Seth Robinson is a Melbourne based writer with a love for the spooky, surreal, and magical. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of his debut novel The Observatory.
[A television is on broadcasting the six o’clock news. LUCE watches avidly, making notes. EMILY is reading the play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.] LUCE: God, I can’t believe this… EMILY: The world’s a messed up place. LUCE: You’ve got that right… an Australian teen joining ISIS. Where are his parents? EMILY: Mmm. [Enter SASHA. She … Continue reading Much Ado About…
It was raining on the day Sash found the bottle. Fresh water met salt in the tide pools, bruised the sand and made the steel surface of the ocean spit like a pot over the coals. Further up the beach, the distance made the rainfall a curtain of static grey. Sash was one of a … Continue reading The Mist
Far out in the ocean, where the water is blue as spidering veins, it is deep. So very deep, indeed, that no skyscraper could fathom the vast space from the glittering surface waters to the mysterious ocean’s floor, that no array of steel and windows could compare to the flawless gradient of periwinkle, azure, cobalt … Continue reading The Deep
The book launch is finally upon us! Join us to celebrate the release of this semester's additions to the Australian Colonial Popular Fiction series. There will be food and wine! RSVP through the Facebook event page by the 20th of May 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.
A short story by Sunniva Midtskogen Mykonos was made from the bodies of giants, the wrinkled old man at the corner of my hostel tells me. He spends all day just sitting in a chair looking at people. Kaliméra friend, he greets me the first time I pass him and smiles and waves. Kaliméra, I … Continue reading Mykonos
A short story by Jay Slayton-Joslin Owen knocks on my door as the sun begins to glimpse through the curtains. I open for him, half-heartedly raising an eyebrow to see what his latest existential crisis is. “I couldn’t sleep last night,” he greets me. “They’ve made so many movies about fantasy worlds at war I … Continue reading Hungry Ghost
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (1841) established some of the key generic conventions of the detective novel as it has developed internationally – the roles of investigator, assistant, witness and suspect; the presence of both ‘red herrings’ and real clues; and the contrast between the police, constrained by regulation, and … Continue reading Australian Crime Fiction: Breaking out from the ‘Fatal Shore’