Sinister Reads – August 2016

Posted in Authors, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, Market Hive Update, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

So, it’s August 2016. That snuck up like Pennywise!  Enjoy this short but powerful edition of Sinister Reads. How could you possible go past The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some (Volumes 1-3)? With contributions from some of AHWA best, you will be fascinated and horrified by the town of Refuge. But wait, there’s more! Check out Murder on the Cogsworthy Express by the wonderfully wicked Cameron Trost.

 

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The Refuge Collection, Heaven to Some (Volumes 1-3)

Authors: Ramsey Campbell, Tracie McBride, Martin Livings, Kaaron Warren, Brian Craddock, Lee Murray, Steve Dillon, Noel Osualdini, EJ McLaughlin, Chris McCorkindale, David Allen

Illustrated by: Will Jacques, Matty Taylor, Edward Miller, Steve Dillon, Greg Chapman, Simon Sayce

Published by: Steve Dillon for The Refuge Collection

ISBN no.: 9780994592200 (Hardback) and 9780994592217 (Paperback)

Release date: 19 th August 2016

RRP: $US66.60  (HB) and $US33.30 (PB)

Available here.

The Refuge Collection is a collection of dark, supernatural and terrifying tales set in and around the mythical town of Refuge, where every house is different, as are its people. They seek Refuge for all sorts of reasons, often without recalling why or how they arrived. But leaving is a different matter.

The town is often described by those who live there as ‘Heaven to Some, Hell to Others.’

The Refuge Collection is also a collection of award-winning (and emerging) writers and artists who’ve come together from across the world to build our little town of Refuge. Each writer has added to the places, people and events that take place, slowly building the mythology and adding to an insidious over-arching plot. With 6 volumes of 6 tales from Refuge, most are short, stand-alones but they all inter-leave in some way.

Reviews:

  • “The most ambitious shared-world horror series to come out of Australia. A horror collection that is both relevant and worthy – a rarity” – Aaron Sterns, co-writer of Wolf Creek 2
  • “The Refuge Collection benefits an admirable project. Please support if you can.” – Ramsey Campbell

Included is Lee Murray’s short story, ‘The Thief’s Tale,’ which won the Sir Julius Vogel (SJV) award for best short story in 2015.

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Murder on the Cogsworthy Express

by Cameron Trost

Published in  Gothic Fantasy: Crime and Mystery Short Stories

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Sinister Reminders
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AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.

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Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre. Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

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Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 
 

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Sinister Reads – July 2016

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Pre-order, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the July 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Holy crap balls, Batman! You are in for such a treat this week. The most amazing Greg Chapman has been busy with the release of his debut novel, Hollow House (check out the super creepy trailer) AND… drum roll please, Mr Chapman has also given us gore gathers our own bag of bits and blood to colour in with morbid magic! That’s right people, it’s an adult colouring book for horror lovers! Also, a massive congratulations for Rue Karney on her WIN – check out her latest Sinister Slice too! Enjoy your July Sinister Reads.

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The Horrible Colouring Book

by Greg Chapman

ISBN no.: 0646958259

RRP: $AUD9.95

Release date: 11 July 2016

Available here.

Greg Chapman is the author of:

TORMENT
THE NOCTUARY
THE LAST NIGHT OF OCTOBER
VAUDEVILLE AND OTHER NIGHTMARES
THE ESCHATOLOGIST
HOLLOW HOUSE (see below)
Greg Chapman is the illustrator on Bullet Ballerina – SST Publications
The Bram Stoker Award® WINNING WITCH HUNTS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE BURNING TIMES – McFarland & Company
ART: http://darkartiste.wordpress.com
Facebook
Twitter

This book is HORRIBLE!

Don’t colour-in to relax, colour-in to give yourself the shivers and stay awake!

24 pages of horrible colouring fun! Vampires! Werewolves! Zombies! And more! Grab your red crayons and stay inside the lines!

“The most fun you can have with colouring pencils without stabbing someone with them.” – Aaron Sterns, Co-writer Wolf Creek 2, author Wolf Creek: Origin. Closet artist.

“Absolutely BRILLIANT! I love it. Beyond being a cool coloring book, it’s a wonderfully witty tribute to the whole genre. Bravo!” – Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author and screenwriter.

 

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by Greg Chapman

Published by: Omnium Gatherum Books

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman (Cover art)

ISBN no.: 978-0692736067

RRP: $USD14.99

Release date: 25/7/16

Available here.

 

No one in Willow Street pays it any notice, not the disgruntled Campbell family next door, not Alice Cowley and her suicidal daughter, or Mr. and Mrs. Markham down the road. Not even Darryl, the loner at number seventy, who is abnormal himself, thinks much about it. It is just the old Kemper House, forgotten and abandoned.

