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Through Splintered Walls

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From Bram Stoker Award nominated author Kaaron Warren, comes Book 6 in the Twelve Planets collection series.

Country road, city street, mountain, creek.

These are stories inspired by the beauty, the danger, the cruelty, emptiness, loneliness and perfection of the Australian landscape.

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Introduction by Gemma Files

Paperback, Twelve Planets Collection, 183 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Twelfth Planet Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If there’s an Australian Gothic, Kaaron Warren is certainly at the centre of it, and is perhaps, one of the mistresses of it. The collection Through Splintered Walls, features three short stories, Mountain, Creek and Road, and one novella, Sky. The collection as well as all of the individual stories, have been nominated for, and won, for various awards.

Mountain is a story about a haunted mountain, known as Temptation Tor, and perhaps more importantly, about a woman whose life intersects with tho
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
4/7/12 - 4.5 stars. In place of a review (for now, until I collect my thoughts), I offer the following words. CREEPY. WRONG. YUK! ARGH.

7/7/12 - OK, now I'm ready to examine why and how this collection was able to rouse such powerful feelings of revulsion and horrified recognition.

It's the recognition that makes it so horribly compelling, I think. The settings of all four stories are intimately familiar. This is my home, that Warren is showing to me. Those roadside wreaths, mud-slurry creeks, mou
S.B. Wright
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Though Splintered Walls is the most recent of the Twelve Planets series from Twelfth Planet Press. And like the rest of that series, the quality is high, the selection of story and author perfect.

Splintered Walls follows the loose format of previous Twelve planets volumes with four stories – 3 shorts and a novella.

They are: Mountain, Creek, Road and Sky. Gemma Files in the book’s introduction says of Warren that:

[she] has the true gift of spell-casting, the sort of deceptively direct, declamator
Tsana Dolichva
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Through Splintered Walls contains three short stories followed by one novella. They're titled "Mountain", "Creek", "Road" and "Sky", which I think is a great set of names for within a collection. To me, the collection can easily be split into two parts, the short stories on the one hand, and the novella on the other.

The Short Stories

"Mountain" is about a ghost-haunted mountain and a woman who often drives over it on the way to the coast. The mountain and its ghosts hold many secrets, which they
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Through Splintered Walls" is a combination of four short stories, Mountain, Creek, Road and Sky. Each one of them a little creepier then the next. My favorite being, Sky.

Sky introduces us to the main character, 23 year old Zed who has been haunted by the disappearance of his childhood teacher who went missing not long after Zed brought the oddest item for show and tell to school. He decided to take matters in his own hands and goes out to search for answers. His search takes him to a small town
Martin Livings
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Through Splintered Walls is Kaaron Warren the short fiction master at her best; I read the first three stories in one sitting, and the final novella in another much longer one, that's how tightly they gripped me. I know most people are mainly talking about the award-winning novella, "Sky", which was truly excellent and traumatic, and could almost be a thematic and tonal companion piece to Paul Haines' "Wives" (now THAT would have been a double novella back-to-back to induce some serious depressi ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kaaron Warren's work is not for the faint-hearted, but it is well worth the palpatations and looking-over-your-shoulder sense of dread that accompanies it. Highly recommended for those who don't necessarily want splatter in their horror, but prefer to be creeped out in a very intelligent way.

Fans of UK author Robert Shearman should definitely try this collection!
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a creepy and disturbing book - sometimes surprisingly upbeat, but mostly icky and hard to get out of your head. Which is undoubtedly fabulous writing, but I needed a break with fluff after most of these stories, especially the final story, Sky - the shifting sympathies and growing horror as I read that has stayed with me for weeks.
Alan Baxter
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
A fantastic collection of three short stories and a novella with Warren's signature horror style in spades. The novella, Sky, is perhaps one of the most surreal horror stories I've ever read and it is absolutely brilliant. ...more
Mark Webb
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review forms part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading Challenge. All my 2012 AWWC reviews can be found here.

Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren is one of the Twelve Planets series published by Twelfth Planet Press (12 boutique collections of stories by Australian women writers). It is made up of four shorter stories, including:

- Mountain
- Creek
- Road
- Sky

Through Splintered Walls is a disturbing collection, which uses an Australian backdrop and seemingly
Ju Transcendancing
This review is presented as part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, and as part of the Journey Through the Twelve Planets Reading Challenge. This review was originally posted at The Conversationalist.
I’ve been thinking about how to approach my review for this collection. It’s definitely one of the more challenging books I took on reading this year – it took me months to work up to it, quite a while to read through (because I am just
Dave Versace
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Through Splintered Walls is a collection of three short stories and a novella by Kaaron Warren. This is the rusty orange-covered entry in the Twelve Planets series from Twelfth Planet Press, each of which collects thematically-linked works from a female Australian writer. Kaaron Warren has planted her flag in the weird/dark/horror fantasy corner of the genre, and the four stories collected here are an impressive showcase of her range. The short stories "Mountain", "Creek", "Road" and the novella ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-fiction
Part of the Twelve Planets collection from the Perth-based Twelth Planet Press, Through Splintered Walls features three short stories ("Mountain", "Creek", and "Road") and a novella ("Sky") from Australian horror writer Kaaron Warren. These four stories, inspired by elements of the Australian landscape, all capture the horror of everyday life in various ways.

