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One bite of an apple from a family shrine unearths hungry ghosts. A poison garden unfurls a polite boy’s deepest, darkest desires. Interfering with an Indigenous burial site unleashes ancestral revenge, to a metal soundtrack. An underground dance party during Covid threatens to turn lethal. And on the edge of a coastal rainforest, a grieving sister waits to witness a myste One bite of an apple from a family shrine unearths hungry ghosts. A poison garden unfurls a polite boy’s deepest, darkest desires. Interfering with an Indigenous burial site unleashes ancestral revenge, to a metal soundtrack. An underground dance party during Covid threatens to turn lethal. And on the edge of a coastal rainforest, a grieving sister waits to witness a mysterious ‘unravelling’. This #LoveOzYA anthology – the first to focus entirely on horror – unites a stellar cast of Australia’s finest YA authors with talented new and emerging voices, including two graphic artists. Contributors are Wai Chim, Sarah Epstein, Alison Evans, Lisa Fuller, Margot McGovern, Poppy Nwosu, Michelle O’Connell, Emma Osborne, Emma Preston, Marianna Shek, Holden Sheppard, Jared Thomas, Vikki Wakefield and Felix Wilkins. The stories in this wide-ranging collection dig deep and go hard. While some are straight-up terrifying rollercoaster rides, others are psychologically rooted in our society’s deepest fears and concerns: acceptance and fitting in, love and loss, desire and temptation, and the terror of a world threatened by catastrophic change … and even collapse.


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One bite of an apple from a family shrine unearths hungry ghosts. A poison garden unfurls a polite boy’s deepest, darkest desires. Interfering with an Indigenous burial site unleashes ancestral revenge, to a metal soundtrack. An underground dance party during Covid threatens to turn lethal. And on the edge of a coastal rainforest, a grieving sister waits to witness a myste One bite of an apple from a family shrine unearths hungry ghosts. A poison garden unfurls a polite boy’s deepest, darkest desires. Interfering with an Indigenous burial site unleashes ancestral revenge, to a metal soundtrack. An underground dance party during Covid threatens to turn lethal. And on the edge of a coastal rainforest, a grieving sister waits to witness a mysterious ‘unravelling’. This #LoveOzYA anthology – the first to focus entirely on horror – unites a stellar cast of Australia’s finest YA authors with talented new and emerging voices, including two graphic artists. Contributors are Wai Chim, Sarah Epstein, Alison Evans, Lisa Fuller, Margot McGovern, Poppy Nwosu, Michelle O’Connell, Emma Osborne, Emma Preston, Marianna Shek, Holden Sheppard, Jared Thomas, Vikki Wakefield and Felix Wilkins. The stories in this wide-ranging collection dig deep and go hard. While some are straight-up terrifying rollercoaster rides, others are psychologically rooted in our society’s deepest fears and concerns: acceptance and fitting in, love and loss, desire and temptation, and the terror of a world threatened by catastrophic change … and even collapse.

46 review for Hometown Haunts: #LoveOzYA Horror Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Star

    Thank you to Wakefield Press for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This horror anthology was exciting from start to finish. I think I can safely say there was something for everyone in this collection. The first story mentions the pandemic (too soon, Wai! Too soon), and there were even a few little graphic short stories thrown in. I have read from a fair few of these authors before, and there were plenty of new authors for me to enjoy as well. If you like spooky stories, and ones th Thank you to Wakefield Press for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This horror anthology was exciting from start to finish. I think I can safely say there was something for everyone in this collection. The first story mentions the pandemic (too soon, Wai! Too soon), and there were even a few little graphic short stories thrown in. I have read from a fair few of these authors before, and there were plenty of new authors for me to enjoy as well. If you like spooky stories, and ones that are short, then this one is absolutely for you!

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Magenta

    I wasn’t sure what to expect with this horror anthology but I knew I’d enjoy it, I was definitely right! While all stories were horror genre, it was still an eclectic mix with some of the stories in graphic format. All of them were very unique and interesting for different reasons. While I’d read from a couple of these authors, most of the authors were new to me and I’m excited to go and read some of their full novels now! My favourites were Seek & Destroy by Jared Thomas, an indigenous story, a I wasn’t sure what to expect with this horror anthology but I knew I’d enjoy it, I was definitely right! While all stories were horror genre, it was still an eclectic mix with some of the stories in graphic format. All of them were very unique and interesting for different reasons. While I’d read from a couple of these authors, most of the authors were new to me and I’m excited to go and read some of their full novels now! My favourites were Seek & Destroy by Jared Thomas, an indigenous story, and Stop, Revive, Survive by Sarah Epstein which was a really exciting story set at a creepy rest stop. This is great showcase of #LoveOzYA authors that everyone should give a go, you just might find a new author to binge!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helen Farch

