Michael Botur’s fifth collection of short stories, True?, will be released in 2018.
1. Summer School
A trio of students are stranded together when the city empties out over summer.
2. Better Than Jail
A violent jailbird struggles to go straight in the world of cold corporate culture.
The story of how our literary society reacted when one us was thrust into the spotlight and the rest of us were left in the dark.
4. Because I Love Him
Love, obsession and dependence in the grimy drug underworld.
5. Schrödinger’s Scoop
A hotshot reporter is confronted with the biggest story of his career – but he’s damned if he publishes it and damned if he doesn’t.
6. Cuffed As Fuck
A young hoodlum tries to finish his community service while his partner is at home pregnant. When he gets a chance to leave his family and escape into a dream relationship, should he run from responsibility or keep the cuffs on?
7. Truth Or Dare
Their children having moved out, Bill and Frances download a risqué app on their phones which could rejuvenate their sex life – or wreck their reputations.
I’m a gangster in trouble. I’m forced to tutor refugees. I’m expected to make them forget war-torn Africa. Instead, violence reaches across the world and I become a disciple of darkness.
9. Don’t Tell Mum
A dad and son are on a healthy road trip across Australia which should help to detox dad – except, Dad’s struggling to get off drugs, the trip has reached a dead end, and things are happening Mum definitely does not need to know.
10. The Sword of Damocles
An abusive boss, wife and burglars all take advantage of me – that is until I discover certain power I can hold over them. Now the tables are turned – and I’m going to make the most of it.
11. Kiss You While You Sleep
Medical student Maya and her man love getting high on any drugs they can access – especially anaesthetics. The problem is anaesthesia may make their hearts stop – but Maya never will.
12. Dumped After Decades
When 60 year old Sallyanne suddenly finds herself dumped after decades of marriage, she looks at how much life she has left and makes a hard decision about whether to move on – or not.
Go underground and you get exclusive access to the hippest parties and the coolest celebs– so what’s the point of ever surfacing?
Poor and depressed, the only place we could afford to holiday was among the memories in our heads. But the deeper inside our brains we went, the less we wanted to come back.
Before Carl and Lydia experienced heart failure and collapsed under palm leaves in a black tropical cloud made of searing, slapping cold raindrops 1400 metres up a muddy volcano, they met, forgot about each other, then years later fell into each other’s embrace.
16. That Tingling Sensation
One’s a failed businessman. One’s a gigolo. One’s geriatric. One has the brain and body of Frankenstein. They’re all strippers. Meet the world’s most unlikely children’s entertainment troupe.