"Mountain" is ostensibly about a haunted mountain, but is more the emotional journey of a woman seeking control in her life.

"Creek" was th
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twelve-planets
Four and a half stars, bumped up to five because of Sky. But we'll get to that.

The first three stories in this collection were about what I was expecting. Mountain, Creek, and Road, each of them brutal and twisted and humming with disquiet. Bursting with it, in rare moments. Enjoyable in the all-but highest degree, enough to make me want to read more of Warren's work, but they never shook my world.

The final story, however--a novella, really--is something else entirely. Sky is a gloriously messed
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. (5 for "Sky")

I read the first 3 short stories quickly, but stalled when I got to "Sky" because it was clearly more novella-length and I've been a bit too scatty for longer works. I picked it up when my attention was more focused and started it. "Sky" builds the horror slowly and with a creeping sense of dread. Kaaron Warren takes us into the kind of horror Shirley Jackson used in "the Lottery", where something horrific has become normalised to a community, and the story moves towards
Anna Hepworth
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
While I really loved the first three stories, I found the fourth tedious and skipped through, reading a paragraph here and there for the last half (at least), to at least know how the plot panned out. Give that the first three total no more than 45 pages, this makes this book rather less than I had hoped. Made me think of a Paul Haines story everyone seemed to love that I hated - same characteristic, of really unredeemable yobbos being incredibly unpleasant, making the world a little less pleasa ...more
Lily Mulholland
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australia, specfic
This collection is the first I've read from Kaaron Warren, although not the first work of hers I've heard, as I've had the pleasure of attending two of her writer's talks. Kaaron's won several awards for her writing and it's easy to see why. Her stories are startling, assured and very well written. About these stories I don't know what to say without giving the game away, but let's just say the major piece in thus collection, 'Sky', has left me very uncomfortable and unsettled. Just the way I th ...more
Jack Haringa
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collections, horror
A dark, affecting set of stories with a powerful sense of place, Warren's second collection of short fiction--including the novella "Sky"--portrays a sometimes haunted, sometimes Kafka-esque Australia filled with the desperate and the lonely. It's beautifully rendered in clean, sharp prose and viewed with a keen eye toward the conflicting motives of the human heart. Warren might not be doing the Australian tourist board any favors, but she is raising the profile of Australian writing. ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The three supernatural short stories are very good. Compare them to Shirley Jackson or S.K. If you will. The novella, Sky, is a strange one. At first it feels like a short story that has overstayed its welcome and keeps mutating. The narrator changes dramatically and it enters into other modes. While it continues to produce compelling moments until the end, it overall feels rushed with mostly dialogue and questions left unanswered.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over.
Liz Argall
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading Kaaron Warren I always feel like I'm being sucked through a dream.

Beautiful and unsettling. Like coming home, but on the wrong side of the mirror. The unnerving sensation that having read these stories nothing will be the same again.

Sits on the shelf next to Elizabeth Hand's latest collection.
Mark Smith-briggs
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fine quintet of stories, this collection is worth it alone for the award-winning novella sky. The master of unsettling human behaviour, waaron's prose takes you the edge of human darkness, before pulling away the safety net. ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an amazing collection of stories.
Whimsical; haunting; out-of-this-world, while still firmly grounded within it... a truly memorable collection of three shorts and a surrealistic novella.
Highly recommended.
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: aww2012
The last story reminded me why I don't normally read horror. ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Enjoyed this a great deal. A worthy, darker addition to the Twelve Planets series.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian, horror
Creepy. Disturbing. Brilliant.
Leesa Watkin
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great short stories
All stories have left their mark, however, Mountain and Road were, for me, the ones with biggest punches.
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I wanted to be a writer from a very young age, and wrote my first proper short story at 14. I also wrote a novel that year, called “Skin Deep”‘, which I really need to type up.

I started sending stories out when I was about 23, and sold my first one, “White Bed”", in 1993. Since then I’ve sold about 70 short stories, two short story collections and three novels.

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