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Issue Details: First known date: 1986... 1986 Poor Reception
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'A young Melbourne driver picks up a girl hitch-hiker en route to Cairns. When she is later murdered in Cairns her ghost leads him back to the murder scene, but only for a horrible twist of fate to occur' (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.55).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Australian Literary Magazine The Australian Literary Quarterly 13 June 1986 Z1023443 1986 newspaper issue 1986 pg. 11
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Difference to Me : Prize Winning Stories Garry Disher , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1988 Z225883 1988 selected work short story

    'A collection of award-winning short stories by Garry Disher spanning the continents of Australia, Africa and Europe, the extremes of loneliness and connection, and all the relationships between people and places.

    'Stories in this collection have won the National Short Story Award, the Alan Marshall Award and the Henry Lawson Award, and have been published and broadcast across Australia and in the UK, Canada and Denmark.'

    “Disher is a writer of very considerable talent. This can well be seen in his short stories.” —The Age
    “Disher is at his hawk-eyed best when hovering just above exotic details” —The Times Literary Supplement

    Source : publisher's blurb (Ligature)

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1988
    pg. 141-149
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Strange Fruit : Tales of the Unexpected Paul Collins (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1995 Z10116 1995 anthology short story science fiction horror fantasy A collection of 16 stories in which murder, possession and the supernatural are common themes. Ringwood : Penguin , 1995 pg. 47-62
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Restless : Stories of Flight and Fear Garry Disher , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 Z238699 1995 selected work short story young adult horror crime

    'Six stories of suspense and the supernatural from one of Australia's favourite writers, Garry Disher.

    'It's a great feeling to break away from home, school and the restrictions of your childhood years, to test yourself in the world at last.

    'First flight, first love, first job, first holiday alone, first place to call your own. You feel as if anything could happen, and you're prepared for it. You're no longer restless, you're flying free.

    'But wait, there's a final test - if you can survive it.

    'Can you outlast the walking dead, the stair creak at night, the ghosts of the past, the treachery of those you trust and love?'

    Source: Publisher's blurb (2019 republication).

    Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995
    pg. 59-77
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