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Next Curious Thing

By Ephiny Gale

An otherworldly banquet of contemporary fantasy, dark fairy tales and soft science fiction, Next Curious Thing collects some of Gale's best short fiction from 2013 to 2018, including 'In the Beginning, All Our Hands Are Cold' (Syntax & Salt Editor's Award winner) and 'Wrecked' (Tangent Online Recommended Reading List). In addition to its previously published stories, Next Curious Thing features six brand new tales original to this collection.

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Featured September 30, 2020



The Secret Death of Lane Islington

Published Sep 26, 2020 · 7,099 words (26 minutes) · 2 likes · 550 views

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Lane Islington despises stardom — so good thing she found a spell to locate her doppelgänger to take her place in the public eye. But how far will this deception go?

Australian author Ephiny Gale’s work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. Her collection NEXT CURIOUS THING is available now in paperback and ebook form.



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Sickly Sweet

Published Nov 30, 2019 · 4,298 words (16 minutes) · 652 views

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Little Freedoms

Published Sep 7, 2019 · 4,942 words (18 minutes) · 7 likes · 1318 views

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Author and playwright Ephiny Gale lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has published more than two dozen short stories and novelettes in Aurealis, Daily Science Fiction, Syntax & Salt, and many more.