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Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories
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'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.'

(Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.55).


Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Oxford University Press , 1994 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Ghost upon the Rail, John Lang , 1853 single work short story crime
The tale of Fisher's Ghost's originally from John Lang's Botany Bay, or, True Stories of the Early Days of Australia . Penrith, NSW, was the scene of Edward Smith's murder of his neighbouring farmer John Fisher, both of them ex-convicts. Smith's plan is foiled by suspicions aroused by Fisher's apparition, the skills of a black tracker, and the sagacious magistrate, Mr Cox. Smith is hanged. (PB)
Fisher's Ghost
(p. 1-18)
The Illumined Grave, W. W. , 1867 single work short story (p. 19-35)
The Ghostly White Gate, W. W. , 1994-1885 single work short story crime (p. 36-62)
Human Repetends, Marcus Clarke , 1872 single work short story crime fantasy
This story was first published in the Australasian, 14 September, 1872, with the title 'Human Repetends'. This version of the story, which includes a character called Marston, has been republished several times in anthologies and selections. A second version of the story, with a different beginning and featuring a character called Hylton, was first published in the posthumous selection Sensational Tales with the title 'A Mysterious Coincidence'. This version has been republished under both titles.
(p. 63-71)
Note: With title: 'Human Repetends'
Holiday Peak, Marcus Clarke , 1873 single work short story adventure (p. 71-84)
The Rubria Ghost, Tasma , 1878 single work short story (p. 85-93)
The Ghost of Wanganilla : Founded on Fact, Mrs Chads , 1891 single work short story (p. 94-101)
The Bunyip, Rosa Praed , 1891 single work short story (p. 102-109)
The Haunted Station, Hume Nisbet , 1894 single work short story horror mystery (p. 110-126)
With Three Phantoms, Guy Boothby , 1897 single work short story
An explorer arrives in Darwin to look for traces of Leichhardt's expedition. His party are found dead months later on the edge of the Simpson Desert. Four years later the explorer is discovered and tells of an improbable story about ghost horsemen.
(p. 127-134)
The Trucker's Dream, Edward Dyson , 1895 single work short story (p. 135-138)
The Red Lagoon, Binghi , 1892 single work short story (p. 139-141)
The Mystery of Yelcomorn Creek, William Sylvester Walker , 1890 single work short story
A strange old man tucked away in the bush tells an interesting tale of his opal-mining days in Queensland.
The Evil of Yelcomorn Creek
(p. 142-151)
A Ghost of the Australian Interior, William Sylvester Walker , 1898 single work short story
A guest on a sheep station in outback Queensland sees an apparition which he believes is an ill omen.
(p. 152-156)
A Dreamer, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story (p. 157-162)
At Coomassie Gully, 'Bushwoman' , 1904 single work short story (p. 163-165)
An Australian Rip Van Winkle, William Gosse Hay , 1921 single work short story (p. 166-191)
Fourteen Fathoms by Quetta Rock, Randolph Bedford , 1928 single work short story (p. 192-200)
The Ghost That Came to Darwin, Murray Gordon , 1945 single work short story (p. 201-204)
Vision in the Forest, Myra Morris , 1994 single work short story (p. 205-210)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Rough Justice and Buried Country : Australian Ghosts John Potts , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Ghosts 2010; (p. 113-124)
'This paper examines the cultural significance of Australian ghost stories, with particular reference to the nineteenth century. The paper considers the specific qualities of these stories in the context of the colonial experience of Australia. The foundation of the penal colony and the dispossession of the Aborigines are proposed as significant contributing factors to any specificity relating to Australian ghost stories. The narrative theme of 'buried country' coming to the surfaces is a feature of late nineteenth century ghost stories, told from the colonisers' perspective, concerning encounters with Aboriginal burial grounds or massacre sites. the uniqueness of the Australian landscape is also considered as a contributing factor to ghost stories or alleged hauntings occurring in the Australian interior.' (p. 469-470)
Scanners Colin Steele , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: SF Commentary : The Independent Magazine About Science Fiction , November no. 77 2001; (p. 49-77)