Until it makes itself known.

When the stench of death wafts from Kemper House through Willow Street, and comes to the attention of recent resident and newspaper reporter, Ben Traynor, it starts a chain of horrors that brings Kemper House’s curse into their own homes and leads others direct to its door. Kemper House not only haunts its neighbours, it infects them with an evil that traverses time and reality itself.

Read Reviews here.

For more on Greg’s publications, check out the listing above for The Horrible Colouring Book.

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Butterfly Pie

by Rue Karney

Published in SQ Mag

 

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Congratulations to Rue Karney

Winner for Brother.

Category: Australian Horror Writers Association Short Story contest

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Sinister Reminders
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AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.

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Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre. Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

Follow the Blog HERE and don’t forget to like our Facebook page HERE.

Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 

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Sinister Reads – June 2016

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Back List, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Competitions, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the June 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Really? Half way through already? …. That’s what the Zombie said!  “…head inside a plastic bag.” Ummmm, what else do you need? Check out JA Loggie’s ‘‘Killing Gabba Maggie’ – a promise to murder’ to find out where the entrails are.  If you survive that, check out our wicked Sinister Slices and celebrate our Sinister SUPERSTARS!  Enjoy your June Sinister Reads….

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‘Killing Gabba Maggie’ …a promise to murder

by J.A.Loggie

Published by: J.A. Loggie (with assistance from) Publicious Pty. Ltd

ISBN no.: 978-0- 9872122-7- 6

RRP: $AUD12.00

Release date: January 2016

Available here.

On Saturday 31st October 1998 a sex-worker died in the inner Brisbane suburb of  Woolloongabba with her head inside a plastic bag. The media surmised that Halloween had activated a switch in a warped psyche but events are seldom what they seem in this smoke and mirror tale of murder and madness and the body count continued to rise. During the next ten months five more working girls die a breathless death and the name Bagman appears in the media but the murders may be the work of a new crime cartel that is intent on controlling the recently legalised sex-trade in the river city.

A CD filled with stolen cartel data falls into the hands of private investigator Mac McNab as he watches River Fire pyrotechnics at Southbank Parklands with his young grandson Paul.

Mac hides the CD before he is murdered by the cartel and days later the cartel kidnaps seven years old Paul who is soon rescued by Mac’s colleagues but the shadowy Bagman does exist and the serial killer is obsessed with single mother Cassie McNab and her son Paul. Murder and madness rise to a crescendo on Halloween night 1999 when Cassie is drugged and wakes in a bed beside a mummified corpse wearing green pyjamas.

 

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The brightest place

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Polestar Writers’ Journal #30

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The Corkscrew and the Void

by Cameron Trost

Published in Morbid Metamorphosis

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Atrocity Exhibition

by Jason Nahrung

Published in 100 Lightnings (Paroxysm Press)

 

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Congratulations to Deborah Sheldon

Highly commended for Angel hair.

Category: Short story, Australian Horror Writers Association Competition 2016

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Congratulations to Kat Clay

Longlisted for novella Double Exposure

Category: Adult Novels, 2016 Davitt Awards

 

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Sinister Reminders
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AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.

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Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre. Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

Follow the Blog HERE and don’t forget to like our Facebook page HERE.

Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 

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Sinister Reads – May 2016

Posted in Authors, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the May 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Indie authors, don’t forget to submit your work to Up & Up Media for their inaugural anthology! You’ll never feel safe in your own home again after reading Brett McBean’s Invasion… but let’s face it, us horror weirdos like it that way!  While you are at it, check out Deborah Sheldon’s Sinister Slice in Allegory Magazine. Enjoy your May Sinister Reads….

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Call for Submissions!

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Up & Up Media – Aussie Author Bonanza.

 

Up & Up Media are seeking INDIE authors to submit their work to an exciting new project to launch both Aussie authors and the company.

“Our big idea is to be what indie punk rock labels were for garage bands back in the day, but for indie writers of today. The garage bands of the literary world. We want to be the ones who nuture Nirvana’s first novel, Green Day’s first short story book, and we’re trying to get NoFX to drop their Zine through us… You get the picture, right?

“It’s grassroots, it’s exciting, and we don’t have no rules round these parts, so it’s whatever goes… “

THE BOOK

The book will be fiction stories, mostly Sci-fi/Fantasy, and will hopefully contain upwards of 30 stories. At the conclusion of each story will be a page about the author, telling the reader what they’re about, what other stuff they have out or are working on, and where to find them.

