Lee Battersby

Half Man, Half Writer!



Lee Battersby’s The Claws of Native Ghosts fulfilled all the criteria for good horror and terror, and thus wins this year’s competition. His consistent attention to voice, his narrative muscle and unrelenting delving into a mind denied its presumed right to have what it wants, all conspire to make this story resonate. -- Sarah Endacott, Judge,
2008 Australian Shadows Award

First, Australia’s own Lee Battersby offers up The Claws of Native Ghosts, an uncomfortably enjoyable piece set in a time where, try as they might, the white man has not yet vanquished all the old gods - especially those who destroy from the inside out. Battersby’s startlingly good wordplay spins a picturesque and rich tale. A fine opener like this whispers of more dark treasures to follow, if we dare continue our journey…and we do. -- Specusphere


Dreaming Again contains five additional stories that should be enough on their own to ensure purchase and devouring of the anthology. Actually I would go so far as to say they should all hold pride of place in a "best of" the decade collection... And start your grinning, In From the Snow shows a darker side to Lee Battersby as we are put in the viewpoint of a degenerate cannibal inclined family of xtreme bogans.-- Scary Minds

A disturbing yet deeply moving tale of a post-apocalyptic community which has an Oedipal twist to its attitudes on marriage and leadership. If I had a prize to give, it would go to this story. -- Specusphere


The Battersby story, Father Muerte and the Flesh, just lingered with me. It was fabulously engaging from the first line, it took me on a journey, it had such scope, such a glorious but understated sense of history and mythology, the quality of the writing was superb, the structure was very accomplished, it was almost cinematic (would actually make a great film!) and I just have to cast my vote in that direction. I felt at every moment that I was in the hands of a gifted storyteller-- Kim Wilkins, Judge, 
2005 Australian Shadows Award

I'm always glad to see another Father Muerte story from Lee Battersby. "Father Muerte & the Joy of Warfare" shows us several odd inhabitants of the Father's curious town, particularly a certain German Baron who seems to be turning into a bird. These stories are really quite decidedly odd: this one went in an unexpected direction indeed-- Aurealis #37, SFSite


Sordid and sad, I found the conclusion of this tale quite wonderful. (Alexandra Pierce)
A harrowing story of sexuality and technology. (Tansy Rayner Roberts) -- The Metawhore's Tale, Canterbury 2100,
Australian Spec Fic in Focus

Lee Battersby knocks one out of the ball park with his shaggy dog tale Pater Familias -- Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume 1, Scary Minds

If wanting to keep up with Australian Dark Literature then this really is a must have magazine. -- Midnight Echo 4,
Scary Minds

Decimated by Lee Battersby is more like it, a skin-crawling visceral horror story, designed to make you flinch and grit your teeth. Battersby maintains the pace cleverly, placing backstory and setting effortlessly, and leaving the reader wanting to know more. A good example of flash fiction, and a great example of how to make a reader cringe.  A must read for this issue, and another great effort from this talented Aussie-- Shadows Realms #8, Tangent Online