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1 y separately published work icon Unauthorized Live Recording Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2020 20802245 2020 single work short story fantasy

'Their music could be fatal, but their legacy lives on.

'Mia Dermott documents the stories of surviving in the back room of a record store, seeking a connection to the father she never got a chance to know. Her latest interviewee recounts a story of the band’s first gig, and the surprisingly legacy that her father left behind: the sole bootleg of the four-piece’s gigs that actually registered their music.

'It’s a tape Mia needs to find if she ever wants to understand why her father chose to die. And a tape the obsessed fans would kill to hear, if only they knew where to find it.

'Issue 2 in The Kaleidoscope’s Children, a mosaic series of uncanny tales set in the world of Hornets Attack Your Best Friend Victor & Other Things We Called The Band.'

Source : publisher's blurb

1 Talking Writing and Vigil with Angela Slatter Peter M. Ball (interviewer), 2020 single work interview
— Appears in: Peter M. Ball : Man Vs. Bear 2020;
1 y separately published work icon Peter M. Ball : Man Vs. Bear Peter M. Ball , Australia : wordpress.com , 2020 19293229 2020 website
1 y separately published work icon These Strange and Magic Things : Short Stories Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2020 18623003 2020 selected work short story

'For fans of the weird and enchanting, Peter M Ball returns for a third collection of speculative fiction stories that dance along the borders between horror, fantasy, and science fiction. These Strange and Magic Things brings together fifteen tales that showcase why he’s among the finest writers of the strange and fantastic working in Australia right now.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Shedding Skins Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2020 18622754 2020 single work short story fantasy horror

'A Brain Jar Press Short Fiction Lab story, Peter M. Ball's Shedding Skin is a dark fantasy about snakes, old wounds, and isolation in the heat of the Queensland outback.

'Things haven't been right with Mariah ever since the car accident, but Harley knows the problems were seeded long before they drove off the road. Things come to a head when they retreat to an old house in the outback to spend time together, far away from the bustle and watching eyes of worried friends and family.

'But things watch from the shadows beneath the house too, and Harley's own reservations come to a head when they discover a snake in their midst…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon One Last Date Before the End of the World Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2019 18622865 2019 single work short story fantasy

'What do you do when your date tells you Ragnarök starts next Tuesday?

'Logan expected his date with Stina Lorne to be a disaster, quickly ending after dinner when they acknowledged she was out of his league. Instead they went for a long drive, then a walk along a familiar beach. In fact, everything seems to be going better than Logan could have imagined when he asked her out last week.

'Sure, his date is convinced she’s the descendant of Fenrir, demon wolf of Asgard. And yeah, she’s talking about the apocalypse kicking off in the near future. Logan’s not sure that matters, yeah? After all, nobody’s perfect, and even the best relationships take work.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon A White Cross Beside a Lonely Road Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2019 16937521 2019 single work short story horror

'A ten-hour drive, a relationship on the rocks, and a ghost waiting for company on a lonely stretch of road.

'The last thing Alex wants is a trip home with his boyfriend in tow, but when Brendan insists on coming there's nothing for it but a ten hour drive and the dread of what might happen when they reach their destination.

'There is nothing about the idea of being trapped in car with his lover that Alex is looking forward too, but a haunted stretch of lonely road is about to make him question everything he knows about his relationship and his life.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Eight Minutes of Usable Daylight Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2019 16937465 2019 single work short story fantasy

'There has been no daylight in Brisbane for five years, a hundred and twenty-three days, and fifteen hours. People have learned to adapt.

'Mika makes his living hustling blackmarket daylight to Brisbane's rich and powerful, but he'd prefer to spend his days hanging out at his favourite cafe. When he gets his latest delivery of product, all he wants is enough cash to buy cup of real coffee and coast through the next few months of darkness. Then his little sister makes a request for half his product, because Pavio has built a machine that might be able to replace the long-vanished sun. All she needs is a little fuel to get things started, and the good sense to avoid the authorities who monitor the daylight trade.

'Caught between profit, love for his sister, and fear for her safety, Mika needs to make a decision about how to use his stash...and then accept the consequences for what happens next.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Winged, with Sharp Teeth Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2019 15698267 2019 single work novella fantasy

'Steve thinks the first date is going well, but then Duke makes a confession: he's still being visited by a flying crocodile, eager to steal him away to a land far, far away.

'At first, Steve figures this isn't a big deal, but as the relationship gets serious he can’t shake the feeling that one day Duke will take the crocodile up on its offer. When the fear his boyfriend may leave meets with the constant temptation of being a hero, Steve must figure out what he really wants and what he's willing to sacrifice in order to get it.

'What they have may be love, but can any relationship withstand the temptation of a flying reptile from a magic kingdom?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Kaleidoscope's Children Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2018- 20802200 2018 series - author short story fantasy
1 y separately published work icon Hornets Attack Your Best Friend Victor & Other Things We Called the Band Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2018 18623816 2018 single work short story fantasy

'Their final gig ended with two hundred people dead. Patrick’s only regret is that he wasn’t there to be a part of it.

'There were three things everyone knew about the band: they played like demons, sang like angels, and there was definitely something magic about the way they glowed onstage. Patrick’s still hanging onto that, 15 years after their final gig. All those people may be dead, but they were part of something special and he chickened out before the end.

'Now he’s back on the Gold Coast for the first time in years, walking the streets where he used to see the posters, going past clubs that have been turned into Korean restaurant instead of a home for punk gigs. He can remember everything about those years when he was a fan, and he’s loaded with regrets about the gigs he missed.

