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April Fool and other Antipodean Horror Stories John Irvine

April Fool and other Antipodean Horror Stories

John Irvine

Published March 28th 2014
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Anyone for Dessert?It was the dream job. Caretaking a private off-shore island in NZ’s Hauraki Gulf which included a fish and reptile zoo. All expenses paid, gourmet meals cooked by a top chef, good wines and luxury accommodations. Swimming pool, gymMoreAnyone for Dessert?It was the dream job. Caretaking a private off-shore island in NZ’s Hauraki Gulf which included a fish and reptile zoo. All expenses paid, gourmet meals cooked by a top chef, good wines and luxury accommodations. Swimming pool, gym and small theatre.Angie and Bob, an upwardly mobile young couple, couldn’t believe their luck when they scored the holiday job. It all seemed too good to be true.And you know what they say about that…**April FoolAh, the Great Aussie Outback. Nothing like it in the world, mate. Square mega-acres of edible red dirt, the most poisonous snakes, the least water, the weirdest inedible plants, the most venomous spiders… why wouldn’t you want to live there?Our intrepid band of motorcycling knights blast their way into the back country to a 1000 square mile cattle property with the intention of camping under the gums by one of the rare billabongs Outback offers. Nothing to do but sleep, drink and tell each other the same old comfortable lies.Enter Wanko, the station’s young jackeroo. Top bloke. Obliging to a fault. Wasn’t at all keen on going underwater to spear some fat barramundi for their dinner, but they had ways of convincing him. And they did.**Almost remembering AllanA resentful sixteen-year-old part-Indian girl, her precocious two-year-old, doted on, all-white-brother and an unscrupulous road house owner are the basic ingredients for this set-in-the-Australian Outback short story. Simmering jealousy, mindless parenting, heat, flies and a few of Aussie’s unique creatures make this a disturbing tale. What are your kids up to right now?**The HarvestersIn this take on the Hansel and Gretel story, seven-year-old Melina looks forward to nothing but a slow death by starvation when her addict father sells her and her brother Damon into slavery for the price of a vial of precious tolarum. Make one false move, and her new mistress, Lady Orlaine, will bring about that death much more quickly. Especially if Melina uncovers the unholy secret behind tolarum’s method of production.**The Light BoxDetective Antonio ‘Tony’ Martin’s sister, Portia, is a vampire. Her vampire lover has just been murdered in a most cruel and ingenious way and she fears that she could be next. His search for the killer takes him into the world of BDSM clubs, where he learns more than he ever wanted to about sexual fetishes, anti-vampire biases…and his own beloved sister.