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Good morning /fantasy
, I’m atlacoya
aka Casey Lucas, author and mostly-lurker. You might know me from my greatest hits such as “asks questions in AMAs sometimes” and my web serial, Into the Mire
, which has gotten some attention on here in the past.
If you don’t follow the con scene news much, a crop of New Zealand authors nominated for our national science fiction and fantasy awards, the Sir Julius Vogels, were recently on the receiving end of some rather rough treatment from WorldCon. Our awards ceremony aired in a competing time slot against the Guests of Honour talk and then we discovered our voter packet of free books was not even sent out to con attendees. I wrote about it for the news here, but that TL;DR is enough, really.
The lovely mod team at /fantasy
have given me this opportunity to highlight some New Zealand authors who have kindly offered links to free works, excerpts, or downloads of their books for you all. Thirty-six authors contributed to this directory, and I’m thrilled to be able to share their work with you!
This is a huge list to navigate in alphabetical order, so I’ve asked the authors to tag their work, so that you can control+f and search in page to find authors who write your fave subgenres of fantasy. We’ve got everything here from YA to sword and sorcery to gamelit to romance–I hope you find a new author to love!
Here’s a list of the most common tags authors are using to highlight their works: children’s, comics, cozy fantasy, dark fantasy, epic fantasy, fairy tale, fantasy comedy, gothic, grimdark, high fantasy, historical fantasy, humour, LitRPG, LGBTQIA, low fantasy, magical realism, manga, paranormal, political fantasy, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, fantasy romance, weird fiction, witches, mythology, SJV nominee, SJV winner
Enough from me, enjoy exploring the list!
– AJ FITZWATER
- One thousand unicorns pedaling furiously inside a meat suit from Christchurch, New Zealand. Clarion 2014. Winner of two SJV Awards. Author of No Man’s Land
, and The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper
about a lesbian capybara pirate and her found fam. Tags:
Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, historical fantasy, SJV Nominee, SJV Winner Highlighted Work: No Man’s Land
, Paper Road Press No Man’s Land
is a WW2 historical fantasy novella about the land girls of Aotearoa New Zealand, intertwining self discovery, shapeshifting, and love. Other Links: Author Website
– AJ LANCASTER Tags
: fantasy romance, cozy fantasy, fae, SPFBO5 semi-finalist, SJV nominee Highlighted Work: The Lord of Stariel
- think Downton Abbey with fae and magic.
Returning home for her father’s funeral after a long exile, Hetta plans to leave again as soon as her family’s magical estate chooses its new lord. But danger lurks in the faerie realm, and whoever Stariel chooses will have bigger problems than eccentric relatives to deal with. The Lord of Stariel
is FREE on Kindle 10 Aug-14 Aug only. Other Links: https://ajlancaster.com/
– A.J. PONDER
- A.J’s notable and award winning stories are from multiple genres, and include: The Sylvalla Chronicles
(epic fantasy humour); Dying for the Record
(futuristic science fiction); Ahi Kā
(Prose and interwoven sonnet); and Frankie and the Netball Clone
(children’s science fiction). Tags
: SJV winner, SJV nominee, Epic Fantasy, YA, children’s, humour, science fiction, horror, short stories Highlighted work
: The Secret Story
. Discover the secret story of Amarinda, a not-quite Cinderella, whose closest thing to a Fairy godmother is, alas, old Granny Earwax. The Secret Story
is free here
A.J. can be found at ponderbooks.com
– ANDI C. BUCHANAN
- writer, editor, part-time space lobster. Powered by coffee. Winner of this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Award (novella/novelette category) for From a Shadow Grave
from Paper Road Press, a story of possible futures and ghosts, based on Wellington’s history. Tags
: fantasy, cozy fantasy, paranormal, historical fantasy, weird fiction, LGBTQIA+, found families, imagining accessible spaces, succulents, SJV winner, SJV nominee Highlighted Work: Invisible City
After a daring escape from a brutal regime, Persson built a new life for himself and raised a family. But unlike his comrades, he chose not to forget what had happened. And now one of them has come looking for him. Invisible City is a novelette about trauma, memory, and one last chance to change the future. It is available for free on Kindle from August 10 to 14 PDT
. Other Links: Author website
| Free to read short story: “Even the Clearest Water”
