Cover features an abstract illustration of two alpacas.

The Children

Zahid Gamieldien

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In The Children, after a widow moves to start a new life on a farm, dancing lights and unburied reflections coalesce as some semblance of the past, present and future begin to creep in.

Zahid Gamieldien is an Australian author, screenwriter, editor and writing tutor. His fiction has appeared in various publications including Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Mascara and The Bath Flash Fiction Anthology.

Praise & Reviews

Gamieldien’s unsettling and visceral rural mystery shows that human brutality can come from where you least suspect it. — Leland Cheuk

Platypus is publishing some of the most compelling short stories being written—stories that engage your intellect yet also twist your gut. These rich fictions lure you in until you find you are reading a far more devastating story than the one you started. — Elise Blackwell

The work in this series is deftly crafted and deeply engaging, compelling and resonant and elegantly written. With stories from the sharpest writers of contemporary short fiction, this is the short story at its best. As a reader—and as a writer—it’s so good to see excellent short fiction beautifully presented, and in a format that makes it easily accessible to its audience. — Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum