Sinister Reads – December 2010

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let each new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

Happy New Year from the gang at AHWA.


Sinister Reads

Concrete Jungle by Brett McBean
Tasmaniac Publications
ISBN: 9780980636772
RRP:  US$14.00
Available from Tasmaniac Publications and Horror Mall

It’s late. A few remaining shoppers head for the multi-story car park after
attacking the sales at an adjacent shopping center.

However, they become trapped in the underground bunker when, incredibly,
trees start to sprout from beneath the car park, transforming the concrete
structure into a ruined, maze-like cavern.

Unable to find a way out it becomes a struggle for survival, for not only
does the car park continue to transform back into a jungle, wild animals
have begun to appear, governed by hunger under the foliage canopy.
Now the humans must fight to survive – not only Mother Nature, but a foe
just as deadly…each other.


Dark Rising
by Greig Beck
Pan McMillan
ISBN – 9780330403917
RRP: AUD$19.99

Available from all good bookstores


A Cataclysmic Event

When a massive amount of gamma radiation is detected somewhere beneath the desert of Iran, the world is on edge. Is it a nuclear weapon—or worse? Alex Hunter and his highly trained incursion team is on a mission to find out. When they arrive at the ruins of Persepolis, they find an underground facility but no lab, no weapons, no scientists—not even radiation. A black hole has taken everything…

An Ancient Prophecy

Meanwhile, Iran is preparing for the return of the prophet. Israel is threatening nuclear war. And the details about Alex’s special U.S. military venture—code name: Arcadian—have been stolen. Then another gamma spike is detected…and someone, or something, is draining the fluids from the bodies of Iranian soldiers in the desert.

A Race Against Darkness

Now it’s up to Alex to follow the traces of radiation all the way to the ancient caves of Arak, where he’ll come face to face with a creature from his darkest nightmares. Is it game-over for Alex and his team? Or are greater forces at work as the world reaches its natural end—and mankind casts its final judgment?★ Starts with a BANG! And it is a big one. From there we are taken on a journey at break neck speed that meant I hardly put the book down all weekend. ~ Anne Dickson, Rodney Libraries.

★ Has all the right stuff. It starts with gamma radiation in Persepolis, progresses through the threat of nuclear war, an ancient curse and winds up with monsters from the dawn of time. What more could anyone want?  ~Ian Nichols, The West Australian.

★ The pace is breakneck! 4 STARS (highly recommended). ~Lachlan Jobbins. Good Reading Magazine.

★ Exciting, Fast-Paced And Cinematic In Feel. The Action Is Beautifully Choreographed, And The Characters Well Rounded. Beck Has A Strong Grasp Of The Action Genre – Four Stars. ~Keith Stevenson, Cour de Lion Books & Terra Incognita.


The Angælien Apocalypse
by Matthew Chrulew
Twelfth Planet Press
ISBN: 978-0-9805677-4-8
RRP: AU$12 +p/h
Available from Twelfth Planet Press

Reports had come in as the revolution erupted: a myriad of rotating discs approached Earth at speed. Panic and joy spread around the planet in viral waves. Few needed any help to identify these flying objects. They were the angælic vehicles.

And at the helm of the lead saucer was the Man himself. Jesus Christ.


by Will Elliot
Harper (Voyager)
ISBN – 9780732289485
RRP: AUD$22.95
Available from all good bookstores

Levaal stands naked before its twin world… none know what is beyond the boundary. Tormentors roam the land and it is rumoured that a dragon has escaped its sky prison. The Pilgrim’s enemies are circling.

In the south, an alien force is rising… its name is Shadow.

Kagemono: Flowers and Skulls
by Jason Franks
Blackglass Press
ISBN: 9780980516753
RRP: AUD$15.00
Available from Blackglass Press and Amazon

Take a walk in the garden of unearthly delights with KAGEMONO: FLOWERS AND SKULLS.

22 hideous new horror stories from Australia and around the world. Edited by Jason Franks


The Sixsmiths
by Jason Franks (Ill. J. Marc Schmidt)
Amaze Ink/SLG Publishing
ISBN – 978-1593622022
RRP:  US$12.95
Available from SLG, Minotaur and Amazon

THE SIXSMITHS are a family of suburban Satanists who’ve fallen prey to the global recession. Now their life is in turmoil: Ralf needs to find a new job; the twins, Cain and Lilith, need to survive the public school system; Annie needs to keep them all sane and under budget. Meanwhile, their estranged elder daughter Jezabelle is having her own crisis of the faith. Will the Devil rise to smite their enemies, or will he damn them with hellfire and wrath? This graphic novel does NOT include the material from the issue #1 released in July and is all new, continuing the stories of the Sixsmiths in an devilishly epic tale.


Festive Fear
ed. Stephen Clark
Tasmaniac Publications
ISBN – 9780980636765
RRP: US$15.95
Available from Ellison Hawker Bookshop and Horror Mall (US)

Anthology of original dark stories set around the Christmas period. Tales that will encourage you to check and recheck doors and windows are securely locked, that you know exactly what ingredients went into the punch before taking a sip, and evokes a heart murmur every time you hear Merry Christmas!

Ill. Daniele Sierra and Andrew J. McKiernan


Sinister Slices

Somewhere to Pray

by Benjamin Solah

Published in: Chinese Whisperings – The Yang Book

Available from: Chinese Whisperings

Uncle Alec’s Gargoyle

by Rebecca Fraser

Published in: Day Terrors

Available from: Harrow Press in Feb 2011


by Amanda J. Spedding

Published in: 365 Days of Flash

Available from: Pill Hill Press


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