STORY GUIDLINES

  • Word count: Approx 2,000 words. If you go over, that’s okay though. We aren’t strict.

  • Payment: 7c Per Word, up to $100, for stories that will be published.

  • Theme: No particular theme, we want Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror, Or just plain Fiction. We aim to entertain our readers, give them something to think about, and showcase talent. We’re after stories that haven’t just been spilt out of a pen, but that the author is proud of. Remember, this is a spotlight to hopefully bring new readers into your fanbase and explore your other works.

For submission guidelines, go to http://www.upandupmedia.com.au/submissions.

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The Invasion

by Brett McBean

 

Published by: Sinister Grin Press

ISBN no.: 978-1944044206

RRP: $15.99 US

Release date: 15/5/2016

 

Available here.

 

 

It was supposed to be a quiet end to a long day: five close-knit family and friends settling in for some much-needed sleep after coming together for an early Christmas party. Instead, it’s the beginning of a shocking night of brutality when six intruders break into the sprawling residence of Debra Hillsboro, a middle-aged romance novelist with a fierce devotion to her loved ones and a strong kinship with her home of almost thirty years. Armed with smartphones and a modern brand of madness, the intruders – an internet-age cult disconnected from humanity and addicted to causing fear and mayhem – have come to the secluded property for one purpose: to terrorize, and ultimately kill, everyone inside all while filming their heinous crimes. Outnumbered and cut off from the outside world, the terrified occupants find themselves trapped in a fight for survival as a once place of safety is turned into a deadly maze of darkened rooms and forbidding hallways. On this sweltering summer night, they must somehow find a way to escape before the cult turns the beloved home into a house for the dead.

 

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Post hoc ergo propter hoc

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Allegory magazine #29

 

 

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Sinister Reminders
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AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.

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Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre. Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

Follow the Blog HERE and don’t forget to like our Facebook page HERE.

Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 

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Sinister Reads – April 2016

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Competitions, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, Market Hive Update, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the April 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Indie authors, time to step it UP with Up & Up Media calling for your submissions! Check out our Sinister Superstar, Bernie Rutkay – Winner, Winner, Zombie Dinner! And Matthew R. Davis has been busy serving up some Sinister Slices. Also, there is still time to enter the AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition… Get crackin’!

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AHWA Competition

The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from January 1 until May 31, 2016. 

We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.
– Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator

There are two categories for submission:Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.ENTRY FEE
AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal using our Paypal ID: ahwa@australianhorror.com

ENTRY DETAILS
Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.Electronic submissions (attached in WORD or RTF format) should be emailed to: ctrost@hotmail.com

The email subject should follow the format:
“AHWA Flash Fiction: Story Title by Author” or “AHWA Short Story: Story Title by Author

Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!

JUDGES
We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2016.

1. Joseph Ashley Smith (2015 short story winner)
2. Zoe Downing (2015 flash fiction winner)
3. Lee Murray (award-winning speculative fiction writer, editor, judge)

Competition closes 31st May 2016.
Winners will be announced in late June or early July.

Contact ctrost@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

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Call for Submissions!

upandup

Up & Up Media – Aussie Author Bonanza.

Up & Up Media are seeking INDIE authors to submit their work to an exciting new project to launch both Aussie authors and the company.

“Our big idea is to be what indie punk rock labels were for garage bands back in the day, but for indie writers of today. The garage bands of the literary world. We want to be the ones who nuture Nirvana’s first novel, Green Day’s first short story book, and we’re trying to get NoFX to drop their Zine through us… You get the picture, right?

“It’s grassroots, it’s exciting, and we don’t have no rules round these parts, so it’s whatever goes… “

THE BOOK

The book will be fiction stories, mostly Sci-fi/Fantasy, and will hopefully contain upwards of 30 stories. At the conclusion of each story will be a page about the author, telling the reader what they’re about, what other stuff they have out or are working on, and where to find them.

STORY GUIDLINES

  • Word count: Approx 2,000 words. If you go over, that’s okay though. We aren’t strict.

  • Payment: 7c Per Word, up to $100, for stories that will be published.

  • Theme: No particular theme, we want Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror, Or just plain Fiction. We aim to entertain our readers, give them something to think about, and showcase talent. We’re after stories that haven’t just been spilt out of a pen, but that the author is proud of. Remember, this is a spotlight to hopefully bring new readers into your fanbase and explore your other works.

For submission guidelines, go to http://www.upandupmedia.com.au/submissions.

