SPOOKY STUFF: Rockhampton writer and performer Jodie van de Wetering is one of the authors chosen for inclusion in Grave Warnings, a new anthology of short horror stories.
SPOOKY STUFF: Rockhampton writer and performer Jodie van de Wetering is one of the authors chosen for inclusion in Grave Warnings, a new anthology of short horror stories. Contributed

Grave Warnings book launch brings creepy tales to the Red Dahlia Bar tomorrow

GHOSTS, demons, and things that go bump in the night are stepping out in Rockhampton on Friday for the launch of a new collection of short horror stories.

Grave Warnings features five tales stretching from revolutionary France to the modern-day Outback, and includes a contribution from local writer and performer Jodie van de Wetering.

The book launch on Friday night will feature suitably haunting live music from the All Seasons wind quintet, and live readings from each of the book's five stories thanks to local actors.

Jodie's contribution is The Specimen, a short story that takes a city student to the Outback to collect insects for his entomoloy thesis - but finds something that's not your average creepy crawly.

"The story's inspired by the vast country I'd cover when I was working as a journalist in central western New South Wales - travelling through it, especially if you're the only car on the road, reminds you how small you are in the greater scheme of things.

"The story builds on the idea that there are still wild, isolated places that tick over by themselves without much human input, and we don't necessarily understand or control what happens there.”

Grave Warnings is one of the first releases from Canadian press Pencil Tip Publishing, the brainchild of an editor Jodie's worked with for more than a decade.

"I met Bob Furnell years ago on a Doctor Who messageboard when he was recruiting writers for a fan fiction idea.

"He commissioned our first story back when I was still at high school. Since then I've written for all kinds of places, and Bob's been developing his line in editing and publishing, so both our careers have come along way since we started working together.”

The Red Dahlia Bar sends a big shout-out to Swanwick Murray Roche Lawyers for their support.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Grave Warnings book launch

WHEN: Friday, February 24 7.30pm

WHERE: The Red Dahlia Bar, 75 East St

$5 cover charge



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