Our world has many previously declared mysteries now easily explained by science, and the notion of Earth being created by a Rainbow Serpent is as farcical to me as the notion it was created a few thousand years ago in seven days by an omniscient human-like being called God. If, in expressing this dubiousness, I am betraying my ancestors, I can only offer detractors the feeble defence that I sincerely respect their beliefs whilst not personally sharing them.
I attempt no delegitimising of Aboriginal Australian mythology. Indeed, I celebrate different cultural imaginaries for they make our quotidian existence more colourful and enjoyable. There is much pleasure to be had in such excursions from the pedantry of the rational. But my work was never about sales, indeed, the improbability of my irresistible?
My protagonist realises the folly and danger in superstitious devotion, although his atheistic epiphany occurs only during his last seconds of life. Whatever vampire literature people read, most such consumers do not believe in the otherworldly antagonists, although there is profound enjoyment to be had in temporarily suspending disbelief and even perpetuating the meme into the mindsets of others.
Instead, we use a totemic figure like the sultry but terrifying Count Dracula as a proxy for other kinds of primordial anxieties we cannot easily articulate, whether that fear is the child rapist on the loose or impending financial ruin or just the overwhelming sense that our contemporary lifestyles contain the very seeds of our own destruction, and we are actively watering them with our insouciance.
In other words, there is little that is new in horror. Certainly, it will not create a legion of fans. I like to think my Aboriginal Fantastic novel has legs as well as fangs. Althans, Katrin. Bonn: Bonn UP, Chanady, Amaryll. New York: Garland Publishing, Cheung, Theresa. London: Harper Collins, Clark, Maureen.
Frankfurt: Peter Lang, Halloran, Vivien. McKee, Alan. Dieter Riemenschneider and Geoffrey V. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press : Melbourne: Hyland House, Reed, Alexander W. Sydney: Reed New Holland, Riendes, Ildiko. Rushdie, Salman. London: Granta and Penguin Books, Starrs, D. That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!
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Hartwell noted that while there is perhaps "nothing essentially Australian about Australian science-fiction", many Australian science-fiction and fantasy and horror writers are in fact international English language writers, and their work is commonly published worldwide. This is further explainable by the fact that the Australian inner market is small with Australian population being only 24 million , and sales abroad are crucial to most Australian writers.
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