Online Issue 16

Lots of crime fiction and horror goodness with Eryk Pruitt, Lucy A. Snyder, Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts, plus a resurrected article on doing great bookstore events (with insights from someone who does this for a living!) and thoughts on authors and social media and toxic tropes.


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Here on Toe Six:

Eryk Pruitt on truth and storytelling, reading bad books and the appeal of writing short stories

Eryk Pruitt talks about the appeal of writing short stories and how the process helps him focus on lean, mean writing, as well as the inspiration he took from a man with Parkinson’s and The Knockout Game.

The Journey to Publication, Axe Throwing and Tough Protagonists: Lucy A. Snyder talks, snakes, spiders and Garden of Eldritch Delights

Your female horror fix is in: Lucy A Snyder’s Garden of Eldritch Delights puts a lot of female protagonists into stories with titles like “The Yellow Death”, “Blossoms Blackened Like Dead Stars” and “That Which Does Not Kill You” – just in time for Halloween.

Lucy A. Snyder’s Purrbuddy, Monte

Lucy shares about her author assistant, Monte.

Teeth of the Wolf authors Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts talk spending eternity with Hermione Granger, Geysercon, fighting zombies with measuring tapes and hair clips and more

Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts talk about whether or not they relate to their characters and who’s tougher. Dan tells us, “Matiu would kick my butt with one hand in his back pocket, and still look chill while he does it.” Plus, Lee and Dan share their casting call for Teeth of the Wolf.


Review: Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton  Reviewed by Theodore Feit

Review: Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger  Reviewed by Theodore Feit


Flashback Feature: Having a Successful Bookstore Event

Trying to figure out what will work and what won’t? Author Sarah L. Johnson speaks from experience – both as an author and as a bookstore events coordinator.


Over at The Big Thrill:

Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? How much value do authors place on social media? This week we’re joined by ITW Members Colin CampbellEllen ByronLee MurraySandra Ruttan and DiAnn Mills as they discuss authors and social media. Scroll down to the “comments” section to follow along!

What did we all have to say? Check out our thoughts in the comments and chime in with questions or insights. Initially, I’d planned to post a short response about most authors overestimating the value of sites like Facebook for selling books; however, recent events prompted me to expand. The other authors have weighed in as well. If you’re considering how to use social media as an author there’s plenty of food for thought.

And On Twitter:

I don’t need to rehash what was covered in my thoughts at The Big Thrill, so if you want to see what I think about the Caffeine Nights debacle and the Chuck Wendig situation, head on over to the ITW post linked to above.

However, I did see this particular gem on Twitter and thought it was worth sharing:





And what may be the best book dedication ever goes to Megan Spooner. From her book, Hunted:

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Review: Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger

Reviewed by Theodore Feit


Stephen O‘Connor, Cork O’Connor’s young son, has always had visions presaging tragedies.  This novel is based on one in which he sees an eagle shot from the sky and a menace he can’t identify at his back.  And then a plane carrying a U.S. Senator and her family crashes on Desolation Mountain.  Cork and Stephen subsequently join others attempting to find survivors and clues.

Soon, some of the first responders go missing, and father and son begin to investigate.  Then Cork inadvertently meets Bo Thorson, a character from a long ago novel, then a secret service agent, now a private investigator.  They join forces, but soon Cork begins to doubt Bo’s role.  The area is overrun with representatives of various federal agencies and is cordoned off.

The plot centers on the meaning of the vision and solution of the cause of the crash.  This is the 18th novel in the series, and provides, for the first time, a deeper look into Cork and Stephen’s relationship.  As is a constant in the series, it is well-written, and the descriptions of the North Country graphic and excellent.

Highly recommended.

Review: Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton

Reviewed by Theodore Feit

51fmkloqdvl-_sy346_Alex McKnight has had a long rest:  five years since he appeared in the last novel in this great  series.  And he needed it for this, the 11th novel in the series.  It seems a tourist traveling in Europe remotely checks his home where he recently installed security cameras, and discovers an illegal entry.  Moreover the intruder, Martin T. Livermore, is having sex on the marital bed.  It turns out the female is dead.

