Introduction

Louise Katz was once a printmaker and maker of hand-made books, some of which are written in a language that has yet to be invented. An example can be seen above in blue and ochre. Louise now works at Sydney Uni and writes novels (both YA and A), short stories, and articles. The Orchid Nursery (Lacuna publishers) is the latest novel and is scheduled for publication in October 2015. In 2010 The Absent Men was published by Coeur de Lion Press in the novelanthology X6The Little Demon (HarperCollins), a homage to Hans Christian Anderson’s mermaid, was first published in 2001, and has since been podcast by Coeur de Lion and re-published by The Royalties, in 2011. Weavers of the Twilight (Agog Press) won the Aurealis award for best short fiction in 2004, and her young adult novel The Other Face of Janus  (HarperCollins) co-won the Aurealis Award for best young adult fantasy novel in 2001. Her first novel, Myfanwy’s Demon, didn’t win anything but is still a good yarn.

As is probably pretty clear from the titles, Louise has an enduring fascination with dark matters, so much so that she wrote her doctoral thesis  – Mind the Gap – on the subject of liminal spaces, which after 4,552 years of research she has concluded may be either fonts of creative energy or wormholes of moral paralysis sloping into sinkholes of despair (insert smiley emoticon here).

In her research, fictive and theoretical interests continue to cross over. Monsters and monstrosity in literature and politics are still up there, as are theories of creativity (which have NOTHING to do with so-called ‘creative industries’). An article currently under peer review is in part a reaction against such terminology and is titled, ‘Feeding greedy corpses: the rhetorical power of Corpspeak and Zombilingo, and suggested countermagics to avert the influence of the the language of the dead and the ghastly’.

Louise is currently compiling the ZED, or Zombilingo/English Dictionary.