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The Last Days of Kali Yuga Paperback – April 1, 2011
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More About the Author
Raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Haines moved to Australia in the 1990s after completing a university degree in Otago. He attended the inaugural Clarion South writers workshop in 2004 and is a member of the SuperNOVA writers group. Haines has had more than thirty short stories published in Australia and North America. In 2007, he volunteered as a mentor for the Australian Horror Writers Association.
Haines has won the Australian Ditmar Award three times (Best New Talent in 2005, and Best novella/novelette for "The Last Days of Kali Yuga" (2005) and "The Devil in Mr Pussy (Or How I Found God Inside My Wife)" (2007)). He won the 2004 Aurealis Award (horror short story) for "The Last Days of Kali Yuga" and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2003 and 2004.
Haines' first short story collection "Doorways For The Dispossessed" was published by Prime Books in 2006. It won the New Zealand 2008 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collection and was nominated for the 2007 Australian Ditmar for Best Collection.
His two new collections "Slice of Life" and "The Last Days Of Kali Yuga" are due to be released in 2009.
Top Customer Reviews
The answer is - Yes. His writing draws deeply on personal experiences, but is never self-indulgent. It's often enlightening, but never a comfortable read. All the adjectives used to describe his work hold true - it is complex, often stomach-churning, often moving and always honest. If you come away from this book not feeling just a little bit dirty for being a human being, then you haven't been concentrating.
My favourites from the collection include "Wives", set in a dystopian future Australia where women are in short supply and thus turned into commodities, "Her Collection of Intimacy", which almost made me cry, and "High Tide at Hot Water Beach", which did make me cry.
This book is the definitive Haines collection. All the uniquely Hainesesque "backpacker horror" stories are here, along with a broad range of other subjects, from the fantastical to the horrible to the downright human nasty and every combination thereof. We also have the dystopian sci-fi novella "Wives", originally published in the awesome X6 Novella Anthology from Coeur De Lion Publishing. "Wives" alone is worth the purchase of this collection, but you should really buy X6 and read the others in that book.
And you must buy this book too, because you'll never read short fiction anything like that of Paul Haines. There will always be a part of you that wishes you never had read the short fiction of Paul Haines, but ignore that sensible and happy bit of your brain.
Every needs to explore the darkness. Everyone needs to experience the horror. Everyone should read Paul Haines.