Te Kōrero Ahi Kā

To Speak of the Home Fires Burning

by Alan Baxter, Grace Bridges, Paul Mannering, Sean Monaghan, Eileen Mueller, Lee Murray, Mike Reeves-McMillan

Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities…

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā, a term which means to speak of the home fires burning, is an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, showcasing work from both established and emerging members of the SpecFicNZ organisation of writers, poets, artists, and creatives. It is a statement about how New Zealand creators of speculative fiction and art shine their light on our literary landscape.


About the Authors

Alan Baxter

Grace Bridges

Grace Bridges has been in love with language and art, and the art of language, for her entire life. She’s a semi-professional cat herder and also translates German and French. Indie publishing and freelance editing have been her focus for the past ten years, including 40+ titles in her Splashdown Books brand. She has written several novels in space opera, Irish cyberpunk, and in 2017 the EARTHCORE science mythology YA series set in New Zealand. Her short stories and non-fiction appear in many anthologies and online magazines. Grace loves to show people that it’s easy to make books—but also insists on top quality writing and design. She has served five years on the committee of New Zealand writers’ group SpecFicNZ and was president until 2021. See gracebridges.kiwi for information on her art, fiction and non-fiction, editing work, and more

Other Books By Grace Bridges

Series: Earthcore

Book Cover: RotoVegas

Series: Mariah's Prologues

Book Cover: The Dog With No Name
The Dog With No Name

Series: Splashdown Droplets

Book Cover: A Stretch of Time
A Stretch of Time

Series: The Vortex of Éire

Book Cover: Mariah's Dream
Mariah's Dream
Book Cover: Mariah's Prologues
Mariah's Prologues

Paul Mannering

Other Books By Paul Mannering

Stand-Alone Books

Book Cover: Baby Teeth
Baby Teeth
Book Cover: Hellhole

Series: The Drakeforth Series

Book Cover: Pisces of Fate
Pisces of Fate

Sean Monaghan

Other Books By Sean Monaghan

Stand-Alone Books

Book Cover: The City Builders
The City Builders

Eileen Mueller

Other Books By Eileen Mueller

Stand-Alone Books

Book Cover: Baby Teeth
Baby Teeth
Attack on Dragon's Realm by Eileen Mueller
Attack of Dragons Realm

Series: You Say Which Way

Book Cover: Mystic Portal
Mystic Portal

Lee Murray

Other Books By Lee Murray

Mike Reeves-McMillan

For someone with an English degree, Mike Reeves-McMillan has spent a surprising amount of time wearing a hard hat.

He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, the setting of his Auckland Allies contemporary urban fantasy series; and also in his head, where the weather is more reliable, and there are a lot more wizards.

Other Books By Mike Reeves-McMillan

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