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H.C. Gildfind


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If she screamed, he wonders, would they hear her up there, up there in the houses? If she ran, he wonders, could I catch her? And if I caught her, could I …? He coughs again, furious. Would I?

These unsettling short stories, which include the prize-winning novella ‘Quarry’, expose an anatomy of worry in its many guises—unease, fear, dread, and terror. Through a multitude of distinct voices, H.C. Gildfind’s startling tales explore the absurd, macabre, surreal—and too-real—whilst wrestling with the irrevocable acts, immutable facts, and relentless uncertainties that lie at the dark heart of every life.

THE WORRY FRONT is published by:

 Margaret River Press

"Rarely has the experience of the lived physical body been so eloquently pinned to the page."
—  ZORA SANDERS, previous editor of Meanjin



H.C. Gildfind in an Australian author of fiction, essays and book reviews. THE WORRY FRONT was completed with the support of an Australia Council Grant and includes the award-winning novella Quarry. Gildfind has also researched interwar Australian literature and history, and was awarded a PhD by the University of Melbourne in 2012. In 2020, Gildfind won the Miami University Press international novella competition: the publication of Born Sleeping is upcoming.





© H. C. Gildfind 2020