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The Night Shop due from Cemetery Dance
Terry’s latest collection, The Night Shop: Tales for the Lonely Hours, will be published in the US by Cemetery Dance Publications in early 2016, featuring eighteen of Terry’s dark fantasy and horror stories in a companion volume to his International Horror Guild Award-winning Basic Black from 2006. It will feature three original tales of appropriate fear.
Cemetery Dance Select: Terry Dowling available
The Cemetery Dance Select series presents authors’-choice mini-collections where featured writers choose short fiction from their award-winners, stories considered their best or having the most impact on their careers, even neglected favourites they feel deserve a second look. Each e-book has an Afterword giving the reasoning behind the stories and insights into their creation. Terry’s choices are: “The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap,” “The Saltimbanques,” “Stitch” and “One Thing About the Night.”
“Jenny Come to Play” in The Monstrous
Terry’s chilling 1997 Aurealis Award-winning story “Jenny Come to Play” has been chosen by Ellen Datlow for her forthcoming Tachyon Publications anthology The Monstrous.
“Corpse Rose” in Nightmare Carnival
Terry's distinctly Aussie take on the dark carnival story, "Corpse Rose," features in Ellen Datlow's acclaimed theme anthology Nightmare Carnival, published by Dark Horse Books in October 2014. It was also picked for The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014, edited by Liz Gryzb and Talie Helene, Ticonderoga Publications, 2015.
“The Four Darks” in Fearful Symmetries
A new Blackwater Days Dan Truswell story "The Four Darks" can be found in Fearful Symmetries, Ellen Datlow’s kickstarter anthology of all-original terror and supernatural fiction from ChiZine Publications, published in May 2014.
“Intervention at Quissirio Landing” in Cosmos
Terry’s “Intervention at Quissirio Landing” appears in Issue 53 of Cosmos magazine for October/November 2013, and may well prove to be a contender for the ultimate terraforming Mars story.
“The Sleepover” in Exotic Gothic 5
Terry delivers a riff on one the best-loved horror themes with "The Sleepover" in Exotic Gothic 5, edited by Danel Olson, available from PS Publishing in the UK. It also appears in The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013, edited by Liz Gryzb and Talie Helene, Ticonderoga Publicaitons, 2014. The story notes describe it as a tale of “family secrets, sinister schemes, rampant paraphilia and darkest purpose, complete with a dash of premature burial for good measure.”
Eye” in Three Year's Bests!
Terry’s disturbing Hydro-Majestic tale "Nightside Eye" appears in three Year’s Bests – Stephen Jones’s Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24, Paula Guran’s Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013, and in Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene’s The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012. An excellent reading of the story by Graeme Dunlop as Pseudopod-387 can be found at http://pseudopod.org/2014/05/22/pseudopod-387-nightside-eye/
"Mariners' Round" in The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Five
Terry’s haunted merry-go-round story "Mariners' Round" from Exotic Gothic 4 appears in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Five from Night Shade Books, and features an opening based on an actual event in the author’s teen years growing up in Sydney.
"Dancing with Scheherazade” in Parabolas of Science Fiction
Terry’s intriguing and revealing examination of his writing process, "Dancing with Scheherazade: Some Reflections in the Djinni’s Glass," can be found in Parabolas of Science Fiction, edited by Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger, published in the US by Wesleyan University Press. It focuses largely on the Tom Rynosseros series.
Eye” and Major Interview in Cemetery Dance #66
Terry’s unforgettable Hydro Majestic story
“Nightside Eye” is a special cover feature item for Cemetery
Dance #66 (see
http://www.cemeterydance.com) accompanied by a major interview:
“Making Strange: A Gothic Conversation with Terry Dowling” conducted
by acclaimed US editor and academic Danel Olson.
