Decades after a matador's final fight, an unexpected rival returns. Two thieves steal ancient Egyptian treasure, setting off an unexpected chain of events. What must a hunter do after killing a god's sacred bull?
TAURUS is a collection of twisted poems and dark stories inspired by this fascinating Zodiac sign, as well as retellings of the myths behind the sign. The tales span multiple genres, including science fiction, horror, and fantasy, and are told by award-winning authors and new stars of the Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction scene.
About the Author
Austin P. Sheehan is a writer of speculative fiction, a lover of language, literature and '90s TV. Armed with a psychology degree, he went out into the world to further study humanity, and now prefers the company of his wife and greyhounds.
Austin grew up in Victoria's high country, and despite living in Melbourne for ten years, still feels at home amongst the mountains. In fact, you'll often find mountains in his stories, whether they are science fiction, fantasy, alternative history or horror. If you want to discover what secrets are hidden in the mountains, go to www.austinpsheehan.com or find him on twitter @AustinPSheehan.
Austin's novella ‘Submerged City’ - part of Aussie Speculative Fiction’s ‘Drowned Earth’ series - was published in 2019. His short stories have been published in 'Beginnings' (Deadset Press) and 'A Bond of Words' (Scout Media), and his microfiction appears in 'Curses & Cauldrons' (Blood Song Books) and the 'Worlds' 'Monsters' and 'Apocalypse' anthologies by Black hare Press.
Brianna Bullen is a Deakin University PhD creative writing candidate writing about memory in science fiction. She has had work published in journals including LiNQ, Aurealis, Voiceworks, Rabbit, Multiverse: An anthology of international science fiction poetry, and Woolf Pack Zine. She won the 2017 Apollo Bay short story competition and placed second in the 2017 Newcastle Short story competition. Her manuscript was previously a finalist in the 2018 Subbed In Poetry Chapbook competition. In 2018, she was part of Nexus, an Arts Access Victoria collective for artists with mental health recovery lived experience.
Helena McAuley loves trees and hates paper. That is why, when she finds paper, she must constantly desecrate it with her “writing”.
Lover of whisky, social justice, and the Oxford Comma, McAuley’s aim for her writing is to produce memorable characters and enjoyable stories that lure the unsuspecting reader into introspective thought.
A former student of archaeology and anthropology, McAuley has been published in the Williamstown Writers anthology ‘On the Edge’; the complaints section of her local newspaper; and her mother’s bi-annual letters home to family.
‘This is the Dawning’ is a serialised debut that will be published throughout the ASF Zodiac series. So if you want to know what Capricorn does next—har har—you have to read Aquarius.
She can be found twit-ing, insta-ing, and occasionally facebooked under the handle @thathmc
No goats or fish were harmed during the making of this anthology.
Nikky grew up as a barefoot 90s child in Perth, Western Australia, before moving to New Zealand in 2016. By day she works as a professional content writer and by night authors speculative fiction, often burning the candle at both ends to explore fantastic worlds, mine asteroids and meet wizards. Her creative work has appeared in magazines, on radio and in anthologies around the world. She is currently writing a dark fantasy trilogy, routinely sacrificing literary darlings to the editing gods in the hopes of seeing it published.
You can find her online at W: nikkythewriter.com | T: @NikkyMLee | F: nikkythewriter
Sasha Hanton grew up in the tropics of Darwin, Northern Territory. From a young age, she devoured books and iced coffee, both of which she continues to intake on an almost daily basis. Now living on beautiful Bribie Island in Queensland her time is split between writing and spoiling her puppy Miley.
Sasha, who has a Bachelor of Journalism from Bond University, has dabbled in the journalistic profession but finds fiction far more fascinating. Her first published work The Short Story Press Collection draws on her love for a diverse range of genres and passion for short stories. Coming from a multicultural background (Eurasian) she aspires to make her writing inclusive for people from all walks of life and to bring a unique blend of eastern and western culture to her writing.
Throughout her life, she has been a lover of history and mythology, and at any time will find some way to worm one or the other into her storytelling. When she’s not writing or reading she can be found walking her dog and volunteering. You can keep up with her writing over on www.theshortstorypress.wordpress.com
Stephen is an IT Geek, writer, actor, filmmaker and Taekwondo Black Belt based in Canberra Australia. He has been writing for over twenty years and has completed a couple of dodgy novels, sixteen feature-length screenplays and dozens of short stories and scripts.
Stephen’s scripts, TITAN, Dark are the Woods, Control and Death Spores have found success in international screenwriting competitions with a win, two runner-up and two top ten finishes.
His horror stories have featured in various anthologies including: Sproutlings; Hells Bells; Trickster’s Treats #1, #2 and #3; Shades of Santa; Below the Stairs; Behind the Mask; Beyond the Infinite; Beside the Seaside; The Body Horror Book; Anemone Enemy; Petrified Punks; Beginnings; Sea of Secrets, Demonic Carnival; Deep Space; A Tribute to H.G. Wells; What If?; Through Death’s Door and Coffins and Dragons.
Over forty of his drabbles have been accepted by Blood Song Books; Black Hare Press; Fantasia Divinity and ThingsInTheWell.
Several of his Sherlock Holmes pastiches have been accepted for inclusion in anthologies published by Belanger Books and MX Publishing.
Later this year, Stephen will appear in the anthologies Journeys; Aquarius; Gemini; Pride; Bad Love and Jibbernocky.
Stephen’s Amazon author page can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07916SQQS
You can catch Stephen at his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stephenherczegauthor
Zoey Xolton is an internationally Best Selling Australian Speculative Fiction Author, and Award-Winning Poet, with a penchant for the Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Horror genres. Her works have appeared in dozens of themed anthologies, with many more due for publication. She is especially fond of short fiction and is working on future story collections, as well as a series of novelettes and novellas. She is a proud mother of two, and is fortunate enough to be married to her soul mate.