 

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The Heart of the Mission

by Matthew R. Davis

Published in The Refuge Collection series

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Pianissimo Possibile

by Matthew R. Davis

Published in Haunted by the Past

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Imago

by Matthew R. Davis

Published in Quick Shivers About Bugs, The Daily Nightmare

 

 

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Bernie Rutkay
 – WINNER 
of The Trifecta Award for a script that cleverly incorporates the three prompts for The Importance of Fresh Breath.

Category: Stranger With My Face Film Festival Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge 2016

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Sinister Reminders
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AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.

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Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre. Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

Follow the Blog HERE and don’t forget to like our Facebook page HERE.

Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 

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Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!

Sinister Reads – March 2016

Posted in Authors, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Competitions, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the March 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. As expected, we have an abundance of delicious deadlies this month with a healthy dose of Sinister Shorts.  Pick up your copy of Greg Chapmans’ post-apocalyptic, The Eschatologist, and forever fear Kelpie passage once you read J.A.Loggie’s, The Devil in the Bay. Also, there is still time to enter the AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition… Get crackin’!

Follow this and start receiving monthly updates of publications.

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AHWA Competition

 The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from January 1 until May 31, 2016. 

We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.
– Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator

There are two categories for submission:Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.ENTRY FEE
AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal using our Paypal ID: ahwa@australianhorror.com

ENTRY DETAILS
Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Electronic submissions (attached in WORD or RTF format) should be emailed to: ctrost@hotmail.com

The email subject should follow the format:
“AHWA Flash Fiction: Story Title by Author” or “AHWA Short Story: Story Title by Author

Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!

JUDGES
We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2016.

1. Joseph Ashley Smith (2015 short story winner)
2. Zoe Downing (2015 flash fiction winner)
3. Lee Murray (award-winning speculative fiction writer, editor, judge)

Competition closes 31st May 2016.
Winners will be announced in late June or early July.

Contact ctrost@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

 

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escoloThe Eschatologist

Author: Greg Chapman

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman

Published by: Voodoo Press

ISBN no.: 978-9995756109

RRP: $USD9.99

Release date: February 1, 2016

Available HERE.

David Brewer is trying to keep his family alive in a world torn asunder by a Biblical apocalypse. Yet there is salvation, in the guise of a stranger who offers survivors sanctuary. All they have to do is declare their faith in God’s final – and bloody – plan.

Reviews:

  • “Madness and murder and miracles all abound in The Eschatologist. Reminiscent of Barker’s early work, the end of the world has never been so bleak.” – Tim Marquitz, author of The Demon Squad
  • “Greg Chapman introduces us to the enigmatic figure of Amos in a post-apocalyptic landscape every bit as evocative as King’s Midworld. Here, the domestic aspect is strong … as a small family of memorable characters battles the blasted landscape and a prophet. A great premise all rendered in Chapman’s signature prose.” – Matthew Tait, author of Davey Ribbon.

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The Devil in the Bay

Author: J.A.Loggie

Published by: J.A. Loggie

ISBN no.: 978-0-9872122-7-6

RRP: Aud$15.00

Available online.

This devilish tale opens in 2009 on a speck of land in Moreton Bay and ends in a fire-gutted church in South Brisbane. The islands in scenic Moreton Bay are popular holiday destinations right on Brisbane’s doorstep but there is one speck of land close to the mainland that does not appear on any tourist map; free settlers from Scotland in the 1800s gave tiny Clootie Isle their name for the Devil and they named an inlet on the islet the Kelpie Passage as a warning that water-demons haunted the inlet…the Devil takes care of his own.

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Sinister Shorts
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Sins of the Father

by Anthony Ferguson

Published in Darkness Abound (anthology)

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A Rip in Time

by Anthony Ferguson

Published in Out of the Gutter online

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Will o’ the wisp

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Lighthouses: an anthology of dark tales through Black Beacon Books

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Across the white desert

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Aurealis #87

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A faithful companion

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Tincture Journal #13

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An Incident at Prnjavor

by Gerry Huntman

Published in The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Vol 1 (ed R Stephenson)

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The Stone of Sacrifice

by Kyla Lee Ward

Published in Spectral Realms #4, ed. S. T. Joshi, Hippocampus Press.

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A Voice Through the Fence

by Athol Henry

Published in The Ghostly Stingybark

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Sinister Reminders
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AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.

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Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre. Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

Follow the Blog HERE and don’t forget to like our Facebook page HERE.

Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 

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Sinister Reads – February 2016

Posted in Authors, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Competitions, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the February 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Check out the Sinister Short, The Leucrotta, by Kyla Lee Ward and get another chance to check our AHWA anthologies and magazine.  We’ve have some gremlins in the machine in the last few months which has made it difficult to bring you ALL of the AHWA greatness; however, it seems they have been eradicated so make sure you stick around – next month should be HUGE!

