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And Then… : Support a new anthology from Clan Destine Press

and then...Clan Destine Press is putting together a new two-volume anthology of adventure stories! And Then… the Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales is exactly what it says on the tin. A big book full of tales of derring do, swash and buckle, rockets and railroads, guns and swords, action and heroics and ALL THE EXCITING ADVENTUROUS THINGS!

My story, Virgin Soil – set in Melbourne in 1851 and full of dark magic, strange family, gold fever and a shapeshifter who can’t remember if he started as a man or a rat – has been accepted to the anthology!

I’m there in excellent company. Other great Australian writers appearing include Kerry Greenwood, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Alan Baxter, Mary Borsellino, Jason Franks, Jason Nahrung, Jack Dann, Amanda Pillar, Sophie Masson, Lindy Cameron, Jane Clifton, and Peter M Ball – for starters!

All the stories have some kind of Australian/New Zealand connection, and it promises to be two volumes of a rollicking good time. The stories will be illustrated by Vicky Pratt, whose art for one of the stories appears above.

Clan Destine Press is running an Indiegogo campaign to fund costs for author fees and illustrations – and it would be so wonderful if you could be part of that.

You can support the project for as little as $2, and there are a few stages (including rewards of 50% off the books) before the first where you are guaranteed an e-copy of the book at $20.

Of course there are higher levels of pledges too, which include choosing other Clan Destine titles, getting the And Then... volumes in paperback, getting And Then... merchandise, and for the highest levels – And Then… in hardcover, and special writing tutorials from writers like Alan Baxter, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Jason Nahrung, Kelly Gardiner and me!

Please support this great project – and the writers and artist included in it – with your love but also, if you can, your dollars. You’ll get something amazing in return. I promise.

You can find out more about the writers for the anthology, how funds raised will be used and all the different levels at which you can support the project at Indiegogo – just follow the link.

Support And Then… at Indiegogo

And thank you in advance for supporting Australian writers, artists and publishers (or at least thinking about it!

Night Terrace: Love Songs

photo-originalThe Splendid Chaps are running a new Kickstarter to fund the creation of the second season of the fabulous Comedy SF adventure, Night Terrace. I’ve already pledged to support it – having loved the first season so much! And here are the Splendid Chaps to talk to us about Love Songs.

The Splendid Chaps team know a lot about sound. They ran the smash hit podcast Splendid Chaps in 2013, and then spun that off into the audio science fiction comedy series Night Terrace, in which Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy, Neighbours) plays a grumpy Doctor-Who-like figure who is annoyed to find her house can travel in time and space.

They know how sound can affect others, but how does it affect them? We asked them to choose their favourite love songs.

Ben McKenzie (producer, writer, “Eddie”)

I love a lot of love songs – most of the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs for starters – but I think my favourite is one not connected in my mind to a specific romance. It’s also one I would pick – if pressed – as my favourite song of all. Almost Like Being In Love, specifically the version by Nat King Cole. It’s full of joy, excitement and surprise – it captures exactly the feeling of realising that you’re falling in love.

Whenever I feel happy it’s the song that leaps to mind. Like most people I was introduced to it via Groundhog Day but it stands on it’s own thanks to Nat’s voice, which I love, and the lyrics’ embrace of love in general. In the musical Brigadoon, which first popularised the song, it shows how the magical town makes people feel a strange euphoria when visiting. So really it’s a love song for the big loves: love of life, of people, of the world around you. I can’t get enough of it.

Petra Elliott (co-creator, “Sue”)

God, this is a tough one, since I’m not currently experiencing romantic love, and any songs that previously had nice gooey sentiments attached have now been ruined.

Except for this one:

Somersault, sung by the beautiful Sia when she was performing with Zero 7. It’s just so gorgeous, the music is happy, calming, uplifting and the lyrics are passionate and grateful. They detail the type of person I would totally fall in love with: someone who’s there for you (and others) no matter what, who’ll witness your life, share the delicious moments and get you through the not so nice ones.

Lee Zachariah (co-creator, writer)

Love Me Do by The Beatles.

Keep it simple: the key to a great love song. Profession of love. Promise of faithfulness. Polite request for reciprocation. No muss, no fuss. And best use of a harmonica this side of Dylan.

David Ashton (writer, sound designer)

She’s An Angel by They Might Be Giants

Like most They Might Be Giants songs, this one is dense with oddly phrased and oddly specific imagery, but nevertheless this is a song that really captures the giddy rush of falling in love. In the halting rhythm of the verses there’s a sense of disbelief – can this really be happening to me? (“I don’t think anyone’s noticed so I’ll try to act nonchalant”). In the chorus this gives way to slippery-slide guitar and the sheer joy of doing crazy stuff with someone you love.

John Richards (producer, writer)

I was originally going to say the Madness version of It Must Be Love (which I was shocked to discover today was a cover! I had no idea!). But instead I’ll go for one of my other all-time favourite pop songs, and pick Bury Me Deep In Love by The Triffids. Whereas It Must Be Love is about the traditional boy-meets-girl version of love, The Triffids celebrate the version that happens when a rock climber falls off a cliff and dies. No, stay with me.

It’s a song about looking after each other, about the responsibility we share to others – even strangers – through our common humanity. It pleads for us to take care of each other, and hopes we will be taken care of in return. It’s simply beautiful, complete with glorious reverb-drenched late-80s over-production. The band never sounded this slick again (or indeed looked this slick – check out Jill Birt’s hat in the video). But the pleading core of the song is to love each other, and that’s something we can all work harder to do.

Night Terrace is currently crowd-funding a second season. You can find out more – and hear the entire first episode for free – at Kickstarter: Night Terrace