| Free to read extract from From a Shadow Grave
– ANNA KIRTLAN
- Anna Kirtlan is a writer who lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her fiction is a mixture of fantasy, paranormal, horror and humour, often with a nautical bent. Her non-fiction work focuses on mental health advocacy and attempting to sail. Tags
: fantasy, paranormal, horror, humour, urban fantasy, nautical fantasy Highlighted Work:
Ghost Bus - Tales from Wellington’s Dark Side is a collection of paranormal short stories featuring ghosts, sea monsters and a rest home for troublesome witches. You can read a sample story for free here: The Oriental Bay Piranhas
Other Links: Author website
, Anna Kirtlan Writes Facebook
, @Seamunchkin on twitter
, @Seamunchkin on Instagram
– BARBARA HOWE
- A fantasy writer with a day job as a software developer in the film industry, I live in Wellington, New Zealand in a house overflowing with books, games, and puzzles. Tags
: epic fantasy, YA fantasy, noblebright, hopepunk, SJV nominee Highlighted work
: Reflections on a World
was my contest entry for GeyserCon, New Zealand’s Nation Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention held in Rotorua in 2019.
Other links: Author website
– CASEY LUCAS
- Winner of the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Short Story, Casey is an author, game developer, and voice actor who splits her time between writing fiction and working on award-winning games Mini Metro and Mini Motorways with Dinosaur Polo Club. She also localises manga for English publication. Tags
: adventure, fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, low fantasy, sword and sorcery, occasional grimdark, LGBTQIA+, SJV winner, SJV nominee, web serial, comics, manga Highlighted Work
: Consisting of one finished novel, one in-progress novel, one novella, and various short stories, the web serial Into the Mire
was a 2020 Sir Julius Vogel finalist and is available free to read online. Into the Mire
follows a crew of mercenaries who journey into a cursed eldritch swamp where the only thing more dangerous than the plant life is the secrets they’ve kept from one another. One of them sabotaged the mission. One is a practitioner of forbidden blood sorcery. And one of them isn’t even human. When trust breaks down, crew leader Riss must choose between allying with the abominations in her midst or fending for herself against the ones in the wild. Other Links: A Shriek Across the Sky - SJV Best Short Story Winner (audio available too)
She’s @CaseyLucasQuaid on twitter
and has a mailing list which updates very infrequently
In 2021, she will be localising DAI DARK
, the new speculative horror manga from Dorohedoro creator Hayashida Q, for Seven Seas Entertainment.
– CHRISTOPHER KEENE
- LitRPG, Fantasy and Sci-fi writer. Published in NZ and in America under Future House Publishing. Known for the Dream State Saga and War of Kings and Monsters. Tags
: LitRPG, epic fantasy, grimdark, cyber thriller, gamelit, board games. Highlighted Work:
Chapter 1 of my LitRPG book, Stuck in the Game, was published in Flash Frontier under ‘Dream State Drug’ and also in audiobook form here
. The 1st chapter of my epic fantasy, Gods of the Mountain, can be found as an audiobook here
. Full versions can be found on Amazon (or contact me for a freebee). Other links: Amazon
, and @lazarinth on Twitter
– DAN RABARTS
– Dark fantasy novelist and short story writer, works include the Children of Bane fantasy series and the Path of Ra crime-noir supernatural thriller series (co-written with Lee Murray), winner of the Australian Shadows Award and New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Award. Tags:
Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Grimdark, Fantasy Comedy, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Horror, Science Fiction Highlighted work
: Brothers of the Knife, Book 1 in the Children of Bane series Blurb:
“Akmenos only ever wanted to bake a perfect soufflé, but the murder of an elvish prince at his banquet table sweeps him into a spiral of intrigue, deception and betrayal which is bigger than even his biggest casserole dish. Caught in a desperate struggle between warring nations and shadowy organisations, Akmenos must stay one step ahead of the sinister figures intent on hunting him down ‒ his own brothers among them ‒ while he tries to clear his name, unmask the true killer, and find a decent cup of tea. Stumbling from one misadventure to another across continents and planes as the world and his family crumble around him, Akmenos will need to be stronger than he ever thought he could be ‒ stronger even than the blue cheese down the bottom of the larder that should’ve been thrown out months ago. “ Read the opening chapters and subscribe to my newsletter at my website. Other links: Brothers of the Knife Author website Facebook @rabarts on Twitter
