New fiction

Mark’s latest short story appears in Sydney Noir, the first-ever Australian title in the Akashic Noir crime series. The collection is edited by John Dale and Mark’s story is set in La Perouse.

Publishers Weekly writes: “Two other tales warrant singling out: Gabrielle Lord’s ‘Slow Burn,’ … and Mark Dapin’s dark-hued ‘In the Court of the Lion King,’ an account of a grim struggle for survival in a Sydney prison. Fans of dark crime fiction will want to seek out other works by these contributors, most of whom will be unfamiliar to American readers.”

Bernadette Foley in The Manning Community News writes: “Stepping into the daily life in a prison, Mark Dapin creates an incredibly strong story about a man who was easily and quickly blamed for something he didn’t do. The writing is straight forward, plain and utterly compelling.”

EXTRA: Mark, along with editor John Dale and fellow writer Mandy Sayer, talks about Sydney Noir on ABC Radio National.

Published work

‘The Pilgrimage’

The Summer Fiction Issue (Good Weekend, 7 January 2012)

‘The One Reason I’m Not Rich’

The Summer Fiction Issue (Good Weekend, 8 January 2011)

‘Visitors’ Day’

The Best Australian Short Stories 2011 (Black Inc., 2011)

‘The Shedding Planner’

10 Stories You Must Read in 2010 (Australia Council, 2010)