Archive for March, 2009

The story so far… 2009.

Posted in New Releases on March 31, 2009 by ahwasinisterreads

Well here it is folks! Can you smell the fresh ink?

From the macabre minds of members of the Australian Horror Writers’ Association, Sinister Reads is proud to introduce new, fascinating forays into the darkness and beyond.

Note from the team at Sinister Reads ~ The backlist will be updated as more submissions come in from AHWA members. If you think your book should be on the list, please email us and we’ll send you the submission information.




New Dark Voices 2
by Brett McBean, Ronald Damien Malfi, Nick Mamatas

Delirium Books
ISBN: 978-1-934546-06-2
RRP: US $16.95
Available from: Horror Mall and

Delirium’s annual anthology-series spotlighting the talents of tomorrow continues with New Dark Voices II. Edited by Brian Keene, NDVII features three brand-new, terrifying, genre-bending novellas by underground favorite Ronald Damien Malfi, the critically acclaimed Nick Mamatas, and hot Australian writer Brett McBean.




Editors: Mark S. Deniz & Amanda Pillar
Illustrator: Reece Notley

Morrigan Books
ISBN: 978-91-977605-0-8
RRP: AU$19.00 – including a $2 donation to the Paul Haines Cancer Fund
Available from: Morrigan Books, Fantastic Planet, Dymocks Southland and Pulp Fiction Books – Brisbane.

In every room, there is a story. In this hotel, the stories run to the wicked and macabre. Well-crafted psychological and supernatural horror offerings await you, each written by a master storyteller. Whether you are looking to be shocked, disturbed or out-right frightened, Voices will have something to titillate your nerves and make your hair stand up on end. Leave the lights on and brew a strong cup of tea, the voices in the room plan on keeping you up all night.


Check out Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews.



The Nobody
by Tom Piccirilli
Illustrator: Alex McVey
Introduced by Norman Partridge

Tasmaniac Publications
ISBN: 978-0-9803868-7-5
RRP: $22.95 (free shipping within Australia)
Available from publisher via: Tasmaniac Publications

Cryer once had another name, but he can’t remember it.

The man he used to be was stabbed in the head by an assailant. After months of catatonia Cryer awakens in a mental facility to find that his former life is almost completely forgotten. He knows his wife and daughter have been murdered – he saw them die moments before his own assault – but his shattered mind is incapable of retaining their names. Or even his own.

Now Cryer is free again and trying to track down an elusive killer through his own unknown past. But how do you investigate the murders of your loved ones when you can’t remember them? When you have no idea who your friends or enemies were? Where you lived and worked? And what secrets you might have once had and failed to keep?

And how is he supposed to deal with the little man who keeps crawling in and out of his skull?

Cryer is a nobody now, but that won’t stop him from finding a vicious murderer and making him pay.


“THE NOBODY is a dangerous exploration into the mind and soul of man. Piccirilli’s beautiful prose allows us to take a peek into the abyss of our consciousness and shine a light into those places that warmth has long ago forgot.   You cannot read this book and not be changed.” Larry Roberts – Bloodletting Press.

“Part vigilante procedural, part hard-boiled PI yarn and part examination-of-post-loss-survival weepie, THE NOBODY is Tom Piccirilli at his uncompromising best. A roller-coaster ride? You bet. A page-turner, even? Yep, no question. A palpable atmosphere, larger-than-life characterisation and impeccable plotting? They’re all there.”
Peter Crowther – PS Publishing.

“Shocking, tragic, beautifully written, insightful and nuanced, mournful and uplifting —
everything we’ve come to expect from Tom Piccirilli, done to perfection. From its brutal opening scene to its heartfelt final pages, The Nobody is Pic at his finest.”
RJ Sevin – Creeping Hemlock Press.




Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume 3
Editor: Angela Challis

Brimstone Press
ISBN: 978-0-9805677-0-0
RRP: $24.95
Available from: Brimstone Press, Indie Books Online and most bookstores (including Dymocks and speciality retailers)

The latest volume in the annual, critically-acclaimed ‘year’s best’ anthology series. Zombies and vampires lie within but there are much more disturbing dangers to be found. Australian dark fiction mines deep into the darkest corners of the imagination and the results are seductive and deadly. Be warned: read these stories with the lights on and the door locked!



