Return to Elyora

img_0974I’m ecstatic to finally announce the release of the paperback edition of Elyora this  Valentines Day.

For those who follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you will have seen a flutter of mentions late last year, but thanks to some health bumps, it’s taken until now to get it all to come together the way I want it to.


As some of you know, the novella was first published in Review of Australian Fiction’s Rabbit Hole special edition on the 23rd of December 2012, under the editorial stewardship of the very awesome Lesley Halm. Sean Wright encouraged me to to find a paid home for Elyora, which I did. But when I sold the manuscript in early 2013, the publisher insisted on a title change to make it less parochial and the addition of a new opening section to ensure it would hook the thriller readers it was slated to be marketed to. To compound it all, I signed the contract for River of Bones the day before Elyora was announced as an Aurealis short-listed work. And as a final nail in the coffin, the ebook was only ever available via Kindle.

To able to use my paperback rights to return the manuscript to its original narrative form,  to joyfully and proudly market it as ‘Australian gothic horror’ and to have it in a medium accessible by everyone, well it makes me a very happy author.


I’m launching the paperback on the 14th February.

The book  will be available here (and for those that buy here, there will be something in your copies that I was unable to print in a mass market copy!) or via the usual online bookstores.

The novella is $11.99 (including postage anywhere in the world) and can be purchased by clicking here.

As special thank you, I’ll ship an original Elyora-based poem square with the first five books pre-ordered.

When Jo, Hal and Benny arrive in Elyora the absence of takeaway coffee is the least of their problems. At each other’s throats and without transportation, phone service or somewhere to stay, they accept the hospitality of the enigmatic Lazarus at the original Elyora homestead.

As day turns to night, the sanctuary of the rambling house becomes a terrifying alternate reality of memories peeling back onto themselves to expose secrets and paranoia dating back to 1942.

To escape Elyora and return to 2012, Jo must remember who she is and find Benny and Hal before they succumb to  the same fate as those who came before them.



NEW PUBLICATION: “No Love Lost” anthology

Last year I got to celebrate my first poem in print with the publication of “Paper Mâché” in Slim Volume’s No Love Lost. The anthology collects together anti-romance poems and flash fiction.

Editor Kate Garrett has this to say in the preface:

When I put the call out for anti-romance poetry and flash fiction, I wasn’t looking for anti-love (though it’s fine that some writers interpreted it this way). What I wanted was varying and realisitc approaches to writing about love and lust rather than cliché and sentimentality. If we are honest with ourselves…we all know love in real life isn’t love as represented in the latest feel-good romcom.

Love, according to our first Slim Volume, includes disappointment and deceit, elation and lust. It spans lifetimes, ends unhappily, is shared between sailors and the open seas, is always two minutes late, sometimes politically advantaeous and not in the heart, but in the eyes….every single one speaks of love in a unique way , with nary a Manic Pixie Dream Girl or floppy-haired English gent in sight.

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“Paper Mache” was the first poem I wrote ‘seriously’. I still have the very first ideas scribbled in my note book, put down just after I’d finished Nik’s Not so Perfect (and mid Facebook conversation with Adam) on the last Sunday in November 2013, as I sat in an indoor playground. It was also the first poem I performed–that was last year at Tom’s spoken word event, at The End, in West End. Before I’d taken the mic at SpeedPoets.

With a string of firsts already stitched between the words, it feels right for it to be the first to appear in a print book. And as a former angst-ridden teenage poet, who wrote of nothing but love, it also seems right, for the first print poem to be one that celebrates the imperfect and unpredictable nature of love. Especially when you are trying to create it from scratch!


I have a copy of No Love Lost to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, you will need to write your bio (and no, you do not have to be a writer to enter!) infused with the theme of ‘romance’ (either pro or con) as we had to do for the anthology. In fact, the anthology is worth the cover price just to read the bios.

To get those creative juices gurgling you will find me listed as:

JODI CLEGHORN suspects true love is much like the Snow Queen’s mirror: invisible shards waiting to pierce the hapless.

My favourite though is:

KATE WISE’s first dance at her wedding was to 10CC’s “I’m Not In Love”. Yes, really.

I look forward to reading your romantic, or not so romantic, takes on yourselves in the comments. Winner will be announced Saturday night and where applicable, winner contacted for a postal address.

No Love Lost is edited by Kate Garrett. Slim Volume is a Pankhearst title and published by Starshy. You can find the paperback here and the ebook here.

In Apology #fridayflash

Dear Jack,
I’m sorry you didn’t get laid for Valentines.

I’m sorry ‘Sexual Healing’ got stuck on your iPod, for two hours, without you knowing how to fix it. I’m sorry the champagne cork broke in the bottle. I’m sorry your elbow kissed my mouth when you tried to slip your arm around my shoulder and it interrupted your mojo.

I’m sorry you couldn’t get it up even though I tried every trick I knew to get you hard.

Most of all I am sorry your credit card was declined and my minder broke your leg. I did try to get him to go easy on you, after all it was Valentines Day and you hadn’t exactly got what you were paying for.

I hope Valentines Day is less painful next year.


PS: I’m sorry for lying. Yes, Susie is a stage name. I’m sorry it’s also your mum’s.