Self Help and Other Works

One Eyed Girl


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In his debut collection of poems, Neil Boyack digs deep into the trials of loyalty, the stink of lust, and the wounds of solitude. Boyack’s commitment to vulnerability is there for all to see and judge, as is his way. Heavily based in the operational and everyday he finds the hidden and the secret in the self deceptions and the anonymity of the dead fox, roads as long as sight, an argument on the beach, and in the ironies of a white Australia with a black history. His writing is never accusing, but draws the reader with sweet threads into places Australian poems rarely go. Boyack’s poems have followed his stories; sharp, jagged, sugary jabs of writing tasting of rust yet respecting all. Whether its kids in care, outback grief, the brutality of pecking orders, or a lost wedding ring, you’ll find that sometimes you have to jump into black water to find life-giving light.

Country Junk and other stories

One Eyed Girl


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The Vulgar Press


Boyack’s first solo collection of short stories and documentary pieces was hailed by critics all over the country.  A versatile collection that covered previous ground of realism and urbanity, also dealt with the day to day lives of customers in retail environments.  At the time it was Boyack’s greatest work to date and still stand s the test of time in terms of maturity, quality and detail.  A gloom tinged, sparse and sex flavoured collection.  Available through antique book websites, and soon to be available here on PDF.

See Through

University of Queensland Press


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Embodying the beginnings of Melbourne Grunge circa early nineties the stories in See Through (originally published by UQP in 1996) come from the seminal self published collections Black, and Snakeskin/Vanilla. Filled to the brim with stressed, working class characters who are running out of time, money and mental health, these people exist in the social margins and survive in the wastelands of the urban sprawl. Boyack’s characters are shards of smashed mirror on a bathroom floor, reflecting bits and pieces of environmental neglect, pub brawls, football club culture, and the gut wrenching personal devastation of experiencing rejection from lovers.

With an introduction by Ian Syson (The Vulgar Press) and an updated author’s note, 20 years on, this is a pointed, lusty, bleak package. Boyack did his apprenticeship in realism writing these stories, and in a tradition of Grunge wrote them with nothing to lose. His eye for detail excels, along with his trust for the reader, and his strong ability to write freely in his own vulnerabilities. Fat, the lead story in this collection, was henpecked and championed simultaneously at the time of its release; yet, it survived on a university curriculum for a decade or more. This version of See Through contains the story Spit which was not in the original release. It also contains the manifesto that kicked off Black in 1993. Like it did when it was released See Through will repulse as many people as it entrances.

Snakeskin Vanilla



The follow up to Black brought yet another sharp edged, gloom-laden and urban short story collection to world.  Again, some loved it and others hated it, but it was clear that Boyack had something to say, and people reacted. This collection was instrumental in categorizing Boyack into shortest Lit movement in Australian history– Grunge.  Includes the rambling, cutting domestic novella Snakeskin. Available only through antique book websites, and collected later in See Through.




The audacious, bludgeoning realism that started it all came through this seminal collection of Boyack’s first works.  Black was loved and hated by the critics.  Boyack drew large crowds and adoring fans performing and reading from his first trail blazing short story collection.  The legendary FAT: Real Love # 3 is still used as a study text in tertiary institutions to this very day.  Available only through antique book websites, and collected later in See Through, now available here as an eBook.

Unimagine” — Neil Boyack
Boyack’s short shorts with images by Lucy Roleff. Great Value at $5, with $1.50 for postage.
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Million Deaths” — Neil Boyack
Boyack’s short shorts with images by Lucy Roleff. Great Value at $5, with $1.50 for postage.
This work is not available digitally.