edited by Alisa Krasnostein
Paperback • 340pp • RRP AUS$29.95
ISBN 978-0-9804841-8-2
Cover design by Amanda Rainey
Published September 2010

Sprawl is an exciting new original anthology giving readers from around the world a unique glimpse into the strange, dark, and often wondrous magics that fill the days and nights of Australia’s dreaming cities and towns, homes and parks, and most of all, its endlessly stretching suburbs.

Table of Contents

  • Liz Argall/Matt Huynh – Seed Dreams (comic)
  • Peter Ball – One Saturday Night, With Angel
  • Deborah Biancotti – No Going Home
  • Simon Brown – Sweep
  • Stephanie Campisi – How to Select a Durian at Footscray Market
  • Thoraiya Dyer – Yowie
  • Dirk Flinthart – Walker
  • Paul Haines – Her Gallant Needs
  • L L Hannett – Weightless
  • Pete Kempshall – Signature Walk
  • Ben Peek – White Crocodile Jazz
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts – Relentless Adaptations
  • Barbara Robson – Neighbourhood Watch
  • Angela Slatter – Brisneyland by Night
  • Cat Sparks – All The Love in the World
  • Anna Tambour – Gnawer of the Moon Seeks Summit of Paradise
  • Kaaron Warren – Loss
  • Sean Williams – Parched (poem)


There’s a lovely poem from Sean Williams; a piece of insight from Simon Brown; and smart intelligent pieces by Stephanie Campisi, Thoraiya Dyer and Kaaron Warren… the general quality is so high.

The West Australian

Sprawl is a collection of short stories by Australian writers and is an amusing, haunting and sometimes mind-bending glimpse into an alternative, yet strangely familiar, Australia.

Scoop Magazine

It screams that this is an anthology crammed with content and a variety of authors.

The thrust of the book is to produce “a suburban anthology of Australian fantasy,” as mentioned in the introduction. … While there is a theme–the suburban part–each story felt unique and different so that I didn’t really know what to expect with each story. … There’s a lot of diversity here–from alternate history to horror to metaphoric fiction–but at the same time you felt it was rooted in suburban Australia.

Charles Tan, Bibliophile Stalker