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Sinister Reads – August 2013

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Sinister Reads

The AHWA Creative Retreat is filling up fast and it is just around the corner so don’t miss out! More info below for your bloody desires.

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Sinister Happenings


FILLING UP FAST!  AHWA Creative Retreat

The Australian Horror Writers Association run three-day/two-night stays at haunted locations for writers, editors, artists, photographers, film makers and any other creative-type people.

They involve having the days to create and the nights to investigate how to be scared stiff.

Upcoming Event:

Mayday Hills Asylum Creative Retreat

Beechworth’s Mayday Hills Asylum was one of the largest institutions in Victoria. Opened in 1867 (the same year as Aradale), this building also housed thousands of people described as ‘lunatics’, ‘idiots’ and ‘imbeciles’. Closing in 1995 after 128 years of operation, this site is considered one of the most haunted locations in Australia. At its height, Mayday Hills consisted of 67 buildings and was home to over 1200 patients and 500 staff.

As you spend three days and two nights in the facility, you will be able to explore the cold and deserted buildings of what was once a notorious and feared institution in Victoria . Spend the days writing, drawing, filming or photographing the beautiful architecture, and spend the nights scared stiff in the haunted buildings.

Cost: $345

Keep an eye on the AHWA website and Facebook page for further details as they are arranged.


Sinister Reminders


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.


Last month, we were very excited to have award  winning author Kirstyn McDermott as a  special guest judge for the writer’s workshop – and the theme for the month was ‘Opening chapters’.    Out of the three lucky finalists,  E J McLaughlin, Dominique Davidson and Danielle Birch (who all received feedback from Kirstyn on their submissions) it was Danielle Birch who caught Kirstyn’s eye with her clever prose and  took out the winning entry  and received a signed copy of Kirstyn’s debut novel, Madigan Mine, as a prize.  
In September, our very own Mike Pieloor is leading us through the theme of ‘Plot outlines.’  
Looking ahead to October:   I have secured an interview with the very busy American Horror author Ronald Malfi – and there could be a few surprises in store for workshop members around then.  
– Judith Thomas

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.


The Australia Shadow Awards – 2014 Submissions Open!

The Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the AHWA and judged on the overall effect – the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance – of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian.

Winners of the Awards receive a hand crafted trophy from the masters of the horror special effects industry, Nightshade FX.

The awards are open to submission of any horror fiction published (or anthologies edited) by an Australian/New Zealand/Oceania resident or citizen in the 2013 calendar year—submissions until February 28th 2014.

Past winners of the Shadows include a who’s who of Australian Horror Writers; Lee Battersby, Terry Dowling, Paul Haines, Brett McBean, Kirstyn McDermott, Bob Franklin, Kaaron Waaren, Will Elliott, Deborah Biancotti, Amanda Spedding.

From 2011, the award has five categories: NovelLong Fiction (novellas and novelettes); Short Fiction (short stories); Collection (single author collections); and Edited Publication (anthologies and magazine issues).

Shortlists for each category will be determined by a panel of judges . The shortlisted finalists are announced in March/April every year.

Read the Award Entry Guidelines to find out how to enter works for consideration.

Follow regular updates on the Australian Shadows Awards Facebook page.


Welcome to Cohesion Press!

We are a small press based in Australia.

Our concept is to publish within a new paradigm, in that we plan to release anthologies that are mostly filled by solicited authors, yet we will still open a few spots for general submissions.

Cohesion will be also be publishing novels and novellas by solicited authors, yet we will, at certain specified times, open to general submissions.

Our first offering will be SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Sci-Fi/Horror.

More details on our anthology submissions page.

For more information on upcoming submission themes and periods, check out our submissions pages.

Cohesion Press will be publishing world-wide, in both print and e-book formats, and also plan to venture into the limited edition hardback format.

We employ professional editors, artists, and proofreaders.

We will not do your work any injustice.

We are here to stay.

Geoff Brown – Editor-in-chief


Sinister Reads



The Gate Theory

Kaaron Warren

Publisher:  Cohesion Press

ASIN no.: B00EWO13ZQ

RRP: US$2.99  £1.99

Release date:  30 August 2013

Available here (US) and here (UK)

‘We’re all in pain. We try to keep the gates closed by falling in love, travelling, avoiding responsibility, getting drunk, taking drugs… anything to lose ourselves. But the dull ache remains in each of us.

These stories are about the gates opening.’

The Gate Theory holds five tales by award-winning Australian author Kaaron Warren, introduced by award-winning Australian author Amanda J Spedding.

Each story resonates with the pain of living. Any reviews relative to the publication.

“This is a remarkable collection, Warren creates an intensity of character and scene that is both tragic, bizarre and intimate. We are taken on a very strange journey down five, very different pathways.

I honestly believe that there is nothing quite like this available anywhere. These are stories that challenge our pre-conceived definitions and ideas of what a story can be. This is a collection that should be read, studied and shared.” ~ Brokensea Publications


“A great collection of five very different stories, but all hallmarked with Kaaron Warren’s special, disturbing touch. Seemingly normal people who are anything but and nightmare situations so fantastic, but so believable.” ~ Alan Baxter, Author of RealmShift and MageSign


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Love, Life and Evisceration

Porle Joen

Illustrator: Karen McTackett (cover)

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN no.: 9781479282081

RRP: $AUD12.95 or $AUD2.99 e-book

Release date: February, 2013

Available here (softcover) and here (e-book)

** Exclusive offer for SR subscribers and readers.  Purchase the hardcopy from CreateSpace and enter code 2MHLTXJ5 to pay only $AUD9.95

A Random Collection of Poetry, Thoughts and Creepy Stuff that goes on in My Mind….

Strap yourself in, things are going to get bumpy!

Love, Life and Evisceration is a collection of works accumulated over more than 20 years by a mind that should probably be locked away for the safety of humanity.  Nevertheless, Porle Joen has been let loose. Smile, laugh, cry… Run in fear!

From the author of “Awakening” 2012.



Midnight Echo Issue 9

EDITOR – Geoff Brown aka GN Braun

Illustrator: Mel Gannon (cover/internal), Greg Chapman (internal)

Publisher: Australian Horror Writers Association

RRP: $12.50 print/$2.99 Kindle, ePub, PDF

Release date: 31 May

Available here.


Sinister Slices



Amanda J Spedding

Published by Cohesion Press


The House of Shattered Lives

by Cameron Trost

Published in Zero Plus Seven anthology


The Clockwork Melody

by Cameron Trost

Published in Psychopunk: Artifice Comics


The Black Father of the Night

by David Schembri

Published in Eulogies II: Tale from the Cellar


The Unforgiving Court

by David Schembri

Published in Undead & Unbound


Butcher’s Hook

Jason Franks

Published in Aurealis #65



Amanda J Spedding

Published by Cohesion Press


Sinister Superstars


Honorable Mention from Ellen Datlow

The Sacrifice

by Jenny Blackford (Blog)

published in Aurealis #47 (2012)


 Selected for inclusion in: The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012

A Moveable Feast

by Jenny Blackford (Blog)

Originally published in Bloodstones (2012)