Vampires in the Sunburnt Country ~ Jason Nahrung

The books keep arriving from SuperNOVA — and this week they come from Jason Nahrung. Blood & Dust and The Big Smoke together form Vampires in the Sunburnt Country — a duo of (horror? thriller? adventure?) books about vampires in Queensland.

They were released in paperback yesterday by Clan Destine Press, launched at the Continuum Convention by acclaimed fantasy author, Alison Goodman.

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Jason Nahrung with Alison Goodman – launching the paperbacks of Vampires in the Sunburnt Country

Blood & Dust

Blood & DustFor Outback mechanic Kevin Matheson, it’s just another summer’s day. Mulga wavering in the haze, sweat on his brow, bastard flies getting in his way.

And then the vampires arrive, leaving his life like road kill in their wake.

Caught between vicious nomadic bikers and their brutal foes from the coast, Kevin fights to save not only those he holds dearest, but his own soul.

But how far will he go to save the people he loves?

Buy as eBook | paperback

The Big Smoke

The Big SmokeKevin Matheson is coming to Brisbane with revenge on his mind. Even for a vampire, there is no time like the present. He has a score to settle with Mira, the sadistic killer who tore his life in outback Queensland apart.

For Mira’s bodyguard, Reece, worn out and fading a little more each day, the present is all he has. He is determined to spend it protecting his mistress, for better or worse.

But, as the two men head for a collision, the vampires of Brisbane have their own plans – plans that will lead Kevin and Reece down roads they never expected to travel.

And at the end of the line, at the intersection of loyalty and vengeance, both face the question: who are they willing to sacrifice to win the war?

Buy eBook | paperback

Congratulations, Jason!

Cherry Crow Children ~ Deborah Kalin

The latest SuperNOVArian to birth a book is Deborah Kalin, whose much-anticipated fantasy collection Cherry Crow Children from Twelfth Planet Press was officially launched at Swancon this past Easter weekend.

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Tulliæn spans a fractured mountaintop, where the locals lie and the tourists come to die. Try the honey.

Briskwater crouches deep in the shadow of a dam wall. Ignore the weight of the water hanging overhead, and the little dead girl wandering the streets. Off with you, while you still can.

In Haverny Wood the birds drink blood, the dogs trade their coughings for corpses, the lost children carve up their bodies to run with the crows, and the townsfolk stitch silence into their spleens. You mustn’t talk so wild.

The desert-locked outpost of Boundary boasts the famed manufacturers of flawless timepieces; those who would learn the trade must offer up their eyes as starting materials. Look to your pride: it will eat you alive.

Sooner or later, in every community, fate demands its dues — and the currency is blood.

  • Introduction by Kate Elliott
  • The Wages of Honey
  • The Briskwater Mare
  • The Cherry Crow Children of Haverny Wood
  • The Miseducation of Mara Lys

Buy now from Twelfth Planet Press.

About Deborah

deborah kalinDeborah Kalin is an Australian author based in Melbourne. A student of Clarion South 2005, she is the author of the Binding books (Shadow Queen and Shadow Bound, published by Allen and Unwin), and her short fiction has appeared in Postscripts Magazine and ASIM. An original voice of Australian fiction, her work has been described as “striking, infuriating, endlessly surprising and wonderfully disturbing” (Aurealis).

Congratulations Deb!

The Three Sisters ~ Jane Routley

SuperNOVArian Jane Routley has a new e-book out from Clan Destine Press!

TTS3Described as a historical fantasy with feisty female characters, The Three Sisters is a tale about three sisters, estranged from the Society they are destined to save.

Elena, more beautiful than any man can resist, is kidnapped, her destiny controlled by the men who desire her. Yani, warrior woman, brave, strong, able to pass as a man, who will do anything to find Elena. Marigoth, powerful female mage, determined never to grow up, equally committed to finding their missing sister. In a country oppressed and cruelly ruled, the fate of many people lies in the unsuspecting hands of these three women.

About Jane

Two times Aurealis award winner Jane Routley lives in Melbourne. She has published short stories, articles and a blog about working on a railway station. This is her fourth published novel, available for the first time in Australia.

Congratulations Jane.

Relaunched — Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

More celebrations for Supernova member Rjurik Davidson, whose debut fantasy novel Unwrapped Sky finally got its Melbourne launch last night at Readings bookshop in Carlton. The novel came out globally in April this year, but since Rjurik was based in Europe at the time, the occasion was not suitably marked by family, friends and fans here in Australia. BANG THE DRUM!

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The book was relaunched by Jeff Sparrow, editor of literary journal Overland, who interviewed Rjurik about themes of politics and revolution in fantasy (which, unsurprisingly, are the themes of Rjurik’s trilogy).

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Caeli-Amur: an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea; a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries. But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their homeland. Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north. Strikes break out in the factory district.

In a hideout beneath the city, a small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses. How can they rouse the citizens of the city? Should they begin a campaign of terror? Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously? As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli-Amur.

The book has been getting fantastic reviews since its April launch. Congratulations, Rjurik!

The second book in the series, called The Stars Askew is due out sometime in 2015.


Launched – Trucksong by Andrew Macrae

Trucksong2It’s not every day one of Supernova’s members launches a novel, so BANG THE DRUM for Andrew Macrae, who has launched his debut novel Trucksong this week, published by Twelfth Planet Press.

Trucksong is “a dystopian science fiction novel about lost love, AI trucks and the search for meaning in a post-apocalyptic Australia.”

Andrew has written an accompanying soundtrack on the Trucksong web site and also made available as a download the original version of the novel, which was written in ‘experimental’ language.

Recent interviews with Andrew and reviews of the novel are available here:

Congratulations, Andy!

Mulwala spring writers retreat

Peter and Bren get seriousThis weekend, Supernova held its first official writers retreat at Lake Mulwala, near Yarrawonga on the border of Victoria and NSW. Huzzah!

Twelve intrepid drinkers… er writers have gathered for up to four days in a five-bedroom mansion with six sofas and a 10-seater kitchen table to dedicate ourselves to writing — with a fair bit of socialising and intellectual debate thrown in.

For the past three days there have been writers sitting around the table… writers reclining (with computers) on the sofas… writers with bad backs standing at sideboards… writers snoozing (after big nights of afore-mentioned debate)… writers outside on the deck…

The house itself is located right at the edge of the lake, where flock cockatoos, swallows, seagulls, swans and even the occasional pelican. This morning, I enjoyed a delightful couple of hours with my computer in the morning sunshine, reclined on our private jetty, being courted by a graceful black swan and mischievous diving swallows.

And just now, tonight, a glorious orange moon climbing above the horizon, leaving a shimmering reflection across the lake.

There have been many words written — I think most of us are relatively happy with productivity — and much fun had. Not least of which was an afternoon’s excursion to the Rutherglen wine region.

I don’t think any of us want to go home tomorrow… I know I don’t. So I guess we’ll just have to come back again another time.

Getting Started

Welcome to Supernova’s new blog and web site. I’m anticipating we’ll start off slow as we figure out what we’re going to do with this site, other than maintain it as an information portal about our writing group.

Many of us already have sites and/or blogs (I’ve put a non-exhaustive list in the sidebar already), so we may cross-post on occasion… and maybe those of us who don’t have blogs will experiment here a bit.

That’s the beauty of a blog. It can evolve with time. Let’s see where this one goes.