Stray Bats — a chapbook

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Dachshund droids, sinister crones, shapeshifting children, a plethora of witches, dragonstalkers, familiars, slithering eels and, of course, bats, flit and fly through these pages, aided and abetted by Kathleen Jennings’s inspired pencil drawings. Stray Bats is a madcap miscellany consisting of fifty vignettes based on poems by Australian women. Lanagan delights in playing with language, rhyme, and rhythm.

This could be the perfect gift for that slightly otherworldly person in your life—or for yourself, when you need a moment of magic, a dip into darkness, a spark of light.

For the reader who would like to explore further, there are a list of poems that inspired the author and notes on where those poems might be found.

Small Beer Press have just announced this new chapbook, which Margo and I have been secretly working on — it’s so exciting that it will be a real book in the world in November! Pre-orders are open now on Small Beer’s website, and Margo and I will both be at World Fantasy in LA.

A Cover for Flyaway

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My Australian Gothic novella Flyaway will be released in July next year — but Tor.com has now revealed the cover (fabulous design by Jaya Miceli, from a silhouette by me).

REVEALING THE COVER TO FLYAWAY, AN AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC DARK FANTASY DEBUT FROM KATHLEEN JENNINGS

It comes with some useful links (although I’ll let you know more about pre-orders as that becomes available) and a few lovely words from Kelly Link, Holly Black, C.S.E. Cooney and Brooke Bolander — authors whose way with stories I very much admire.

I am extremely delighted with this cover, for which the designer and art directors should get most of the credit (and I adore the typeface), and I can’t wait (I must wait!) for the book to be a real thing in the world.

Corella giveaway

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Corella Press, a teaching press at UQ, is holding a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the launch of their first two books (for which I did the covers).

1st Prize – A 3D-printed silhouette pendant (cord not included)
2nd Prize – Bridget’s Locket and Other Mysteries eBook
3rd Prize – The Millwood Mystery eBook

(Note: Corella is holding the giveaway, I control nothing)

Physical books will be available for purchase from 30th August, on the Corella Press website:  https://www.austlit.edu.au/corellapress

The launch will take place at Avid Reader in Brisbane on 30 August. 

The Power of Three

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Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite (and formative) authors, and it was such a delight to be able to do this cover for her novel The Power of Three, for Utz Books.

Here are some of the preliminary sketches: reading the book again (a lovely twisty, funny, mystical plot, with that sliding-through of perspectives DWJ does so well), getting details right, working out how I wanted to draw aspects.

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Then narrowing down the cover treatment — the format had to match other cover designs, which is both a challenging and liberating consideration.

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Finally, developing and refining this cover and a treatment and style that would fit the other covers (similar textures, etc).

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Orphan Black: The Next Chapter

In which it takes cutting out a surprising number of chains of paper-dolls to get just the right look.

A deceptively simple piece of a art for a very exciting new project from Serial Box!

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And here are just a few of the progress stages!

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Corella Press Mysteries

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I’m very excited to reveal these two covers from Corella Press for their first two editions of 19th century Australian crime and mystery.

The original designs (covers and logo) were, of course, cut-paper silhouettes, and very fiddly and gratifying they were!

These two will be launched at Avid Reader in Brisbane on 30 August 2019. The launch is free, and if you’d like to come, you can register here: https://avidreader.com.au/events/corella-press-historical-australian-crime-and-mystery

Border Keeper cover reveal

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Over on Bookish.com, there is a reveal for my cover art for Kerstin Hall’s upcoming novella The Border Keeper, to be published by Tor.com. It includes a video of the art process (if you glimpse a bandage, it was from a julienne-ing incident, not the craft knife).