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Deadly Desire

by Keri Arthur

US: Bantam
ISBN: US: 978-0553591156 or 0553591150

UK & Aust: Piatkus / Hatchette Livre
ISBN: UK & Aust: ISBN 978-074-990934-5 (074990934X)

Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn. So the last thing Riley needs is the heat of the upcoming full moon bringing her werewolf hormones to a boil—or the reappearance of a sexy bounty hunter, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy.

Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn’t back off the investigation, but it’s Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye’s lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she’s courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread.



by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Illustrated by Andrew J. McKiernan

Brimstone Press
RRP: $16.95
Available from:  Brimstone PressIndie Books Online, and most bookstores (including Dymocks and speciality retailers)

Shards is dark fiction at its shortest and sharpest. Each shard is an imaginative fragment, broken, sharp, and poised to draw blood. Every story is illustrated by the darkly imaginative Andrew J. McKiernan.



Phantasy Moste Grotesk ~ Limited Edition ~
Felicity Dowker

Corpulent Insanity Press
Available from: Corpulent Insanity Press


“A dark carnival of intoxicating delights.  Dowker is one of Australia’s rising talents and a writer to watch.” Will Elliott, author of The Pilo Family Circus.

“With Phantasy Moste Grotesk, Felicity Dowker has created a nightmarish world that combines the mood of a good old-fashioned horror tale with gruesome freak show imagery.  There is also a violent undercurrent of emotional strife which makes this an impressive and disturbing novella.” Jordan Krall, author of Piecemeal June and Squid Pulp Blues.

“Once you’ve read this fantastic book, you’ll never look at Ferris wheels the same way again.” Bradley Sands, author of It Came from Below the Belt.

Check out more reviews at ASif!HorrorScope and Brenton Tomlinson.


The story so far… 2008.

Posted in Back List on March 3, 2009 by ahwasinisterreads

Here’s your chance to take a look at some of the pieces that have come out over the last few years.

All of the books listed here are confirmed available for purchase. Follow the links to secure your copy.

Note from the team at Sinister Reads ~ The backlist will be updated as more submissions come in from AHWA members. If you think your book should be on this list, please email us and we’ll send you the submission information.



Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume 2 (2007 edition)
Editor: Angela Challis

Brimstone Press
ISBN: 978-0-9802817-2-9
RRP: $24.95
Available from: Brimstone Press, Indie Books Online,
Fantastic Planet and Dymocks Southland.

The best and darkest Australian short stories in one book! Each of these tales explore the darkness of the human condition. Ghosts, monsters, alien gods, sadists, the forsaken, and the deranged all lie within. Australia’s best dark fiction writers will scare the hell out of you.


Black Box
Editor: Shane Jiraiya Cummings

Brimstone Press
RRP: $12.95
Available from: Brimstone Press, Indie Books Online, and Fantastic Planet

What’s inside the Box? Nearly 100 of the darkest, most surreal flash fiction stories from 80 of the hottest horror and fantasy authors, music from the best Australian alternative, gothic opera, metal, and hip hop artists, and electronic galleries of dark art from the finest Australian and emerging international artists. Black Box is a two-disk set (e-anthology and bonus audio disk).


Wild Child Publishing
RRP: $5.95 USD
Available from: Wild Child Publishing & Fiction Wise

“For weeks, I have tossed and turned in my bed in turmoil over whether to publish this. But the people of this town must be warned. Everyone must be aware of the danger lurking in the dark, waiting.”

Samhane. Just a sleepy town in the rolling hills of northern England. A nice place to live.

Few people know the truth…. Read more

Donald Patterson travels to Samhane in pursuit of a sadistic murderer and rapist. Unless Donald reaches Orchard House by midnight, his fiancee will be the star of the next torturous broadcast….

Brian Rathbone and his son are already in Samhane, hired by the mayor. Specialist exterminators, their talents have helped to deal with the ‘little problems’ that have begun to massacre the residents. But as events take a more sinister turn, Brian wonders about the true reason they are there….

Blood and carnage. Pain and suffering. Desire and sweet chaos.

Welcome to Samhane.


“Russell has a talent for story telling… and at such a good price you should grab a copy.” Withersin Magazine

“I can’t wait to read Russell’s next novel.” R.Scott McCoy, Necrotic Tissue

“Compared to some of the top authors in the genre.” Word Weavers