Sprawl is an exciting new original anthology, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and published by Twelfth Planet Press, that will give readers from around the world a unique glimpse into the strange, dark, and often wondrous magics that fill the days and nights of Australia’s dreaming cities and towns, homes and parks, and most of all, its endlessly stretching suburbs.
Table of Contents
Peter Ball – One Saturday Night, With AngelDeborah Biancotti – Never Going HomeSimon Brown – SweepStephanie Campisi – How to Select a Durian at Footscray MarketThoraiya Dyer – YowieDirk Flinthart – WalkerPaul Haines – Her Gallant NeedsL L Hannett – WeightlessPete Kempshall – Signature WalkBen Peek – White Crocodile JazzTansy Rayner Roberts – Relentless AdaptationsBarbara Robson – Neighbourhood WatchAngela Slatter – Brisneyland by NightCat Sparks – All The Love in the WorldAnna Tambour – Gnawer of the Moon Seeks Summit of ParadiseKaaron Warren – LossSean Williams – Parched (poem)Sprawl was released in September 2010.
ReviewsSprawl is a collection of short stories by Australian writers and is an amusing, haunting and sometimes mind-bending glimpse into an alternative, yet strangely familiar, Australia.
It screams that this is an anthology crammed with content and a variety of authors.
The thrust of the book is to produce “a suburban anthology of Australian fantasy,” as mentioned in the introduction. … While there is a theme–the suburban part–each story felt unique and different so that I didn’t really know what to expect with each story. … There’s a lot of diversity here–from alternate history to horror to metaphoric fiction–but at the same time you felt it was rooted in suburban Australia.
Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I savoured ¿Sprawl¿ over lunch breaks, dipping into it when I had time to spare. With a loose focus on urban fantasy and horror, each story in the collection comes from a unique place throughout the Australian urban landscape, evoking the suburbs and cities in all their variety; from the quiet country town to the busy inner city suburbs.With a contemporary Australian outlook, Sprawl revealed glimpses of myth, horror and fantasy tales tucked into the corners of urban life. There was a unique sense of character and location arising from an environment that shelters people of many different cultures, all striving to find their own way of belonging. Contemporary urban speculative fiction at it's best