Profile: Joanne Anderton

Joanne Anderton is an Australia author of speculative fiction, creative non-fiction, and children’s books, who until recently was living and working in rural Japan. Her speculative fiction includes the novels in the Veiled Worlds series – Debris, Suited and Guardian – and the short story collection The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories. She has won multiple awards for her speculative fiction, including the Australian Shadows Award, Ditmar and Aurealis Awards. Her short fiction has been reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies, and she’s received international review coverage in The New York Journal of Books, The Guardian, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

Her children’s picture book The Flying Optometrist, was published by the National Library of Australia and was a CBCA notable book. Her non-fiction has been published in Island Magazine, Meanjin and The Japan News.

Joanne has a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing, and worked for many years in book publishing, marketing and distribution. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland.

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  • Aurealis Award for Best Collection
  • Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story
  • Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story
  • Australian Shadows Award for Best Collected Work
  • Australian Horror Writers’ Association Short Story Award
  • Ditmar Award for Best New Talent

Featured Work


Enter a world where terrible secrets are hidden in a wind chime’s song
Where crippled witches build magic from scrap
And the beautiful dead dance for eternity

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories collects the finest science fiction and horror short stories from award-winning writer Joanne Anderton. From mechanical spells scavenging a derelict starship to outback zombies and floating gardens of bone, these stories blur the lines between genres. A mix of freakish horror, dark visions of the future and the just plain weird, Anderton’s tales will draw you in – but never let you get comfortable.

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