Six writers: no rules. Six journeys beyond the borders of the real. The Unknown raised to the sixth power (publisher's blurb).
X6 is a collection of novella-length journeys beyond the borders of the real from six of the most exciting speculative fiction authors working in Australia today - Margo Lanagan, Terry Dowlng, Cat Sparks, Paul Haines, Trent Jamieson and Louise Katz.
'The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalka, nymphs, selkes, and other seafolk are found in many cultures, including those of Europe, Africa, the Near East and Asia. Dangerous or benevolent, seductive or sinister — modern masters of fantasy continue to create new legends of these creatures that enchant and entertain us more than ever. Gathered here are some of the finest of these stories. Immerse yourself in this wonderful — and sometimes wicked — watery world!'
'On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?'