    There are many reasons why I feel lucky to live in Australia, and one of those reasons is definitely the wonderful #loveozya authors we have here. So many of my favourite authors have contributed short stories to this truly scrary Horror anthology edited by Poppy Nwosu. Not only did I get to read some new stories from my favourite authors, I also got to find some new favourites. Hometown Haunts has a story to scare anyone. From straight-out scare my silly stories from Lisa Fuller and Sarah Epstein There are many reasons why I feel lucky to live in Australia, and one of those reasons is definitely the wonderful #loveozya authors we have here. So many of my favourite authors have contributed short stories to this truly scrary Horror anthology edited by Poppy Nwosu. Not only did I get to read some new stories from my favourite authors, I also got to find some new favourites. Hometown Haunts has a story to scare anyone. From straight-out scare my silly stories from Lisa Fuller and Sarah Epstein to stories that lull you in and then smack you in the face from Poppy Nwosu, Holden Shepperd, Wai Chim and Vikki Wakefield Do you like a bit of gore with your horror? You will find that here - thanks Sarah Epstein Like a bit of otherworldness with your horror? You will find that here - thanks Alison Evans Like reading your horror in graphic novel form? You will find that here - thanks Emma Preston Lush and subversive? Yep, Holden Shepperd has you covered. If you love YA Horror, if you love short stories, if you love a great read.... then get your hands on this book. Thanks to Wakefieldpress for the review copy of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    Hometown Haunts, LoveOzYa Horror Tales This anthology is the first #loveOzYa book filled entirely with horror stories. With an amazing line up of Aussie Young Adult authors including two graphic stories. Authors include, Wai Chim, Sarah Epstein, Alison Evans, Lisa Fuller, Margot McGovern, Poppy Nwosu, Michelle O'Connell, Emma Osborne, Emma Preston, Marianna Shek, Holden Sheppard, Jared Thomas, Vikki Wakefield and Felix Wilkins. Though out the book the stories cover a range of topics love, loss, des Hometown Haunts, LoveOzYa Horror Tales This anthology is the first #loveOzYa book filled entirely with horror stories. With an amazing line up of Aussie Young Adult authors including two graphic stories. Authors include, Wai Chim, Sarah Epstein, Alison Evans, Lisa Fuller, Margot McGovern, Poppy Nwosu, Michelle O'Connell, Emma Osborne, Emma Preston, Marianna Shek, Holden Sheppard, Jared Thomas, Vikki Wakefield and Felix Wilkins. Though out the book the stories cover a range of topics love, loss, desire, temptation and terror. These tales will get under your skin and have you thrilled and frightened. The prefect read for the spooky season and for all YA lovers! I really enjoyed these stories, the addition of the graphic stories were my favourite. Its Quiet Now is the story of lockdown and the monsters that come out. Seek and Destroy is an indigenous story. Rappaccini’s Son a story of facing your demons and Natures Boy a oceanic story of grieving. This cover is probably one of my favourite covers I’ve every owned, bravo Liz Nicholson. Congratulations to everyone involved on this one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stef Rozitis

    This was good and I intend to use it in English teaching. One of the advantages of a short story is the length (from the point of view of getting reluctant readers in). The fact there were a couple of graphic stories with no text was also a strength. The themes are very current, I could see both the world around me and the concerns of actual young people reflected. I really loved how many queer characters there were but from the point of view of some of my students it would be nice to have some This was good and I intend to use it in English teaching. One of the advantages of a short story is the length (from the point of view of getting reluctant readers in). The fact there were a couple of graphic stories with no text was also a strength. The themes are very current, I could see both the world around me and the concerns of actual young people reflected. I really loved how many queer characters there were but from the point of view of some of my students it would be nice to have some more straight ones too- also because straight relationships need to be written less misogynistic than traditionally. What was fanstastic was that the authors seemed to be quite diverse and so were the "horrors" they wrote about. Horror is probably my least favourite genre normally but I could see a lot to like about this anthology. My own kids would have liked it when they were younger.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becca Fitzpatrick (bookscandlescats)

    This is such a great collection of short stories! I love how they all have a spooky vibe, while still being YA. They are all written brilliantly, and all seem to be the perfect length. I really enjoyed reading this book, and got through it in one sitting. Thank you so much to Wakefield Press for sending me copy of this one to review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Rtc over on @chemicalbookdragon on insta on pub day!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

  11. 4 out of 5

    texbsquared

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    Amy

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    Holden Sheppard

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett

  18. 5 out of 5

    TheAfictionado

  19. 4 out of 5

    Margot McGovern

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rhianna Patrick

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Epstein

  22. 4 out of 5

    Em

  23. 4 out of 5

    zaiyah

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    Alison Evans

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    Kali Napier

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    Leigh Briar

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    ALPHAreader

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    Zoe McKenna

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    Jess

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    Emma

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    Jackie

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    Rebecca Goetz

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