What a fantastic ride we’ve had so far, hitting our funding target in just three days, and then almost 50% of that again! We’ve got some big stretch goals to reach for still, and some exciting announcements about the book to come.

Today I have for you a little round up of the online activities some of our brilliant contributors have shared so far about their stories in The Art of Being Human. I always love these behind-the-scenes peeks into the writer’s mind, and as an editor, it absolutely fascinates me to see how a theme can spark an idea…

Joyce Chng shares a very personal insight into the genesis of her story “The World Has Gone Silent” – 

Helen Vivienne Fletcher (and her gorgeous pupper!) shares a video talking about her story “The Library” –

Ephiny Gale not only digs into a bit of the inspiration about her story “Neuro”, but shares a sneak peek! –

Juliet Marillier shares a snippet of her story “Greatheart” and talks about the power of music and stories to heal and teach –

Kirstyn McDermott draws on the impact of capitalism on our capacity for creativity in discussing her story “Seeding Trouble” (and offers another sneak peek!) –

Steve Quinn talks about how wealth inequality helped inspire his story, “The Maiden, the Statistician, and the Architect” –

Tansy Rayner Roberts has been sprinkling little nuggets of joy all over the internet about her story “Welcome to the Death Trade” – check out her Facebook and Insta feeds!

You can read more about the book and the crowdfunding pre-order campaign over at Kickstarter – thanks for being part of the journey!


Are you ready? The Art of Being Human Kickstarter campaign is LIVE!!

It has been two long years in the making, but we are beyond excited to begin our pre-order campaign for The Art of Being Human!

The purpose of this campaign is to offer early access to The Art of Being Human anthology to all backers, and to provide the ONLY opportunity to purchase the book in print.

Ready to back? Click here!

Want to know more? Read on!

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/NGA

What is the book about?

In 2020, the world was tipped upside down and shaken in ways we could barely have imagined, except perhaps in the post-apocalyptic and dystopic worlds of story. Amidst pandemic illness and death, political machinations and despair, one of the casualties has been, at least in a financial sense, the Arts. Governments across the world have slashed funding, galleries, theatres and entertainment venues have closed amid lockdown restrictions, money is being carefully metered with jobs more uncertain than ever, meaning our creatives across all industries are suffering. And yet, more than ever, we are turning to art to stay sane in lockdown, to keep our spirits up in isolation, and to remind us that despite the hardship, there is beauty in this world.

To that end, FableCroft came out of hiatus to publish a brand new original anthology, The Art of Being Human. Co-edited by Tehani Croft and Stephanie Lai, this anthology seeks to remind readers of the hope and beauty of the Arts, and the way our engagement with writing, music, film, theatre, artworks in all media, and craft of all kinds are at the core of our humanity.

If the time since COVID began to dominate our global society has taught us anything, it is that connection is crucial to our wellbeing. While so many of the stories that make up this amazing anthology have a core element of grief to them, they also speak to hope, connection, community, and yes, ART, and how important these threads are to the very centre of humanity. 

Who does the book feature?

We had around 350 submissions equalling well over 1.5 million words from at least 30 countries – I’m pretty sure it’s FableCroft’s biggest submission call ever! We are absolutely delighted with the lineup of stories we have selected, but it was a very difficult task. We could easily have accepted dozens more, so high was the quality of submissions. The stories selected range across the speculative fiction genres, and come to you from all over the world. We can’t wait for you to read them.

