I’ve been talking up this great anthology from Dark Prints Press. I’m so pleased to be one of ten authors included in this anthology of supernatural/paranormal crime. I read it last week while I was on holiday (as I got an advance ecopy from the publisher) and it is outstanding. I’m very proud of my story, The Beat of a Pale Wing, and the other nine stories are exemplary. A really diverse range of ideas. And that fantastic Vincent Chong cover. Seriously, this is a great book. Here’s the full list of amazing authors:

Stephen M Irwin – ’24/7′
Angela Slatter – ‘Cuckoo’
William Meikle – ‘Truth Decay’
Alan Baxter – ‘The Beat of a Pale Wing’
Marilyn Fountain – ‘The Intruder’
Greg Chapman – ‘A Matter of Perception’
Chris Large – ‘New York, New York’
SJ Dawson – ‘The Tape’
Madhvi Ramani – ‘Angel’s Town’
Stephen D. Rogers – ‘Grievance Visitation’

I honestly can’t recommend this book highly enough. You like magic? Horror? Dark fantasy? Crime? Who doesn’t, bitches? Go, buy the book now. It’s available in print and ebook from here.

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