Checklist of Australian Fantasy and Horror: N-Z


The World’s Awakening London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908, pp.463.

NICHOLSON, John Henry (1838-1923)

Adventures of Halek: An autobiographical fragment London: Griffith, Farrar, 1882, pp.372. First Australian edition entitled Halek Brisbane: A. J. Ross 1896

NISBET Hume (1859-1932)

The Land of the Hibiscus Blossom: A Yarn of the Papuan Gulf London: Ward & Downey 1888.

The Black Drop: A Psychological Study London: Trischler & Co. 1891.

Sensational thriller with some Australian content.

The Savage Queen: A Romance of the Natives of Van Dieman’s Land London: F.V. White 1891

The “Jolly Roger”: A Story of Sea Heroes and Pirates London: Digby Long, 1893.

Sea adventure with fantastic elements.

Valdemar the Viking.  A Romance of the Eleventh Century by Sea and Land London: Hutchinson, 1893, pp.306.

Historical lost race fantasy.


The Haunted Station and other Stories London: F.V. White, 1893, pp.314.

General fiction collection, including the much anthologised ghost story, “The Haunted Station”, most recently anthologised in Gelder and Weaver (eds) The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction (2007).  Also contains other supernatural fiction, such as, “The Odic Touch”, “An Ocean Dream”, “A Queensland Illiad”, “The Demon Spell” (a Jack the Ripper story reprinted in Michel Parry (ed), Jack the Knife (1975)), “The Face at the Window”, “The Phantom Model” (reprinted in Hugh Lamb (ed), Gaslit Nightmares (1988)), “Marce St. Pierre”, “Through the Gap, A New Guinea Adventure”, “A Deadly Voyage”, “Delphine”, “Humphrey Bolin’s Account of the Spanish Armada Invasion”.

The Great Secret.  A Tale of Tomorrow London: F.V. White, 1895, pp.288.

Occult romance.

Kings of the Sea: A Story of the Spanish Main London: F.V. White & Co, 1896, pp. 282.

Sea adventure with a lost utopian island.

The Swampers – A Romance of the Westralian Goldfields London: F.W. White, 1897, pp.312.

The Empire Makers London: F.V. White & Co 1900, pp. 312.

Lost race adventure.

Stories Weird and Wonderful London: F.V. White, 1900, pp.127.

General fiction collection, including the supernatural stories, “A Cup of Samos”, “The Old Wreck”, “The Vampire Maid” (reprinted in Richard Dalby (ed), Dracula’s Brood (1987), “Norah and the Fairies” (reprinted in James Doig (ed) Australian Gothic (2007)), “The Old Portrait” (reprinted in Richard Dalby (ed), Dracula’s Brood (1987) and in Angela Challis and Marty Young, Macabre (2010)).

Mistletoe Manor London: John Long, 1902, pp.462.

Short story collection with some supernatural tales.

Almoni: A Companion Volume to Halek Brisbane & Sydney: Edward Dunlop, 1904, pp.285.

NORTON, Rosaleen (1917-1979)

Three Macabre Stories Francestown NH: Typographeum, 1996, pp.48.

Stories originally published in Smith’s Weekly in the 1930s.

O’DONNELL, Phillip James

Secret Weapons Melbourne: Wilke & Co, 1941, pp.64.

OGILVIE, Arthur James

The Ape Man Hobart: Daily Post 1913

Experiences of an ape-like man among the savages of the Amazon.

OSMOND, Sophie

An Australian Wooing: A Story of Trade, a Gold-Mine and a Ghost Letchworth, England: Garden City Press 1916

Osmond also contributed three weird stories to Phil May’s Christmas Annual.

O’REILLY, John Boyle (1844-1890)

The King’s Men New York: Scribner, 1884, pp.270 (see above under GRANT, Robert)

Moondyne New York: Scribner, 1879, pp.327.

PAIGE, Ethel C. M.

Strange Experiences of Tina Malone, the Girl Who Heard Voices Sydney: Waverly Book Co. 1922, pp.96.

Occultism and psychic healing.

PALMER-ARCHER, Laura M. (“Bushwoman”) (1864-1929)

A Bush Honeymoon and Other Stories London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1904, pp.350.

General fiction collection.

PARKES, Varney (1859 – 1935)

Aerial and Terrestrial Transit Sydney: William Dymock 1895

PATCHETT, Mary (1897 – 1989)

Kidnappers of Space Sydney: Lutterworth, 1953, pp.192.