– DEB E. HOWELL
- Fantasy stories that grab you by the feels. Tags
: Wild West, Fantasy Romance, SJV nominee Highlighted Work
: The Guardian
, a short story from the SJV 2020 nominated “Beyond The City Limits”. Ekon is a Lycan, destined to lead his pack as Alpha. But when he refuses to leave his playboy antics behind, he is cursed to remain in wolf form until the day he falls in love with a human woman–something that will never happen. His pack is destroyed, Ekon alone. And then he meets Anais, the new source of all magic in the realm, and she needs a Guardian. Link to free work
– DENIKA MEAD
- 16 year old NZ author of fantasy books for children aged 7-14. Her first book was released in 2019. Denika has won and been a finalist in several youth writing competitions, and was also a finalist in the Best New Talent category for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards in 2020. Tags:
fantasy, high fantasy, dragon, magic, adventure, SJV nominee Highlighted work: Royal Orchid, Into the Flames, a prequel
Frantic to save the young Crystal Kingdom princess from the clutches of the dragon, King Leor and Queen Charlotte embark on a rescue mission. But Leor has other enemies, and they have finally caught up with him. Charlotte must make a choice: save her husband from a terrible fate in the desolate Dark Plain, or rescue their child. With the help of a Mystic Wolf and a few unexpected allies, the separated monarchs navigate an unfamiliar wasteland and fight the battle of their lives to save their family. However the dangers are far from over. Within the Kingdom hides a threat no one anticipated, one perhaps, even greater than the dragon. What price will they have to pay to ensure their daughter’s safety? Read more here. Other links
– EILEEN MUELLER
is a multi-award-winning author of heart-pounding fantasy novels that will keep you turning the page. Multi Sir Julius Vogel winner, Storylines Notable Book Awards — Ezaara and Dragon Hero, 2019 Epic Fantasy Fanatics Readers Choice Awards Semifinalist Tags:
fantasy, dragons, epic fantasy, YA, SJV nominee, SJV winner Highlighted Work:
Bronze Dragon: A routine hunting trip turns into a nightmare when Hans discovers a dead dragon rider and strange beasts in the forest. Then his family goes missing. When he tracks the dangerous beasts to find his mother and sister, everything goes wrong. What must he sacrifice to save his kin? Join thousands of readers on the Riders of Fire adrenaline ride with strong heroes & heroines, nail-biting action, sword & sorcery and dragons. Read Bronze Dragon, the free prequel in this best-selling fantasy series on Amazon
or get Silver Dragon and Bronze Dragon free on Eileen’s website
If you love dragon related fun, please join keen the dragon riders in Eileen’s Riders of Fire Facebook Group
– GARETH WARD
a.k.a. The Great Wardini is a magician, hypnotist, storyteller, bookseller and author. Tags
: steampunk, YA, SJV nominee, SJV winner Highlighted Work
- The Clockill and the Thief - SJV Winner - Sin is dying, poisoned by his blue blood. His troubles deepen when the traitor who poisoned him escapes from the custody of the Covert Operations Group and sets out for revenge. COG tasks Sin, his friend Zonda Chubb and their frenemy Velvet Von Darque with recapturing the traitor, whatever the cost. Taking to the air in pursuit, they must battle skypirates and the terrifying Clockill to complete their mission. But with his condition worsening, can Sin survive long enough to save his friends, himself and the day? Buy links on http://garethwardauthor.com/ Other links
: https://garethwardauthor.com/tales-of-bravery-by-tarquin-the-honest/ https://www.facebook.com/GarethWardAuthor
– GRACE BRIDGES
- President of genre writers’ association @SpecFicNZ, novelist, editoco-editor of 7 NZ and international anthologies, writing community activist, chair of @Geyser_Con2019, actual cat herder, volcano aficionado, professional fiction editor and linguist. Tags
: Urban fantasy, NZ settings and mythology, young adult, ace, noblebright, SJV winner, SJV nominee Highlighted Work
is a NZ fantasy adventure series. Legendary hot-springs guardians give mystical powers to an all-ages Kiwi cast, who fight eco-terrorists and supernatural anomalies. Scooby-Doo meets X-Men in the real Middle Earth. Free short story on the front page at www.gracebridges.kiwi
. Newsletter signup = read Book 1 for free.
