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There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges. — Ernest Hemingway

Recent Covers from Deborah's collection


Zeroes (Zeroes 1)
Upcoming October 2015
Simon & Schuster US, Canada & UK
Allen & Unwin Australia


Bad Power
Twelfth Planet Press, November 2011
Shortlisted Aurealis Award for Best Collection
Shortlisted Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work

A Book of Endings
Twelfth Planet Press, August, 2009
Shortlisted Willian L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book
Shortlisted Aurealis Award for Best Collection
Locus Recommended Reading List
Honourable Mention, Best Horror of the Year
Listed SF Signal ’40 Books from 2009 that you should read’


“And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living”, Ishtar, Gilgamesh Press, November 2011
Shortlisted Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella
Shortlisted Aurealis Award for Best Novella

Waking In Winter (coming soon)
Chapbook from PS Publishing, upcoming in 2016

most recent short stories

Look How Cold My Hands Are (Countess Bathory short story)
(Read a brief history of the real Countess Bathory here.)

Cranky Ladies of History, FableCroft Publishing 2015

No Mercy for the Executioner
(Read an excerpt here.)
Review of Australian Fiction Volume 11 Issue 6, Matthew Lamb ed., September 2014
To be reprinted in The Year’s Best YA 2014, Twelfth Planet Press 2015

The Executioner Goes Home
(Read an excerpt here.)
Review of Australian Fiction Volume 9 Issue 2, Matthew Lamb ed., January 2014
To be reprinted in Focus 2014, FableCroft Publishing 2015

All the Lost Ones
Exotic Gothic #5, PS Publishing, Danel Olsen ed., 2013

Indigo Gold
One Small Step, Fablecroft Publishing, Tehani Wessley ed., 2013

The Great Unknown, Spineless Wonders, Angela Meyer ed., 2013

For the full short story reading list, click through to here.

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for. — Alice Walker