About

Janeen Webb is a multiple award-winning author, editor and critic who has written or edited 10 books and more than a hundred essays and stories. She is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Aurealis Award, the Peter MacNamara SF Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a three-time winner of the Ditmar Award.

She is internationally recognised for her critical work in speculative fiction and has contributed to most of the standard reference texts in the field. She holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Newcastle, and lives on a small farm overlooking the sea near Wilson’s Promontory.

“Janeen Webb is an awesome talent who I’ve held in great respect for a number of years, ever since I first read ‘Death at the Blue Elephant’,” Ticonderoga Editor Russell B Farr said.
“She’s also a marvellous person, a genuine powerhouse, and we’re thrilled to be able to work with her.”

Praise for her latest fantasy novella, The Dragon’s Child,  published in 2018, by PS Publishing.

Meet the shapeshifting dragons of Hong Kong. Adept at passing for human, they are the kind of dragons you’d find at a Gatsby party – charming, sophisticated, glamorous, outrageously wealthy – and
utterly ruthless. Nothing, it seems, can challenge their privileged lives – until Lady Feng leaves one of her eggs to be raised by human foster parents in a remote mountain village. The dragon child hatches. Born with dragon power, raised with human emotion, this child is trouble. And his powers are growing…

The Dragon's Child
Latest novella 2018

“A beautifully rendered, utterly immersive story from the brilliantly original Janeen Webb.” — Kaaron Warren

“Wonderful writing, subtle surprises, and evocative characters both dragon and human are the joys of Janeen Webb’s The Dragon’s Child.  Old fashioned fairy tale wonder told with contemporary clarity make this an enchanting read. The book is a delight.” — Jeff Ford.

“The Dragon’s Child is a captivating tale of dragons who manage to be elegant, charming, frightening, and in many ways only too human. Prepare to be enthralled by Janeen Webb’s sensuous prose–and, along with me, hope for more stories of Long Wei, Lady Feng, and their dragon family and companions.”  — Pamela Sargent.

“Oh, how much the delightfully despisable Lady Feng teaches. You can’t judge a dragon by its looks and breeding. Before The Dragon’s Child, I never realised how many people in power must actually bedragons. But a dragon born to privilege? That’s the scariest of all. Fable, parable, political intrigue – with bonus lessons in blackmail. Deliciously snarky.” — Anna Tambour

“Shape-shifting dragons in the modern world, changing their form at will or whim as they manipulate the flow of human wealth? Janeen Webb makes this premise astonishingly plausible, depicting a richly imagined world of revenge, greed, and retribution, with sharply drawn characters – dragon and human – a complex young villain and a fast moving plot given pace and grace by her unique narrative style. Writing of this calibre demands to be read in one sitting – and leaves the reader wanting more.” — Lee Harding

“Janeen Webb draws from myth and legend to tell tales that are as nostalgic as the ones you learned on your parents’ knee, yet are also thrillingly modern and adult. The concoction never fails to beguile and delight.” — Rob Shearman.

Praise for her book, Death at the Blue Elephant published in 2014, by Ticonderoga Publications.

“There’s magic here, and illusion, and strange wonders that’ll surprise and delight.” — Robert Shearman

“Exotic, cunning—often funny—and now and then edges to cut yourself on.” — Tanith Lee

“Gloriously adult, these stories will transport you—but they’ll never drop you home.” — Anna Tambour

“Janeen Webb’s assemblage of angels, aliens, devils and assorted revenants bring with them compassion and settings rich and exotic where even the mundanity of our everyday world is imbued with a sparkle rarely glimpsed in the hands of lesser writers.” — Peter Crowther