Apart from reading short fiction, writing it is one of my greatest joys. For the most part, I write the sort of stories I love to read: Twisty speculative tales that leave the reader feeling enchanted or unsettled. Weird fiction that transcends and overlaps genre. Darkly fantastic tales that explore ‘what if’ scenarios, and stories forged from disturbia, that make you want to look over your shoulder or under your bed.
It therefore gives me great delight to announce I’ve signed a contract with IFWG Publishing Australia to publish a collection of my short fiction and poetry. Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract will be hitting all good physical and digital bookstores in late 2020.
IFWG Publishing Australia specialises in speculative fiction (sci fi, fantasy, horror, and all the glorious sub genres in between) along with children’s titles through to young adult novels. IFWG published my junior teen fantasy adventure Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean last year, and I’m very happy to be back among their wonderful catalogue of award-winning titles and authors.
One of those award-winning authors, Steven Paulsen, whose fabulous Shadows on the Wall won the Australian Shadows Award for best horror collection last year, will be introducing my collection, and I’m very grateful for his generous support.
I’ll keep you all posted on news about Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract as the production process unfolds. In the meantime, here’s the blurb to give you a taste of what’s inside:
A surfer who becomes horrifyingly one with the sea. A new mother’s devastating search for belonging. A stone gargoyle with a violent history. A fisher boy who discovers the real cost of forbidden love. A farmer whose delight at drought-breaking rain quickly turns to terror. A hedonistic rock star who manifests double trouble. A robotic housemaid with a sinister agenda. A dirty ex-cop with a dirtier secret. An unscrupulous mayor’s solution to rid his city of the homeless …
These are just some of the characters you’ll meet in Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract, a collection of dark offerings comprising short stories alongside a smattering of flash and poetry.
Introduced by multi-award-winning author, Steven Paulsen, Rebecca Fraser’s collection brings together an eclectic mix of her original and previously-published, award-nominated, and prize-winning fiction, embracing a diversity of styles from gothic to cyberpunk, to contemporary horror, fantasy, dystopia…and every dark cranny in between.
From the harsh terrain of the Outback, to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the wilds of Tasmania, dystopian futures, enchanted lands, and the familiarity of suburbia, Coralesque and Other Tales to Disturb and Distract takes readers on a journey into unsettling, unforgiving, and unforgettable territory
I’ll keep you all posted! In the meantime: Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days.