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About Kirstie Olley
Having been telling tales (the good kind and the cheeky) since before memory Kirstie Olley first put fingers to keyboard at age eight when she attempted to write her own ‘Goosebumps’ tale. She continued on to teach her ninth grade English teacher the importance of setting word counts for short story assignments by handing in a 27 page novella. Word counts remain her greatest foe to this day(apart from big hairy spiders).
She favours writing fantasy but moves throughout the speculative fiction genre playing with fairy tales and mythology, super heroes, dark fantasy, and horror, even the odd bit of science fiction. She has a particular penchant for cross-dimensional tales.
Kirstie Olley lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband T-J, son Xander, daughter Harlequin, and the rest of her menagerie and is a self-professed Japanophile.
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18 stories of magical Japan, by: Mike Adamson, Stewart C Baker, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Jaap Boekestein, Evan Dicken, Alice Dryden, Steven Grassie, Alison Akkiko McBain, Harry Elliot, Marta Murvosh, Kirstie Olley, Richard Parks, Frances Pauli, TS Rhodes, Douglas Smith, Lyn Thorne-Adler, Josh Wagner, Will Weisser.
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A werewolf stalks the streets of London, fighting for her humanity. In Ancient Rome, a gladiator battles monsters for the man he loves. In alien-infested Ontario, a metal-lunged soldier fights for guns and glory—and the girl of her dreams.
In worlds far and unknown, a cursed man fights rumour and raiders to save the children who have no one else. A big, buff, wingless fairy wrestles with a fiery portal to save her Great Tree from demons. At the lost temple of the Red Desert, a human sacrifice fights for her life.
Facing aliens, demons, curses and armies, twelve unstoppable heroes must find the strength to defeat their enemies with wit, weapon and a warrior’s heart.
These short stories all feature heroes who identify within the LGBTQIA spectrum.
This volume contains stories based on real cultures (or their magical analogues) from all over our world. Stories by: Tade Thompson, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Lyn McConchie, Daniel Heath Justice, Dilman Dila, Daniel Ausema, and more.
* A Chinese ex-soldier is confronted by the ghost of a young man he killed in battle.
* Two sisters disagree on how to deal with the African gods who followed their family to modern Britain.
* A blind Japanese girl journeys through the woods to tend her grandparents’ grave and encounters a nefarious fox spirit.
* A Nigerian boy catches a magical fish the local magicians would love to eat. But is it worth more to him to keep it alive?
* A girl from the Caucasus mountains is set to marry a young man from the valley, when an invasion of Cyclopses interrupts the wedding.
Enjoy nineteen stories of fantasy, adventure, and magic from around the world.
Lilly might be a princess, but she's still the ultimate middle child: right in the centre of nine siblings. From his inability to ever get her name right Lilly knew her father didn't care about her, but she never guessed exactly how little until the bridge. Without enough money to pay the toll, he uses her as payment to the troll that runs the bridge. Now Lilly must re-adjust to life as a troll’s slave, but the troll is not the worst thing in the forest...
A Retailored Fairy Tale novella, The Troll's Toll is set in a world where fairy tale adventures are everyday occurrences, but happily ever afters have to be worked for.
Grab The Troll's Toll today to join Lilly as she strives to survive.
In September of 1996, a collection of speculative fiction authors founded Vision Writers. Now, in celebration of eighteen years bleeding on the page, we present 18, a collection of stories showcasing our best emerging talents.
Featuring cave crocodiles and spell absorbing beards, a séance with soul, a night in a gypsy caravan to make all your wishes come true and a journey through hell that will make you swear to be good. Come with us to rebuild the world clock, face the dragon queen and hide from the thing under the bed.
Assuming you can escape the floating car…
Featuring a foreword by founding members Marianne de Pierres and Rowena Cory Daniells.
“Why?” I asked.
In 2014, Vision Writers published an inaugural collection of speculative fiction stories, “18”. In 2016, we’re at it again, and this time, we’re digging deep and going dark.
If you’re brave enough to gaze into the abyss (beware: it’s watching you), you’ll find a woman caring for a monster, a father’s suffocating guilt, a jumping castle, a tale of the Horseman, a military science experiment gone wrong (don’t they all?), a lake monster, some mutants in a hole, and of course, a bizarre trip through the mind, with a doppelganger and a booze-soaked wombat in a 1969 Kombi.
So be sure to read this under the covers with the torch on and the windows locked. There’s dark things out there. And there’s even darker things in here.