Deborah Kalin

Biography

Deborah Kalin is an award-winning writer of literary speculative fiction, author of the collection Cherry Crow Children and The Binding novels. Her work has won two Aurealis Awards and has been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Awards, the Ditmar Awards and the Australian Shadows Awards.

She lives in Melbourne, subject to the whims of a toddler who thinks she's a cat and a cat who thinks she's a person. Both of them whinge, mostly about sleep and food. (The toddler wants less of each, the cat more. Both want more outside time.) Kalin herself hasn't slept uninterrupted through the night since March 2012.

Where to find Deborah Kalin online

Where to buy in print

Series

Twelve Planets
The Twelve Planets are twelve boutique collections by some of Australia’s finest short story writers. Varied across genre and style, each collection offers four short stories and a unique glimpse into worlds fashioned by some of our favourite storytellers. Each author has taken the brief of 4 stories and up to 40 000 words in their own direction. Some are quartet suites of linked stories. Others are tasters of the range and style of the writer. Each book delivers something unexpected to readers.
Bad Power
Price: $3.99 USD.
Asymmetry
Price: $5.95 USD.
Secret Lives of Books
Price: $5.95 USD.
The Female Factory
Price: $5.95 USD.
Cherry Crow Children
Price: $5.95 USD.

Books

Teratogen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"There is a precise moment in which you realise you are an abortifacient. This is the reason for the butterflies."
This Corpse is Full of Birds
You set the price! Words: 660. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The challenge: write a 200-word story inspired by the line "This corpse is full of birds".
First They Came...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,780. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
"The trick to passing is the same as any successful lie: stick as close to the truth as possible."
Cherry Crow Children
Series: Twelve Planets. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 61,530. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015 by Twelfth Planet Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Sooner or later, in every community, fate demands its dues — and the currency is blood.
The Wages of Salt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
New Persia is a city surrounded by salt pans and beset by theriomorphs. And Alessa Kinshin, an archaeological anthropologist at the University of New Persia, is determined to learn why the creatures first haunt and then abandon the salt. "Stories of children lost to the theriomorphs were like the ammonite fossils: everyone had their own."

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