Lost on Venus : the Thrilling Story of Two Boys Who Land on the Planet and Explore a Fantastic World Sydney: Lutterworth, 1954, pp.192

Space Captives of the Golden Men New York: Bobbs-Meril, 1955, pp.222.

Adam Troy, Astroman: the Exciting Story of How a Great Space-Pilot Saved the World from Radiation Beasts Sydney: Lutterworth, 1954, pp.189.

Flight to the Misty Planet New York: Bobbs-Meril, 1956

Send for Johnny Danger : the Amazing Adventures of the Ace Pilot, Captain Danger, and His Crew on the Moon Sydney: Lutterworth, 1956, pp.174

PENGREEP, William (pseudonym of W.T. Pearson) (1905 – 1991)

The Temple of Sahr Melbourne: Lothian 1932, pp.328.

Lost race fantasy set in Australia.

POTTER, Robert


The Germ Growers: An Australian Story of Adventure and Mystery, by Robert Easterly and William Wilbraham Melbourne: Melville, Mullen & Slade; London: Hutchinson 1892, pp.274.

Story of aerial beings and journeys in central Australia.

PRAED, Mrs. Rosa C. (1851-1935)

Papers are in the National Library of Australia.

Nadine: the Study of a Woman London: Chapman and Hall 1882, 2 vols.


Affinities: A Romance of Today London: Bentley & Son 1885, 2 vols.

Psychic domination of a young woman by a decadent.

The Brother of the Shadow. A Mystery of To-day London: Routledge 1886, pp.158. Reprinted by Arno

Occult romance.


The Soul of Countess Adrian London: Trissher 1891, pp.192.


As a Watch in the Night: A Drama of Waking and Dreams in Five Acts London: Chatto and Windus, 1900, pp.468

Pre-existence and reincarnation.

Fugitive Anne: A Romance of the Unexplored Bush London: John Long, 1902, pp.428.

Lost race.


The Insane Root: A Romance of a Strange Country London: Unwin, 1902, pp.380.

Occult romance.

The Ghost London: Everett & Co 1903, pp.304.

The Other Mrs. Jacobs: A Matrimonial Complication London: Torg 1903, pp.309.

Substitution of personalities.


Nyria London: Unwin 1904, pp.432.

By their Fruits: A Novel London: Cassell 1908, pp.423.

Substitution of personalities.

Stubble Before the Wind London: John Long 1908, pp.316.

Rare fiction collection with some supernatural stories, including “The Ghost-Monk” (reprinted in James Doig (ed) Australian Gothic (2007)), “The Ill-Omened House”, “Mrs Crossen’s Familiar”.


The Body of His Desire, A Romance of the Soul London: Cassell 1912

Occult romance of the temptation of a clergyman by a supernatural femme fatale.

The Mystery Woman London: Cassell 1913, pp.348.


The Soul of Nyria: The Memory of a Past Life in Ancient Rome London: Rider 1931, pp.446.

A rewriting of Nyria.

PRICE, Theodore

God in the Sand: An Australian Mystical Romance Sydney: P.R. Stephenson 1934, pp.288.

Concerned with legendary Alcheringa times in Central Australia.


Celestalia: A Fantasy, A. D. 1975 Sydney: Canberra Press 1933, pp.278.

Great terrestrial changes and migrations have occurred and their effects on Australia are shown

QUINN, Roderic Joseph (1867-1949)

Mostyn Stayne: A Novel Melbourne: G Robertson 1897, pp.224

Diary of a man whose remains are found in central Australia.

PARTRIDGE, Eric (pseudonym of James Ray)

The Scene is Changed London: Heritage, 1932, pp.293

ROBERTS, Morley (1857-1942)

King Billy of Ballarat and Other Stories London: Lawrence & Bullen 1892, pp.270.

General fiction collection.

Red Earth London: Lawrence & Bullen 1894, pp.300.

General fiction collection.

The Adventure of the Broad Arrow London: Hutchinson 1897, pp.276.

The Keeper of the Waters and Other Stories London: Skeffington & Son 1898, pp.340

General fiction collection, including “The Anticipator” and “The Hatter of Howlong”.

Midsummer Madness London: Eveleigh Nash: 1909, pp.255.

General fiction collection, including “The Fog”, “A Thing of Wax”, “The Blood Fetish”.

