Two Exciting Publication Press Releases

I’m pleased to announce the publication of two of my short stories, Trigger and Breakthrough, in the following two print anthologies:

Winds of Change

From the first roiling dust clouds, Winds of Change draws the reader in with tales of darkness and horror, of wonder and hope. Twenty four authors demonstrate the vitality and diversity of the current Australian speculative fiction scene.

With the launch of its ninth short story anthology, Winds of Change, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild offers those who will become its inordinately lucky readers a flurry of fresh fantasy, science fiction and horror by a range of popular speculative fiction authors and new Australian talent – including me! Yay!

Editor Elizabeth Fitzgerald has put together a thought-provoking anthology that you’ll want to read in a single sitting, but which will also reward a second, more leisurely visit.

"Winds of Change": showcasing talent, like you've never seen before!

You’ll be able to buy Winds of Change, which features my short story Trigger, in select bookstores after the official launch party at Conflux in Canberra on Friday 30 September 2011, as well as through the CSFG website. If you’re after an advance review copy, please contact Rob Porteous, the CSFG PR Officer, on 0419 143 512 or email:

Of course if you’re free on Friday 30 September, then please join me and my fellow fabulous authors at Conflux to celebrate the launch of this spectacular anthology – go on, you might even get some signatures and then the multiple copies you’re bound to snap up won’t just give you a great read, they’ll be investments too!

I’m thrilled to a part of something so magical it can lure so many high-profile speculative fiction authors into a single anthology! Here’s the full table of contents to get you salivating:

Cover art by Shauna O'Meara

Wraiths by Jason Nahrung
Gravity Express
by Naomi Mondello
Time Capsule by Tsana Dolichva
The Tether of Time by Leife Shallcross
by Zena Shapter

Babel by Robin Shortt
Saint Olivia’s Light by Carol Ryles
In Need of Assistance by Chris Andrews
After the Bombs by Adam Tucker
The Horns of Elfland by Crisetta MacLeod
Time Spent by David Coleman
Soul of the Machine by Maxine McArthur
Dream Shadow by Alan Baxter
Giant by Annelise Roberts
Evolution Baby by Lesley Boland
The Princess by Valerie Y.L. Toh
Children of the Ashes by Greg Mellor
By Watcher’s Pool by James Goodrum
Turning the Blood by Donna Maree Hanson
Watching by Nicole R Murphy
The Stormchilds by Helen Stubbs
The Fool by Jane Virgo
Dragonfly by Cat Sheely
Stone-singer by Joanna Fay

Now go and mark up Friday 30 September on your calendar – note to self: “Winds of Change released!”

A Visit from the Duchess and other award-winning stories

Of course, if you can’t wait until September to read me, you can enjoy my short story Breakthrough in the latest print anthology from Stringybark Publishing, A Visit From The Duchess.

Science fiction, fantasy, horror and the occasional zombie can be found in these twenty-eight wickedly clever speculative fiction stories written by both Australian and international authors.

Dip your toe in and sample the very best Stringybark could find – including me! Yay again!


A Visit From The Duchess is available in hard copy as from 21 August 2011 and in ebook format right now!

Selected by Ruth Ellison, Russell Schneider and David Vernon, these are the best of the entries in the 2011 Stringybark Speculative Fiction Awards.


Here’s the full table of contents:

Cover art by Gregory Blake

The Historian by Jack Nicholls
The Veteran by Andrew Tildesley
To Be or Not to Be by Susan May
The Leitz by Janeen Samuel
Enduring Entropy by K. Alan Leitch
The Goldilocks Planet by Kerry Cameron
Brunhilde by Mike Berlin
A Rose by Any Other Name by Jo Eberhardt
End Days by Frances Warren
Later Than You Think by Pat Davies
The Entomologist’s Wife by Julie Jay
Shades of Sienna by Rebecca Raisin
At the End of the Day by Elsie Johnstone
A Visit from the Duchess by Janeen Samuel
The Soul Hunter by Jody Moller
Tiffany by Mike Berlin
Uncovered by Ken Gratton
Mr. Stan by David Mateyka
Brenda’s Wish by Richard Marman
The Ago by Frances Warren
Voices by John Sharp
Cul-de-Sac by Daan Spijer
He Kindly Stopped For Me by Alice Godwin
Master of Light by Amy de Jong
Labyrinth by Ken Gratton
Breakthrough by Zena Shapter
Don’t Fear the Reaper by Amy de Jong
Confessions of Sunday-53 by Josephine Smith

I hope you enjoy disappearing into these captivating worlds for a while. Adventure awaits you… all you have to do is dive in.

Stringybark Publishing: A Visit From The Duchess

Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild: Winds of Change

Zena Shapter

I write from a castle in a flying city hidden by a thundercloud. #Ditmar Award-winning author. Movie buff. Traveller. Wine lover. Story nerd. Book Creator & Mentor. Founder & leader of the award-winning Northern Beaches Writers' Group / ZF Kingbolt.


  1. I’d also like to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to all the fabulous authors joining me in these anthologies – I’m in excellent company.

    Why not follow all of us on Twitter? Here are the Tweeps I know on Twitter. Let me know if you find any others:

    Alan Baxter – @AlanBaxter
    Tsana Dolichva – @Tsana_D
    Donna M Hanson – @DonnaMHanson
    Crisetta MacLeod – @crisetta
    Nicole R Murphy – @nicole_r_murphy
    Leife Shallcross – @leioss
    Helen Stubbs – @superleni
    Jane Virgo – @JaneVirgo

    • Would love to be added to the list above. I’m @JodyMoller (my short story The Soul Hunter is published in A Visit From the Duchess).
      Congrats on the publication off both of your stories.

      • Hi Jody! *waves* Thanks for stopping by. Congratulations also! How did your word counts go in the latter half of last week?

        Hey everyone – follow @JodyMoller too!

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