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Kaaron Warren is an award-winning writer of short fiction, and her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the British Fantasy Award-winning The Alsiso Project. Other short fiction awards include the Ditmar Award (twice) and the Aurealis Award.
A dark, sad, unsettling and highly original book. You will be gripped from page one and drawn in to the troubled and increasingly fragile world of Stevie as year by year she finds herself more and more alienated from the world. A great debut novel, and there luckily there are move in the pipe-line.
Australian author Kaaron Warren is widely recognized as one of the leading writers today of speculative and dark short fiction. She's published four novels, multiple novellas, and well over one hundred heart-rending tales of horror, science fiction, and beautiful fantasy, and is the first author ever to simultaneously win all three of Australia's top speculative fiction writing awards (Ditmar, Shadows, and Aurealis awards for The Grief Hole).Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to her work, the second in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discoveror learn more ofthe distinct voice of Kaaron Warren, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.Included within these pages are:*; Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book*; Author interview*; Complete bibliography*; Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)*; and more!Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Kaaron Warren.Table of Contents includes:*; Introduction by Eric J. Guignard*; Kaaron Warren: A Biography*; Guarding the Mound (fiction)*; Guarding the Mound: A Commentary*; Born and Bread (fiction)*; Born and Bread: A Commentary*; Deaths Door Caf (fiction)*; Deaths Door Caf: A Commentary*; The Wrong Seat (fiction)*; The Wrong Seat: A Commentary*; Sins of the Ancestors (fiction)*; Sins of the Ancestors: A Commentary*; Crisis Apparition (fiction)*; Crisis Apparition: A Commentary*; Why Kaaron Warren Matters by Michael Arnzen, PhD*; In Conversation with Kaaron Warren*; Tips for Finalizing Your Short Story: An Essay by Kaaron Warren*; A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Kaaron Warren
Stevie is a killer. But she brings her victims back to life again, to demand, What do you see? . Now she's about to find out for herself. After an accident in which her mother dies, Stevie has a near-death experience, and finds herself in a room full of people - everyone she's ever annoyed. They clutch at her, scratch and tear at her. But she finds herself drawn back to this place, again and again, determined to unlock its secrets. Which means she has to die, again and again. And Stevie starts to wonder whether other people see the same room...when they die.