'In Your Face will be made up of original and reprinted speculative fiction stories that deal with very provocative themes. These stories will be provocative and/or confronting but with a firm purpose – they are pieces that will perhaps make readers uncomfortable because they are a bit too hard-hitting or close to the bone, but which interrogate these themes and ideas, and make a point about the world we live in.'
Source: Publisher's website (Sighted: 19/2/2016)
In the near future, a mystery virus has rendered all women obese, and one group of male friends are not coping with the new world order at all well.
Described by the author as a story 'about a generation ship, choice and power'.
Source: Author's website (http://marleejaneward.com/2016/12/14/awards-eligibility/). (Sighted: 20/03/2017)
A mattress bears witness to all manner of psychological and gothic horrors.
A take on the story of Peter Pan, which unpacks some disturbing motivations on the part of the titular character.
'"A pain that must be suffered" is about young people, self-harm and suicide in a highly connected world, about entrenched bullying you just can’t escape from, and the difference class makes to all of this.'
Source: Author's blog (http://joanneanderton.com/wordpress/2016/01/14/in-your-face/). (Sighted: 19/2/2016)
'The framework is a cyberpunk noir story, with a protagonist who’s a career detective on a strange murder case. Her brother has a debilitating disease and not much longer to live.'
Source: Author's blog (http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/face-genesis-story-bodies-evidence/). (Sighted: 19/2/2016)
'Caroline’s son returns to home and hearth at last. She’s a good parent or so she tells herself. She did everything a mother could to bring Simon back, even lied for him. The only problem is that Caroline’s not sure she actually wants him here anymore.
'Has Simon changed? Or is he still a danger? And does it matter now that the shadows are beginning to stir in the empty rooms of Caroline’s house?'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
Concentrates on the social aspect of climate change and associated changes to funding and government.
Source: Author's blog (https://darrengoossens.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/zero-sum-game-a-story-for-in-your-face/). (Sighted: 19/2/2016)