Sinister Reads – December 2013

Sinister Reads

Welcome to 2014 zombies and ghouls! We are looking forward to another fantastic year full of decapitation, evisceration, amputation, and fear…ation?  

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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


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



Scott Tyson

Publisher: LegumeMan Books

ISBN no.: 9780987466570

RRP: $19.95 AUD

Release date: 6 Dec 2013

Available here:

An abandoned house by the edge of the river. Uninhabited for decades. A secret as old as time itself. A truth hidden from the topsiders. But that’s about to change. When all the adults suddenly disappear, Mathew convinces his older brother that something is very wrong. Their search leads them to a place they never knew existed. A place that will have them question everything they knew about life. Soon, the truth.

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The Beckoning

Paul Collins

Publisher:  Damnation Books

ISBN no.: 9781629290348

RRP: $19.99 US/CA; $21.35 AUD; 12.55 GBP

Release date: September 15 2013

Available from Amazon here.

Matt Brannigan is a lawyer living on the edge. His daughter Briony is psychic and trouble shadows his family wherever they go.

Cult guru Brother Desmond knows that the power within Briony is the remaining key he needs to enter the next dimension. Once he controls this, he will have access to all that is presently denied him.

When Briony is indoctrinated into the Zarathustrans, Matt and psychic Clarissa Pike enter the cult’s headquarters under the cover of night to rescue her.

So begins Armageddon . . .

Read Reviews here:


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Stephen Studach

Illustrator: Cover art by Leonardo González

Publisher: MoshPit Publishing

ISBN no.: Smashwords: 9780992421519, ASIN: BOOHBZXD3S

RRP: $ 3.58. USD, $ 3.99. AUD / Smashwords $ 2.99. USD

* Ten percent of gross sales will be verifiably donated to the RSPCA.

Release date:  15/12/2013

Available from Amazon in here and here. Available from Smashwords here.


An ocean liner sinks in the Atlantic. Three women, one boy and nine men are isolated and adrift aboard lifeboat 7. Those on-board the ill-fated boat will find they have more than the elements and the limits of their stores to imperil them. It starts with an uncanny sea mist and a body drifting face down in the water…

Then, two of the boat’s survivors disappear…

Horror, madness, bloody violence and desperate acts of survival ensue.


Sinister Slices



by Pete Aldin

Published in Miseria’s Chorale #1 


They Cling to Darkness

by Pete Aldin

Published in 100 Doors to Madness



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