Keith Stevenson

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Keith Stevenson is a speculative fiction writer, editor, reviewer, publisher and podcaster. Born in Scotland, he emigrated to Australia in 1990. From 1999 he was submissions manager for Aurealis Magazine - Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction and later became editor of the magazine from 2001 to the end of 2004. During that time he was also organising convenor of the Aurealis Awards for several years and has since served as a judge on a number of occasions. In 2005 he formed coeur de lion publishing with fellow Melbourne-based writer Andrew Macrae. In 2007 he became science fiction and horror reviewer for Aurealis Magazine. In 2008 he commenced the Terra Incognita Australian Speculative Fiction Podcast. He now lives in Sydney with his partner.


1 Works Edited
2 Works Published
3 Speculative Fiction Reviews
4 Podcasting

1 Works Edited

Keith was editor of Aurealis Magazine for issues #29 to #33-35 released between April 2002 and December 2004. His editorials for all issues are archived on his website.

In 2006, coeur de lion published c0ck - adventures in masculinity an anthology of all new speculative fiction stories that interrogated masculinity and included the 2006 Ditmar Award winning novella 'The Devil in Mr Pussy' by Paul Haines. c0ck also included Geoffrey Maloney's 'My Beautiful Wife' which received an honourable mention in Datlow's Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction.

c0ck received a number of favourable reviews:

'The first title from a new Australian small press is an exploration of masculinity through the speculative fiction short story. There is some impressive work here. This is the kind of project which can only be done by the small press, and which makes the small press essential.' Aurealis Magazine

c0ck is … sometimes playful, sometimes insecure, sometimes fatalistic. It is a diverse approach to a question that, in many ways, drives our society.’ HorrorScope

'this slim volume features 11 disturbing, humiliating, gratifying, annoying and mind-blasting stories ... A brilliant debut collection.' Orb Magazine

In 2007, coeur de lion published Rynemonn by Terry Dowling. Rynemonn was the final collection of Tom Rynosseros stories, concluding this popular saga begun in Rynosseros (first published by Aphelion Publications, an independent Australian publisher, in 1990, and reprinted by Mirrodanse Books in 2003) and continued in Blue Tyson (Aphelion Publications 1992), and Twilight Beach (Aphelion Publications 1993). Rynemonn contained a number of stories published previously in magazines and the final triptych of Tom stories which fist appeared in the Forever Shores collection edited by Peter McNamara and Margret Winch (Wakefield Press 2003). Rynemonn also contained four previously unpublished Tom stories, the linking narrative 'Doing the Line' and 'Swordplay', 'Tesserina and The Target Man' and 'The Bull of September'.

Reviews for Rynemonn included: 'Noted Australian wordsmith Dowling brings a close to the adventures of Tom Rynosseros in this collection of 11 stories, three original, with extensive bridging material. "This is the conclusion to the best and most ambitious Australian SF series ever written, and one of the best, ever - period." ' Locus and Australian SF Reader

Terry Dowling received the Peter McNamara award at the 2007 Aurealis Awards for excellence in speculative fiction in part due to the publication of Rynemonn.

In 2009, coeur de lion published X6 - a novellanthology featuring six all new novellas from six Australian speculative fiction authors: Margo Lanagan, Terry Dowling, Paul Haines, Louise Katz, Cat Sparks and Trent Jamieson. X6 was a finalist in the 2009 Aurealis Awards in the anthology/ collection category. Paul Haines's X6 novella 'Wives' won the 2009 Aurealis Awards for best horror short fiction and went on to win the 2009 Ditmar for best novella, the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel (NZ) Award for best novella, and made the James Tiptree Jr Literary Award honour list. Margo Lanagan's X6 novella 'Sea-Hearts' won the 2010 World Fantasy Award for best novella. X6 appeared on the Locus Magazine 2009 Recommended Reads list.

The Australian Bookseller and Publisher magazine (November 2009) described X6 as 'a solid collection that will appeal to fans of Dreaming Down-Under and other recent anthologies.'

2 Works Published

The following speculative fiction short stories by Keith have been published:

'To That Which Kills' - Aurealis Magazine # 27/28 (Chimaera Publications 2001)

'... They First Make Mad' - Agog! Fantastic Fiction (Agog! Press 2002)

'To That Which Kills' (reprint) - Oceans of the Mind (2003)

Keith's urban horror short story, 'A Mirror, Darkly' will be published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine in 2011.

3 Speculative Fiction Reviews

Keith's science fiction and horror reviews have appeared in Aurealis Magazine since issue #40 (April 2008). Reviews are on also on the Aurealis website . In addition, Keith broadcasts short review of Australian speculative fiction works as part of the Terra Incognita Australian Speculative Fiction monthly podcast.

4 Podcasting

In November 2008, Keith began producing and presenting the Terra Incognita Australian Speculative Fiction podcast which broadcasts stories written and read by the authors who created them. The show is podcast monthly from the TISF website and is also available on iTunes. The TISF podcast was shortlisted in the 2010 Parsec Awards in the Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast category.

External links

coeur de lion publishing

Published writing