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About me

Hi, I’m Deborah Biancotti. Co-Author of ZEROES, the new trilogy from Simon & Schuster (US, Canada, UK) & Allen & Unwin (Australia). I’m also the author of Bad Power and A Book of Endings.

I’m a Sydney-based writer of short stories, novellas, and–now!–novels. I even have a graphic novel script floating around. My stuff’s been described as urban fantasy, contemporary weird, horror, YA, SF and steampunk on various occasions. I love all categories, genres and formats almost equally.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but it took me until I was nearly 30 to write something worth publishing. In 2000 my first short story was published in a ) called Altair. It was called The First and Final Game, and it won the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story.

I kept writing and publishing short stories, very slowly, for nearly ten more years before my first book was published. It was a collection of my short stories (6 new stories and 15 reprints), and it was called A Book of Endings, published by Twelfth Planet Press in 2009. It was shortlisted for the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book. The Age called the collection ‘succinct and powerful’.

Later in 2009, one of my stories, Stone by Stone, was performed by Shades Theatre Company in their ‘shadowmuse‘ production.

In 2011, I published my first novella in the anthology called Ishtar, published by Gilgamesh Press. It was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award. It had the unlikely (and lengthy) title And The Dead Shall Outnumber The Living which I borrowed from various Ishtar texts and I think maybe even a death metal band.

Also in 2011, I published a short story suite called Bad Power with Twelfth Planet Press: five contemporary interlinked stories featuring ordinary people who have come into possession of weird (and often creepy) superpowers, set in my hometown of Sydney. If you really only want to try one of my short stories, I’d recommend one of these. Or all five, for the adventurous.

In 2011 and 2012 I convened and judged the Aurealis Awards for Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work. I read some great graphic novels and, not coincidentally, I started collaborating on a graphic novel myself (currently a work in progress).

Over the years, my stories have been published in venues like Clockwork Phoenix, Ideomancer, Eidolon 1, infinity plus and anthologies including THE YEARS BEST AUSTRALIAN SF & FANTASY, AUSTRALIAN DARK FANTASY AND HORROR, and the US-based Prime Publishing’s YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR. I also contributed an essay to TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GOTHIC.

I had 2 stories published in 2014, both in the Review of Australian Fiction, an online zine that’s easily purchasable for the price of a cup of coffee. My stories are here and here.

Most recently, I had a short story published in CRANKY LADIES OF HISTORY, from FableCroft Press. My story, about the Countess Bathory, is called Look How Cold My Hands Are. The last recorded words of the last Countess of Bathory*.

And finally: I have a novella coming out from PS Publishing in July 2016, called Waking in Winter.

So. That’s who I am!


* For more on the weird & wicked Countess of Bathory, I wrote a blog post here. Warning: spoiler alert!

Writing is like hunting. There are brutally cold afternoons with nothing in sight, only the wind and your breaking heart. Then the moment when you bag something big. The entire process is beyond intoxicating. — Kate Braverman