Read This Interview
International Praise for TD in Cemetery Dance #66
International praise for Terry’s special brand of
dark fantasy continues in Cemetery Dance #66, which calls him
“Australia’s most acclaimed writer of the dark fantastic.” (43) and
“Australia’s Premier Writer of the Imagination.” (28)
Round” in Exotic Gothic 4,
edited by Danel Olson
Terry’s story about a haunted Charles Carmel
carousel can be found in Exotic Gothic 4 from PS Publishing(http://www.pspublishing.co.uk)
the latest in the fascinating Exotic Gothic series edited by Danel
Fooly” in Hauntings
Terry’s 2008 ghost story “The Fooly” appears in Ellen Datlow’s Hauntings, her 2013 anthology from Tachyon Publications featuring ghost stories from the past 25 years, and a companion volume to 2010’s Darkness. The US magazine Locus (July 2008) called Terry’s tale “a brilliant ghost story…The concept is superb, the punchline delivered immaculately.”
Fiction Round-up: “The Shaddowwes Box,” “Dark Me, Night You” and
“The Way the Red Clown Hunts You”
Recent TD story appearances include “The Shaddowwes
Box” (Locus Recommended Reading List 2012) in Ghosts by
Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense, 2011,
“Dark Me, Night You” in Midnight Echo 5 (reprinted in
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011) and “The Way
the Red Clown Hunts You” (Subterranean, Winter 2012)
at Midnight in 21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since
Terry’s 2010 debut novel has received a major
entry in 21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000,
edited by Danel Olson: Leigh Blackmore’s insightful and intelligent
essay, “Marvels and Horrors: Terry Dowling’s Clowns at Midnight.”
Clowns at Midnight available from PS Publishing
Terry’s disquieting debut novel Clowns at
Midnight appeared from PS Publishing in October 2010 and
concerns family secrets in present-day Australia, ancient
rituals and a very special kind of clown. It can be ordered in
either hard-copy or e-book format at
“With its acute observations of a parched
landscape, its blending of the everyday and the forces of myth,
Clowns at Midnight is an exceptional work that bears comparison
to John Fowles's The Magus.”
- The Guardian, October 2010
“Make no mistake about it: this
is smart person's horror, an unerringly rich and intelligent account
that encompasses clown-phobia and the true origins of western
- Fright Site Reviews and Commentary 18 October 2010
“If you wish to fall into another
world for a time—of shifting masks, beautiful bodies and terrible
fears, of mystic philosophy and living labyrinths (with the human
heart at their centre)—you have found your book…Mr. Dowling’s
Clowns at Midnight is the stuff of magic.”
- Danel Olson, editor of Exotic Gothic I, II, III, and
21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000
“Clowns at Midnight is a
masterpiece of suspense – a suspense that is multiplied, rendered
all the more terrifying, by the brilliantly constructed ambiguity of
the plot. This is the territory of John Fowles’s great novels,
The Magus and A Maggot: a psychological landscape in
which the reliability of perception, of memory, and of narration is
interrogated to its uttermost limits. And Terry Dowling’s fine prose
is quite the equal of Fowles’s in the bargain.”
- Nick Gevers, editor of Postscripts, Extraordinary Engines,
Other Earths, Infinity Plus
“Clowns at Midnight plays
with a grand spectrum of emotions…At novel length, Dowling can work
his peculiar magics in an almost symphonic form. The result is a
memorable addition to the Tales of Appropriate Fear.”
- Faren Miller, Locus, August 2010 (20)
“Suffice to say, readers familiar
with other dark fantasies concerned with the survival of ancient
traditions and beliefs into the present – John Fowles’ The Magus,
Thomas Tryson’s Harvest Home, Donna Tarrt’s The Secret
History, Graham Joyce’s The House of Lost Dreams – will
have an inkling of where Dowling is leading them. Clowns at
Midnight deserves to be mentioned in the company of these superb
tales not because it echoes them but because it takes the premise
underlying them all in a refreshingly original direction.”
- Stefan Dziemianowicz, Locus, October 2010 (27)
“[A] particularly interesting
writer…Dowling manages to pull off a clever technical trick in
putting this book together.…That he manages to create a real and
mounting sense of menace is a tribute to an excellent storyteller on
- David Marshall / November 22, 2010
Amberjack: Tales of Fear and Wonder from Subterranean
Terry’s collection Amberjack: Tales of Fear and
Wonder appeared from Subterranean Press in June 2010 and earned a
starred review in Publishers Weekly. It features an Introduction by
long-time Dowling friend Jack Vance and includes such acclaimed
stories as "The Lagan Fishers," "Flashmen," "Toother" and "The Suits
at Auderlene" as well as Terry’s major 2009 Tom Rynosseros adventure
Amberjack: Tales of Fear & Wonder
Terry Dowling, Subterranean (www.subterraneanpress.com),
$40 (368p) ISBN 978-1-59606-293-1
“Dowling's newest collection…highlights his rich and complex
sideways storytelling with 12 stories that run the speculative
fiction gamut. ‘The Magikkers’ gently explores the lives of the
fortunate few who possess a small spark of magic in a mundane world.
