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.
Blood & Dust
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?
The Big Smoke
Kevin 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?
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.
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.
Deborah 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).