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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Pater Familias
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'Lee Battersby’s "Pater Familias" is an example of the flash fiction medium at its best. In it, a retired surgeon meets with a young visitor and describes an archaic form of late-term abortion called "craniotomy" .... The story moves with a crackling economy of language and, when its inevitable surprise ending appears, it’s not as a punchline-style twist, but as a slowly dawning sense of horror that will leave you gutted' (Tim Kroenert, Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus).

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Shadowed Realms no. 3 Jan./Feb. 2005 Z1806691 2005 periodical issue 2005
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Through Soft Air Lee Battersby , Rockville : Prime Books , 2006 Z1288956 2006 selected work short story science fiction horror Rockville : Prime Books , 2006 pg. 277-280
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror : Volume One Angela Challis (editor), Shane Jiraiya Cummings (editor), Woodvale : Brimstone Press , 2006 Z1342225 2006 anthology short story essay fantasy horror

    Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2006 comprises twelve short stories and five essays of a diverse nature. The fiction ranges from unsettling to frightening, and from the humorous to sad, serving up encounters with zombies, killer glaciers, tortured inventors and samurai heroes among other subjects.

    Woodvale : Brimstone Press , 2006
    pg. 84-87
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