ROBIN, C. Ernest

The Clairaudient: A Story of Psychical Research Sydney: Angus & Robertson 1896

ROBINSON, Les. (1886-1968)

The Giraffe’s Uncle Sydney: Macquarie Head Press 1933, pp.165

Short stories and fables.

ROSA, Samuel Albert (1866-1940)

The Coming Terror; or, The Australian Revolution: A Romance of the 20th Century Sydney: Author 1894, pp.35.  Reprinted as Olivier Spence, the Australian Caesar, or, the Coming Terror Sydney: Author 1895, pp.35.

ROWCROFT, Charles (1798-1856)

The Triumph of Woman; a Christmas Story London: Parry 1848

Describes the adventures on Earth by a visitor from another planet.

RATA (pseudonym of Thomas Richard Roydhouse)

The Coloured Conquest Sydney: NSW Bookstall 1904, pp.126.

Future war novel.

RUSSELL, Arthur (1889 – 1971)

Mystery of the Luminous Ray Dublin: Mellifont, 1935, pp.160.

Dr Hades Melbourne: Wilke & Co 1941, pp.64.

Crocodile City Sydney: Transport Publishing 1945, pp.66.

The Sky Pirates Sydney: Cassell & Co 1946, pp.240.

RUTLEY, C. Bernard

The Cave of Winds London: Warne 1954, pp.256.


ST. CLAIR, Vivian B.

In a Trance: A Hypnotic Mystery: Founded on Fads of Local Connection Melbourne: Crabb & Yelland 1892

SANDES, John (1863-1938)

Love and the Aeroplane: a Tale of To-morrow Sydney: NSW Bookstall Co 1910, pp.244.


Scorched Earth Sydney: Currawong 1944, pp.153.

SCOTT, George Firth


The Last Lemurian: A Westralian Romance London: Bowden 1898, pp.339

Lost race fantasy set in Western Australia.  A shorter version, called “Tor Ymmot, Queen of Lemuria” appeared in the extra Christmas number of The Golden Penny, December, 1896.

Possessed London: Rider 1912, pp.303.

SETON, Georgina

Bring Another Glass Sydney: Angus & Robertson 1944, pp.235.

SHERRY, J. Filmore

Phosphor: an Ischian Mystery Melbourne: Centennial Publishing Co. 1888

Lost race fantasy.

SHUTE, Nevil (1899-1960)

What Happened to the Corbetts London: Heinemann 1939, pp.267.

An Old Captivity London: Heinemann 1939, pp.312.

In the Wet London: Heinemann 1953, pp.354.

On the Beach London: Heinemann 1957, pp.312.

SIMPSON, Helen De Guerry (1897-1940)


The Baseless Fabric, Heinemann 1925

General short story collection with several supernatural tales reminiscent of Henry James. 

Boomerang London: Heinemann 1932, pp.506.

The Woman on the Beast, Viewed from Three Angles London: Heinemann 1933, pp.492.

SLADEN, Douglas (1856-1946)

Fair Inez: A Romance of Australia London: Hutchinson 1918, pp.283.

SMEATON, William Henry Oliphant

The Treasure Cave of the Blue Mountains Edinburgh: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier 1898, pp. 312.

Children’s lost race.

SMITH, Barbara Dale

Sariska Benori Melbourne: McCubbian 1922, pp.129.

Romance and fantasy of the Land of Ice and Snow and the Land of Sunshine.

SMITH, James (1820-1910)

Original Story: A Tale of a World: with an addendum Maryborough Advertiser reprint 1875

A short spiritual fantasy.

The Secret of the Sphinx, or, the Ring of Moses London: Philip Wellby 1906.

SOUTHALL, Ivan (1921- )

Meet Simon Black Sydney: Angus and Robertson 1950, pp.210.

Simon Black in Peril Sydney: Angus and Robertson 1951, pp.220.

Simon Black in Space Sydney: Angus and Robertson 1952, pp.219.

Simon Black and the Spacemen Sydney: Angus and Robertson 1955, pp.228.  Reissued by the same publisher as Simon Black On Venus in 1974.

Simon Black Takes Over Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1959, pp.155.

SPARROW, Lionel (1867-1936)

 A little known Australian author who wrote several horror stories for the Australian Journal from the late 1880s to about 1910.  “The Jewelled Hand” and the vampire tale “Vengeance of the Dead” have recently been anthologised.

