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Ian hasn’t written many short stories however he is currently writing some novella-length stories set a few years after the end of The View from the Mirror quartet, and featuring some of the characters from that series. These stories will foreshadow some of the world-shaking issues to be dealt with in the long-awaited sequel to The View from the Mirror, which Ian is writing now. The stories will be posted here as they are written, and on the major ebook sites, for free download.


Trust Me Too

The Harrows

This short story, which was written for the Australian YA anthology Trust Me Too (2012), is based on a competition-winning idea proposed by one of my greatest fans, Lisa Leigh.












To buy the anthology, go here:



Legends of Australian Fantasy

to Hell
was published in June 2010 in an anthology called Legends
of Australian Fantasy
, which is in bookstores now.

Legends of Australian Fantasy
Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan (eds)

Novellas by Sean Williams, Kim Wilkins, Cecilia
Dart-Thornton, Isobelle Carmody, Trudi Canavan, Garth Nix, John
Birmingham, D. M. Cornish, Jennifer Fallon, Ian Irvine and Juliet

Includes Tribute to Hell, a novella
from the distant past of Ian’s new Tainted Realm fantasy

ISBN: 9780732288488; ISBN10: 0732288487
Trade Paperback, HarperCollins, 544 pages

You can read the first sections of the story here.


  • “A collection that wouldn’t have been possible a generation
    ago, this is a robust anthology – a testament to the strength
    of our genre writers and a feast for local fantasy fans.” Cameron
    Woodhead, The Age.
  • “A selection of the greatest writers of epic fantasy in Australia.” Ian
    Nichols, The West Australian.


Magic, Mystery, Voodod and the Holy Grail

was published in 2000 in an anthology called Magic,
Mystery, Voodoo and the Holy Grail

Ian has also written a novella (about 60 pages),
called Poisoned Chalice. It’s linked to the last volume in The
Human Rites Trilogy. The complete story can be read here.