Following on from her Aurealis and Australian Shadow Award-winning debut collection, Joanne Anderton‘s Inanimates (Brain Jar Press) finds the terrifying in the everyday, bringing together seven stories where ordinary objects become the source of nightmares and extraordinary threat.
In “Thread Embrace,” a well-dressed killer finds himself at the mercy of an unexpectedly sartorial threat. “Simulation Theory” sees a wounded soldier bonds with the bomb disposal robot he worked with in the field. In the heartbreaking last story, “High Density”, the comfortable suburban ideal of a retired couple becomes a war against a dark and dangerous form of urban renewal.
In turns wicked, delightful, horrifying, and fantastic, Inanimates: Tales of Everyday Fear showcases a hidden gem of the Australian genre scene, and highlights Anderton’s ability to see the dark, supernatural threats inherent in ordinary things.
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