Sinister Reads – December 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome horror fiends to the December edition of Sinister Reads, the monthly newsletter that celebrates the achievements of our hard-writing Australian Horror Writers Association members. Check out the latest publication milestones below for November/December, or even better pick up a copy of their work, remembering to leave a review after the fact! Reviews are author’s bread and butter, so do the right thing peeps.

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Author: Alan Baxter
Title: Crow Shine
Publisher: Ticonderoga Publications
ISBN no.:
978–1–925212–39–6 (limited hardcover)
978–1–925212–40–2 (trade hardcover)
978–1–925212–41–9 (trade paperback)
978–1–925212–42–6 (ebook)
Price: AU$25.00 for Paperback, AU$4.99 ebook.
Release date: November 11, 2016

 https://www.amazon.com/Crow-Shine-Alan-Baxter-ebook/dp/B01MRJOQZ8

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/680614

http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=crow+shine&osCsid=f5508f6930b762d550bc333a2ae88316&x=0&y=0

 

The dark fantasy collection features 19 stories, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning “Shadows of the Lonely Dead”; and original title story “Crow Shine” in addition to two other never before published stories.

“Alan Baxter is an accomplished storyteller who ably evokes magic and menace. Whether it’s stories of ghost-liquor and soul-draining blues, night club magicians, sinister western pastoral landscapes, or a suburban suicide–Crow Shine has a mean bite.”—Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase.

Reviews

http://smashdragons.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/review-crow-shine-by-alan-baxter.html

https://sqmag.com/2016/11/01/edition-29-book-review-crow-shine-by-alan-baxter/

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thumbnail_ddAuthor: Deborah Sheldon
Title: Devil Dragon
Publisher: Severed Press
ISBN no.: 978-1-925493-97-9
Price: USD$3.77 ebook; USD$12.95 paperback
Release date: November 18th, 2016

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0F32TI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1479446634&sr=1-1&keywords=severed+press

http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

Dr. Erin Harris may be a scientist, but she has an unscientific obsession: to find a living Varanus priscus. Cryptozoologists call it the Devil dragon. This giant Australian reptile went extinct some 12,000 years ago but like Bigfoot or Nessie, there are occasional sightings. Spurred by a credible

witness, Erin cobbles together an expedition party consisting of herself, the witness, and his deer-hunting neighbours. They travel into the unexplored heart of a remote national park. Erin, believing the Devil dragon to be a larger version of the Komodo, is confident she can outwit a specimen. However, the terrifying monster that lumbers out of the bush is a savage and unpredictable predator the size of a campervan. To escape, Erin must transform herself from genteel university lecturer to hard-core survivalist.

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lost-soulsAuthor: James Doig
Title: “Lionel Sparrow”, in Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic: Fifty-Four Neglected Authors, Actors, Artists and Others
Publisher: McFarland & Company
ISBN-10: 1476663149
ISBN-13: 978-1476663142
Price: USD$35 (paperback) $9.86 (ebook)

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Souls-Horror-Gothic-Fifty-Four/dp/1476663149 

In recent years horror and gothic themes have penetrated mainstream popular culture in a manner unseen since the horror boom of the 1970s. Primetime television viewers who before might not have shown interest in such late-night fare now happily settle down after dinner to watch zombie or serial killer shows. This collection of 54 biographical essays examines many overlooked and underrated figures who have played a role in the ever-expanding world of horror and gothic entertainment. The contributors push the boundaries of how we define these terms, bringing into the discussion such diverse figures as singer-songwriter Tom Waits, occultist Dion Fortune, author Charles Beaumont, historian, and bishop Gregory of Tours and video game designer Shinji Mikami.

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darkest-depths-ebook-small-190x300Author: Geneve Flynn
Title: “A Special Breed” in Darkest Depths Anthology
Publisher: Vision Writers Group
ASIN: B01MSI1G9K
Price: USD$0.73 (ebook)
Release date: November 5, 2016

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSI1G9K

In 2014, Vision Writers published an inaugural collection of speculative fiction stories, “18”. In 2016, we’re at it again, and this time, we’re digging deep and going dark.

If you’re brave enough to gaze into the abyss (beware: it’s watching you), you’ll find a woman caring for a monster, a father’s suffocating guilt, a jumping castle, a tale of the Horseman, a military science experiment gone wrong (don’t they all?), a lake monster, some mutants in a hole, and of course, a bizarre trip through the mind, with a doppelganger and a booze-soaked wombat in a 1969 Kombi. So be sure to read this under the covers with the torch on and the windows locked. There’s dark things out there. And there’s even darker things in here.

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shadowsAuthor: Cameron Trost
Title: “The Sorrowful Wife” in Shadows at the Door Anthology
Publisher: Shadows at the Door Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9956158-0-9
Price: £25.00 Uk & Europe or £30.00 International
Released in November, 2016

http://www.shadowsatthedoor.com/store/

n the first published collection, Shadows at the Door Publishing brings you new fiction from authors in classical horror style. Hundreds of horror fans pledged over £11,000 to bring this project to life, and now you can join them. No matter where you are in the world, there is a story that everyone knows. In every town, every village, there is a house no one sets foot in; a specter in the woods that parents warn their children of; a local landmark whose history is stained with death. Shadows at the Door brings the whispered, hand-me-down horrors of thirteen such places together, to entertain and unsettle. The anthology will immerse you in the eerie locales of Durham, Norfolk, Derbyshire, Rugby, the Scottish Highlands, Toronto, Pennsylvania, East Sussex, New York, Rural Yorkshire, Lake Superior, and Melbourne, so you can be scared all around the globe.

