"There are still many solid tales to satisfy vampire fans." - Publishers Weekly
The hefty volume published by Ticonderoga Books assembles thirty-three stories where diversity is the main feature. Some tales have a distinct Aussie taste in terms of location and local sub-culture, which contributes to shed a new light on vampires, their habits and their personalities.
You can read the full review at http://www.sfsite.com/12a/dr357.htm
Publishers Weekly reviews new anthology Dead Red Heart. The bit we especially love is
"there are still many solid tales to satisfy vampire fans"
the full review is below. Note that page count is based on an uncorrected galley, the final published edition has 33 stories and 502 pages.
Dead Red Heart will be available world-wide in May.
Dead Red Heart: Australian Vampire Tales
Edited by Russell B. Farr. Ticonderoga (www.ticonderogapublications.com), $24.99 trade paper (454p) ISBN 978-0-9807813-1-1
Ticonderoga publisher Farr (Fantastic Wonder Stories) collects 32 stories of horror and dark fantasy that acknowledge the undead as ineradicable members of Australian society. The best selections twine the vampire incursion with Australian history, as in Shona Husk's "Mutiny on the Scarborough," whose vampire narrator reveals himself to have been one of the earliest convicts transported Down Under. Angela Slatter's "Sun Falls," about a luckless vamp dependent upon his smart-aleck human slave, and "The Tide," a multiauthored story that charts vampires' rise from second-class citizen to the nation's ruling elite, mix horror with humor. Unfortunately, most of the more serious stories aren't particularly innovative, but there are still many solid tales to satisfy vampire fans. (May)
We're quite chuffed to be able to announce the line-up for our bumper book of Australian vampire tales, Dead Red Heart.
We received many fantastic submissions, and they certainly gave the editor some work to do. The final result: 32 fantastic tales, 454 pages, over 130,000 words. All about vampires. This tome will be launched at the end of April.
Our writers are:
Joanne Anderton, Alan Baxter, Simon Brown, Jay Caselberg, Damon Cavalcini, Jodi Cleghorn, Felicity Dowker, Jacob Edwards, Joanna Fay, Raymond Gates, Lisa L Hannett, Donna Maree Hanson, Kathryn Hore, Shona Husk, George Ivanoff, Patty Jansen, Pete Kempshall, Chris Lawson, Martin Livings, Penelope Love, Tracie McBride, Sonia Marcon, Anne Mok, Jason Nahrung, Amanda Pillar, Jane Routley, Jeremy Sadler, Angela Slatter, Helen Stubbs, Yvonne Eve Walus, Jen White, Marty Young.
(This doesn't include "The Tide", a collaborative affair organised by Martin Livings and featuring a whole bunch of talent: Carol Ryles, Lezli Robyn, Kaaron Warren, Patty Jansen, Alan Baxter, Devin Jeythurai, Felicity Dowker, Andrew J McKiernan, Gillian Pollack, Chuck McKenzie.)
“The Tide”, Martin Livings and friends
“Mutiny on the Scarborough”, Shona Husk
“Sun Falls”, Angela Slatter
“Such is Life”, Jeremy Sadler
“Apologetoi”, Chris Lawson
“Punishment of the Sun”, Alan Baxter
“Red Delicious”, Felicity Dowker
“Just a Matter of Economics”, Yvonne Eve Walus
“Quarantine”, Patty Jansen
“Out of the Grave”, Amanda Pillar
“Desert Blood”, Marty Young
“Thin Air”, Simon Brown
“Kissed by the Sun”, Jodi Cleghorn
"Bats", Jane Routley
“Black Heart”, Joanna Fay
“Renfield's Wife”, Damon Cavalchini
“Listening to Tracy”, Jen White
“Breaking the Drought”, Jay Caselberg
“Children of the Cane”, Jason Nahrung
“The Sea at Night”, Joanne Anderton
“Sky in the Morning”, Sonia Marcon
“Taking it for the Team”, Tracie McBride
“All that Glisters”, Pete Kempshall
“The Rider”, Martin Livings
“Vitality”, George Ivanoff
“Coming Home”, Kathryn Hore
“The Little Red Man”, Ray Gates
“Deathborn Light”, Helen Stubbs
“The Life Stealer”, Donna Maree Hanson
“Behind the Black Mask”, Jacob Edwards
“Interview with the Jiangshi”, Anne Mok
“White and Red in the Black”, Lisa L Hannett
“Lady Yang's Lament”, Penelope Love