The Vampires of Melbourne series

The Vampires of Melbourne series is set in contemporary Melbourne and currently consists of two novels and two short stories.

A third novel, Beyond Redemption, is planned for 2021.


The Opposite of Life

The Opposite of Life is currently out of print, but will be republished by Clan Destine Press when the third book is completed in 2021/22.

The Blurb

I remember screaming very loudly. In TV shows, that’s where the ad break comes in, while some ninny is screaming her head off. No ad breaks in life, though.

Lissa Wilson has seen more than enough death in her family, so when people start being savagely killed whenever she has a night out in Melbourne with her beautiful new boyfriend, she’s determined to investigate and to make the killing stop. Even when she realises the murders must be the work of a vampire.

Things had been looking up for this librarian and 21st century geekgirl, but the murders make her remember why she prefers books to people. People leave you. People can die.

She finds herself teaming up with the painfully awkward Gary to get to the undead heart of the matter. But there are more challenges in store than Gary’s appalling fashion sense.

The idea of living forever can be a big temptation for someone who has lost so much….


“It’s certainly a most unusual vampire novel. Lissa Wilson, librarian, geek, and youg woman about town,… seems to be the magnet for trouble. … She’s a wonderful character; not because she’s an heroic supergirl, but because she rings true. If you can get this book, do.” – Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books.

“I’ve always been a sucker for a good vamp story… The Opposite of Life is about life and death, and love and revenge, and loss and grief, and solving brutal murders. Oh, and dating.” – crime author Lindy Cameron, Stiletto (Sisters in Crime Australia magazine)

“Harris… takes a more poignant approach in a tale that’s also fresh, witty and – most importantly – original” – Paula Weston, Great Stories. Read the whole review here

“Harris shows a deft descriptive touch and an eye for setting… Melissa has the right combination of fragility and sass to carry the story.” – Jason Nahrung, The Courier-Mail, 9 February 2008.

Walking Shadows

Walking Shadows is the sequel to The Opposite of Life. It was launched at Continuum 8 on June 8 2012, and nominated for the Chronos Awards for SF and fantasy, and shortlisted for the Davitt Awards for crime writing.

Walking Shadows is currently available from Clan Destine Press in ebook and paperback.

The blurb

Lissa Wilson’s world turned upside-down a year ago. People she cared about – one she could have loved – were murdered. By vampires. They tried to kill her, too. And what’s an ordinary geekgirl librarian to do when hardcore vampire killers begin killing off Melbourne’s vampire population, and her undead bestie is on the hit list? Should she throw herself in mortal danger, despite having no battle skills, let alone supernatural strength?

Lissa risks everything to protect someone who should be perfectly capable of protecting himself. And Gary finds that the ways he’s changing might make him more human – if they don’t get him killed.

Everyone has secrets; everyone gets trapped by their history. How many can learn how to change? How many will live long enough to try?

Short Stories

“Showtime” (set after The Opposite of Life) appears in the collection Showtime by Twelfth Planet Press

“Bad Night at Bite Club” (set after Walking Shadows) appears in the collection Scar Tissue and Other Stories, published by Clan Destine Press

NEW: Book-inspired hand-made jewellery

If you love these stories, you might enjoy wearing jewellery inspired by Gary, Lissa, Melbourne and vampires –  and made by me! Check out the Dangerous Charm Vampires of Melbourne range.