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Pretty Jennie Greenteeth wins in the 2016 Aurealis Awards

April 20th, 2017

Leife Shallcross and her  strange little story Pretty Jennie Greenteeth won the 2016 Aurealis Award for best young adult short story.
Big congrats to the the author!

Se all the winners here:

Announcing the winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards!



Pretty Jennie Greenteth makes the Aurealis Awards shortlist

February 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to Leife Shallcross for being one of the finalists in the 2016 Aurealis Awards! Pretty Jennie Greenteeth, from Strange Little Girls, is nominated in the category of Best Young Adult Short Story.

Winners will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony on Friday 14 April, 2017.

Strange Little Girls


Welcome the Strange Little Girls

March 14th, 2016

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We are thrilled to announce the release of Strange Little Girls. Print and kindle editions are now available on

The collection features nineteen stories from nineteen fabulous authors, each one exploring a different aspect of the strange little girl. From the mundane to the monstrous, the sweet to the weird, this books offers something for everyone who likes their fiction with a twist:

In Fairy Tale Ending by Terra LeMay, a bitter changeling calls out her goblin princess counterpart.

Deep Down by Tim Jeffreys explores what happens when you are not, in fact, a girl at all.

In The Cottage of Curiosities by Annie Neugebauer Patty is caring for her sick mother, while something sinister is lurking in the woods.

A peculiar girl shows up one night in Black Flower Butterfly by Rich Hawkins, and black flowers starts to bloom between the floorboards.

A totem girl is born in Beehive Heart by Angela Rega, and a birthday sleepover goes all wrong in Annabelle’s Sleepover by Jan Stinchcomb.

In Bones in Boxes by Frances Pauli, a girl collects animal bones and decorates them with pretty colors.

The great old ones comes to visit in Marco Polo by Calypso Kane.

Rin is dug up from the dirt in Teeth Bite Harder in the Dark by Sierra July, and a sister of mercy faces a crisis of fate in Sisters in the Art of Dying by Megan Neumann.

The orphanage is haunted by something invisible in The Empty Birdcage by L. Lark, and Alison goes back to college in Cedar Lake by Ekaterina Sedia.

In Pinhole by Tantra Bensko, the neighborhood girls stalks weird Wren Ferndale, and a strange woman with a necklace made of teeth shows up in the garden in Ephiny Gale‘s From Strangers.

Postage costs dearly in D’arcy Gray and the Midnight Mailman by Ian MacAllister-McDonald.

In Pretty Jennie Greenteeth by Leife Shallcross, Charlotte takes her cousin to visit the monster in the pond.

An angel is dancing in the woods in Where Summer Ends by Colette Aburime.

The family has always been there in We Have Always Lived in the Subdivision by Karen Munro, and Adelaide must face great challenges in House of Infinite Diversions by Aliya Whiteley.

To celebrate the release, we’re having a giveaway at Goodreads:


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Strange Little Girls Available for Pre-order

February 22nd, 2016

We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Strange Little Girls with a special pre-order discount on the Kindle version. The book will be available (print and e-book) on March 14th.

Strange Little Girls are made of sugar and spice, and something not quite as nice…

The strange little girls are orphans and changelings, suburban princesses, housewives, nuns and monsters. They are quirky and sweet, terrifying and heartbreaking. All of them a little lost, brimming with their own uniqueness.

In this strange little book of nineteen tales, Lotte goes swimming with her new fishy friends, Rin is freshly dug up, D’arcy strikes a bargain with the midnight mailman and Adelaide enters the mysterious House of Infinite Diversions. Our girls must fasten their bonnets and straighten their skirts to battle otherworldly dangers and challenging circumstances, internal struggles and doubts – and maybe find out who they really are.

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Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year volume 7

September 24th, 2015

We are beyond thrilled that Black Apples: 18 new fairytales made it onto Ellen Datlow’s recommended reading list for The Best Horror of the Year volume 7.

The included stories are:

“Scar” by Elin Olausson

“Bluebeard’s Child” by Alison Littlewood

Congratulations, ladies! Well done! And thank you for writing these brilliant stories that we fell so in love with.


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Strange Little Girls: Table of Contents

October 27th, 2014

It was not easy – but we did it – and proudly present nineteen Strange Little Girls:


Annabelle’s Sleepover – Jan Stinchcomb

Beehive Heart – Angela Rega

Black Flower Butterfly – Rich Hawkins

Bones in Boxes – Frances Pauli

Cedar Lake – Ekaterina Sedia

D’arcy Gray and the Midnight Mailman – Ian MacAllister-McDonald

Deep Down – Tim Jeffreys

Fairy Tale Ending – Terra LeMay

From Strangers – Ephiny Gale

House of Infinite Diversions – Aliya Whiteley

Marco Polo – Calypso Kane

Pinhole – Tantra Bensko

Pretty Jennie Greenteeth – Leife Shallcross

Sisters in the Art of Dying – Megan Neumann

Teeth Bite Harder In the Dark – Sierra July

The Cottage of Curiosities – Annie Neugebauer

The Empty Birdcage – L. Lark

We Have Always Lived in the Subdivision – Karen Munro

Where Summer Ends – Colette Aburime


We would like to thank all (650!) who submitted their stories, and look forward to bringing this strange little book to life in 2015.



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