In ‘Flashmen,’ competing rescue teams risk annihilation in a savage
landscape. ‘Toother’ and ‘The Suits at Auderlene’ are creepy and
cruel, but ‘Truth Window,’ set in the universe of the Wormwood story
cycle, finds humanity shining even in slavery. Dowling's terse and
enigmatic style is subtle and brain stretching, enticing readers
with fully realized worlds that clearly extend far beyond each
story's boundaries. Insightful afterwords complete the sensation of
being transported someplace truly alien by Dowling's intelligent and
thoughtful work.” (Starred Review)
- Publishers Weekly, July 2010.
“Two Steps Along the Road” in Best New Horror 21 and Lethal Legends
As well as being chosen by editor Stephen Jones for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21 in 2010, Terry’s chilling 2009 Vietnam ghost story “Two Steps Along the Road” is featured with stories by Michael Kelly, Simon Kurt Unsworth and Mark Valentine in the special e-book title: Lethal Legends: Four Short Stories.
“Stitch” in Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror / TD
Most Chosen Author!
In her preface to Terry’s story “Stitch” in the
major US horror retrospective Darkness: Two Decades of Modern
Horror, editor Ellen Datlow says: “I fell in love with [Terry’s]
consistently disturbing supernatural and psychological horror
fiction. In fact, more of his horror stories appeared in The
Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror during its twenty-one year run
than any other writer.”
TD selections featured in this important,
long-running series are: “The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap,” “Scaring
the Train,” “Beckoning Nightframe,” “Jenny Come to Play,” “Basic
Black,” “The Saltimbanques,” “Stitch,” “Clownette,” “La Profonde”
Castles: The Early Jack Vance Vol 2 from Subterranean Press
A fifth Jack Vance retrospective co-edited by
Terry and Jonathan Strahan appeared in May 2012 from Subterranean
Press, continuing a very successful series which to date includes:
The Jack Vance Treasury, The Jack Vance Reader, 2009’s
Wild Thyme, Green Magic and 2011’s Hard-Luck Diggings: The
Early Jack Vance: See
subterraneanpress for details.
“The Maze Man” in Best of the Best
Acclaimed Australian editor Barry Oakley chose
"The Maze Man" for Best of the Best, his 2009 anthology from
The Five Mile Press featuring Oakley’s top picks from his six
previous Five Mile anthologies.
“Toother” in four Year’s Bests!
Terry’s story “Toother” was selected for four
Year’s Best collections: by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz for Horror: The
Best of the Year 2008, by Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt for
Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy 4, and by Ellen Datlow for the 2008 edition of
The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 20.
It is Terry’s tenth appearance in the important YBFH annual
anthology series. Previous selections have been: “The Daemon Street
Ghost-Trap,” “Scaring the Train,” “Beckoning Nightframe,” “Jenny
Come to Play,” “Basic Black,” “The Saltimbanques,” “Stitch,”
“Clownette” and “La Profonde.” The story has also appeared in the
inaugural volume of Award Winning Australian Writing 2008, edited by
David Tenenbaum, and was called “The gem of the collection” by the
Sydney Morning Herald, 11 October 2008.
“Toother” Wins 2007 Australian Shadows Award
Terry’s 2007 story “Toother” from Eclipse One:
New Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Jonathan Strahan, won the
Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story in April 2008. In the
words of Guest Judge Richard Harland: “Terry Dowling’s story is a
conscious extension of Poe’s ‘Berenice’…whilst also drawing on some
fascinating research into a very murky corner of history. The
psychic angle of the investigation is far more real and plausible
than the standard psychic investigations of TV series…This is a
story that does everything right.”
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