Police capture the culprit, who refuses to speak to anyone but Alex McNight, who is thousands of miles away in the upper Michigan peninsula.  He promises to lead McNight to his possible seventh victim, who may be alive.  Alex accedes to the perp’s wishes and, along with all kinds of law enforcement personnel, is led into a trap where only McNight and Livermore, who then escapes, survive.  Thus begins a grueling chase to save the victim as well as capturing Livermore.

Actually Livermore, with his superior intellect, sets up a challenge for Alex, based on an obscure relationship between the two, unknown to McNight.  The author maintains a steady tension throughout the novel, a characteristic for which he is famous. At the same time, the plot develops in countless deviations as Livermore keeps Alex on the run until the novel concludes in an unexpected fashion.


Eryk Pruitt on truth and storytelling, reading bad books and the appeal of writing short stories

“The title story in TOWNIES takes place in a honkytonk just outside of an unnamed East Texas town. When a series of accidents cause the bar staff to systematically die off, one-by-one, it’s up to Darcy, the new manager, to determine the cause.”

“I have been kicked out of a bar, a school, a church, and a country.”


SR: You’ve released a short story collection. Tell give us a teaser for the oldest story in your collection.

Townies-Cover-DesaturatedEP: The oldest story is probably “An Afternoon with the Parkinson’s,” which was published in the literary journal where I went to college. I fixed it up and had it republished by The Avalon Literary Journal in 2012.

SR: Where did the title come from?

EP: I once worked a summer with a man who had late-stage Parkinson’s disease. This was my attempt to get inside his head.

SR: Tell us about one of your favorite stories that’s included in your collection.

EP: Out of the Gutter’s Flash Fiction Offensive published my short story “Knockout” in 2015. It was a revenge tale about a victim of The Knockout Game, a fad where kids posted videos to YouTube of knocking out strangers with one punch. When I traveled to Detroit that summer, I was terrified of getting hit by some kid, so it manifested into a story. I was super stoked later that year when it was named a finalist for the Derringer Award.

SR: What is it about writing short stories that appeals to you?

EP: It lets me suss out a plot or character without having to commit to a full novel. Every short story I’ve written was a novel I didn’t have time to write. So that’s forty-plus novels I can come back to when the well runs dry!

SR: How do you think short story writing has strengthened you as a writer overall?

EP: It’s helped me make things lean and mean. The first time I wrote a 5000 word story and had to edit it for a 3000 word market was brutal. So brutal. But every one of those cuts made the story stronger, and I learned from it. Even now, I trim my chapters in a novel to 3000 words before I send it to the betas.

SR: Do you have any recurring characters you feature in more than one short story? If so, what is it about the short story format that suits those characters?

EP: I have a character named Deacon Easter who pops in and out of stories. He’s a fuck-up who ends up in bad situations. I actually snipped a couple of the Deacon Easter stories out of TOWNIES, so only two survived the cut. But the most recurring character isn’t a person, but a locale. The setting of my novels—Lake Castor, the fictional Virginia mill town—makes several appearances throughout the book. There’s even a glimpse of Lake Castor in the 80s with the story “It’s Morning Again in Lake Castor.”

SR: Which story in the collection is the most personal story for you? Why?

EP: I wrote a story titled “The Only Hell My Momma Ever Raised” for inclusion to an outlaw country anthology published by Down & Out Books. It tells the story of the black sheep of a family who comes home to see his mother before she dies from disease. Between the second and third drafts, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. The fourth draft took on a new trajectory.

SR: Is there something you hope the reader carries away with them after they’re done reading? An insight or philosophy that you wanted to come through in your work?

EP: I want folks to have a good time, have some laughs, and hopefully get a little weirded out. As for philosophy: I hope they see dark fiction from the South in a slightly different light. But most of all, I hope they want to see some of these stories on the big screen and help us get them made.

SR: When you looked at your stories as a collection did you notice anything about your writing or themes that hadn’t really stood out to you before?