Twitter: @gracebridges / FB & Insta: @gracebridgesbooks
SJV winning titles 2018
Acceptance speech for 2020 SJV Award for Services to Fandom: https://youtu.be/uSqmPgMoAzs
(includes link to a free NZ themed anthology)
– HELEN VIVIENNE FLETCHER
Children’s and young-adult author, playwright, spoken-word poet and creative writing tutor. Known for her award-winning play, How to Catch a Grim Reaper
, and YA thriller novel, Broken Silence
fantasy, urban fantasy, supernatural, suspense, LGBTQIA+, disability representation, SJV nominee Highlighted Work: A prophecy… A new student… A pot plant growing out of control…
One of these things could save Toby. The trouble is, which one?
When Toby arrived at this school six months ago, learning magic seemed like a dream come true. Now he’ll be happy if he and his classmates just get out of here alive.
With teachers, other students and their own spells against them, will Toby save his friends from the dangers they face? Or is he the one they should really fear? Download Reactive from BookFunnel
for free (for a limited time). Other Links
: Helen’s website
, Facebook Page
, Brain Bunny Creative Writing Classes
– ISA PEARL RITCHIE
- Isa has a PhD in social science and is a complex systems geek. She writes novels for adults and young people. Her recent Dreamweavers series is a middle grade fantasy set in New Zealand themes around lucid dreaming and coping with anxiety. The first book, Awa and the Dreamrealm was nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award. Read the first couple of chapters here
. Isa’s website
– J. RACKHAM
- Writer of Fantasy - Comic artist, illustrator, gamer and taiko drummer. Tags
: Fantasy, Young Adult, Epistolary, Adventure, SJV nominee, Comics Highlighted Work
From A Dash of Belladonna
(SJV nominee) - A collection of letters of a young Potion Master to be about her lessons and dangers she faces in New Zealand.
I looked up at her. Her black hair covered half her face but I’m sure I saw a smile there.
“Thank… you,” I said, I think. If I had any other words to say or ask her, they were eaten away by the rain.
She pinched at her flaring dress of black and bowed gracefully. I wondered if this was what you call star-struck. Amidst the raining death, crashing beams, and the raging cyclone of air that billowed my hair about, I could only stare at her and think how beautiful she was.
Download a free sample chapter here: http://jennrackham.com/a-dash-of-belladonna Website
– J.A. GATES
- New Zealand epic fantasy author. Tags
: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy. Highlighted Work
: J.A. Gates’ debut novel Legacy of Power, a dark fantasy containing assassins, elves and warlords. Available exclusively here for free for this week only!
No email required. Other links
| Twitter: @gatestobooks Facebook: @jagateswrites
– JAMES ROWLAND
is a short fiction writer with stories in a variety of places, including Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways and Compelling Science Fiction. Tags
: literary fantasy, magical realism, slipstream, comedy, mythology, SJV nominee Highlighted Work
: On a Quiet Street
, free to read on James's website
, is a story of a man’s annual pilgrimage to his abandoned home on a night he has come to think of as being the Danse Macabre. The story is a snapshot of the type of fantasy James likes to write. It is fantasy that is fond of strong imagery and characters living in a magical world, without being too concerned as to the exact nature of how the magic works.