 

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So this is our final Sinister Reads for the year. We’ll kick off the next edition in the New Year. Until then, keep on kicking those writing goals and don’t forget to send in your publication news to media@australianhorror.com for inclusion in Sinister Reads. * Please note that Sinister Reads is a monthly newsletter and your publication submissions should correspond to the particular edition. Questions can be directed to Greg Chapman, Sinister Reads Manager, via media@australianhorror.com

Sinister Reads – November 2016

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

The Gremlins attacked and we pew pew’d them back into squishy piles of goo! How was YOUR Halloween? Some of our AHWA writers have been busy so check our this month’s Sinister Reads and Sinister Slices. Also, the AHWA Shadow Awards are open so get cracking!  Information below… right down there>>>  No, down!  Scroll!😛

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AHWA Shadow Awards

Hey creepy kooks, it’s that time again – The Australian Horror Writer’s Association Shadows Awards! Entries are for works first published during the 2016 calendar year, representing the best of the best!

This year we have a fantastic array of judges!

Paul Haines Long Fiction: William Cook, Brett McBean, Lee Pletzers

Edited Works: Dmetri Kakmi, Piper Mejia

Collected Works: Lee Murray, Michael Pryor, Tracie McBride

Short Fiction: David Hoenig, William Cook, Rhiannon Irons, Lucy A. Snyder

Comics/ Graphic Novels: Gareth Macready, Lee Pletzers

Rocky Wood Nonfiction: Piper Mejia, Maree Kimberley, David Kernot

Novels: Louise Zedda-Sampson, Rhiannon Irons, Lee Pletzers

Entries are FREE! We’re looking for the best Australian and New Zealand writers, even if it’s your first publication.

Send your entries my way!

australianshadows@australianhorror.com

Thanks,
Claire Fitzpatrick
AHWA Shadows Awards Coordinator

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Presumed Dead

Author: Rick Kennett

Published by: Cooperative Ink

ISBN no.: 9781536849158

Release date: 3 August 2016

RRP: US $4.03 kindle version, US $12.95 paperback

Available on Amazon.

Marooned a thousand light years from home, alone with ghosts and monsters, the last thing she wanted was rescue.

Review

 

I have followed the Cy De Gerch stories for years, generally in Australian science fiction magazines. I’ve always liked the stories of this very young, purpose bred, Martian warrior, and her various travails, both physical and emotional. These stories continue in this novel, which length really gives author Kennett the chance to explore Lieutenant De Gerch’s psyche. It is a Robinson Crusoe-type story, with an unusual stand-in for Friday. There is conflict, adventure and introspection. Kennett is a good writer in both long and short form and deserves a wider audience. – NYC Reader

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Angel’s Song

by Angela J. Maher

Published in Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2016

 

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Crack

by Angela J. Maher

Published in Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2016

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Coralesque

 

by Rebecca Fraser

Published in Killing it Softly: The Best by Women in Horror (Volume 1)

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The Beach

by Claire Fitzpatrick

Published in Under The Bed Magazine, Vol 5, No 1

 

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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 – September 2016

Posted in Authors, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Hey there creepers, creepies, and creepsters! Welcome to another edition of Sinister Reads. Another short one with a powerful punch! Check out the two awesome releases this month. There is no rest for the wicked, and Cameron Trost is soooo wicked… wickedly amazing! The Tunnel Runner will get you thinking and freaking – we love that! Ree Kimberley has gifted us something special in Rat City – a horror novel for young adults. If I had kids, they would read nothing else. I don’t have kids… it’s safer that way….

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The Tunnel Runner

Author: Cameron Trost

Published by: Black Beacon Books

ISBN no.: 9780992321116

Release date: 22nd September 2016

RRP: Print: $18 AUD / Kindle: $3.99 AUD

Available HERE.

 

There was an online book launch. Check out the fun HERE:

Entering the tunnels is easy, but Ripley and Gabriela soon discover that reaching the surface again will be the greatest challenge they have ever faced…

The Tunnel Runner is a tale of urban adventure and social discontent that plunges the reader deep beneath the city of Brisbane.

Come and explore the world on the other side of the street.

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Rat City

Author: Ree Kimberley

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

Published by: Pronoun

ISBN no.: 978-0- 9953870-0- 3

Release date: 1 September 2016

RRP: $2.99 USD (digital only)

Available HERE.

 

A lost friend. A family tragedy. A psychopathic scientist driven by greed.

All Shannon Dane wants to do is be with his girlfriend, Ally. So when tragedy strikes her family, he’s willing to do whatever she asks. Even break into Rat City, the run-down mansion owned by her geneticist uncle.

Ally is convinced the secrets hidden inside Rat City will give her the answers she’s desperate for, and reveal the truth behind her family’s loss. But what Shannon discovers could rip their lives– and the lives of a generation of teens – into shreds.

Rat City is a novel for young adults (13 years plus) that mixes science fiction, horror and a touch of romance with fast-paced action.

Reviews:

  • “Ree has captured high school life in Australia to a tee and used it as the backdrop for a gripping tale that throws adventure, mystery, science-fiction, and horror into the port (school bag for the uninitiated), leaves them to fester for a while, then invites you to peep inside.” – Cameron Trost

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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 – 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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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
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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.

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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 – 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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Sinister Events
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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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Sinister Reads
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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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Sinister Slices
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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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Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!