EP: Said once or twice while choosing these stories: “Dang, I used to be a lot angrier than I am now.”

SR: What was the first short story that you had published? Tell us a little about it and how it got published. How did that experience impact you as a writer?

EP: Outside of the lit journals in college, my first published short story was “Coda,” published by MAD SCIENTIST JOURNAL. It was (and still is) a paying online market that requires you to fashion your story after a journal entry written by a “mad scientist.” At the time, I had a story about two mismatched lovers with a penchant for violence, but I couldn’t think of an interesting enough way to frame it. When I saw the MSJ challenge, a light clicked on in my head, and I jumped at the chance. They accepted it and suddenly I had something to put in my bio. I really think that helped, having publications listed in a bio, because it convinced other markets that I was worth taking  a chance on. At any rate, I revisited that couple several other times in fiction, ultimately later including the two starcrossed lovers—”Sweet” Melinda Kendall and Sam Tuley—in the final third of my second novel HASHTAG. So often, people want to know what happened next for Sweet Melinda after the final pages of HASHTAG…I’d recommend they hunt up “Coda.”

SR: What’s the first book you remember reading that had a huge impact on you? How did that story affect you? How do you think it shaped your desire to be a writer?

EP: AGATITE, by Clay Reynolds. I had taken a bunch of lit classes and reading started to get on my nerves. Mr Reynolds made reading fun all over again, and set the book in rural Texas, which was an area I knew all to well.

SR: What do you think the hardest emotion to elicit from a reader is? Why?

EP: Humor. Laughter. It’s hard to suss out a laugh because my sensibilities are so dark, it’s not always going to strike a chord. What one person might find funny, another will find offensive. So it’s a fine line and a huge challenge, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. The biggest compliment I’m ever given is when somebody tells me they laughed throughout my books. There will always be a warm place in my heart for the dearly departed reviewer William E Wallace for calling DIRTBAGS “the funniest serial killer novel ever written.” Thanks, Bill.

SR:  What’s the best thing about writing?

EP: Exorcising demons. It gives me the opportunity to zig when I could have zagged, or to take the road less traveled.

SR:  What’s the worst thing about writing?

EP: Doubt. Usually during rewrites.

SR: What detail in your writing do you obsess over the most? Character names? Locations? Description? Dialogue? Research?

EP: Tone. I waste a lot of drafts trying to get the tone I want.

SR: What was your journey to publication like? What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome?

EP: I queried agents and editors every day when I was shopping DIRTBAGS. If there wasn’t a rejection letter in my Inbox when I woke up each day, that meant I wasn’t trying hard enough. Six months of that and when I finally got the acceptance, I stared at it for an hour.

SR: Are you drawn to things that are really popular or wary of them? Do you find it helps you to market your work if you’re familiar with what’s currently selling or do you ignore all of that and focus on what you’re interested in?

EP: I rarely stand things that are popular. Every once in a while, I get surprised. For example, I expected to hate Gillian Flynn, but man was I wrong. If I see everybody going one way, my natural inclination is to try something from a different way or POV or genre. It’s not me trying to be contrary, but I find little reason in chasing something.

SR: Do you relate more to Sherlock Holmes or Professor Moriarty? Why?

EP: Moriarty. I like to break things.

SR: What’s your personal life motto?

EP: Never let the truth ruin a good story.

SR: Tacos or Burritos?

EP: Tacos

SR: Chinese or Italian?

EP: I like to cook for myself so Italian

SR: How long will you survive in the zombie apocalypse? How long will your protagonist survive? Why?

EP: I’ve been waiting my whole life for the zombie apocalypse. When I die, the credits roll. I make it to the end.

SR: What movie world do you wish you could live in? Why?

EP: More of a TV show. I’m a WALKING DEAD guy. I’m tired of the way things are. I’d like to hit the reset button and have a chance to shape how things will be from now on. A good old fashioned zombie apocalypse might be what we need to get that started.

SR: Everyone needs an outlet to help them recharge. What hobbies do you have outside of writing?

EP: I have a vegetable garden and I’m pretty obsessive about it. I also live near a river and a state park, so I’m a hiker.