Link to free-to-read work: https://www.jamesrowland.net/on-a-quiet-street
Link to more published works: https://www.jamesrowland.net/published-works
– JANNA RUTH
- German import baptized by NZ earthquakes, quit geology to build her own worlds, writes Buffy-inspired urban fantasy, modern fairy tale retellings, and dark fantasy with a high focus on mental health and environmental issues. Tags
: fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, fairy tales, science fantasy, mental health, fantasy maps, SERAPH winner Highlighted Work: There was nothing petite about Valerie Latendresse. She was close to being 1.85 m tall and refused to avoid high heeled shoes, strutting around the coffee shop like the fashion model she could’ve easily been with her looks. Her head was covered in a cascade of blond ringlets straight out of a German fairy tale. Large blue eyes with thick black eyelashes were enough to make any man swoon. Paired with an outgoing nature, a strong environmental and social conscience, and more magic than Harper could ever dream off, Valerie was truly larger than life.
Read a free sample of “Witching with Dolphins” here
. The book comes out on Oct 12. Other Links
: Author website
| Kiwiberry Editing
– JEAN GILBERT
– Award-winning Author and screenwriter. Tags
: YA Fantasy, SJV nominee, SJV winner
Light in My Dark - 2017 SJV winner Highlighted Work:
Two boys love her. Two worlds need her. Only she can save them both.
Light In My Dark is an action-packed modern YA fantasy, filled with dark forces, love, and self-discovery. https://www.jeangilbert.com/books
– KIM JACKWAYS
- Writer of speculative and historical fiction inspired by her background in Psychology and Linguistics. Known for her flash fiction chosen for The Best Small Fictions 2019 and nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2020. Tags:
fantasy, historical fantasy, cozy fantasy, SJV nominee, flash fiction, short stories Highlighted Work
: Brand of Magic (comes out September 22nd) An empath witch should be able to keep everyone happy, right? Hazel has put magic behind her. She is busy enough at her job promoting the city of Dunedin. And no-one has to know about the ghost in the attic. Her neighbour needs her expertise to save his woodworking business and keep his beloved property. Even though he doesn’t want her help, Hazel can’t resist getting involved. But her meddling puts the Redferne witches in danger. When her powerful aunt ends up in hospital, Hazel needs to find a way to get through to her and find out who is behind the attack. She has to tear down the walls she has so carefully built and let the magical world in - and perhaps a little love too.
Read a free chapter of Brand of Magic here
. Other Links
: Author website
– KURA CARPENTER
- Carpenter’s debut urban fantasy novel, The Kingfisher’s Debt
, a funny, fast-paced urban fantasy full of dark humour and darker magic won the 2019 SJV special award for Best New Talent. Tags:
urban fantasy, SJV winner, SJV nominee, short stories Beyond the City Limits: Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology
was nominated for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards in the category of Best Collected Work.12 Fantasy and Science-fiction short stories from Dunedin authors, Lara M Hewn, Kura Carpenter, Deb E. Howell, Daniel Stride, Justin Elliott, R. L. Stedman, and L. Wilma McKay.
FREE to read for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082S853N9
Author website: Kura Carpenter - Dunedin Fantasy Author
– LEE MURRAY
is a multi-award-winning NZ speculative author, editor, and anthologist from Aotearoa-NZ, with twelve Sir Julius Vogel Awards, including three for Best Novel. Three-time Bram Stoker Award® nominee. Tags
: military sci-fi fantasy, urban fantasy noir, fantasy horror, YA, middle grade
Lee’s titles include the Taine McKenna adventures, Path of Ra series, Grotesque: Monster Stories, and several books for children. Subscribe to Lee’s website for Penny Divers & Other Stories
(five FREE collected dark fantasy tales, including two Sir Julius Vogel Award winners), or check out Into the Darkness
(A Taine McKenna short story). “Lee Murray serves up a nail-biter of a weird-science action adventure. Brava!” — Jonathan Maberry, NYT best-selling author of DEEP SILENCE and V-WARS. Find her at leemurray.info @leemurraywriter FB Monster Readers
– MADS MACKENZIE
- historic-, Gothic-, and comic-fantasy writer and game developer, primarily making visual novels and other text-based games. Tags:
fantasy, fantasy comedy, historical fantasy, gothic, LGBTQIA, visual novel Highlighted Work
: Catacomb Prince
- Find love. Find your murderer. Or die again trying.