'The band were called many things in their day: Hornet’s Attack Your Best Friend Victor; Whisky-Whisky-111; All that Glitters and We Will Always Have the Lighthouse My Melancholy Bride. None of those names stuck. None of them felt real. And Patrick isn’t sure he cares what the band was called—he just wants to touch that feeling he lost, no matter what it might cost him.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Short Chaps BJP Short Chaps; A Brain Jar Press Short Story Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2018- 18623530 2018 series - author short story A different author-series to Brain Jar Lab's Short Fiction Lab, Short Chaps is a series of chapbooks, each containing a single story.
1 y separately published work icon The Early Experiments Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2018 16937411 2018 selected work short story

'Often strange, always unforgettable, this mini-collection brings together four short tales featuring dinosaurs, bullet catchers, ghosts, and brides from the land of bees.

'Upon Discovering of A Ghost in the Five Star

'There’s a ghost in the Five Star Laundromat. The worst thing you can do is accept her balloon when she tries to give it to you. Nick’s interest in the dead girl is causing problems with his boyfriend… but he isn’t sure he’s ready to give her up just yet.

'Counting Down

'Phil thinks he can catch a bullet as a party trick, but he needs someone to pull the trigger. Mattie isn’t sure he’s got what it takes to fire the antique Luger at his friend, but he’s also caught a glimpse of the bats living inside Phil’s skull.

'The Place Beyond the Brambles

'The women who emerge from the land beyond the brambles are always strange and always beautiful. They’re also prone to returning home, long before the men who marry them hope they will depart. Ethan’s wife has done exactly that, leaving behind a daughter and memories that only Ethan can recall.

'The Things You Do When The War Breaks Out

'Henry and his dad are going to the moon for a holiday. The dinosaurs who occupy the dark side of the moon are no longer content to share it with humanity. When war breaks out and the moon is evacuated, Henry’s father sees an opportunity to resolve some old grudges.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Not Quite the End of the World Just Yet Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2018 15695732 2018 selected work short story science fiction fantasy horror

'The twelve stories in this collection touch upon science fiction, horror, and fantasy, but all see people brush against the sublime and discover who they truly are. In “One Saturday Night, With Angel,” a young man staffing a convenience store frets as angels hunt his customers. In “Say Zucchini, and Mean It,” the world is overrun by a plague that robs us of three very important words. In “Clockwork, Patchwork, and Raven,” a clockwork man dreams of a fairy-tale ending while trying to protect those he loves from a dangerous gang of genetically engineered crow boys. In “Dying Young,” the psychic son of a lawman must re-evaluate the deals he makes in order to keep his town safe from cybernetic marauders and a dragon seeking justice.

'Mimes, aliens, and kaiju that only fifty percent of the population can see. Invaders from beyond the stars, empaths on the run, and Astronomer’s Royal of England. These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in the strange futures presented in this collection, but always grounded in the very human strengths and frailties.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon The Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Tales Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2017 12300290 2017 selected work short story fantasy

'A man named Rat descends a staircase that never ends, following the rules laid out by his guidebook.

'Copenhagen is invaded by angry merfolk who pilot war-machines crafted from old shipwrecks.

'A musician with a grudge upsets the delicate balance of a very unusual seaside town.

'The Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Stories collects twelve weird and unusual fantasy tales from Peter M Ball. Come walk beside an executioner tasked with killing a man who cannot be killed, a young man with a birdcage where his heart should be, and a frustrated public servant trying to deal with an unruly wizard determined to prove his powers.

'Watch a relationship unravel as former lovers are revealed to be creatures of myth, reminisce with the residents of a city overrun with giant thorns, and visit Isla Tortuga’s last, great house of ill repute where no-one is exactly what they seem on the surface.

'Some of the stories contained within have happy endings, and some end in sorrow, but the journey always takes an unexpected route through moments of wonder and unexpected pleasure.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Deadbeats Peter M. Ball , 2016 single work short story crime fantasy
— Appears in: And Then … The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales : Volume 1 2016;
1 The Place Beyond the Brambles Peter M. Ball , 2015 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Daily Science Fiction , November 2015;
1 y separately published work icon Local Heroes Peter M. Ball , Brisbane : Brain Jar Press , 2020 9820411 2015 single work short story fantasy

'Keith Murphy’s doesn’t understand professional wrestling, and he doesn’t care to try. But when paying back a debt means figuring out how a demon is feeding on the crowds at the local indie show, the hitman-turned-mage finds himself up against a creature far more powerful than he expected.

'With the aide of a conflicted academic and his new partner, Holly Langford, Keith must set aside his guns and climb into the ring to become the hero his city needs once more.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Flotsam Trilogy Peter M. Ball , Washington (State) : Apocalypse Ink Productions , 2015 9820390 2015 selected work novella short story
1 y separately published work icon Crusade Peter M. Ball , Washington (State) : Apocalypse Ink Productions , 2015 9820338 2015 single work novella fantasy

'My name's Keith Murphy. For nearly two decades, my partner, Danny Roark, and I hunted down the dark things that prey on normal humans. But, on what we thought was a routine job, something went wrong. Now the end of the world is coming at us like a freight train on steroids.

'When Danny goes down, it's me who has to figure out what those fools left over from the Raven cult have planned. It's a puzzle I've got to figure out before those doors open wider and real monsters—ones that my rag-tag, mostly demon, army can't handle—come through.

'Roark was the one who knew about all this magic and end or the world stuff, not me. I guess I'll figured it out as I go.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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