Congratulations to Kaaron Warren whose story “All Roll Over” from In Your Face has been shortlisted for the Australian Shadows Awards! Well done to all the finalists.
Super excited to discover yesterday that we have FOUR shortlistings for In Your Face in the 2016 Aurealis Awards! Huge congratulations to Thoraiya Dyer, Claire McKenna and Shauna O’Meara on their short story shortlistings in the Fantasy, Science Fiction and Young Adult categories, respectively, and to ALL the contributors, as the book itself is also shortlisted for Best Anthology!
We are in excellent company on the shortlists – well done to all the creators recognised this year, it’s a wonderful list.
At 3pm on Saturday 17 September, a wild bunch of Canberra speculative fiction lovers (and some ring-ins from interstate) packed out A Bite To Eat in Chifley for the official launch of the confronting, challenging anthology In Your Face. The publisher and several authors took centre stage to talk a bit about the book and their individual stories, and bitey cakes and drinks were enjoyed by all.
A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the launch – it was loads of fun (if a bit noisy in the venue) and a wonderful way to recognise the hard work of everyone involved. Especial gratitude to Cat Sparks for photographing the event, and as always, to the authors who have permitted me to publish their amazing work, to SpecFaction NSW for the initial seed funding, and to all the Pozible supporters who helped bring the book to life, as well as Amanda Rainey for the dramatic cover, and Elizabeth, Matthew and Katharine for proofing. You’re all awesome and the book could not be what it is without you.
After a bit of a quiet period recently, we’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead!
- The official (if belated…) book launch for In Your Face is happening THIS Saturday in Canberra! Details here.
- We’ve sent Tansy Rayner Roberts’ new Mocklore book, Bounty, off to the printer, and the ebook is available for preorder on Amazon right now! You can also enter to win a copy over at Goodreads.
- On Sunday October 2, as part of the Canberra speculative fiction convention Conflux, Tansy and I will be launching Bounty – it’s bound to be loads of fun! More information here.
We’re (finally) launching In Your Face and you’re all invited! Join with editor Tehani and many of the fabulous authors to celebrate (a little belatedly) the launch of the challenging and confronting In Your Face anthology.
3–4pm on Saturday 17 September @ A Bite To Eat in Chifley
(8 Eggleston Cres, Chifley ACT 2606)
Please RSVP to Tehani at firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes!
Look forward to seeing you there.
Really chuffed with the very first review we’ve seen of In Your Face, in which Robbie Coburn in Aurealis #91 says: The genre of speculative fiction can often discourage readers of what is deemed so-called ‘serious’ literature; this collection defies that idea entirely, presenting works that are as literary as they are speculative. In Your Face is a truly rewarding and affecting experience that challenges the essence of what it means to be human, now and in the future.
You can read the full review in Aurealis #91.
Mel (booksandsundry) at Goodreads gave five stars to the Mocklore Omnibus and said it’s: “Full of laughs and pacing that keeps you up all night long…”
We’re loving the In Your Face pose (instigated by Cat Sparks) that we’re seeing when people get their copies of the book – tag us on social media with yours? 😀
Thanks as always to the wonderful folks who take the time to review our work, and interact with us online!
Check out the cover for In Your Face, designed by the ever-amazing Amanda Rainey!
It’s a little different to the version we first shared with our Pozible backers a while ago, but we think this suits the book perfectly.
We’re in the final throes of editing for the book, and on the downward track to publication – can’t wait to share this anthology with our readers!
The good news is that our wonderful designer Amanda Rainey has given us a peek at her draft for the cover of the forthcoming In Your Face anthology, and it is just as confronting and striking as we could have wished. Check it out!
And now the bad news. Due to many reasons, some beyond our control, we’ve had to delay the release of In Your Face. We’re now aiming for an official launch at Continuum in Melbourne on the June long weekend. We want the book to be the best it can be, and know that the June release date will help make it be so. We thank our Pozible campaign backers again for their amazing support, and look forward to bringing the book to you all.
There are just over 60 hours left in our In Your Face crowdfunding and pre-order campaign. Thank you so much to every person who has shared or backed the campaign, and to our incredible authors who have talked about the often very personal genesis of each of their stories (read about them via the links here).
We’re still chasing our stretch goal of pro-rates for all the original stories in the collection, so this last 60 hours could be huge!
The book comprises original and reprinted speculative fiction stories that deal with very provocative themes. These stories are confronting but with a firm purpose – they are pieces that will perhaps make readers uncomfortable because they are a bit too hard-hitting or close to the bone, but which interrogate these themes and ideas, and make a point about the world we live in.
If you’d like to support the book and pre-order your copy (in print or ebook – still fantastic pre-order prices available), you can back the campaign here, for as little as $8.00 for an ebook.