— Review of Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction Damien Broderick , 1995 single work criticism ; Metaworlds : Best Australian Science Fiction 1994 anthology short story ; Mortal Fire : Best Australian Science Fiction 1993 anthology short story ; The Destiny Makers George Turner , 1993 single work novel ; Twilight Beach Terry Dowling , 1993 selected work short story ; Evolution Annie Rosaleen Love , 1991 selected work short story ; The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 1998 reference bibliography biography ; Beyond the Hanging Wall Sara Douglass , 1996 single work novel ; Distress Greg Egan , 1995 single work novel ; Axiomatic Greg Egan , 1995 selected work short story ; Permutation City Greg Egan , 1994 single work novel ; Mirrorsun Rising Sean McMullen , 1995 single work novel ; Alien Shores : An Anthology of Australian Science Fiction 1994 anthology short story ; The Opoponax Invasion John Brosnan , 1993 single work novel ; Envoy Shannah Jay , 1994 single work novel ; She's Fantastical : The First Anthology of Australian Women’s Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism And Fantasy 1995 anthology short story poetry extract ; The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 1 1997 anthology short story ; Time Marches Off : 2000 Years from Now Paul De Wreder , 1942 single work novel ; Dark House : Stories Compiled by Gary Crew 1995 anthology short story ; The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
Untitled Kevin Steinberger , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 11 no. 3 1996; (p. 35)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
The Older the Spook, the Better Peter Pierce , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 March vol. 116 no. 5960 1995; (p. 89)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
Lorelei, Spooks and Pixies John Hanrahan , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 January 1995; (p. 8)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
Untitled Kevin Steinberger , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 11 no. 3 1996; (p. 35)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
Scanners Colin Steele , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: SF Commentary : The Independent Magazine About Science Fiction , November no. 77 2001; (p. 49-77)

— Review of Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction Damien Broderick , 1995 single work criticism ; Metaworlds : Best Australian Science Fiction 1994 anthology short story ; Mortal Fire : Best Australian Science Fiction 1993 anthology short story ; The Destiny Makers George Turner , 1993 single work novel ; Twilight Beach Terry Dowling , 1993 selected work short story ; Evolution Annie Rosaleen Love , 1991 selected work short story ; The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy 1998 reference bibliography biography ; Beyond the Hanging Wall Sara Douglass , 1996 single work novel ; Distress Greg Egan , 1995 single work novel ; Axiomatic Greg Egan , 1995 selected work short story ; Permutation City Greg Egan , 1994 single work novel ; Mirrorsun Rising Sean McMullen , 1995 single work novel ; Alien Shores : An Anthology of Australian Science Fiction 1994 anthology short story ; The Opoponax Invasion John Brosnan , 1993 single work novel ; Envoy Shannah Jay , 1994 single work novel ; She's Fantastical : The First Anthology of Australian Women’s Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism And Fantasy 1995 anthology short story poetry extract ; The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 1 1997 anthology short story ; Time Marches Off : 2000 Years from Now Paul De Wreder , 1942 single work novel ; Dark House : Stories Compiled by Gary Crew 1995 anthology short story ; The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
Peel Me a Grape Kerry Greenwood , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 54 no. 4 1995; (p. 672-676)

— Review of She's Fantastical : The First Anthology of Australian Women’s Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism And Fantasy 1995 anthology short story poetry extract ; The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story ; Strange Fruit : Tales of the Unexpected 1995 anthology short story
Entering into the Spirit of Things Ghostly Elaine Lindsay , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 December 1994; (p. 14)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
Ghosts from the Past James Bradley , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 January 1995; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories 1994 anthology short story
Rough Justice and Buried Country : Australian Ghosts John Potts , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Ghosts 2010; (p. 113-124)
'This paper examines the cultural significance of Australian ghost stories, with particular reference to the nineteenth century. The paper considers the specific qualities of these stories in the context of the colonial experience of Australia. The foundation of the penal colony and the dispossession of the Aborigines are proposed as significant contributing factors to any specificity relating to Australian ghost stories. The narrative theme of 'buried country' coming to the surfaces is a feature of late nineteenth century ghost stories, told from the colonisers' perspective, concerning encounters with Aboriginal burial grounds or massacre sites. the uniqueness of the Australian landscape is also considered as a contributing factor to ghost stories or alleged hauntings occurring in the Australian interior.' (p. 469-470)
Night Terrors Fiona Capp , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 21 January 1995; (p. 8)
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