Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.
The stories re-introduce the women Bernie Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.
From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.
Jodi is an author and poet (former editor and publisher) with a penchant for the dark vein of humanity. She is the editor of 7 anthologies and publisher of a further 5. Her short stories and poems have appeared in local and international publications.
"Elyora" (also published as "River of Bones"), an Australian gothic horror set in the New England Highlands, is her debut novella (short listed for an Aurealis Award). She is also the co-author of the epistolary serial "Post-Marked: Piper's Reach" with her writing partner Adam Byatt (due for release with Vine Leaves Press 07/19)
Her flash fiction collection "No Need to Reply" was followed by the curated collection "The Heart is an Echo Chamber". "The Starling Requiem", a noir science fiction novelette is her latest publication.
Since 2016 she's been designing and building poem squares and postcards from cut up books, and extended her love of narrative into tarot reading in 2017.
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.