Over 20 literary speculative stories, with two original shorts exclusive to this collection. The stories in this collection give you strangeness. They are also dirges that cross genre. There is ‘queering’ in this collection, it is about forms of difference. A Pining lauds the untraditional, signifies strangeness, oddity, peculiarity, extraordinariness within normalcy. Featuring ‘A Pining’, shortlisted, Bridport Prize ; ‘A Case of Seeing’, honorable mention, Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Award; ‘Mahuika’, highly commended - microfiction award, Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards; ‘Swimming with Daddy’, shortlisted, Alan Marshall Short Story Prize.