Backseat Highway

In Virileville, the most important event of any girl’s existence is her graduation. On this day her fate is decided. If she is perfectly suited for the career designated to her, she lives. If not, she is disposed of immediately. One imperfect, unnamed girl awaits her demise. However, hours before the ritual, she is kidnapped by a...

my abbr.d life

‘Bringing together 20 very different stories, My Life and Other Fictions is a bold debut from Michael Giacometti and a unique exercise in experimentation with form and voice.’ ELIZABETH FLUX, Books+ Publishing An Aboriginal girl craves her abused ma’s touch, Raymond Carver confronts his editor with guns and whiskey, after untold...

The Girl in the Blue Shoes

A former Oxford college professor returns to his old home town for a pleasant day out, only to twice cross paths with a strange girl in identical circumstances. When a third meeting occurs he pursues her, and is swept into a mystery of alternate worlds and walking human copies.

The curse of Killarney

A curse. A girl. A forgotten land, frozen in time…. Many, many years ago a curse was entwined into the desolate Irish countryside.Twenty generations down the line a girl would belong to a witch. This girl, Grace, soon discovers herself whisked away to a forgotten place, where magic is her only hope to get home… Three chatterbox...

The Strongest Man in the World

This heart warming poem is about the complexity of defining strength and how the term means something different to everyone. In this poem, Bilal shares his love and appreciation for his father and how he is indeed "the strongest man in the world". This piece and many more are included in the 2017 Bankstown Poetry Slam Anthology,...

The Dead Aviatrix

This is the title story from my new collection, The Dead Aviatrix: Eight short stories. It was inspired by something that happened to me as the writer of a novel some years ago. It was an awful and troubling thing, and I wondered for a long time about how to write about it in a useful and interesting way. The narrative involved my...

Smile for the Coup D'état

Broke, drunk, and caught up in the mayhem of a military coup d'état in Thailand, Peter and his dangerously charismatic friend, Joseph, pursue destructive obsessions. But the crimes that they have committed together become increasingly hard to hide under the new political order. Pressured by guilt, fury, and chronic intoxication, the...

The Lonely City

Australia has been emptied of people by a devastating fever. Slowly the cities are being eaten by the bush. Dario, a youth from a surviving community to Sydney’s north, tracks the fugitive Max into the empty city. Amidst these collapsing ruins he finds a desperate family whose daughter, Abigail, has disappeared, they believe kidnapped...

The Antidote

When eighteen-year-old Mia survives a mass shooting at her high school she is left traumatised and confused. The shooter is her best friend. She attends college where she is the only witness to the murder of a man, who unknown to her, is working for a secret organisation to produce a genetically modified virus. As he dies he transfers...

The Equator

Tempests of sleet and snow have imprisoned the world with a frozen grasp for more than a century. Rune's father has chased a myth for years - The Equator, hidden somewhere on the planet. A year after his father's untimely death, two fractions locked in a feud arrive in Old Francisco in search of his father's research. The race is on...

Lives of the Dead

Although Lives of the Dead and other stories is a collection filled with memorable characters whose struggles are credible and utterly recognisable, it is the vivid and evocative imagery throughout, and the deceptively quiet and introspective mood of the collection that are Jane Skelton’s real achievements, and the reason for...

The Darkness

The 2015 NaNoWriMo Tablo.io Novel Contest winner. A virus decimated the entire planet's human population. No treatment or vaccine could be found, so contraction—meant death. Humanity was forced to seek refuge in hermetically sealed self-sustaining bunkers, commonly referred to as ‘biospheres’. After the world’s power grid failed,...

VOTE DINKLES 2016

A clown's meteoric rise to political fame. This story contains adult language & themes, sophomoric language & themes, lots of drinking, even more womanizing, criminal acts depicted humorously and humorous acts depicted criminally. There is enough in this story to offend everyone.

My Hearts Are Your Hearts

What are the hares getting up to among the sunflowers? Who is paying $6000 for a raincoat? The priest is good, kind, adored, believed – but can the schoolgirl trust him? Who kills his wife and dumps the body in the pool? What if you find your death was listed long ago online? With lightness in the telling, with subtle harmonies and...

Dear Writer ... Revisited

People who are beginning to write fiction, particularly people living in remote places, often send their manuscripts to an assessor, and the letters in the original edition of Dear Writer were inspired by correspondence I had with writers when I was reading their manuscripts. I used to sign my letters with the name of a character from...

We're all travellers here

‘We’re All Travellers Here’ won the Carmel Bird Award. Award judge Michael McGirr said my prize-winning tale: is ‘the story of an older mother and her adult son on tour. The son is buried alive in his own sophistication and self-concern. The mother eclipses him with her open appetite for life. Both portraits are realised with subtlety...