Perhaps this edition has whetted your appetite for scary stories. You can listen to this interview with SJ Norman on their recent short-story collection Permafrost - ‘an inversion and queering of the gothic and romantic traditions’. Or read this Guardian Australia review of Michelle de Kretser’s latest novel Scary Monsters – which consists of two conjoined tales.
We value the recommendations and insights of others! Many thanks to those who suggested Panda Wong’s ‘Pontianak (Malaysia)’ and Chi Vu’s Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale for inclusion in this issue.
To close on a less spooky note: a belated and hearty congratulations to this year’s four finalists for The Writers’ Prize (a subcategory of the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2021). David Sornig, Eloise Grills, Ouyang Yu, and Vivian Blaxwell, we salute you! A call to action for our subscribers: consider reading their excellent essays so you can cast your vote before the 10 November deadline.