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Submissions Open for Breach Ezine

Breach is an online magazine for SF, horror and dark fantasy short fiction, and is currently open for submissions. Our focus is on new and emerging Australian and New Zealand writers and artists, and helping them get their work out into the world.

​​Issue number 1 is now available through iTunes and Smashwords. Travel to the mesosphere to catch a glimpse of Hannah C. van Didden’s The Unknown, while in Matey, Peter Kirk wonders what happens when robots get old. With Hurk + Dav, Arthur Robinson introduces two of our favourite new characters. And poet Jesse Hayward plays with time in The Devil’s Loop. | Read More...

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Weekend Reads For Cold Days

July in Aotearoa might be more about freezing southerlies than ice-zombies from the North, but honestly, at least the latter has novelty value. Winter has well and truly arrived; time to snuggle up with some reading.

At the Edge, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, is now available in bookstores around New Zealand – or, for those of you who would prefer not to get out of bed (or onto a plane) to get your hands on a copy, you can find the ebook at all the usual haunts, and the paperback from Amazon. Want to get your hands on the latest and greatest in Australasian SFF? Click here for links. | Read More...

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Three spooky SpecFicNZ stories for NZ Bookshop Day

Winners of Spooky Bookshops Challenge Announced!


We are thrilled to announce the winners SpecFicNZ’s Spooky Bookshops Challenge:

First Place “The Shelver” by Piper Mejia
Second Place “The Bookshop” by Jane Percival
Third Place “The Box” by I.K. Paterson-Harkness

A huge congratulations to Piper, Jane, and I.K. for three gripping page-turners!

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SpecFicNZ has published the three winning stories in an ebook as SpecFicNZ Shorts to coincide with NZ Bookshop Day, which falls on Halloween this year. | Read More...

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Book Launches E-books 

Changels Genesis

Probably New Zealand’s largest novel is out now!

Changels Genesis, the 666,212-word, 6-part epic, has been relaunched on Amazon in a 3rd edition after extensive revision. This is accompanied by a stunning new website at

Changels Genesis is a detective story with supernatural and science fiction elements aimed at the young adult market. It’s a little bit Artemis Fowl meets the The X-Files, with an action-packed plot and diverse characters.

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Ebook Cover Competition

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We’re back with another competition, and this time we’re thrilled to once again be working with Dunedin-based cover designer Kura Carpenter to give you an opportunity to win a beautiful (or scary, or exciting, depending on your preferences) new cover for your work. As her testimonials from clients around the world show, Kura has a keen sense for attracting readers with her design.

So if you have published, or will be publishing, a longer work (novelette, novella or novel) this competition is for you! | Read More...

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Win a bundle of spec fic ebooks!

Thanks to our friends at Steam Press, we are kicking off our autumn giveaways with a wonderful bundle of six Kiwi spec fic ebooks!

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To enter, email us at specficnz(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Steam Press ebooks’ in the subject line. A winner of all six books will be chosen at random on 25 March 2014. You must be a member of SpecFicNZ to enter. Join now or renew your membership. (If you win but you already own one or two of these marvellous books, you can nominate other recipients of individual titles – spread the largesse!) | Read More...

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Free SF e-book from SpecFicNZ Member!

The e-book of Simon Petrie’s recent SF/mystery novella, ‘Flight 404‘, a tale of deep space, detection, and deception, is currently available for free download from the Kindle store.

Described by the Bookonaut as “a serious and compelling tale”, this is a tightly wound piece of semi-hard SF, and well worth your time.

The offer expires on Tuesday 5th of March, at around 9 pm (NZ time), so don’t delay!

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SpecFicNZ Kindle Giveaway

We are thrilled to announce that SpecFicNZ will be giving away a Kindle Touch 3G+Wifi to one of our lucky members at the end of January.

Not only will the lucky winner get a new e-reader, but it will be loaded with already purchased speculative e-fiction by SpecFicNZ members.

To be entered in the draw for the SpecFicNZ January Kindle Give-Away, you must be a member of SpecFicNZ with membership paid up for the 2013 subscription year.


If you have renewed your subscription or joined SpecFicNZ for 2013, you are already automatically entered in the draw. | Read More...

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Red Velvet and Absinthe

Congratulations to SpecFicNZ member Claire Buckingham whose first short story publication has just come out in Red Velvet and Absinthe, a paranormal erotica romance anthology edited by Mitzi Szereto.

For more information or to order Red Velvet and Absinthe go HERE.

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Tales from the Bell Club

“Welcome to the Bell Club,” he said. “Commiserations on your membership.”
~ Helen Stubbs, Sayuri’s Revenge

The Bell Club is not like other Gentlemen’s clubs. Within these unassuming walls men and women gather to share their stories of personal horror.
Only here can the members truly find solace when they share their experiences of monsters, angry spirits, demonic forces, desperation and unspeakable terror.

With stories from some of the best voices in horror from around the world, this anthology edited by SpecFicNZ member Paul Mannering is reminiscent of the works of Poe, Lovecraft, Howard and Blackwood and explores the limits of human experience and the things that lurk in the shadows. | Read More...

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aqua (n) – water, used in compound names, or substances in water.

synthesis (n) – The combining of elements into a unified entity.

aquasynthesis (n) – a combining of worlds within a pool of water; an anthology of short stories from Splashdown authors.

Splashdown Books, founded by SpecFicNZ member Grace Bridges in 2009, is a small independent publisher of Christian and inspirational science fiction and fantasy operating out of New Zealand for the world.

In Splashdown’s new anthology, Aquasynthesis, Gizile follows her mysterious teacher, Tok, as they look into the ice of an ocean pool to contemplate a series of strange and mystical visions: astonishing tales of technology and transcendence, aliens and elves, space and time, dragons and demons, prophecies and scriptures, humor and horror, the gifted and the enslaved, virtual and supernatural reality, insanity and inspiration. | Read More...

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Good Read, Great Price

Phoenix Rising, by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, selected as one of Goodreads Top Ten Best Science Fiction Reads of 2011, is now available in Kindle version for a mere 99 cents.

Now would be the time to grab a copy of the book, especially if you are a steampunk fan or are considering entering the Tales of the Archives Steampunk Short Story Contest in conjunction with SpecFicNZ and The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

Dash off and purchase your copy quick smart at these fine online establishments.  AmazonNook | Read More...

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Kindle Goodness

SpecFicNZ is planning a Kindle Promotion and Give-Away for January, and we need your help.

We would like to give away a Kindle loaded with all the fine e-fiction our members have published in 2011. SpecFicNZ will be buying and downloading the fiction onto the Kindle and giving it all away to one lucky member.

So, if you are a member of SpecFicNZ with speculative fiction available in Kindle format that was published in 2011, please send us an e-mail with the subject line Kindle Fiction to and include: | Read More...

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