Introductions: Bumper Issue

Hi folks! I just thought I’d let you know that two sections of the anthology are currently out with proof readers. We’ve also started sending stories back to authors so they can take a look at the final layup. It’s looking good! We can’t wait to share it with you.

I’ve been a little slack in the posting department, so we’re doing a bumper issue of introductions today.

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. You can visit his official website at

Janis Freegard was born in South Shields in the UK and grew up in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She writes fiction and poetry and is a past winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Landfall (NZ), the New Zealand Listener, Home: New Short Short Stories by New Zealand Writers (Random House), Takahe (NZ), Brittle Star (UK), Cadenza (UK), the Momaya Press Annual Review 2009 (UK) and Harlem River Blues (Fish Publishing, Ireland).

Several of her stories have been broadcast on radio. Her poetry collection, Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus, will be published by Auckland University Press in May 2011. She lives in Wellington and blogs at ‘The Magician’ was first published in Cadenza (UK).

AJ Fitzwater resides in Christchurch, New Zealand, knows no hobbits, and has recently become adept at skipping cracks. The author blogs at about attempts to be published and other mind detritus.

Merrilee Faber lives in Australia, when she isn’t living in her head. Her fiction has appeared in Hint Fiction and Shock Totem, and is upcoming in Shimmer and Space and Time Magazine. She is an avid naturalist (not the ones who run around in the nuddy, the other ones), a humanist and a pessimist, and staunchly defends her right to be so whenever she likes. She blogs about writing at

Matt Cowens is a high school English and Media Studies teacher and writer. He has illustrated and designed card games, self-published several comics, recorded podcasts for Every Day Fiction and Librivox, and is an enthusiastic amateur film-maker. He occasionally blogs at

Debbie Cowens lives on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand with her husband and son. She is an English teacher who has taught in Japan as well as in New Zealand high schools. Her stories have been published in the New Zealand School Journal, Enchanted Conversation, Every Day Fiction, Prinkipria, Sentient Online and Andromeda Space Inflight Magazine.

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