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.


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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā…reflects the broad range of talent, the diversity and the vitality of contemporary speculative fiction writing in New Zealand. A nice balance of fantasy, science fiction and horror, with some stories blending genres. The writers demonstrate a diversity of approaches, from the tried and trusted to the more boldly experimental. Te Kōrero Ahi Kā highlights the wonderful job SpecFicNZ does in nurturing and encouraging our writers at every stage of their journey. A community of writers is a safe place, somewhere we can thrive and learn and create in the company of like-minded souls. It doesn’t matter whether that place is physical or virtual. It is both safe haven and creative crucible. Oddly enough, considering what a diverse bunch of individuals we are, it feels like home. This book has the true Kiwi heart I was looking for.”
~ Juliet Marillier, multi-award-winning author of the Sevenwaters series and Prickle Moon

“Evocative, poignant, creepy, funny, scary, thought-provoking – it had the lot, all with a distinctive New Zealand flavour. These stories, all very different to each other, evoke the beautiful country of New Zealand with descriptions of landscapes, the mention of Maori legends and unique New Zealand wildlife. It certainly made me want to go back there again for a visit! The stories made me gasp, made me laugh and made me think.”
~ Monica Mac


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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā was edited by award winning authors and editors Grace Bridges and Lee Murray, with assistance from mentee editor Aaron Compton.



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