science fiction and fantasy writer

Angel Dust


Angel Dust is my debut short story collection, published by Ticonderoga Publications in late 2014. It was shortlisted for Best Collection at Australia’s Aurealis Awards in 2015.

The book includes four new stories and eleven reprints. A couple of the reprints were originally published in webzines and are still archived online. I’ve linked those stories, below, for anyone who might be interested in trying before they buy.

Table of Contents

The Beetle Road (new)IMG_2049
Angel Dust (first published in Clockwork Phoenix 2)
Sleepless in the House of Ye (first published in Asimov’s Science Fiction)
The Wishwriter’s Wife (free to read at Daily Science Fiction)
The Tax Collector of Rhuin (new)
Cold, Cold War (free to read at Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Once a Month, on a Sunday (first published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine)
Bitter Dreams (first published in Writers of the Future XXIV)
When the Rain Comin (first published in Asimov’s)
The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter (first published in Clockwork Phoenix 4)
Interloper (first published in Asimov’s)
Extracted Journal Notes for an Ethnography of Bnebene Nomad CulturIMG_2165e (first published in Asimov’s)
Red Dirt (free to read at BCS)
Almost Angels (new)
Apricot Finds a Treasure (new)


“Ian McHugh has a remarkable ability to render the alien utterly convincing. His nonhuman lives are so powerfully depicted that we can easily, and sometimes uneasily, immerse ourselves completely into their worlds.” – Sheila Williams, editor, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

“Ian McHugh’s short fiction blends the fantastical and the real to capture an intensity and immediacy of detail that places you right inside the character’s life … and makes you feel the struggles and hopes of that life.” – Scott H. Andrews, editor, Beneath Ceaseless Skies

“Ian McHugh’s inventiveness knows no boundaries — and if he encounters any, he blasts right through them. These furiously original stories will make your heart race and your head spin.” – Mike Allen, editor, Clockwork Phoenix, Mythic Delirium

Where to BuyS20C-KM45415063014480_0002

Wordery (free delivery!)


Amazon UK


Readings (Australia)


Other Stuff

Book launch at the Phoenix

Interview with Angela Slatter

Guest post for Alan Baxter

Workshop with my daughter’s class


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