Table of Contents

“Pieced together” by K G Anderson  

“Birdsong” by Joanne Anderton  

“The world has gone silent” by Joyce Chng  

“The ocean, the lighthouse keeper and the sunset” by Lee Cope  

“The library” by Helen Vivienne Fletcher  

“The icecutter’s daughter” by Aiki Flinthart

“Neuro” by Ephiny Gale  

“Everyday wonder” by Valerie Hunter  

“A trail of blue paper flowers” by Nikoline Kaiser  

“Spools of silk, shards of stone” by Karin Landelius  

“Drawing blood” by Gerri Leen  

“Greatheart” by Juliet Marillier  

“That feeling when you ask me to dance” by Cara Mast  

“Seeding trouble” by Kirstyn McDermott  

“Among the faded woods” by Faith Mudge  

“Exposure” by Jason Nahrung  

“The light in the attic, the bones in the earth” by Spencer Nitkey  

“The maiden, the statistician, and the architect” by Steve Quinn  

“She is not in heaven” by Rivqa Rafael  

“All dressed up for the death trade” by Tansy Rayner Roberts  

“The mask makers” by Kristi Ross  

“When silence speaks” by Spencer Sekulin  

“Everything so slow and quiet” by Kaaron Warren  

“The poet’s tale” by Suzanne J Willis

Last chance to order a posted copy of The Tallow-Wife!

Pre-orders for pickup at Conflux have now CLOSED but for ONE MORE WEEK you can still order a copy for delivery to your door anywhere in the world! This limited edition hardcover collectible is a must have for any Angela Slatter or Kathleen Jennings fan, and is both a wonderful reading experience and a gorgeous package. Availability ends FOREVER on Friday September 29, 2017.

About the book:

Return to the dreaming streets of the cathedral-city of Lodellan, where a new generation of characters face fairy tales and nightmares. Cordelia Parsifal has an enviable life, hard won, but the ghosts of the past are soon to remind her that no sin or omission goes unnoticed.

A darkly mannered narrative of a family facing its downfall, and the hidden secrets within. Deftly told in Slatter’s seemingly effortless prose, “The Tallow-Wife” is unexpected and shocking, with depths to be explored. Paired with vignettes from the same world, and featuring an essay by illustrator Kathleen Jennings.

The pretty little book is at the printer!

I have just uploaded the files for Angela Slatter’s The Tallow-Wife to my printer – always super exciting! Because it’s a hardcover production, printing times are a little longer than on paperbacks, so we’re now on the countdown to printing deadlines.

If you want to collect your copy at Conflux, for the discounted price of AUD$35.00, you absolutely MUST pre-order now! While we will have a small amount of unallocated stock at the convention, we can make no guarantees of how long they will last, so reserve your exclusive copy now (to be signed on site by the author!). I will be placing the stock order for Conflux early in September, so don’t miss out.

If you are not attending the convention (interstate or overseas), we will be dealing with those orders a bit differently, so you do have a little more time. However, the book is ONLY available during this window between now and Conflux, and will not be available for general sale, so if you want it, hit that pre-order button now!

This beautiful book contains Angela’s darkly mannered novella “The Tallow-Wife”, along with “Fragments from the Citadel”, and an exclusive essay on the art of the world by Kathleen Jennings.



Announcing a brand new Angela Slatter boutique gift book!

To celebrate her invitation as Guest of Honour at Conflux 13 (Grimm Tales), FableCroft is delighted to announce an exclusive project with multi-award winning writer Angela Slatter. Produced as a limited edition chapbook, The Tallow-Wife is a gorgeous hardcover boutique gift book, lavishly illustrated by the incredible Kathleen Jennings, and only available for purchase for a very short time.

This beautiful book contains Angela’s darkly mannered novella “The Tallow-Wife”, along with “Fragments from the Citadel”, and an exclusive essay on the art of the world by Kathleen Jennings.

Pre-order your copy now, for the special pre-order discount price of AUD$35.00 (plus postage if not collecting at Conflux)! A very limited quantity will be available to purchase at full price at Conflux, but for the next month only, until September 21, 2017, we will take pre-orders for pick up or post anywhere in the world.

(Books pre-ordered now for collection at Conflux will be signed by the author.)


Updates updates updates: so much going on!

The wonderful Galactic Suburbanites are hosting a giveaway of Kate Forsyth’s new non-fiction collection, The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower – listen to their latest episode for details to win!

The book will be officially launched THIS SATURDAY at Contact 2016, this year’s Natcon in Brisbane, at 11am Queensland time. We’d love to see you there, so RSVP through Facebook if you’re planning to attend.

If you can’t be in Brisbane, you can pre-order an ebook copy via Amazon now (it will probably drop by Thursday!) or in beautiful hardcover from your preferred retailer.

