A creepy horror tale of two children lost in the woods.
'An almost pseudo-mythological story of a salamander seeking to find freedom from its bargain with a terrible queen' (Ben Payne, Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus)
''Claws' takes place in the early days of European colonisation of Western Australia. It's based around a real life event, a slaughter of Aboriginal families by settlers that has become known as 'The Battle of Pinjarra'. Apart from my protagonist, all the human characters in the story are based on real people.'
Source: Interview with Lee Battersby, Graveside Books website, http://gravesidetales.com
Fogarty's Animal Show, mistaken for carriers of the DNA plague that turned humans and animals into 'Muties', runs into prejudice that has Murri employee Ian Limrock hospitalised in the Mutie reserve. Drawing analogs between lepers, Aboriginal persecution, and the Muties, Ian finds - or redefines - his roots.