Death Drive, Life Drive


‘The roots come out of the earth, fighting back against mankind’s concrete prisons. As if the soul of the world were pouring out again.’ These days, a lot is rightly said about the damage done by industrialized human society to the Earth’s environment. Global warming is melting the world’s ice caps; in time, this will… Continue reading Death Drive, Life Drive

Post-Apocalyptic Walkabout


Adolescence is rightly considered one of the key periods of human life. The young person has to find out for themselves who they are and what they will become. All this while questioning the values and family they grew up with and re-evaluating their relationship to their peer group, who are going through the same… Continue reading Post-Apocalyptic Walkabout

Land of Changes


Australia is a huge country (sixth biggest in the world) with a small population for its size (just over 20 million people). The state I come from and have written about, Western Australia, takes up one third of the country and has a population of 2.5 million, more than half of whom live in and… Continue reading Land of Changes

Tree Gods Dripping Tears


It had been raining that day and the forest was dark. He could still smell the strong eucalyptus scent rising off the huge karri trees that stood like crying gods dripping tears on the little lost humans far below. The south western corner of Western Australia, where I grew up, is home to some unique… Continue reading Tree Gods Dripping Tears

Mental Shapeshifting


We all love a good shape-shift. I certainly do; always have, ever since I first discovered them reading the Icelandic sagas. Like most good ideas, though, shapeshifting has been greatly over-used in genre fiction in recent years. I had in mind for a very long time an approach to re-vitalising the shapeshifting idea, and eventually… Continue reading Mental Shapeshifting

The Mother of Monsters


‘That creature that feeds on life is me. The Anteater.’ Anteaters are some of the weirdest creatures in the world, I’ve always thought. The aardvark, the giant anteater of South America, the pangolin. Australia, of course, has its own examples. In the forest of south west Western Australia, where I come from, lives a very… Continue reading The Mother of Monsters

Continent of Insects


There were huge clumps of ants now, dragging bigger and bigger loads. She bent down to see what they were carrying. Something round and white. An eye. A human eye. My homeland of Australia is justly famous for its strange mammals. However, Australia is, above all, the continent of insects. The vast, hot land is… Continue reading Continent of Insects