Shifting Worlds: A collection of short stories by Darian Smith


These 16 stories span the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi, and literary fiction, and cause the characters’ worlds to fundamentally change. Includes several prize winning stories as well as some that are seen for the first time in this collection.

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Drag queens fight zombies with the help of a disabled neighbor.
A superhero is locked in an insane asylum.
An immigrant artist wants love to conquer all.
Deep space explorers wrestle with an alien artifact.
A young man slides toward danger in his search for redemption.
A girl in a time window offers to save the galaxy.
The power of the star cloak corrupts – who can wear it?
These prize winning and new stories explore the worlds offantasy, sci-fi, and literary fiction.

Finalist for 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards in the Best Collected Work category.
16 diverse and engaging stories of adventure, introspection, magic and mayhem.

“Never fails to entertain and surprise…this collection has it all.” – Jennifer Fallon

Stories include:
Wearing the Star Cloak (Winner of WilyWriters/SpecFicNZ comp, finalist Sir Julius Vogel Award)
Atrophy (Very Highly Commended in WDSSC competition)
The Girl in the Window
A Suitor
Spring (Third Prize in Northern Advocate/NZSA Short Story Competition)
Cut and Colour
The Apple Tree
Banshee (Finalist for Sir Julius Vogel Award)
Drag Marks
Double Happiness (Second Prize in Rawene Book Festival Short Story Competition)
Slippery Road (Winner of Rawene Book Festival Competition, Second prize in WDSSC)
The Interview (Finalist for Sir Julius Vogel Award)


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