Archie Weller was born in 1957 and was brought up on a farm in the southwest of Western Australia. His first novel, The Day of The Dog, was written and submitted to the 1980 Australian/Vogel Literary Award within a period of six weeks in a spirit of anger after his release from Broome jail for what he regarded as a wrongful conviction. The book was shortlisted by the Vogel Award judges and won the fiction award in the literature section of the prestigious Western Australia Week Literary Awards. In 1991 The Day of The Dog was made into the film Blackfellas, which won two AFI awards. Archie has also published Going Home, a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, plays and poems, and he is a regular contributor of short stories to various publications.
Three thousand years after a devastating global thermonuclear war, the desolate wastes of Australia support a myriad of primitive tribal nations, bound by superstition and xenophobia. Legend says the world was destroyed by the fiery love of Sister Sun, who betrayed her husband, Father Moon, to have an illicit affair with her own sister. Young Ilgar of the nomadic Ilkari is a Moon-talker, a sort of shaman whose nocturnal visions carry prophetic messages from Father Moon. Returning home after a particularly troubling vision, Ilgar and his friends are attacked by Nightstalkers, the cold, pale People of the Caves who only come out to hunt at night. Ilgar survives with the help of S'shony, a young Nightstalker female who's grown disillusioned with her race and longs for a richer life. Quickly the two fall in love, and Ilgar takes S'shony with him, disguising her as one of the mythical Children of Father Moon. After learning of the attack, Ilgar's tribe sends him off with S'shony and a few others to gather an army from all the tribes to destroy the Nightstalkers once and for all. This episodic novel proceeds at a languid pace as Ilgar and his party meet and are subsequently joined by members of various nations, including wayward "Ras Tafarians" and English "Cricketeers." Readers who revel in folklore and intricate cultural details will enjoy the numerous circumlocutions as each event spawns a retelling of a tale; few others will have the patience to stay with the ponderous plot. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.