And there are just two days left to enter to win one of three copies over on Goodreads. Click and be in it!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Rebirth of Rapunzel by Kate Forsyth

The Rebirth of Rapunzel

by Kate Forsyth

Giveaway ends March 23, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Speaking of being in Brisbane, we’re waiting eagerly for the Aurealis Awards ceremony taking place on Friday night at Contact (live streamed to Swancon on the West Coast!) and the Ditmar Awards on the Sunday night as well. It’s not too late to get your membership to attend the convention, or a ticket to the Aurealis Awards (although time is running out!). Good luck to all our nominees, and to everyone on the shortlists!

Win a copy of Striking Fire by Dirk Flinthart (and other news!)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Striking Fire by Dirk Flinthart

Striking Fire

by Dirk Flinthart

Giveaway ends October 01, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Pre-orders of the Striking Fire ebook are now available at your preferred e-tailer (Kindle / Kobo / Smashwords) and print pre-orders through the FableCroft shop!

Join us for the launch at Conflux in Canberra on Saturday October 3, 2015.


Jo Anderton photoIn 2014, we are looking forward to publishing Unbound by Jo Anderton (a Veiled Worlds novel), in both print and ebook editions.

In anticipation of publication (and to tide over hard core Veiled Worlds fans – you know who you are!), we are very pleased to offer a pre-order special on both the print and ebook edition. Not only are we offering the lowest prices with this pre-order, but you will also get EXCLUSIVE bonus content.

We have created a very special Veiled Worlds e-collection, containing three short stories set in the Veiled Worlds universe, including one original story never before published, as well as Jo’s unique brand of “author” interviews and more. Only those people who order using this page from now until the official publication of Unbound will be given access to it! You will receive the bonus ebook within 24-48 hours of pre-ordering, and your copy of Unbound will then be sent as soon as it is published (scheduled for June 2014).



Story: Grandeur

Interview: Tanyana

*NEW* Story: A Varsnian Name

Interview: Lad

Story: A Memory Trapped in Light

Intervention and group interview with reader questions 

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So if you need a fix of the Veiled Worlds while you eagerly await Unbound, or just love Jo’s work as much as we do, order now!

PRE-ORDER Unbound by Jo Anderton, with exclusive bonus ebook! (ended 5/6/14)


The exclusive e-book will be sent to your Paypal email address in mobi, epub and PDF.

This PRE-ORDER pricing and bonus offer is available to readers all over the world, with no geographic restrictions. 

Photo used on ebook cover courtesy of Flickr user papalars and used under CC BY-ND 2.0

New books!

There’s nothing like having books printed a month in advance of release to make you feel like a good publisher! As it was a busy beginning to the year, and because we were trying out a new printing process, we made sure we got things ready well in advance of release, in case of problems. And then we didn’t have any problems! Which means we already have stock in hand for our two April releases, which is very exciting. The authors will be getting their copies early, and any pre-orders placed before March 31st will go out in the first week in April, as a special treat! (Pre-order special available here!)

The books will officially launch and go on sale on April 26 at Conflux!

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Bonus competition for pre-orders of To Spin a Darker Stair

Sneak peek at part of the gorgeous cover art for To Spin a Darker Stair (art by Kathleen Jennings)

It occurred to me today that I have a marvellous opportunity to give readers (even more) incentive to pre-order their copy of FableCroft’s forthcoming gift book, To Spin a Darker Stair. The book features stories by Catherynne M Valente and Faith Mudge, and is illustrated by Kathleen Jennings.

Last month I accidentally ended up with an extra copy of Sea Hearts, the newest novel from the marvellous Margo Lanagan (I reviewed it here). I highly recommend it, so I’m offering it up as a pre-order prize! One lucky person who pre-orders To Spin a Darker Stair before March 15, 2012, will win Sea Hearts as well (drawn randomly from all pre-orders).

So, for just $7.95 (Australia), $8.95 (New Zealand) or $9.95 (rest of the world) you have the chance to get not just one but TWO awesome (beautiful) books! Don’t miss out on your chance to win – pre-order now! **

** Winner will be drawn from all pre-orders prior to March 15, 2012, including those already placed.