The God at Ixtlan del Rio by Richard Harland

A snobbish tourist gets a little more authenticity than he bargained for.

Richard Harland was born in England, but has lived almost all of his adult life in Australia. He has lived in the Illawarra for nearly 30 years. He was a lecturer in English at the University of Wollongong before becoming a full-time writer in 1997.

He has had 14 books published altogether, by Pan Macmillan, Penguin and Scholastic. His novels are all deep-down fantasy, even when they’re also science fiction.

Richard has won five Aurealis awards, including the Golden Aurealis for Best Novel in any category of SF/fantasy or horror, and his YA novel Worldshaker has just been released. Find out more about Richard at, and read his FREE cornucopia of tips for science-fiction and fantasy writers at


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