SPAULL, George (1876-1965)

Where the Stars are Born Sydney: William Brooks 1943, pp.200.

SPENCE, Catherine Helen (1825-1910)

Handfasted London: Penguin Books 1984, pp.378.  Originally appeared in 1879.

A Week in the Future Sydney: Hale & Iremonger 1987, pp.136. Reproduces the original text serialised in the Centennial Magazine, December 1888 to July 1889.

SPOTSWOOD, Christopher

Voyage of Will Rogers to the South Pole, ed. by C. Spotswood Launceston: Examiner’s Office 1888, pp.40.

Fantastic traveller’s tale of an Antarctic people.

STEAD, Christina (1902-1983)

The Salzburg Tales London: Peter Davies, 1932, pp. 498.

Fantasy tales modelled on The Decameron.

STEWART, Douglas (1913 – 1985)

Shipwreck Sydney: Shepherd Press, 1947, pp.96.

Poetic drama.

STOCK, Ralph (1881 – ?)

The Recipe for Rubber Sydney: NSW Bookstall Co, c.1912, pp.134.

STONE, Graham and WILLIAMS, Royce

Zero Equals Nothing Sydney: Futurian Press, 1951, pp.27.

SUTHERLAND, George (1855-1905)

The Capture of Adelaide: A Possibility of 1894 Sydney: G. Sutherland 1893, pp.46.

SYDMORT, Theodore

The Sacred fire: A Subject from the Records of Father Denniss, embellished by E. P. and edited by T. Sydmort London: Walls 1928


T., J. M.

A Trip to Mars Auckland, New Zealand: Wilson & Horton, Printers, 1901, pp. 49

TIMMS, Edward Vivian (1895-1960)

Cities Under the Sea Sydney: Angus & Robertson 1948, pp.242.


The Man From Mars Sydney: W.M. Madgwick & Sons, 1903, pp.88.



Minds Unmoored Burwood, NSW: F.J. Thwaites Publishing Co., 1936, pp.237.


World D: Being a Brief Account of the Founding of Helioxenon New York: Sheed & Ward 1935, pp.320.

TUCKER, Horace (Alan G. Yates)

The New Arcadia; An Australian Story Melbourne: G. Robertson 1894, pp.314

Utopian commune.

VALDEZ, Paul (writing name of Carter Brown, i.e. Alan G. Yates)

Hyponotic Death Sydney: Transport Publishing 1949.


The Fatal Focus Sydney: Transport Publishing 1950, pp.50.

A photographer acquires x-ray vision, and the ability to kill by staring at people, after an accident with a new chemical photograph developer.


The Time Thief Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller no. 27, 1951.

A medium named Arturo Cabell discovers he can transport people backwards in time, while someone from that period is transported to the present.


Flight Into Horror Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 29, 1951.

A test pilot turns into a monster after flying his jet plane at unheard of speeds.


Murder Gives Notice Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 30, 1951, pp.34.


Celluloid Suicide? Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller, 1951, pp.34.

The owner of a film studio acquires a time machine.  He transports himself 300 years into the future and falls in love with green-haired Katrina.


Killer by Night Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 33, 1951.


Satan’s Sabbath! Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 35, 1951.


You Can’t Keep Murder Out Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 36, 1951, pp.34.

Kill Him Gently Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 37, 1951.

Mystery thriller involving a secret spy ring.


Ghosts Don’t Kill Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 38, 1951.


The Murder I Don’t Remember Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 39, 1952, pp.34.

No Future in Murder Sydney: Transport Publishing, ST Scientific Thriller, 1952.


The Killer Who Wasn’t There! Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 41, 1952.


The Maniac Murders Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 42, 1952.


Feline Frame-Up Sydney: Transport Publishing, Scientific Thriller 43, 1952.

Crime thriller.

VALENTINE, Victor (1918-)

Cure for Death London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1960, pp.238.


The Celestial Hand: A Sensational Storm Sydney: J. C. McCartie 1903, pp.256.

A red hand in the eastern sky portends the destruction of Sydney.

VOGEL, Sir Julius

Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman’s Destiny London: Hutchinson, 1889, pp.331

WALFORD, Frank (1882 – ?)

Frank Walford, Twisted Clay, 1962

Twisted Clay London: T. Werner Laurie 1933, pp.249

Story about a psychopathic young woman.  Banned in Australia in 1935.  Reprinted by Horwitz in 1960.

