This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen shows that toddlers can cope with the horror genre. “Jon Klassen’s darkly humorous illustrations are a joy to behold. Deceptively simplistic, the expressions and events that he captures, which range from the sublime to the sinister, are utterly wonderful.” – The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal …

The Author Is Not The Narrator

An author cannot control every response to published work. One annoying aspect of audience reception: the assumption that your character is you. I recall a bookclub discussion which dwelt for a short while upon whether Anne Bronte meant for Gilbert Markham in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall┬áto be a sympathetic character or not. Markham is …

Singing My Sister Down by Margo Lanagan

“Singing My Sister Down” is a horror short story by Australian author Margo Lanagan. Find it in Lanagan’s collection Black Juice, published by Allen and Unwin.┬áBlack Juice was published in 2004, but “Singing My Sister Down” has proven especially resonant with readers, anthologised numerous times since. “Singing My Sister Down” is now a modern Australian …