SR: You strike it rich. What charity are you going to create or support?

EP: I’ll do something for the arts. Not like an arts council, which is basically worthless. Maybe I’ll do something that makes arts councils obsolete.

SR: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

EP: You learn more from reading bad books and watching bad movies than you do from good ones.

Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker living in Durham, NC with his wife Lana and cat Busey.  His short films FOODIE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND have won several awards at film festivals across the US. His third novel What We Reckon can be found on bookshelves across the country. Be on the lookout for his first short story collection Townies and Other Stories of Southern Mischief, due from Polis Books this October. He is the host of the Noir at the Bar series in Durham. A full list of credits can be found at

The Journey to Publication, Axe Throwing and Tough Protagonists: Lucy A. Snyder talks, snakes, spiders and Garden of Eldritch Delights

Fun Fact: Lucy tells us, “My first paid job was taking care of snakes and spiders at a nature center.”

EldritchDelightsSR: Practice pitching: tell us what your new book is about in 50 words or less.

LAS: This book is a collection of 12 horror, dark science fiction, and fantasy short stories. Many of the stories are Lovecraftian, and most of the tales’ protagonists are women.

SR:  Cage match between you and your protagonists. It’s a fight to the death. Which one of you will be left standing, and why?

LAS: I am less capable of surviving a death match than most of my protagonists! I’d like to think I’d be able to kick Joseph Pendleton’s butt, but the moment he opened his mouth half the other characters would tear him to pieces. The final showdown would probably be between Louise from “The Yellow Death” and Bea from “Blossoms Blackened Like Dead Stars.” Louise is a deadlier fighter, but Bea is deadlier in general and harder to kill.

On the other hand, it’s possible that the unnamed protagonist of “That Which Does Not Kill You” might be the last one standing. Or possibly Lindy from “Fraeternal”. A case could be made that any one of my protagonists might survive the fight, because they all have different abilities and weaknesses.  

SR: What’s the first book you remember reading that had a huge impact on you? How did that story affect you? How do you think it shaped your desire to be a writer?

LAS: It was Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time that simultaneously hooked me as a lifelong science fiction/fantasy reader and fixed me on the idea of writing fantasy and SF instead of mainstream work. I remember that the book spoke to me in a way that nothing I’d read until then really had, and I had that shivery sense of wonder you get with really good speculative fiction. And I thought to myself that if I could write something that made another person feel the way I was feeling, then that would have to be the best job in the world.

SR: What was your journey to publication like? What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome?

LAS: Garden of Eldritch Delights is my 12th book (not counting foreign translations of my urban fantasy series) overall and is my third book with RDSP. My goal since 2009 has been to have at least one book out a year, but I didn’t have any books out in 2015 or 2016. That gap in publication bugged me, but there wasn’t a lot I could do about it.

My typical strategy is to sell the stories I write to magazines or anthologies first and then collect them into a new book after the publications’ exclusivity clauses have expired. That worked well with my book-a-year plan when most publications were asking for exclusivity periods of six months to a year. But recently, more of the high-paying markets have wanted two years of exclusivity, and that threw a bit of a wrench in the works.

The other piece was that I started writing more humor that just doesn’t fit well in a collection with my typical fiction. So for a while I had 50% of a humor collection, and 60% of a more serious collection. It was a race to see what kind of new book I’d get finished first.

I’ve made up for the gap. In addition to Garden of Eldritch Delights, Chiral Mad 4 (an anthology I co-edited with Michael Bailey) will be out soon, and Chaosium will release my novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul in early 2019.

SR: It’s the zombie apocalypse. You have to pick a weapon from what’s currently within 10 feet of your present location. What will you defend yourself with?

LAS: I’ve got several weapons in my office: a machete, a couple of throwing axes, a mallet, some clubs, and various knives. The one I’d choose really depends on if being a zombie is contagious, and if it is, how the disease is transmitted. For instance, the machete is probably the best overall weapon, but if we’re dealing with a zombie virus that can be transmitted through blood spatter, eh, maybe I should stay a safe distance away and try my luck with the throwing axes and harsh language instead.

