What’s going on with Narrelle right now? Why, this of course!
Clamour and Mischief
A clamour of rooks. A mischief of magpies. A storytelling of crows.
All the corvids – the rooks and ravens, the jays and jackdaws, the crows and magpies – have the best collective nouns. A parliament and a party. Tidings and titterings, bands and trains. An unkindness.
Clamour and Mischief brings a veritable storytelling of crows to the corvidae, the bird family known for intelligence and cunning and for their connection with folklore and urban legends. These storytellers come from around the world and include award-winning and -shortlisted authors as well as emerging writers and fledgling authors in their professional debut.
This anthology’s sixteen striking stories are imbued with all the humour, darkness, wisdom, artfulness, vengefulness and magic of the birds that inspired them. Take them as a jest, a guide, or a warning – but don’t, whatever you do, ignore them!
I have refreshed my Patreon so that all my lovely supporters get more stories – and the more you pledge, the more words you’ll have coming your way – including personal mail, serialised novels, ebooks and paperbacks!
For US$3 a month you’ll get a welcome ebook of Scar Tissue and Other Stories, fortnightly chapters of the current serialised novel – at present, Walking Shadows, from the Vampires of Melbourne series, a Patreon shout-out on publication of the serialised novel, and other posts.
Higher tiers receive an additional ebook during the year, postcards or cards, and bonus short stories. For supporters at US$15 and higher, in 2023 you’ll also get the serialised novel, A Queer Inheritance and right up at the US$25 level, I’ll send you every book release and every anthology in which I get published!
Queer Weird West Tales
Frontiers have always attracted the Other – where they find that the Other is always already there. These 22 stories explore what happens when queer characters encounter weirdness on the edge of the worlds they know.
In “Derailed”, I revisit Polly Crewes and her beloved, Nettie, from “Virgin Soil” (And Then… Volume 1). “Derailed” is set in South Australia in 1866. 15 years after the events of “Virgin Soil”,and we get to find out how their forgiving and forgetting is working out while they face an unexpected danger.
An anthology of stories set in wild frontiers, with queer characters and a supernatural element. Due31 August 2022, and already available now.
Dark Deeds Down Under
Story: Observations on a Tragedy (in 3 Acts)
The anthology, edited by NZ crime fiction expert and author, Craig Sisterson, features writers who are practically crime fiction royalty across those two nations.
A lot of the 19 stories bring new tales of characters we already love – Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman and the Nancys from RWR McDonald’s delightful series. Katherine Kovacic offers another story about art expert Alex Clayton and Sulari Gentil’s Rowly Sinclair joins the throng. And for everyone who has missed the crumpled Murray Whelan, Shane Maloney’s story lets us meet him again.
Honestly, I am incredibly thrilled to have my story, “Observations on a Tragedy (in Three Acts)”, keeping such amazing company! And I love this quote about my story!
“…what captured my attention most was the crisp, thematically-clever voice of the narrator, a theatre critic”… an Amazon reviewer of “Observations on a Tragedy.
Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging (Volume Blue)
Story: The Volcano and the Butterfly
Here be darkly cheery tales of ancient creatures beneath still waters, in the attic, or the shadows right by the bed.