Mega list of LGBTQ+ fantasy, sci-fi and horror books by Australian and New Zealand authors

Updated: Aug 28, 2021


To celebrate Pride Month I've compiled a MEGA LIST of speculative fiction reads either written LGBTQ+ authors from Australia and New Zealand or featuring a main point of view character from the rainbow community. From epic to opera, steampunk to cyberpunk, browse this collection to find your next read!


Note: this list is live and I will periodically add to it as new titles become available.


To help navigate this list, I've tagged each book with appropriate tags to its genre/sub genre. Simply search this blog using one of the tags below to find books that fall under its category.


Fantasy tags: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, epic fantasy, portal fantasy, high fantasy, YA fantasy, science-fantasy, steampunk, paranormal, mythology.


Science fiction tags: YA sci-fi, soft sci-fi, space opera, superhero, futuristic, time travel, alternate history, dystopia, cyberpunk, science-fantasy, space exploration.


Horror tags: horror, gothic, paranormal.


Other tags: historic, mystery, crime, detective, romance, retelling, short story collection, novella, web comic.

No Man’s Land – A.J. Fitzwater (NZ)

Tags: contemporary fantasy, historic


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No Man’s Land is a historical fantasy and a love story set in the golden plains of North Otago, in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.


Dorothea ‘Tea’ Gray joins the Land Service and is sent to work on a remote farm, one of many young women left to fill the empty shoes left by fathers and brothers serving in the Second World War.


But Tea finds more than hard work and hot sun in the dusty North Otago nowhere—she finds a magic inside herself she never could have imagined, a way to save her brother in a distant land she never thought she could reach, and a love she never knew existed.


Inspired by feminist and LGBTQ+ history and family memories of North Otago in wartime, A.J Fitzwater has turned a piece of forgotten women’s history into a tapestry of furious pride and love that crosses cultures, countries and decades.


The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper — AJ Fitzwater (NZ)

Tags: short story collection


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Dapper. Lesbian. Capybara. Pirate.


Cinrak the Dapper is a keeper of secrets, a righter of wrongs, the saltiest capybara on the sea and a rider of both falling stars and a great glass whale. Join her, her beloveds, the rat Queen Orvilia and the marmot diva Loquolchi, lead soprano of the Theatre Rat-oyal, her loyal cabin kit, Benj the chinchilla, and Agnes, last of the great krakens, as they hunt for treasures of all kinds and find adventures beyond their wildest dreams.


Let Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning storyteller A.J. Fitzwater take you on a glorious journey about finding yourself, discovering true love and found family, and exploring the greatest secrets of the deep. Also, dapperness.


The Dark Tide — Alicia Jasinska (AU)

Tags: YA fantasy, dark fantasy


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Every year on St. Walpurga's Eve, Caldella's Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.


Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen's attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.


Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won't make the same mistake. She's willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.


When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas's freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other as water floods Caldella's streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice.


The Midnight Girls — Alicia Jasinska (AU)

Tags: horror, dark fantasy, YA fantasy


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The Wicked Deep meets House of Salt and Sorrows in this new standalone YA fantasy set in a snow-cloaked kingdom where witches are burned, and two enchantresses secretly compete for the heart of a prince, only to discover that they might be falling for each other.


It's Karnawał season in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Lechija, and from now until midnight when the church bells ring an end to Devil's Tuesday time will be marked with wintry balls and glittery disguises, cavalcades of nightly torch-lit "kuligi" sleigh-parties.


Unbeknownst to the oblivious merrymakers, two monsters join the fun, descending upon the royal city of Warszów in the guise of two innocent girls. Newfound friends and polar opposites, Zosia and Marynka seem destined to have a friendship that's stronger even than magic. But that's put to the test when they realize they both have their sights set on Lechija's pure-hearted prince. A pure heart contains immeasurable power and Marynka plans to bring the prince's back to her grandmother in order to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for her own.


When neither will sacrifice their ambitions for the other, the festivities spiral into a wild contest with both girls vying to keep the hapless prince out of the other's wicked grasp. But this isn't some remote forest village, where a hint of stray magic might go unnoticed, Warszów is the icy capital of a kingdom that enjoys watching monsters burn, and if Zosia and Marynka's innocent disguises continue to slip, their escalating rivalry might cost them not just the love they might have for each other, but both their lives.


We All Fall — Helen Vivien (NZ)

Tags: horror, paranormal


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Myra fell from the trapeze, and then she fell in love. Which one will hurt her the most?


Something is not right at the circus. Since Myra’s accident, there have been an unexplainable number of falls, and a strange, hot wind whispering through the tents.


Then, a new fortune teller arrives.


Myra meets Giselle, the beautiful, blind, child fortune teller, who often speaks of spirits in a way which may or may not be a joke. Myra finds herself drawn to her, despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in psychics.


When someone she cares about becomes the next victim of the falls, Myra must face the unnatural cause behind them. Will Myra be able to save the people she loves, or will she be the next one to drop?


Waycaller, Keysong (The Faeden Chronicles) — DJ McPhee (AU)

Tags: portal fantasy, high fantasy


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Seventeen year old Jack Gordon thinks he’s going mad, just like his mother who believed in mythical beings like elves, dragons and monsters. He’s even started hearing voices. But then he and his little sister Harriett are attacked by a monster that is definitely real.


Jack and Harriett find themselves magically transported to the hidden realm of Anwynn. In Anwynn, Jack learns that elves, dragons and Druids are very real and that he is a Waycaller: he has the power to part the veil between the hidden realm of Anwynn and the human realm.


Jack faces the challenges that come with being in an unfamiliar world that is as dangerous as it is magical. To survive, he must overcome his doubts and fears and learn to accept and use the power that resides within him. That might be a little easier if he weren't also struggling with his feelings for the mysterious Anarra, a part-elvish girl whose beauty is matched only by her skill with a sword.


Waycaller is Book 1 of The Faeden Chronicles. For lots of extra, free material about Waycaller (including a map of the magical realm of Anwynn) go to: www.waycaller.com


Cold As Hell — Neen Cohen (AU)

Tags: dark fantasy, urban fantasy


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The town of OpenFields is cold as hell...


Magic exists in OpenFields, and everyone but Adie plays their part. So what happens when murder and strangers visit the secret town?


Adie's normal isn't "normal." Cameras watch her sleep, the eyes of the townsfolk narrow at her sight, and when she discovers her bosses' office in disarray, and a stranger who makes her heart thunder, her world changes forever.


Author Neen Cohen's Cold as Hell is an Urban Dark Fantasy like no other.


What secrets do OpenFields hold?


Adie's journey will rock the town to its foundation.


Flight, Veil, Crest (Call of The Rift) – Jae Waller (AU)

Tags: epic fantasy, YA fantasy


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Seventeen-year-old Kateiko doesn’t want to be Rin anymore — not if it means sacrificing lives to protect the dead. Her only way out is to join another tribe, a one-way trek through the coastal