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Book Title: The Great Unknown|
The author of the book: Angela Meyer
Date of issue: December 1st 2013
ISBN 13: 9780987447937
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.51 MB
Edition: Spineless Wonders
Read full description of the books The Great Unknown:The imaginative stories in The Great Unknown take inspiration from vintage American TV programs such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits—and their contemporaries and successors—paying tribute to the cultural influence these shows have had on lives ‘down under’. Episodes of these programs were often metaphors for equality, justice, the nuclear threat and other issues, while being memorably spooky and fun. Our editor Angela Meyer wanted to see what themes might seep into the writing of contemporary Australian writers working with the spooky, the strange, the eerie, the fantastic, the speculative, the macabre and the absurd.
In Paddy O’Reilly’s ‘Reality TV’, a guest is confronted with her husband’s infidelity under bright lights, while Ali Alizadeh’s ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ satirises American talk shows and a cultural obsession with sporting ‘heroes’. Chris Flynn’s ‘Sealer’s Cove’ has a nudist caught in a time slip. Carmel Bird evokes Edgar Allen Poe when oversized hares incite the folk of rural Victoria to commit criminal acts, and in ‘Sticks and Stones’ Ryan O’Neill has an academic attacked by a demonic alphabet.
There are darkly seductive artworks, disappearances and reappearances, altered realities, future visions, second chances, clever animals, knowing children, and strange presences in photographs and abandoned motels, in these stories by established and emerging writers. Contributors include Marion Halligan, Krissy Kneen, AS Patric, Damon Young, Chris Somerville, PM Newton, Deborah Biancotti and Kathy Charles.
Read information about the authorAngela Meyer is a writer & professional reader (commissioning editor, interviewer, festival chair, former reviewer), based in Melbourne.
She is the author of a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt).
She is also the editor of an anthology of spooky and strange stories, The Great Unknown (Spineless Wonders), featuring emerging and established Australian writers including Krissy Kneen, Carmel Bird, Paddy O'Reilly, Ryan O'Neill, Chris Flynn, Kathy Charles, AS Patric & more.
Her fiction and reviews have been published widely, including in Best Australian Stories, the Australian, The Big Issue, Books+Publishing, The Lifted Brow, Wet Ink, Seizure, The Geek Mook, AntiTHESIS, The Queen's Head (UK), and Bookslut (US).
Angela has chaired panels at writers' festivals in Australia and around the world, including at Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2013.
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