She points to a mirror set at the foot of the bed, clouded with the lab’s detritus. Mother, tired. Father, sick. A skeleton on the bed — a preparation table, really — wired with gold filament and every cavity rimmed with stones, as if sapphire and pearls can replace eyes or a fist-sized ruby can function as a heart. I point to it, and the skeleton points to me. Like my tutors tried to teach me: ‘tu fui, ego eris’. As I am, you will be. We already are. Other Links
: Inverness Nights
, @kitsubasa on Twitter
– MARK JOHNSON
- Writes Epic Fantasy because it’s the best way of telling the truth without telling the truth. He’s obsessed with old things and old stories. ‘Dual Heritage’ - Prequel and Free Novella. An investigator reluctantly picks up a rival’s abandoned case after her mysterious disappearance. Immortals with unclear motives grow interested in the case. Read more here!
– MATTHEW J. WILLS
- A Wellington, New Zealand based cartoonist and gamedev. Winner of the 2020 SJV Award for Best Professional Publication, for the webcomic Swords. Tags
: fantasy comedy, humour, cozy fantasy, dark fantasy, SJV Nominee, SJV Winner Highlighted Work
: Swords, /SwordsComic
Swords is a comedic fantasy webcomic about a world with magic swords left lying around every dungeon corner and the hilarious consequences of wielding them. Between light-hearted side-stories, a battle for the fate of creation is brewing between the Gods and Demons of this Sword-shaped Universe.
Other Links: http://SwordsComic.com
– MELANIE HARDING-SHAW
- Speculative fiction writer, policy geek, and mother-of-three known for her flash fiction and shorts across a range of genres. Special Award for Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror at the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Tags
: fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, SJV winner, SJV nominee Highlighted Work
: Free-to-read short stories include her SJV finalist kaleidoscopic kiwi slipstream short-in-flash ‘The Fisher’
(reprinted in Best of British Fantasy 2019 and Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy Volume 2), the podcasted contemporary immortal fantasy ‘Strands of Our Tomorrows’
, and the story of a rebellious goblin classical pianist in ‘Unrequited Sonata’
. Other Links
: Author Website
– MIKE REEVES-MCMILLAN
- Mike Reeves-McMillan lives in Auckland, New Zealand, the setting of his Auckland Allies contemporary urban fantasy series; and also in his head, where the weather is more reliable, and there are a lot more wizards. Tags
: contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, magepunk, sword and sorcery, comedy “Good Neighbours
” is set in a (usually) quiet back street far from the big events of the Gryphon Clerks series, but it shows how those events impact very ordinary people, and how those people can be quiet heroes.
Samples of other work can be found here
– NIKKY LEE
- An author of dark fantasy stories who secretly moonlights in comedic fantasy when she thinks no one is looking. Her debut novel, The Rarkyn’s Familiar
, is due out in 2022 from The Parliament House. Tags
: fantasy, dark fantasy, epic fantasy, humorous fantasy. Highlighted work
: Discover Nikky’s silly streak in her two flash pieces NAFF
, both of which were shortlisted in the Australian Writers’ Centre Furious Fiction Competition.
