SpecFicNZ review of the new supernatural mystery by writing team Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
A scientist with parent problems and her tough-guy half-brother with a not-so-imaginary friend in the shadows…the perfect team to solve a mystery in which the body is missing. I enjoyed watching the back and forth as the two authors each steered one character’s point of view. I’d call this a dark urban fantasy that just barely touches the line into horror. Yes, there are slimy ...
Voiceless by EG Wilson
Review by A.J. Ponder
Adelaide Te Ngawai’s voice is stolen, and not just her voice, her ability to communicate. She knows who infected her, Maunga Richards. But why would Maunga give her Vox Pox?
It’s the worst thing imaginable, especially for a writer, but Adelaide’s brother makes her a device to help her cope, and slowly but surely Adelaide begins to claw her life back. Still, nothing about the illness makes any sense, it’s restricted to a ...
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Write the Fight Right, by Alan Baxter
“The best way for a writer to learn what’s really involved in brawling, short of going down the pub and starting something.” – Pete, WA
“Based on ...
Review: Bound by Alan Baxter
Review by Nix Whittaker
Super action packed well-written story. Easy to read but a little darker than I like my books. Not just that but the swearing and other stuff though realistic to the character’s situation is not my thing.
The story is of Alex Caine a street fighter who can see more than meets the eye. A stranger arrives at one of his fights and we basically fall into a quest/the one trope. I like these kinds of tropes so I ...
Review: Ferox by Chris Brausch
Review by Nix Whittaker
If all the teenage dystopian texts had a love child with all the darkest space operas you would get Ferox. It is a little wordy but it is clever so I’ll forgive it its verbose nature.
Set a thousand years in the future where the world is pretty much starving to death and China has taken over New Zealand and made everyone into slaves. We follow the story of a few characters on both side so the conflict. We have the ...
The Devil’s Children and Standing on the Threshold of Madness by Benjamin Blake
Review by Dan Rabarts
Benjamin Blake’s The Devil’s Children is a coming-home story, a tale of two young men who have left the small town behind them, but the town has never really let them go. Fuelled by nostalgia, the pointlessness of their existences, and a gnawing sense of things left undone, Harry and Adam return to their hometown of Wycombe, Massachusetts with plans to relive their easy-going teen years in ...
Tracking Al Qaeda in Pakistan, sex on a Fijian beach, fighting UFOs in Africa – Sam Kahu’s 2009 might sound exciting for a fifteen year old, but there’s no room for error. Earth’s alien overlords want no repeat of the last battle. They want Sam and the rest of the Changels eliminated. But as natural…
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SPECFICNZ ANNOUNCES A NEW ANTHOLOGY OF SPECULATIVE FICTION
SpecFicNZ is seeking submissions to a new anthology titled, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā, which means to speak of the home fires burning, and is a statement about how we as creators of speculative fiction and art make our mark, shining our light on the literary landscape. This unthemed anthology will showcase the best work from members of the SpecFicNZ organisation of writers, poets, artists, and creatives.
Submissions are sought from current ...
Fiction submissions are OPEN until 17th July 2017. Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting – they have recently changed.
Capricious publishes short speculative fiction and essays about speculative fiction and related topics.
We err towards the literary/experimental/slipstream side of speculative fiction, but appreciate a strong plot as much as anyone. We welcome stories told in second person, with unusual tenses, or other less common language choices
We actively welcome ...
Talie Helene and Liz Gryzb are now reading for their ongoing Year’s Best series, and we encourage our members to submit. This will be the seventh volume of the award-winning annual series collecting the best fantasy and horror stories from the Antipodes.
The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2017.
“Talie and I are now reading for the Ticonderoga Publications’ 2016 Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror anthology. The submissions guidelines are found ...
Mister Bucket for Assembly by Mike Reeves-McMillan
When Bucket the gnome takes up an offer to stand for the Representative Assembly on behalf of his newly-emancipated people, he expects hard work and civilised debate. Not the bitter enmity of an old flame, nasty innuendoes in the opposition’s newspaper, or threats from organised crime. Certainly not snipers and firebombs.
Along the way, he has to confront his own cultural prejudices when his beloved and her friends raise the question ...
Night’s End, Book 3 in the Night’s Champion Series by Richard Parry
Review by Frances Duncan
Night’s End, the final in the Nights Champion trilogy, released the first day of Lexicon. I finished reading it the last day of Lexicon. This feels appropriate as the first two were shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Novel.
The cast has grown over the series and it’s hard to keep track of everyone. At one point someone appeared and I had no idea who he was till the next ...
The weekend began early on Friday for some of us as we taught writing workshops for almost 100 students aged 11+. Both students and teachers enjoyed the day and participated with enthusiasm in the tasks and exercises. This was topped off with the book launch for Beyond the Backyard, where many of the winners read out their stories to a packed room.
That night heralded the beginning of LexiCon proper, with an amusing opening ceremony followed by a well-attended screening of local film ...
At the recent AGM, a number of our Core committee retired, including long-standing Treasurer Immi Paterson-Harkness and our hardworking Secretary, Jean Gilbert. Paul Mannering stood down from the role of President. The organisation would like to thank these colleagues for all the work they have done on our behalf. The incoming Core for 2017-2018 is as follows:
President: Grace Bridges
Treasurer: Paul Mannering
Secretary: Lee Murray
Webmaster: Dan Rabarts
Core: Piper Mejia, Grant Stone, ...
The Sir Julius Vogel Awards were presented this weekend at LexiCon in Taupo.
Full List of Winners:
Into the Mist, Lee Murray (Cohesion Press)
Best Youth Novel:
Light in My Dark, Jean Gilbert and William Dresden (Rogue House Publishing)
Best Novella / Novelette:
The Convergence of Fairy Tales, Octavia Cade (Book Smugglers)
Best Short Story:
“Splintr”, A.J. Fitzwater, published in At the Edge (Paper Road Press)
Best Collected Work:
At the Edge, Edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee ...