yThe Oxford Book of Australian Ghost StoriesKen Gelder
Melbourne:Oxford University Press,1994Z3568271994anthology short story crime young adult 'Did Australian ghosts suffer from a cultural cringe? Dr Ken Gelder indicates in the introduction to another fascinating OUP anthology that early ghost stories were essentially a "transported genre" that looked back to England as their source. Thus John Lang's well-known story "The Ghost upon
the Rail" is based upon a case of murder for post-convict wealth.
Gelder argues that Australian ghost stories possess their own ironical flavour, but the gothic tradition has to be resolved in outback locations or deserted mining towns, as in David Rowbotham's "A Schoolie and the Ghost".'
'Gelder relies heavily on Victorian and Edwardian writers,
such as Marcus Clarke, Barbara Baynton and Hume Nisbet, as if unsure as to the nature of contemporary ghosts. It is
interesting to see that Australia's science fiction writers, such
as Lucy Sussex and Terry Dowling, provide the link between the past and the present. Dowling's "The Daeman Street Ghost-Trap" effectively uses traditional settings to link ghosts
with a current horror, namely cancer. Several bunyip stories remind us of a particular Antipodean creature to stand
against the assorted European manifestations.'
yGhost Stories and MysteriesErnest Favenc,
Rockville:Borgo Press,2013Z19250982013selected work short story horror mystery 'This book collects thirty-one of Favenc's best stories, many published here for the first time since their original publication; and aims to showcase Favenc's talent as the most important Australian colonial writer of Gothic and supernatural fiction. The stories span the period 1875-1907, and demonstrate the richness and variety of his art, making this a major publishing event for enthusiasts of nineteenth-century crime and weird fiction' (back cover). Rockville:Borgo Press,2013