science fiction and fantasy writer

Angel Dust


Angel Dust was 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 included four new stories and eleven reprints. A couple of the reprints were originally published in webzines and are still archived online. You can find links from my bibliography page to read all the stories below for free online. If you’re really keen, you might still be lucky enough to find a copy at one of the retail site links below.

Table of Contents

The Beetle RoadIMG_2049
Angel Dust
Sleepless in the House of Ye
The Wishwriter’s Wife
The Tax Collector of Rhuin
Cold, Cold War
Once a Month, on a Sunday
Bitter Dreams
When the Rain Comin
The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter
Extracted Journal Notes for an Ethnography of Bnebene Nomad CulturIMG_2165e
Red Dirt
Almost Angels
Apricot Finds a Treasure


“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 Buy

Wordery (free delivery!)


Amazon UK


Readings (Australia)


Other Stuff

Interview with Angela Slatter

Guest post for Alan Baxter

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