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.'
'When an author sits down to write the linking pieces for the stories in his new book, planning to do it by the hours of the night observed by medieval scholars, he is interrupted by phonecalls from his eccentric yet harmless friend, Raymond, a former mental patient with whom he shares some curious notions about the perceived world. At first casual and interested, even helpful, these calls soon become increasingly tense and strange, until the author realizes that what started out as an innocent fun idea - a shared all-night vigil on the autumn Equinox - is actually serving some other vital purpose, becoming by stages part therapy, party incantatory process, part vindication of those very theories which will change forever the way he sees the world.' (Source: bookseller's website.)
yFlinchApplecross:Gestalt Publishing,2009Z16052992009anthology short story horror fantasy science fiction
'Flinch is a collection of engaging stories by established and emerging creators, all playing on their interpretation of 'flinch'. From facing the 'other' within ourselves, to the tale of a prison inmate discovering what keeps him going, to a handful of stories exploring traditional (and non-traditional) hauntings alike.
'Featuring work from Shaun Tan, Justin Randall, Terry Dowling, James Barclay, Tom Taylor, Colin Wilson, Christian Read, Chris Bones, Bobby.N, Chris Bolton, Skye Ogden, Mel Tregonning, Tom Bonin, Andrew Richardson, Mark Welsh, Christian Scott, Ray Fawkes, Anton McKay and Michael Katchan.' (From the publisher's website.)