Jean Bedford was born in Cambridge, England in 1946 and came to Australia in 1947. She was brought up in Victoria and after university taught English as a second language and worked as a journalist. She was Literary Editor of the National Times and now works as a literary consultant. In 1982 she won the Stanford Writing Fellowship and travelled to the United States to take it up. Jean Bedford's short stories have appeared in Nation Review, The National Times and Meanjin.
Strange and terrible things can happen in the light of the moon
- crimes of passion
- crimes of the heart
- crimes of madness and lust.
The glamour of moonlight can cast its glow - transforming the mundane, tricking the eye of the beholder, leading commonsense astray.
In this collection, Australia's foremost crime writers take the moon as their inspiration. Some of the stories are saturated in its grisly ambience, others use it lightly as a motif or to set a mood. Comic, moving, suspenseful and downright chilling, there are moonscapes enough here to bring the werewolves howling and the vampires screeching. Moonlight becomes. . . Crimes for Summer.
Peter Corris was born in Stawell, Victoria in 1942. When he was five his family left the country for Melbourne and he was educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne. After taking a Master's degree at Monash University and a PhD at the Australian National University (both in History), he was an academic, teaching and researching in various universities and a College of Advanced Education until 1975 when he gave up academia for journalism. He was literary editor of The National Times, 1980-81. He has travelled and lived for short periods in the Pacific, Britain, Europe and the USA.
Series: Cliff Hardy
Series: Luke Dunlop
Series: Ray Crawley
Jennifer Rowe was born in Sydney, Australia. She obtained a M.A. in English Literature at the University of Sydney. She worked as assistant editor at Paul Hamlyn. She later worked at Angus and Robertson Publishers where she remained for fourteen years, first as editor and finally as publisher. She also writes children's books under the pseudonym 'Emily Rodda'.
Series: Holly Love
Series: Tessa Vance
Series: Verity Birdwood
Marele Day grew up in Sydney and graduated from Sydney University with BA (Hons). Her work experience ranges from fruit picking to academic teaching, and she has worked as a freelance editor. She has travelled extensively and lived in Italy, France and Ireland. Travels include a voyage by yacht from Cairns to Singapore which resulted in near shipwreck in the Java Sea. She now resides on the New South Wales north coast.
Series: Claudia Valentine
Gary Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia. He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full time writer in 1988. He has written more than 40 titles, including general and crime fiction, children's books, textbooks, and books about the craft of writing.
Series: Alan Auhl
Series: Challis and Destry
Susan Geason was born in Tasmania, grew up largely in Queensland, and now lives in Sydney. She has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Queensland and a Masters Degree in political theory from the University of Toronto, Canada, where she lived for some years. She is the author of the series of cult novels about PI Syd Fish, set in Kings Cross/Darlinghurst in Sydney. She has also written Wildfire, a psychological thriller with a female protagonist. These mysteries have been published in French and German.
Series: Syd Fish
Robert Hood was born on the 24th of July, 1951, in Rydalmere, NSW. He attended Rydalmere Primary School, and then -- when his family moved to Sydney's northern beaches in the 1960s -- Collaroy Plateau Primary School. By the time he reached high school, he had developed a taste for weird movies. In his first year at Narrabeen Boys' High School, he wrote an assignment on H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. He became obsessed with science fiction and fantasy stories, but read anything he could get his hands on. It's said that his classroom compositions became progressively longer and weirder.
J.R. Carroll was born and raised in Melbourne, where he still lives. A graduate of Melbourne University, he worked as a teacher for a number of years before turning to full-time fiction writing in the mid-eighties. His first book, about the Vietnam War was Token Soldiers, which appeared in 1983.
Venero Armanno was born in Brisbane of Sicilian parents who arrived there in 1949. Armanno has published in English and speaks Italian and Sicilian. In 1980 he received a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Queensland. From 1980-1990 he was employed in the computer industry as an Account Manager.
During those years he travelled extensively throughout Australia, France, Holland, Switzerland and Turkey. He is the author of five critically acclaimed adult novels and a short story collection.
These are The Lonely Hunter, Romeo of the Underworld, My Beautiful Friend, Strange Rain and Firehead. Following successful residencies and speaking tours in Spain, France and Germany, Strange Rain and Firehead have been published internationally and a feature film of Firehead is currently in production.
Venero lives in Brisbane where he is completing a PhD at Queensland University of Technology and reviews books and films in his spare time. Venero has published two previous children's books, The Ghost of Love Street and The Ghost of Deadman's Beach in Lothian's After Dark series. Both these titles were CBCA Notable Books. Nic and Naomi is his first picture book.
Dorothy Porter was born in 1954 and grew up in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She later attended the University of Sydney and taught creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Sadly Dorothy has now died. The Monkey's Mask won the Age Book of the Year for Poetry, the National Book Council Award for Poetry and the Braille Book of the Year. It has been adapted for stage and radio and film. The book has been widely translated and published overseas. What a Piece of Work and Wild Surmise were both shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.