Alis Franklin

Alis Franklin is an Australian author of monstrous queer speculative fiction.

Unnatural Order


Edited by Alis and Lyss Wickramasinghe, who wanted a collection of stories about monsters.

Unnatural Order was produced as one of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild‘s semi-annual anthologies, and highlights the work of both the guild’s members and the Australian speculative fiction community in general.

Is an unlikely friendship enough to save a human and a voidbeast?
Can a robot’s heart be broken?
What happens to the demons when all the humans are gone?
Can dishonest hearts find peace?

Demons with no humans left to plague. A robot with a broken heart. Dishonest hearts searching for peace. Unlikely friendships, unlikelier dinners.

Rebuffing the status quo, Unnatural Order shines a light on the monstrous beings of myth and legend; framing the beast as the protagonist and seeking their humanity. Featuring established and emerging authors, Unnatural Order bares its fangs and brings the paws, maws and claws front and centre.

Because this time, it’s the monster’s turn.

Fourteen deliciously monstrous stories including:

  • “New Things” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Mother of the Trenches” by Grace Chan
  • “The Lovers” by Matthew Farrer
  • “Emergent” by D.L. Fleming
  • “Crash Baby” by Donna Maree Hanson
  • “Full Steam Ahead” by Alexander Hardison
  • “Eat Prey, Love” by Freya Marske
  • “Transcendence Inc.” by C.H. Pearce
  • “The Bargain” by Alannah K. Pearson
  • “Trench” by Nathan J. Phillips
  • “Truth Be Told” by Louise Pieper
  • “The Scent of Olives” by Rob Porteous
  • “Meet Me at the Medusa” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Bruises Black and Blue” by Leife Shallcross