In Conversation with Kaaron Warren


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Join Kaaron Warren in conversation with Paul Mannering and Joseph Ashley Smith as they discuss her critically-acclaimed new novella, Into Bones Like Oil.

Into Bones Like Oil has garnered reviews from Publishers Weekly – “This dark, ethereal novella by Warren . . . will especially appeal to horror readers who appreciate melancholic and atmospheric stories.”

Tim Waggoner, author of The Forever House – “Beautifully written and profoundly disturbing, an evocative meditation on sorrow and loss, a ghost story in which the most terrifying spectres come from within.”

Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World – “INTO BONES LIKE OIL is sinewy, disorientating, and devastating in the way all the best ghost stories are.”


Set in an imagined rooming house, the novella looks at grief, greed, love, physical attraction and the ability of humans to form communities no matter where they are.

People come to The Angelsea for many reasons. Some come to get some sleep, because here, you sleep like the dead. Dora arrives seeking solitude and escape from reality. Instead, she finds a place haunted by the drowned and desperate, who speak through the sleeping inhabitants. She fears sleep herself, terrified that the ghosts of her daughters will tell her, ‘it’s all your fault we’re dead.’ At the same time, she’d give anything to hear them one more time.


Kaaron Warren is an Australian author of horror, science fiction, and fantasy short stories and novels. She is the author of the short story collections Through Splintered Walls, The Grinding House, and Dead Sea Fruit. Her short stories have won Australian Shadows Awards, Ditmar Awards and Aurealis Awards.

Paul Mannering is a recently-arrived transplant from New Zealand. His novels and short stories have won many awards and has a novel out this month from IFWG Australia. He’s also a renowned voice actor, and will take part in a dramatic reading from the novel.

Joseph Ashley Smith is an English-Australian writer of dark fiction. He has won the Aurealis Award twice and has two novelettes coming out from Meerkat Press.

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Thu Dec 12
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Harry Hartog Bookseller (ANU)

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