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Day 5 of the 14 Days of Halloween, Featuring the Australian Horror Writers Association

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With horror writer Bill Congreve reading from his short story “The Hours Before Sunrise”

Bill Congreve


Bill Congreve is a Sydney-based writer, editor, book reviewer and independent publisher. He has edited a number of short story collections, including Intimate Armageddons (Australia’s first modern, original horror anthology), Passing Strange, Bonescribes, and Southern Blood. He has acted as a judge for the Aurealis Award on five occasions.

His most recent anthology is The Year’s Best Australian SF & Fantasy, One, co-edited with Michelle Marquardt. This is the first of an annual series showcasing Australian speculative writing. The US edition is The Year’s Best Australian SF & Fantasy, 2005. Details can be found here.

Bill’s short stories have been published in a range of magazines and anthologies including Faerie Reel, Tenebres, Event Horizon, Terror Australis, Aurealis, Bloodsongs, and Cross-Town Traffic. His vampire stories have been collected in Epiphanies of Blood. His publishing company is MirrorDanse Books.

Author’s Note:
This story was first published under the title ‘Turing Test’ in my collection, Epiphanies of Blood, back in late 1998. I’ve always had a soft spot for the story, and when I re-read it a couple of years ago, it became obvious that the published version wasn’t up to scratch. I’ve tightened it up throughout, have deleted a couple of scenes, have completely re-written the ending, adding about a thousand words, and have finally changed the title to what you see above. I like this version better.

It’s next to impossible to place rewritten stories, even ones where the rewrite is as heavy as this. So, until Epiphanies is reprinted, if that ever happens, this is where the story must live. I hope you like it.
The full story can be found here.

Interviewee: Bill Congreve
Host: Paula B
Date: October 22, 2005
Running time: 11:09 minutes
File size: 6 megabytes
Rating: PG for violence
Mirror Danse Web site: MirrorDanse Books
The Australian Horror Writers Web site