Angela Slatter

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Angela Slatter
Born 1967
Australia
Genre Speculative fiction
Notable works Sourdough and Other Stories, The Girl With no Hands and Other Tales
Notable awards Ditmar Award
Short Story division
2010 The Piece of Ice in Ms Windermere's Heart
Aurealis Award
Best Collection
2010 The Girl With No Hands and other tales
Best Fantasy Short Story
2010 The February Dragon
- co-written with L.L.Hannett
British Fantasy Award
Best Short Fiction
2012 The Coffin Maker's Daughter
Website
angelaslatter.com

Angela Slatter is an award-winning writer based in Brisbane, Australia. Primarily working in the field of speculative fiction, she has focused on short stories since deciding to pursue writing in 2005, when she undertook a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. Since then she has created an extensive portfolio of short stories, many of which were included in her two compilations, Sourdough and Other Stories (2010) and The Girl With No Hands and other tales (2010).

Biography[edit]

A graduate of Clarion South 2009 and the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop 2006, Angela Slatter's short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in Australia and internationally. Her work has been listed for Honourable Mention by Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant and Kelly Link; and she has been nominated three times for the Aurealis Award for best fantasy short story.[1][2][3] Along with the Aurealis Awards, Slatter has been nominated for the Ditmar Award on two occasions: as Best New Talent in 2008, and for Best Short Story in 2010.[4][5]

Slatter has a Masters (Research) in Creative Writing.[6][7] She occasionally teaches creative writing at Queensland University of Technology.[8]

In 2010, she published two short story collections: Sourdough & Other Stories with Tartarus Press (UK) which received a Starred Review at Publishers Weekly,[9] and The Girl with No Hands & Other Tales (Ticonderoga Publications).[10]

Slatter is currently working on a "duopoly" consisting of the novels Well of Souls and Gate of the Dead.[11][12]

Reception[edit]

Slatter's works have been well received. She has received praise from Publishers Weekly for her "evocative and poetic prose" in Sourdough & Other Stories,[9] and her writing garnered similar comments from Jeff Vandermeer, who described it as "brilliant, muscular, and original".[13] In particular, Slatter has received critical acclaim for her style of retelling or "reloading" fairytales.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

Individual short stores have, at times, been highlighted by reviewers: in particular, her story "The Jacaranda Wife" was perceived as one of the best stories in Jack Dann's Dreaming Again anthology by The Australian, as well as being praised by The Cairns Post and The Sydney Morning Herald, who wrote: "The collection's trump card is the quality of its new writers, many of whom produce stronger stories than some of the veterans ... Particular standouts are ... Angela Slatter's haunting The Jacaranda Wife, set in colonial Australia, seems to build towards a climax truly sinister, yet instead leaves you with beautiful imagery that is as otherworldly as it is strangely touching." [20][21][22] Similarly, Scoop Magazine described her collaborative story, "The February Dragon" (with Lisa L Hannett) as being a "highlight" of Scary Kisses.[23]

Kim Wilkins has cited Slatter as a SF author of note in a forthcoming chapter in the Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing.[citation needed]

Slatter was the subject of an extensive feature in Issue 21 of Black Static Magazine, which had her photograph on the cover.[24] Its review of Sourdough and Other Stories states, "The effect is almost as if Quentin Tarantino had decided to write fairy stories instead of scripting Pulp Fiction." (page 44)

Her collection, The Girl With No Hands and other tales is a finalist for the 2010 Australian Shadows Award for Long Fiction, and her story "Brisneyland by Night" is a finalist for Short Fiction.[25]

In May 2011, Slatter was the winner of 2010 Aurealis Award for Best Collection with The Girl With No Hands and other tales and Best Fantasy Short Story for The February Dragon, co-written with L.L. Hannett. This award was jointly awarded to Thoraiya Dyer for Yowie.[26]

Her collection, Sourdough and other stories was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.