The Ghost and Albert, and Other Stories London: T. Werner Laurie 1945, pp. 189

General fiction collection with some fantastic content.  “The three stories in this volume were broadcast as serials by the Australian Broadcasting Commission”, p. 8.

WALKER, W. H. (Writing name for Ranken, George) (1827 – 1895)

The Invasion Sydney: Turner & Henderson 1877, pp.159.

WALKER, William Sylvester (“Coo-ee”) (1846-1926)

When the Mopoke Calls London: John Long 1899, pp.242.

General fiction collection.  “The Evil of Yelcomorn Creek” and “A Ghost of the Australian Interior” are reprinted in Ken Gelder (ed) The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories (1994)

The Silver Queen: A Tale of the Northern Territory London: John Ouseley, 1908, pp. 338.

Lost race novel


At Possum Creek London: Bennett, 1915

WALLACE, John (1892-1968)

Invasion Melbourne: Popular Publications 1940, pp.288.

WALSH, James Morgan (1897-1952)

The Lost Valley Melbourne: C.J. DeGaris 1921

Tat-Tap Island Sydney: Bookstall Company 1921

Overdue: A Romance of Unknown New Guinea Sydney: States Publishing 1925

The Mystery of the Crystal Skull London: John Hamilton 1926

The Hand of Doom London: Hamilton 1927, pp.288.

Egyptian black magic with international fencing of antiques.

The Secret of the Crater London: Hurst 1930, pp.287. Published under the pseudonym H. Haverstock Hill.

Strange tribes are found in an unknown city hidden in a crater.

Vandals of the Void London: Hamilton 1931, pp.288.

“Terror Out of Space”, Amazing Stories, February 1934

Secret Weapons London: Collins 1940, pp.252.

Vanguard to Neptune London: Cherry Tree Books, 1952, pp.190.

Originally appeared as a serial in Wonder Stories Quarterly in 1931.

Spies’ Vendetta London: Collins, 1936, pp.282.


The Golden Idol; A Tale of Adventures in Australia and New Zealand Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry 1891, pp.333.

WATSON, Henry Brereton Marriott (1863-1921)


Marahuna, A Romance London: Longmans 1888

Lost race novel.


Diogenes of London and Other Fantasies London: Methuen 1893, pp.232.

Collection of ‘decadent’ fiction, sketches and essays, including “The Devil of the Marsh”, “The Thing in the Copse”, and “The Brazen Cross”.

Heart of Miranda London: John Lane 1898, pp.335.

General fiction collection, including “A Resurrection”, and “The Stone Chamber”, a vampire story reprinted in Richard Dalby (ed), Dracula’s Brood (1987).

Alarums and Excursions London: Methuen 1903, pp.312.

General fiction collection, including “A Soldier of Fortune”.

Aftermath London: Chapman & Hall 1919, pp.264.

General fiction collection, including “Over the Wire”, “The Mill House”, and “The Séance”.

The Devil of the Marsh and Other Stories, ed. by James Doig. British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 2004.

Collects the supernatural tales from his short story collections.

WATSON, Henry Crocker Marriott (1835-1901)

Erchomenon: or, The Republic of Materialism London: Sampson Low 1879

Dream fantasy 500 years hence.

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire: or, The Witch’s Cavern London: Trischler & Co 1890, pp.291.

In 2990 an Australian, William Furley, travels to Britain and records his experiences there.

WAUGH, Michael


Fangs of the Vampire Sydney: Cleveland Publishing 1954, pp.34.

Standard vampire fare.

The Living Dead Sydney: Cleveland Publishing 1954, pp.34.

Mad professor tale.


Back From the Dead Sydney: Cleveland Publishing 1954.


The Mystery of the Abominable Snowman Sydney: Cleveland Publishing Co, 1954.



The Garage Skeleton Sydney: Currawong, c. 1943, pp.80.

WILSON, William Hardy

Yin-Yang Flowerdale, Tasmania: The Author 1934

Young adult fantasy


Dead Man’s Slippers Sydney: Currawong, nd

A man steps into another man’s slippers after that other man has been killed.


Shock Stories

Shock Stories Sydney: Horwitz, 1962


Terrifying Stories Sydney: Horwitz, 1962

Horror Tales

Horror Tales Sydney: Horwitz, 1963


The Witch Hunters Sydney: Horwitz, 1963

A-C, D-G, H-M

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