Behind the veil
by Margo Lanagan
Allen & Unwin, $19.99 pb, 235 pp, 9781742374789
The Wilful Eye: Tales from the Tower, Volume I
edited by Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab
Allen & Unwin, $27.99 pb, 302 pp, 9781742374406
The ten tales in Margo Lanagan’s Yellowcake offer an eclectic glimpse behind the slender veil separating the everyday from the fantastic. The collection is peopled by monstrous gods and godly monsters, by scavengers, drifters, and fascinators. Its landscape incorporates hellish war zones, apocalyptic streetscapes, and haunting carnivals. There is hope and madness, betrayal and revenge.