Author(s): Dmetri Kakmi
Living paintings, spectral children, cannibal serial killers, lost souls, haunted houses, and ancient evil proliferate in The Door and Other Uncanny Tales.
This collection contains three new and three previously published stories, including the acclaimed “Haunting Matilda”, “The Long Lonely Road” and “The Boy by the Gate”. Most stories are set in Australia, however, “The Long Lonely Road” is set on the island of Tenedos in Turkey, where the author grew up, and centres on a Muslim boy. The main character of the novella, The Door, which lends its name to the collection, is Greek and gay. Some stories have queer characters, most do not. Several stories have female main characters. Others focus on children.
Combined with Dmetri Kakmi’s gothic imagination and mordant humour, the result is fiction that is provocative and unsettling.
Dmetri Kakmi's The Door and Other Uncanny Tales is to be launched in an online launch via Zoom on Thursday 15 October at 6.30pm.
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DMETRI KAKMI was born to Greek parents in Turkey.
He is a writer, editor and writing tutor. His fictionalised memoir Mother Land was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards in Australia; and is published in England and Turkey. He edited the acclaimed children’s anthology When We Were Young. His essays and short stories appear in anthologies and journals. Dmetri was the recipient of the Peter Blazey Fellowship in 2008. Since going freelance, he tutors in writing and assesses manuscripts for Writers Victoria and other institutions. His favourite writers are Georges Simenon, Anton Chekov and Flannery O’Connor. Outside of literature, Dmetri’s passions are fashion, film and archeology. He lives in Melbourne.