Sinister Reads – October 2013

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Sinister Happenings


“Movie Buzz Surrounds Launch of Final Book in Cult Supernatural Trilogy”

Tim Hawken has a new book out in December – part three of a trilogy, but in the lead up, he also has some exciting film news on the trilogy. Check out the full story here! Thank you to Mark for bringing this awesome accomplishment to the attention of Sinister Reads.



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Aradale Lunatic Asylum, Ararat, Victoria
  • From 2pm Friday 7th February until 2pm Sunday 9th February.
  • Staying in the facility itself.
  • Fully catered.

NOTE: Non-creatives can attend, and can just EXPLORE AND GHOST HUNT THE WHOLE WEEKEND.

Writers, editors, publishers, artists, photographers, designers, creative types, and paranormal investigators will spend a weekend in southern Australia, tucked away in a large, historical, abandoned asylum that is very haunted, hosted by Cohesion Editing and Proofreading. They’ll be blogging and creating based on inspiration from their experiences.

Aradale is the largest abandoned lunatic asylum left untouched in Australia. Over 63 buildings spread out over acres of grounds, this asylum is like nowhere else in the country.

The atmosphere is amazing.

There will be writing workshops run by the fabulous Kaaron Warren, multi-award-winning author and Australian literary legend.

  • Beds and mattresses are supplied in the old medical offices.
  • A mobile coolroom will be on-site.
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks (non-alcoholic) are all part of the package.

The weekend will be full of writing, creating, exploring, and paranormal investigations.

The Australian Paranormal Society will run a talk on paranormal investigations on the Saturday afternoon, prior to the investigation we can all take part in on Saturday night.

Friday 7th, we will have a BBQ dinner/sausage sizzle (vegetarian options available) with live entertainment by Bendigo musician Chris Morley, followed by ghost tour of the facility at 8.30pm.

More information HERE


Mayday Hills Asylum Creative Retreat

– The Remains

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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.

5219426085_239f0324db_zWe spent three days and two nights in the facility, exploring the cold and deserted buildings of what was once a notorious and feared institution in Victoria. We spent the days writing, drawing, filming or photographing the beautiful architecture, and the nights scared stiff in the haunted buildings.
Here’s what the surviving participants had to say:


Elizabeth Wayne – ‘Made it home in one piece. I had a ripper of a weekend. Great people, great venue and I had a blast. Wish I could come to Aradale.  Thank you everyone for making it an awesome experience!’

Chris Magilton – ‘Thanks to all involved for a great weekend. It had a bit of everything: Spooky moments, fascinating history and some great conversations about writing and the industry. Very well run and a heck of a lot of fun. Cheers.’

AJ Spedding – ‘Had a fantastic weekend with fantastic people talking writing and publishing, and hunting ghosties and ghoulies! Huge thanks to all involved — weekend was over far too quickly! Special shout-out to Ian and Carina Milone-Woodley (both of whom scared the bejesus out of me) for the amazing tours, and the 
Australian Paranormal Society peeps for all their knowledge and really cool equipment. All told, a hell of a lot of fun!’

Tracy Sauso-Bawa – ‘Definitely an amazing weekend delivering exactly what it promised, plenty of ghostly encounters and great writing discussions. Big thanks to the people at the Beechworth asylum, and to the AHWA for putting on such a fantastic and unique program!’



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.

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.


Sinister Reads



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.

** Midnight Echo Issue 10 scheduled released is November 30. Pre-order here.


Sinister Slices



by S. G. Larner

Published in  Aurealis #65


In His Name

by Martin Livings

Published in Coins of Chaos


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