Another fantastic short story collection that I've been on the lookout for. The title "Crosstown Traffic" gives you a bit of a hint on the concept - this is a collection of stories from well known writers at the time (and many who have endured) that blur the genre lines. Whilst there is crime at the heart of each of these stories, the settings and often the style are very much cross-genre.
Worth it for each of the stories, and for the introduction which explains the concept and expands on the reactions of the writers.
From the Blurb:
Twelve adventurous Australian writers respond to the challenge of creating a hybrid crime story. Murder, mayhem and malice intercept with science fiction, fantasy, horror, western, fairy tale and romance writing to create an unholy miasma, the likes of which yoiu have never encountered before.
Twelve adventurous Australian writers respond to the challenge of creating a hybrid crime story. Murder, mayhem and malice intercept with science fiction, fantasy, horror, western, fairy tale and romance writing to create an unholy miasma, the likes of which you have never encountered before.
Expect the unexpected. Prepare for the confrontation. The crime fiction story has been invaded by marauding genres. The boundaries have been blurred. You have been warned. A cross genre crime anthology featuring Australia's best writers of crime playing with genre boundaries. There's some SF, Fantasy, Horror, Magic Realism.
Authors include Garry Disher, Marele Day, Robert Wallace, Jean Bedford, Peter Corris, Terry Dowling, and others.
- Introduction - Stuart Coupe
- The Kid and the Man from Pinkertons - Marele Day
- My Brother Jack - Garry Disher
- Finding Fire - Jean Bedford
- And Then She Kissed Him - Steve Wright
- Voyeur Night - Robert Hood
- Arizona Dawn - Peter Corris
- Blue Groper - Robert Wallace
- The Big Fairy Tale Sleep - Domenic Cadden
- Fear-Me-Now - Terry Dowling
- I Am My Father's Daughter - Bill Congreve
- I Am Dying Egypt, Dying - Kerry Greenwood
- Sensible Shoes - Jan McKemmish