Edge by Alanah Andrews (SNEAK PEEK)

Another sneak peek at the excellent talent in the Australian Speculative Fiction Anthology – Beginnings!

Aussie Speculative Fiction

SNEAK PEEK at a story from our ‘Beginnings’ anthology.

Edge by Alanah Andrews

Each morning as the sun peaked over the threshold of the world, Alma stood at the shore letting the colours wash blissfully over her body. First, the sky would seem just a little less dark. Then the stars would fade and a glorious display of crimson would creep over the horizon. Despite the fact that this was a daily occurrence, Alma never grew tired of observing the stunning mix of reds, pinks and oranges as they flowed like watercolour into her world.

She reached one hand up to her cheek, where a mark the colour of sunset stretched from her forehead, across her right eye, and onto her cheek. At first, Alma had felt self-conscious about the strange blemish on her skin, but her father had just smiled. “You’ve been touched by the sunrise, Alma,” he had…

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The Morrigan by Maddie Jensen (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

SNEAK PEEK at a story from our upcoming anthology. The Morrigan by Maddie Jensen The time for the new Morrigan’s ascent was at hand. Erin Brennan craned her neck to look up at the full moon, taking a steadying breath which misted out in front of her. This was the third Morrigan she had seen […] … Continue reading The Morrigan by Maddie Jensen (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

The Washer Woman’s Favourite by Maureen Flynn (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

SNEAK PEEK at a story from our upcoming anthology. The Washer Woman’s Favourite by Maureen Flynn It takes something as drastic as death to find yourself face to face with Venice’s premiere Washer Woman. I wasn’t sure it really was her at first, that lumpy shadow, grey and black and looming over me. My vision […] … Continue reading The Washer Woman’s Favourite by Maureen Flynn (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

Portals by A. A. Warne (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

SNEAK PEEK at a story from our upcoming anthology. Portals by A. A. Warne Wide eyed and staring at the ceiling, Jon hadn’t slept in weeks. He had spent most of the night chewing down his nails until he reached the nail bed, then changed fingers and began again. He couldn’t remember the last time […] … Continue reading Portals by A. A. Warne (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

The Vessel by Matthew P. Copping (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

SNEAK PEEK at a story from our upcoming anthology. The Vessel by Matthew P. Copping Morning sunlight filtered through the curtained window. A beam caressed Maggie’s face and she stirred. Her head pounded and a dryness filled her mouth. Blinking the weight from her eyelids, she processed what she could see. A white dress lay […] … Continue reading The Vessel by Matthew P. Copping (SNEAK PEEK) — Aussie Speculative Fiction

Dealt in Sin by Sasha Hanton (SNEAK PEEK)

A little sneak peek of my story Dealt in Sin! Very excited for this anthology and honoured to be one of the 16 authors featured.

Aussie Speculative Fiction

SNEAK PEEK at a story from our upcoming anthology.

Dealt in Sin by Sasha Hanton

The heady smell of lavender choked the air. Shadows danced across the walls, twisting with the flicker of candlelight. Morgan sat in the centre of the room, her burgundy hair tumbling over her shoulders and creating a veil over her face.

She had agonised over every little detail in her preparation and it had taken days of planning to acquire the resources for the ritual. The thick white chalk lines alone had taken over a day to correctly mark on the cement floor. Twisted words rolled off her tongue as she started with a whisper, slowly raising her voice. Her eyes were closed, the strain of keeping them that way but a small price to pay if this worked. She felt a breeze surrounding her, heard the low whistle piercing the silence and sensed—deep in…

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Wednesday Prompt Smash: But it’s tradition

Prompt: But it’s tradition Word Limit: 250 words Sometimes you have a bad mental health day, sometimes you just lose your grip on reality and that’s it. Some days you just don’t feel like checking in to life, and it just doesn’t matter what day it is. For Abigail that wasn’t often, she was for … Continue reading Wednesday Prompt Smash: But it’s tradition

Wednesday Prompt Smash: Hellhounds

Prompt: Hellhounds Word Limit: 200 words Persephone sighed, leaning against the pomegranate tree. She longed for the sun, for the warmth of the earth and for the gentle caress of the wind… she longed for something, anything to do in this stagnant underworld. It pained Hades to watch her and the forlorn expression open her … Continue reading Wednesday Prompt Smash: Hellhounds