Slatter was awarded the British Fantasy Award in 2012 for her short story "The Coffin-Maker's Daughter".[27]

Bibliography[edit]

Collections[edit]

Short Stories[edit]

Anthologies[edit]

  • "The Curious Case of Physically-Manifested Bedsheet Mania & Other Tales", co-authored with Lisa Hannett, in Jeff Vandermeer's and Ann VanderMeer's Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, Tachyon Publications, 2010.
  • "Genevieve and the Dragon", Worlds Next Door, 2010.
  • "The February Dragon", co-authored with Lisa Hannett, Scary Kisses, 2010.
  • "Brisneyland by Night", Sprawl, 2010.
  • "Sister, Sister", Strange Tales III, 2009.
  • "Light as Mist, Heavy as Hope", Needles & Bones, 2009.
  • "The Piece of Ice in Miss Windermere's Heart", New Ceres Nights, 2009.
  • "The Jacaranda Wife", Dreaming Again edited by Jack Dann (HarperCollins), 2008. Honourable Mention, 2008 Year's Best Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow).
  • "I Love You Like Water", 2012.
  • "The Nun's Tale", Canterbury 2100, 2008.
  • "Sourdough", Strange Tales II, 2007. Honourable Mention, 2008 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant).

Magazines and Journals[edit]

  • "The Chrysanthemum Bride", Fantasy Magazine, December 2009
  • "Words", The Lifted Brow # 5, June 2009 issue, shortlisted for Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story 2009
  • "Frozen", Mort Castle's Doorways Magazine, Issue 8, April 2009
  • "The Girl with No Hands", Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 23, 2008
  • "Dresses, three", Shimmer 2008. Short-listed for Best Fantasy Short Story Aurealis Award 2008. Honourable Mention, 2008 Year's Best Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, 2009)
  • "The Hummingbird Heart", Shimmer 2008. Honourable Mention, 2008 Year's Best Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, 2009)
  • "Skin", The Lifted Brow #3
  • "Little Radish", Crimson Highway, 2008 Honourable Mention, 2008 Year's Best Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, 2009)
  • "Pressina's Daughters", Winter 2007/2008, issue No. 71 of ONSPEC: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic.
  • “The Danger of Warmth”, Crimson Highway 2007.
  • “Cedar Splinters”, Artworker Magazine, October 2007.
  • “The Little Match Girl”, Shimmer #3, 2006. Honourable Mention, 2007 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant).
  • “Bluebeard”, Shimmer #4, 2006. Honourable Mention, 2007 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant).
  • “The Angel Wood”, Shimmer #5, 2006. Short-listed for Best Fantasy Short Story Aurealis Award 2007. Honourable Mention, 2007 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant).
  • “The Juniper Tree”, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #18, 2006.
  • “Red Skein”, Walking Bones Magazine, 2006.

Flash Fiction[edit]

  • “Inheritance”, The Daily Cabal, June 2009.[28]
  • "Brisneyland by Night – Part Four", The Daily Cabal, June 2009.[28]
  • "Aeaea Street", The Daily Cabal, May 2009.[28]
  • "Lantern", The Daily Cabal, May 2009.[28]
  • "Brisneyland by Night – Part Three", The Daily Cabal, May 2009.[28]
  • "Brisneyland by Night – Part Two", The Daily Cabal, April 2009.[28]
  • "The Impatient Dead", The Daily Cabal, April 2009.[28]
  • "Hermione's Farewell", The Daily Cabal, April 2009.[28]
  • "Red New Day", The Daily Cabal, March 2009.[28]
  • "Foundation", The Daily Cabal, February 2009.[28]
  • "Beggar-maid", The Daily Cabal, January 2009.[28]
  • "Sunday Drivers", The Daily Cabal, October 2008.[28]
  • "Things Best Left Alone", The Daily Cabal, October 2008.[28]
  • "Seek", The Daily Cabal, November 2008.[28]
  • "Brisneyland by Night", The Daily Cabal, December 2008.[28]
  • "The Problem of Thorns", The Daily Cabal, December 2008.[28]
  • "Binoorie", The Daily Cabal, December 2008.[28]
  • "Little Green Apples", Microfiction Antipodean SF, issue 110
  • "Crush", Microfiction in Antipodean SF, issue 103
  • "Swept Off Her Feet", Microfiction in Antipodean SF, issue 74
  • "Mating Season", Microfiction in Antipodean SF, issue 72
  • "Shades and Shadows", Microfiction in Antipodean SF, issue 71
  • "The Halite Chronicles", Microfiction in Antipodean SF, issue 70
  • "Midnight Swim", Microfiction in Antipodean SF, issue 69
  • "Icon of the Underworld", Microfiction in Antipodean SF, issue 67