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AHWA Competition

 The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from January 1 until May 31, 2016. 

We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.
– Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator

There are two categories for submission:Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.

ENTRY FEE
AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal using our Paypal ID: ahwa@australianhorror.com

ENTRY DETAILS
Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Electronic submissions (attached in WORD or RTF format) should be emailed to: ctrost@hotmail.com

The email subject should follow the format:
“AHWA Flash Fiction: Story Title by Author” or “AHWA Short Story: Story Title by Author

Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!

JUDGES
We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2016.

1. Joseph Ashley Smith (2015 short story winner)
2. Zoe Downing (2015 flash fiction winner)
3. Lee Murray (award-winning speculative fiction writer, editor, judge)

Competition closes 31st May 2016.
Winners will be announced in late June or early July.

Contact ctrost@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

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Lighthouses-cover-thumbLighthouses: An Anthology of Dark Tales

Author: Various AHWA members

Editor: Cameron Trost

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman, cover artist

Published by: Black Beacon Books

ISBN no.: 9781515353812

RRP: $US11.95; $US6.00 Kindle

Release date: November 2015

Available in hardcopy HERE (CreateSpace) and HERE (Amazon), and Kindle HERE.

Light House, Dark House Greg Chapman
Scrimshaw Duncan Richardson
Horror at Hollow Head Cameron Trost
Psychopomp Mark McAuliffe
Trepidation Danielle Birch
Cloak of Madness Matthew Wilson
The Cape B. Michael Radburn
The Last Keeper Linda Brucesmith
In Search of Jimmy David Dolan
Into the Light Alice Godwin
The Crystal Lighthouse Sam Muller
To Keep the Lamp Alight Steve Cameron
The Tower B. T. Joy
Will o’ the Wisp Deborah Sheldon

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Author: Various AHWA members

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman, cover artist

Published by: Australian Horror Writers’ Association

ISBN no.: 1508670382

RRP: $9.95 USD special release price until the 31st of October

Release date: 18/09/2015

Available HERE.

Inaugural Showcase Anthology from the Australian Horror Writers’ Association:

The River Slurry Rue Karney
Triage Jason Nahrung
Upon the Dead Oceans Marty Young
Beast Natalie Satakovski
The Grinning Tide Stuart Olver
Our Last Meal J. Ashley Smith
Veronica’s Dogs Cameron Trost
Bullets Joanne Anderton
Saviour Mark McAuliffe
The Hunt Mark Smith-Briggs
The Monster in the Woods Kathryn Hore
Road Trip Anthony Ferguson
Bloodlust Steve Cameron
Elffingern Dan Rabarts

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Midnight Echo Issue 11

Editor: Kaaron Warren

Distributor: AHWA

RRP: $AUD 2.99 – Comes in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats. You’ll receive all three when you buy through the website!

Release date: April 2015

Available HERE.

The Table of Contents:

Literature:

‘Gardening at Night’ by Vincent G McMackin
‘Uninvited Guests’ by Evan Purcell
‘Accident Report’ by Jarod K Anderson
‘By the Light Unseen’ by  Mark Farrugia
‘The Crying Room’ by Marija Elektra Rodriguez
‘Madeline’ by Claire Fitzpatrick
‘Perfect Little Stitches’ by Deborah Sheldon

Poetry:

‘November Wind’ by Sandy DeLuca
‘In Venice’ by John Grey
‘They’ by Michael Tugendhat
‘Dead Bodies Make Good Cellos’ by A J Huffman
‘The fruit of her hands’ by P S Cottier

Comic:

From the Vault – ‘The Old Portrait’, written by Jason Franks, illustrated by Leigh Kuilboer, edited by Mark Farrugia

Non-fiction and regular features:

‘Why Sinister’ – Kaaron Warren on her early influences and favourite stories
Celluloid Nightmares – Mark Smith-Briggs talks to Wolf Creek 2 screenwriter Aaron Sterns
‘Writing With The Left Hand’ – P S Cottier discusses the sinister side of poetry
Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)

Special features:

AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition winners  –
‘Sundown’ by Keith Williams
‘What Came Through’ by Stuart Olver

 

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Sinister Shorts
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The Leucrotta

by Kyla Lee Ward

Published in Gods, Memes and Monsters: a 21st Century Bestiary (ed. Heather J. Woods, Stone) by Skin Press, 2015.

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Sinister Reminders
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AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.

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Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre. Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

Follow the Blog HERE and don’t forget to like our Facebook page HERE.

Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 

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Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!