Sinister Reads – January 2014

Sinister Reads

Valentine’s Day approaches and my thoughts turn to matters of the heart: removing the heart, slicing the heart, turning the heart into a pen topper, playing hacky sack with the heart… well, you get the point 🙂  In the meantime, why not check out our latest Sinister Reads selection.

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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.


Hidden Reads

* Calling for article writers, bloggers, and self-published authors.

What is Hidden Reads?

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Hidden Reads is a place to find amazing novels, novellas, short stories, collections, etc that have been published by Indie writers, as well as great article writers and fantastic blogs. The purpose of Hidden Reads is to help self-published authors and those just trying to get themselves out there to find readers and to help readers find great new authors. ALL genres are covered. Over 350 followers!

Awesome! How do I?

Follow the blog here: Hidden Reads Blog

Like our Facebook Page here: Hidden Reads Facebook

Follow us on Twitter: Hidden Reads Twitter

Click HERE for more about Hidden Reads. 

Porle Joen GCertArts
– Hidden Reads Manager
– Sinister Reads Project Manager


Horror Network Australia

Horror Network Australia seeks to keep you, the horror fan, informed about all that is going in Australia within the horror genre.
Events, conventions, attractions, publishers, businesses, author tours and signings, film releases – you name it, we list it.
  • Film, magazine, and book releases will be posted in the main timeline, as will announcements about any other horror-based news item.
  • Businesses and other ongoing concerns will be under the static pages, as will horror events throughout Australia.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog posts for all the latest news.

Follow the Blog HERE and don’t forget to like our Facebook page HERE.

Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK)


Sinister Reads


SWOEO Kindle CoverSleep With One Eye Open

Beau Johnston

Publisher: Beau Johnston

ISBN no.: 978-1494811778

RRP: Print $12.99 USD; Digital $9.99 USD

Release date: 24th January 2014

Available HERE.

The Zombie Apocalypse doesn’t start in America, China or Europe. It begins in our own backyard; Sydney, Australia.

It’s 2019 and the annual Zombie Horde Parade is about to commence in Sydney. Instead of the usual cast of jovial participants in fancy dress, the Sydney City CBD is inundated by a horde of zombies flooding out from the underground train station in Hyde Park and rampaging into an unsuspecting public. A large scale brawl erupts in the CBD as people suddenly realise that they aren’t just defending themselves, they’re fighting for their lives.

We follow John’s journey as he tries to escape the carnage and savagery. By the time he reaches safety, the media have only sketchy reports of the morning’s events; while the police and riot squad are at a loss to understand the motives of the group responsible for the lethal riot that continues to rage. No matter who John runs into, their story is always the same; they were attacked by a group of psychopaths with an unrelenting thirst for violence and murder.

The scourge of the undead rapidly spreads across the city as people make things worse by engaging in looting and vigilantism. With their attention diverted from the real enemy, hordes of zombies easily overrun entire suburbs within hours. Just when things look to be at their worst, the entire city is plunged into a blackout, allowing looters and thugs to add to the increasingly insurmountable difficulties people are already facing. John’s struggle to survive begins with the knowledge that nowhere is completely safe.

He knows that Sydney will inevitably fall into the grasping hands of the undead, and the thugs and other lowlifes will be there to victimise those not strong or smart enough to escape the necropolis. This is the story of an ordinary man who uses courage and guile to achieve the seemingly impossible.


Sinister Slices


Life Insurance

by S. G. Larner

Published in Voluted Dreams 3


Sinister Superstars


Publication announcement. Due for publication in April 2014 – watch for more once the title is published!


by Dan Rabarts

To be published in Fat Zombie


SQ Magazine Fifth Story Quest Short Story Contest – 3rd Place. To be published in SQ Magazine in 2014 – watch Sinister Reads for publication notification.

Keeping an Open Mind

by Dan Rabarts

To be published in SQ Magazine


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