Other links: Website and blog
– OCTAVIA CADE
has a PhD in science communication and likes using speculative fiction to talk about science in interesting ways; she is the 2020 writer-in-residence at Massey University. Tags
: contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, science fantasy, SJV winner, SJV nominee, climate fiction, magical realism Highlighted work
: The August Birds
is a short fantasy novel that mashes up science history with Norse mythology. Time-travelling ravens Muninn and Huginn visit a dying boy to grant him his final wish. August desperately wants to be a scientist, and the ravens take him on a journey through history to see science… the science that happened in the month he was named after. But although August doesn’t know it, Muninn has her own reason for helping him… I have popped it up free on Smashwords
. Website link
– REM WIGMORE
- Writer of things, including urban fantasy The Wind City. Upcoming projects include a witchy novella, a trans Tam Lin retelling, and bug necromancy. Tags
: fantasy, urban fantasy, LGBTQIA+, fae, SJV nominee, witches, short stories Highlighted Work
: Grow Green
Grow Green was published in the Capricious Gender Diverse Pronouns Issue, which placed on the 2019 Otherwise Award Honor List. Grow Green is a quiet story about fae, friendship and things that can’t be healed. Sometimes Nederene was childish and felt young as a flower barely into blooming, like fresh new shoots. Or in the winter like a mad and merry thing, cracking ice and flexing fingers. Sometimes pry felt like how it felt to stand beside an old boulder, or at the bottom of a cliff, by the trees that eight people linking hands couldn’t form a circle around: the comforting, alarming feeling of being near something larger and older than yourself, a tangible ancient thing. Grow Green
is free to read on the Capricious website! Other Links
: @faewriter on Twitter
– ROBINNE WEISS
- Educator and entomologist who has never been able to control her writing habit. She writes speculative fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children and adults. Tags
: fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, juvenile fantasy, middle grade, poetry, non-fiction Highlighted Work
: Free-to-read work can be found on my blog under Saturday Stories
, and you can have a peek at any of my books using the Look Inside feature of Amazon.
. Facebook: AuthorRobinneWeiss. Twitter: @RobinneWeiss
– SASCHA STRONACH
– dark fantasy/mycopunk author, part-time cryptid. Tags
: fantasy, dark fantasy, LGBTQIA, SJV Winner, SJV Nominee, short stories Highlighted Work
: The Dawnhounds. Winner of Best Novel at the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards.
“a wonderful queer noir fever dream” –Tamsyn Muir, author Gideon the Ninth
You can buy it (or read the whole book for free on Kindle Unlimited) here
. It is on countdown sale for the next seven days
. Please leave me a review if you liked it; I base my entire self worth on whether I’m above a 4.0 on Goodreads or not.
Other Links: @understatesmen
– STEPHEN BROUGH
– Writer, roleplayer, programmer, moonkin enthusiast. Tags
: urban fantasy, wizards, YA, web serial Highlighted work
: New Horizons
, a young adult urban fantasy web serial. New Horizons is the story of Eric, a high school student in a small New Zealand city, who discovers the existence of magic by being dragged into a nightmarish alternate dimension where he and his friends are tirelessly hunted by impossible creatures. New Horizons
is updated weekly at http://lostarcana.net/nameless.html Other links
, @KiaOraBrough on Twitter.
– TABATHA WOOD
- Cat lover. Coffee Drinker. Antisocial butterfly. Lives in the Land of the Long White Cloud and writes weird, dark Spec Fic and satirical Horror. Tags
: Dark fantasy, weird fiction, Gothic horror, urban fantasy, satirical horror, SJV nominee, SJV finalist Highlighted Work
: Dark Winds Over Wellington
Strange creatures lurk in the shadows of the Beehive, while a beast From the Deep
is determined to destroy us all. Being Neighbourly
might just change your life, and if you listen closely you can hear demonic Whispers
in the wind. So sit back, take a sip of A Good Cup of Coffee
and question all The Things You See
. In the city, there are no Second Chances
and every chapter might be your last. These thirteen short stories, and other works, can be read for free here
. Other Links
: Author Website
Pardon if the formatting is inconsistent and/or wonky, each author typed up their own blurb so they’re all a little different. This is just proof that this is an artisanal handmade post. :P
Once it’s a little later in the day, you may find some of these authors wandering in to say hello, so feel free to ask questions if you have them.