SR: How long will you survive in the zombie apocalypse? How long will your protagonists survive? Why?

LAS: I’d say most of my protagonists could last indefinitely. Having lived through the vampire apocalypse, Louise from “The Yellow Death” has got the whole apocalypse survival thing down to a science. That said, the protagonist of “That Which Does Not Kill You” is a kind of zombie already, but she’d be very sad if anything happened to her friends.

My own strategy for the zombie apocalypse is to be delicious.


SR: Everyone needs an outlet to help them recharge. What hobbies do you have outside of writing?

LAS: For a while, I was in an axe throwing league, and that’s definitely a stress reliever! I’m a member of the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society (CABS) and I play games there every other week; I’m also involved in a weekly Star Wars RPG game. I’ve also recently started doing watercolor painting. I painted a little bit when I was a kid, but hadn’t done anything with art since I was probably 10 or so. I’m enjoying that a great deal.

SR: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

LAS: Keep working to improve your craft, and don’t give up.

SR: Do you have any special events coming up? Where can people catch up with you in person?

LAS: I’ll be speaking at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, OH from 6:30-8:00 pm on October 29, 2018. I might be at the World Fantasy Convention in Baltimore in early November, and I will definitely be at StokerCon in Grand Rapids, Michigan next May.

Check out Lucy’s author assistant feature here.

Lucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over 100 published LucyASnydershort stories. Her most recent books are the collection Garden of Eldritch Delights and the forthcoming novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul. She also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Best Horror of the Year. She’s faculty in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. You can learn more about her at

Lucy A. Snyder’s Purrbuddy, Monte

Fun Fact: Lucy says, “People often assume that because I’m a woman author I write romances, but the only romance story I’ve written so far was for a level of an online game called Fish Wrangler.”

My husband Gary and I have four cats — all of whom try to “assist” my writing at some point during the day — but my main assistant is Monte. We’ve had him since 2002 when we still lived in an apartment. He showed up on our back patio on the first bitterly cold night of the year right around Thanksgiving. Monte was a little kitten, just a few months old, and he was completely feral and afraid of people. He was so small that we were worried he’d freeze out there. He ran from us whenever we went out there, but he kept coming back to the glass patio door because he was curious about my roommate’s cat Simon.


So, we sort of hid around the corner, opened the patio door a few inches, and used Simon to lure the kitten into the apartment. He came in, and we shut the door … and then spent the next half-hour trying to chase the little guy down so we could get him into a cat carrier. We expected him to fight us furiously, but when we got our hands on him he just went limp, purring.

EldritchDelightsHe’s a pretty old boy at this point and suffers from hyperthyroidism. This means that when his “stomach alarm” goes off, it goes off loudly. It also means that he needs to take a pill twice a day, which we hide in a bit of food that he loves. So he’s become very demanding of his meal/treat times. I’ll be at my desk working, and suddenly he’ll be up on my lap, yelling in my face. If he had a cane, I’m pretty sure he’d bang it on the floor.

But he’s a good boy, and a real sweetheart. He’s a beside-the-lap cat. When we’re watching movies on the couch, he likes to squeeze down between us and lie there purring loudly.

But most of the time, he’s just hanging out in my office, keeping me company while I write.


Check out our interview with Lucy A. Snyder here.


LucyASnyderLucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over 100 published short stories. Her most recent books are the collection Garden of Eldritch Delights and the forthcoming novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul. She also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Best Horror of the Year. She’s faculty in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. You can learn more about her at

Who would Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts want to see play the protagonists from Teeth of the Wolf?

Fun Fact: Lee says, “Although my mother speaks two dialects of Chinese, I only learned a few basic words, something that makes me sad. And I love the Māori language, but like my Chinese, I only know a few words in te reo Māori (language). Instead, I speak fluent French, a language my Chinese grandfather spoke, and one I taught to my own daughter.”

TEETH OF THE WOLF is a dual protagonist narrative with main characters Penny and Matiu.