Articles[edit]

  • "Finding a Literary Agent: The Ugly Truth”, in The Australian Writer’s Marketplace, 11th edition, 2011/12, August 2010.
  • “Getting Published: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, feature article with Katherine Lyall-Watson, November 2008 issue of Writing Queensland.
  • “To Review or Not to Review”, feature article, October 2007 issue of Writing Queensland.
  • “Zen and the Art of PhD Maintenance”, Issue 4 of The Definite Article, October 2007.
  • “Little Red Riding Hood: Life off the Path”, Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, Volume 1, Issue 12, 2008.
  • “Tin House: What I Did On My Summer Vacation”, feature article, October 2006 issue of Writing Queensland.
  • “Postcard from Tin House”, June 2006 issue of Writing Queensland.
  • “Kim Wilkins: Brisbane Gothic”, Feature Article in Antipodean SF, issue 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Aurealis Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "2009 Aurealis Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "2008 Aurealis Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "2008 Ditmar Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "2010 Ditmar Awards". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Biography". Angela Slatter. Archived from the original on 10 November 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Black-winged angels : theoretical underpinnings". QUT ePrints. Queensland University of Technology. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Short Story Clinic led by Angela Slatter, Brisbane". Queensland Writers Centre. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Sourdough and Other Stories", Publishers Weekly, 25 October 2010 
  10. ^ "The Girl with No Hands (and Other Tales)", Publishers Weekly, 13 September 2010 
  11. ^ Vandermeer, Jeff (September 2009). "Mammals Underfoot! An Interview with Emerging Writers". Clarkesworld Magazine (36). Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Jones, Jeremy L. C. (September 2010). "Each Facet Intensely: A Conversation with Angela Slatter". Clarkesworld Magazine (48). Archived from the original on 13 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Vandermeer, Jeff. "Books of Present and Future: Angela Slatter’s Sourdough and Steampunk Reloaded". Ecstatic Day. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  14. ^ Marshall-Jones, Simon. "The Girl with No Hands, by Angela Slatter". Beyond Fiction. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  15. ^ Guslandi, Mario. "The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales". SF Site. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  16. ^ Baumann, Rebecca (30 October 2010). "Review: "The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales" by Angela Slatter 2010". Dirty Sexy Books. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  17. ^ White, S. S. (1 December 2010). "Slatter, Angela: The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales". Fantasy with Bite. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "Review: The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales by Angela Slatter". Dreams and Speculation. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  19. ^ Johnston, SM. "Angela Slatter: Australian Short Story Queen". Down Under Wonderings. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  20. ^ Williams, George (26 July 2008). "Imagination that deftly defies northern gravity". The Australian. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  21. ^ Bruce, Niki (15 July 2008). "Bible of Australian fantasy fiction". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  22. ^ Elliott, Will (19 July 2008). "Sinister plots outdo the past". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  23. ^ "Scary Kisses". Scoop. Summer: 68. 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  24. ^ http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/
  25. ^ http://australianhorror.com/index.php?view=256
  26. ^ http://www.aurealisawards.com/winners2010.pdf
  27. ^ "Brisbane fantasy writer wins top British award" (5 October 2012), ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Accessed 5 October 2012.
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Angela Slatter". The Daly Cabal. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 

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