April 9th, 2010

short stories

Scary Kisses & Belong

In honour of both these Australian small press anthologies (Ticonderoga Publications) being launched over Easter, my recommendations:

"The February Dragon," Angela Slatter & LL Hannett, Scary Kisses - a magnificent dragon romance, in a tangible Romanesque urban setting. I liked this one a lot, and would love to see more stories set in this really interesting world.

"United," Jennifer Moore, Belong - a quite gruelling story about a refugee boy bullied into claiming a football team, and the horrible consequences.

"Speaking English," Stephanie Burgis, Belong - a short story about a Croatian girl trying to fit into American culture on Halloween - and meeting an old ghost from her past.