Shining A Light On ‘Dreaming in the Dark’

December 9, 2016

I knew I was in for a treat attending the book launch of the anthology ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ at Dymocks in Brisbane. This anthology showcases speculative, fantasy and horror writing from some of Australia’s finest writers, as well as presenting stories from new writers who will soon become favourites. It has been published by new independent publisher PS Australia. Authors who attended the launch and read excerpts included Venero Armanno, Kim Wilkins, Janeen Webb, Paul Brandon, Angela Slatter, Jason Narung,, Kirstyn McDermott and Kim Westwood. All were introduced by the charming Jack Dann, author and editor of the anthology.

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PS Publishing is based in the United Kingdom where it is known for producing high quality collectible editions of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories. The U.K. Company has won many publishing awards and published such notable authors as Stephen King, Brian Aldiss and Jack Dann. Award-winning author Jack Dann (who has published and edited over 75 books) is now editor and managing director of PS Australia. Dann said, “I am dedicated to publishing the work of Australia’s finest authors. Australian speculative fiction is really hot internationally right now with our writers winning numerous awards both here and overseas.” It is great to have another local publisher to showcase Australian author’s work.

Authors and stories

Highly acclaimed Brisbane authors Venero Armanno and Kim Wilkins have stories included in the anthology. Armanno (Firehead, Volcano, Jumping at the Moon) has written a horror story about a father’s fear of harming his child. Armanno said, “I thought if I’m writing in this genre I’ll try and imagine the worst thing that could happen to me.”

Kim Wilkins (Angel of Ruin, Daughters of the Storm) has written over 25 books in many different genres. She is well – known for her historical romances, written under the name -Kimberley Freeman. In this anthology Wilkins spooks readers with a Victorian ghost story.

Hot new writer Rjuik Davidson showcases a world of ice and betrayal. Kirstyn Mc Dermott gives us a dark fairy tale – inspired story about witches in ‘Burnt Sugar’ and Jason Narung takes us to an outback world full of strange magic.

Angela Slatter (award winning author of ‘ The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales’) has written a beautiful piece based on clearing out a grandmother’s house after her death. The elegant Janeen Webb shares a spooky hospital ghost story. The multi – talented Paul Brandon has written an evocative story about falling angels. Paul and his wife Sarah Calderwood (Aria nominated musician) entertained the audience with songs’ Fade Away’, ‘Beautiful You’ and Massive Attack’s ‘ Teardrops’. What a wonderful surprise for those of us who attended.

Anthologies such as ‘ Dreaming in the Dark’ enable you to revisit favourite authors or discover new authors who will soon become firm favourites. These cutting edge writers are making, bending and breaking rules and the recent growth of more independent publishers is great for writers and readers alike. It gives new opportunities for authors and new Australian voices and stories for readers around the world. The beautiful hard-backed anthology ‘Dreaming in the Dark’ is out now and available through all good booksellers. Special limited edition signed sets will also be available in the future. I am lucky enough to have a copy of ‘Dreaming In The Dark’ signed and wrapped just waiting for someone special to open on Christmas morning. I hope it inspires his dreams.

Michelle Beesley
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.

Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).