Teeth of the WolfScientific consultant Penny Yee has barely drawn breath before Detective Inspector Tanner assigns her another suspicious death, with Matiu tagging along for the ride. That’s fine as long as he stays outside the crime scene tape, but when one of Matiu’s former cronies turns up dead, Penny wonders if her brother might be more than just an innocent bystander. While she’s figuring that out, the entire universe conspires against her, with a cadaver going AWOL, her DNA sequencer spitting the dummy, and the rent due any day. Even the weather has it in for her. But that’s not the worst of it; Penny’s parents have practically announced her nuptials to Craig Tong!

Still spitting the taste of sand from his mouth, Matiu’s back on the case with Penny, and wouldn’t you know it, his big sister is in over her head again, not that she has a clue. There’s a storm brewing dark through the heat-haze on the horizon, and Makere isn’t the only one of Matiu’s friends from another life dogging his steps. Is this all because of what Mārama was trying to tell him earlier? About his heritage?

Meanwhile, Cerberus is only making things worse by losing his rag every time they cross paths with the elusive killer. Can the dog taste the hot sour reek of something trying to push through the veil and run its tongue and teeth across this world? What’s calling them? What has changed? Matiu should probably check that out, if only his probation officer would quit calling…


Augusta Xu Holland (Wikipedia photo)Lee/Penny: Scientific consultant to the police, Penny Yee is detail-oriented, risk averse, and highly-strung. Mostly, it’s her brother Matiu, who winds her up with his ridiculous talk of shadowy things from the other side, but her ex-boyfriend Noah Cordell and his mansplainy grandstanding can be equally as annoying. It’s not as if there isn’t enough pressure on her, with Inspector Tanner breathing down her neck with more cases, and Mum and Dad trying to marry her off, she really hasn’t got time to be thinking about who might play her in a movie of her life! Okay, since you insist, if she has to suggest someone, what about stunning New Zealand actress Augusta Xu-Holland? Because of all the actresses Penny’s seen, Xu-Holland is closest to Penny in background. Not only is Xu-Holland a half-Chinese New Zealander, she has a science degree from a local university, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies. Asian studies! As far as Penny is concerned Xu-Holland is an actress who is going to understand the Yee family dynamic and represent it accurately. You might have seen Xu-Holland appear in The Last Race alongside Ralph Fiennes. Plus, Xu-Holland even has Penny’s hair. It’s uncanny. Like looking in a mirror. 


Rob Kipa-Willams IMDb imageDan/Matiu: Does it say something about representation, or maybe my TV watching habits (or lack of both) that I actually had to go away and google that to find someone suitable Especially after I wanted to say Taika Waititi but then thought that nah, we don’t want everyone giggling through the whole movie. “Aw look, it’s blood, bro. Heaps of it.That’s so naff.” But I found this guy, Rob Kipa-Williams, and thought yep, he’ll do. Never seen him act but if he falls through we can always just call Taika, right?


TEETH OF THE WOLF is the second book in the Path of Ra supernatural crime-noir series by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray. The first book in the series, HOUNDS OF THE UNDERWORLD was long listed in last year’s Bram Stoker Awards and went on to win Best Novel in New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards for science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Check out our interview about TEETH OF THE WOLF here.Check out our interview about TEETH OF THE WOLF here.

lee coverLee Murray is a ten-time winner of New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Award for science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her books include the military thrillers Into the Mist and Into the Sounds, and supernatural crime-noir titles Hounds of the Underworld and Teeth of the Wolf (co-authored with Dan Rabarts). She is proud to have co-edited nine anthologies, one of which, Baby Teeth, won her an Australian Shadows Award in 2014. She lives with her family in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Find her at

Dan Rabarts

Dan Rabarts is a New Zealand author & editor, winner of four Sir Julius Vogel Awards and two Australian Shadows Awards. His short stories have appeared in venues such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Together with Lee Murray, he co-writes the Path of Ra series. His first solo novel, Brothers of the Knife, kicks off the grimdark-yet-madcap Children of Bane fantasy series (Omnium Gatherum). Find out more at