2020 is shaping up to be a great year for Meerkat Press, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be publishing a collection of short speculative fiction by Eugen Bacon, with several unpublished works included. Eugen’s lavish prose is some of the most evocative and addictive we’ve read. Fortunately, while we are waiting for this to release, readers can see for themselves with her debut novel, Claiming T-Mo hitting stores on 8.13.19!

Eugen M. Bacon

Eugen Bacon is a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has published over 100 short stories and articles, together with anthologies. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, Copyright Agency Prize and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Her creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, and through Routledge in New Writing. Creative nonfiction book – Palgrave MacMillan (2019)

Claiming T-Mo

Claiming T-Mo

In this lush interplanetary tale, an immortal priest flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. The act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe: named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father. The story unfolds through the eyes of these three distinctive women: Silhouette, Salem and Myra - mother, wife, and daughter. As they struggle to confront their fears and navigate the treacherous paths to love and accept T-Mo/Odysseus and themselves, the darkness in Odysseus urges them to unbearable choices that threaten their very existence.

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A Pining

A Pining

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.

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