Ticonderoga looks set to deliver another wonderful collection by yet another wonderful Aussie speculative fiction author. Hot on the heals of Cat Sparks’ The Bride Price and Kim Wilkins’ The Year of Ancient Ghosts.
This time they have managed to snare Janeen Webb and her Death At The Blue Elephant. I am suspecting that there might be a sneak preview launch at Continuum X in Melbourne but it will be more widely available in the second half of this year.
There’s also a gorgeous cover by Nick Stathopolous.
I have only recently come across Janeen’s short story work. I know her more for the anthologies Dreaming Down Under edited with her husband Jack Dann. But here in her first collection is great chance to read some older (and presumably dispersed or out of print works) as well as five original pieces composed for this tome.
Janeen is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Peter MacNamara SF Achievement Award, the Australian Aurealis Award, and is a three-time winner of the Ditmar Award.
But don’t trust my word, let these individuals sway you:
Death at the Blue Elephant collects 18 incredible globe-spanning visions by the self-confessed 'inveterate traveller'. There’s magic here, and illusion, and strange wonders that’ll surprise and delight. — Robert Shearman
Exotic, cunning—often funny—and now and then edges to cut yourself on. — Tanith Lee
Gloriously adult, these stories will transport you—but they’ll never drop you home. — Anna Tambour
Janeen Webb’s assemblage of angels, aliens, devils and assorted revenants bring with them compassion and settings rich and exotic where even the mundanity of our everyday world is imbued with a sparkle rarely glimpsed in the hands of lesser writers. — Peter Crowther
Interested? You can preorder at indiebooksonline