Cover Reveal

IFWG Australia have revealed the cover for my forthcoming short story collection Shadows on the Wall. It’s based on a fabulous piece of art by the multi-talented artist, Shaun Tan. Check it out, I’m thrilled!

The publisher wrote: Earlier this year we informed you that we had the great pleasure to have acquired Steven Paulsen’s dark collection of stories, Shadows on the Wall. This will be released on 1 January 2018, but in the meantime we are very excited to reveal the front cover of the collection, with original artwork by Academy award-winning artist and animator, Shaun Tan (Elizabeth Lang, designer).


More information can be found here on IFWG Publishing Australia’s web site:

Cover Reveal: Shadows on the Wall by Steven Paulsen

New Short Story Collection

I am thrilled to announce that IFWG Publishing Australia will be publishing my short story collection, SHADOWS ON THE WALL, early in 2018.

The book will include the best of my previously published stories, plus new work written since I returned to writing. Shaun Tan has kindly provided art work and Isobelle Carmody has written a lovely foreword for the book.

Thanks very much to Gerry Huntman and IFWG, Shaun, and Isobelle for their support. Here is the IFWG Publishing Australia publicity announcement:

New Signing: Shadows on the Wall collection by Steven Paulsen

New Signing: Shadows on the Wall collection by Steven Paulsen

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of publishing rights to Steven Paulsen’s dark and weird collection of short stories, Shadows on the Walls. The  collection contains stories from award winning anthologies, as well as original fiction. Original cover and internal art will be supplied by the Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist, Shaun Tan.

The collection is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2018.


Photograph by Kirstyn McDermott

Steven Paulsen is an award-winning writer whose speculative fiction has appeared in publications around the world. His bestselling dark fantasy children’s book, The Stray Cat, illustrated by Shaun Tan, has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, which Jack Dann describes as rocket-fueled with narrative drive, have appeared in a variety of magazines and in anthologies such as Terror Australis, Strange Fruit, Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, Fantastic Worlds, The Cthulhu Cycle, and the World Fantasy Award winning Dreaming Down-Under.

Steven has also written extensively about Australian horror and fantasy for publications such as Eidolon, Interzone, Bloodsongs, Sirius, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, Fantasy Annual, The St James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers, and The Melbourne University Press Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. His interviews with Australian SF writers have been published in magazine and book form in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA.

And Then…

I have a new novelette called “Harold the Hero and the Talking Sword” written in collaboration with Jack Dann in the forthcoming cross-genre anthology And Then… (ed. Ruth Wykes and Kylie Fox), from Clan Destine Press early in 2017.

and-then-vol-1-front-coverJack Dann and I had been talking for a while about doing a project together when the opportunity to write a story for the Clan Destine Press And Then… anthology came up. He showed his story “The Talking Sword” to Lindy Cameron and she loved it, but suggested it be expanded because the theme of the anthology was for stories with two protagonists, and the demon sword held sway over his “sidekick” in Jack’s original tale.

As Jack and I talked about it, we soon found ourselves brainstorming the further adventures of not just the time-travelling sword, but having his unlikely wielder, Harold the Hero, come to the fore. We took our inspiration from Homer’s Odyssey, and asked ourselves what would happen if the sword somehow lost its powers. The result was “Harold the Hero and the Talking Sword”. It was great fun to write and hopefully great fun to read.

Words Out Loud – Ballarat

Last night’s Words Out Loud at the Babushka Lounge in Ballarat was a blast! People from all walks of life coming together to share their stories and poems. Great company, it was friendly, warm and welcoming. Drop in next time if you’re in neighbourhood.

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, community event.

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