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Exploring Dark Short Fiction #2: A Primer to Kaaron Warren

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Australian author Kaaron Warren is widely recognized as one of the leading writers today of speculative and dark short fiction. She’s published four novels, multiple novellas, and well over one hundred heart-rending tales of horror, science fiction, and beautiful fantasy, and is the first author ever to simultaneously win all three of Australia’s top speculative fiction writing awards (Ditmar, Shadows, and Aurealis awards for The Grief Hole).

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to her work, the second in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the distinct voice of Kaaron Warren, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

Included within these pages are:

  • Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book
  • Author interview
  • Complete bibliography
  • Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)
  • . . . and more!

Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Kaaron Warren.

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Available in hardback
ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-10-4

Available in paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-9989383-0-1

Available in e-book
ISBN-13: 978-0-9989383-3-2

First edition published May, 2018




  “There’s a distinctiveness to Warrren’s storytelling, ominous, yet human, subtle but relatable. Characters wear around them excellence, distinguished in their flaws, their sense of ‘unbelonging,’ forging a oneness with text that is the entirety of their transformation.” Aurealis Magazine  
  “Reading this book you get to know Kaaron Warren just as much from her stories as her introduction and her interview. . . this is a entertaining book, the stories are great. You will learn about the author, but as much as it's a primer for the author, it is also a great education tool for short fiction in general. . . This series is just starting but in a few years I suspect these books will help a new generation of authors learn the ropes.” Postcards From a Dying World  
  Warren’s stories in this Primer were unlike any stories I've read before. I loved her voice, her imagination, and the feminist slant to her horror.” Book Den  

Kaaron Warren

Author, Kaaron Warren


Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had stories in print every year since. She has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Fiji, She’s sold many short stories, four novels (the multi-award-winning Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification, and The Grief Hole), and six short story collections. Her most recent novel, The Grief Hole, won the ACT Writers and Publisher’s Award, a Canberra Critic’s Circle Award for Fiction, a Ditmar Award, the Australian Shadows Award, and the Aurealis Award. Her stories have appeared in Australia, the US, the UK, and elsewhere in Europe, and have been selected for both Ellen Datlow’s and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best anthologies.

Her next novel will come out in 2018 from Omnium Gatherum Books. She has recent stories in Ellen Datlow’s Mad Hatters and March Hares, Looming Low from Dim Shores, Nate Pedersen’s Sisterhood, Cemetery Dance’s Dark Screams series, and Bitter, a novella, from Cemetery Dance.

Kaaron was a Fellow at the Museum for Australian Democracy, where she researched prime ministers, artists, and serial killers. In 2018 she will be Established Artist in Residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard House in Western Australia. She’s taught workshops in haunted asylums, old morgues, and second-hand clothing shops, and she’s mentored several writers through a number of programs. She will be Guest of Honor at the World Fantasy Convention in 2018, New Zealand’s Lexicon 2019, and StokerCon in Michigan in 2019.

Kaaron works two days a week in a second-hand bric-a-brac shop, which provides her with endless ideas for stories.

You can find her at http://kaaronwarren.wordpress.com, Instagram is kaaron_warren, and she Tweets @KaaronWarren.

Her bibliography (through Spring, 2018) is listed here: A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Kaaron Warren


Full Contents Include:

Introduction by Eric J. Guignard
Fiction Stories by Kaaron Warren
   •   Guarding the Mound
   •   Born and Bread
   •   Death's Door Café
   •   The Wrong Seat
   •   Sins of the Ancestors
   •   Crisis Apparition



About Kaaron Warren (A Biography)
Essay: Why Kaaron Warren Matters
In Conversation with Kaaron Warren
Tips for Finalizing Your Short Story: An Essay by Kaaron Warren
A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Kaaron Warren
Academic Commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD
Illustrations by Michelle Prebich

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