Half the year has drifted away but Sinister Reads is not going anywhere! Enjoy the June 2014 edition.
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Satalyte Publishing Joint Book Launch – Courtesy of M.R. Cosby (Dying Embers)
On Saturday, June 28, two of our talented AHWA members launched their respective anthologies with Satalyte Publishing. Hopefully, some of you were there to help celebrate. Martin Cosby has kindly shared some photos from the event. Check out more about their publications in the Sinister Read section below.
M.R. Cosby – Dying Embers
Andrew J. McKiernan – Last Year, When We Were Young
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.
Introduction by James Everington (author of Falling Over)
Author: M.R. Cosby
Publisher: Satalyte Publishing
ISBN no.: 978-0-9924601-8-1 (Paperback) 978-0-9924601-9-8 (eBook)
RRP: $24.95 AU (paperback) $3.99 (Kindle)
Release date: 28 April 2014
In these beguiling tales lie time-bombs, ticking away, marking temporal space between the caustic effects of events past and the slow, fateful reconnections of victims and malefactors. M.R. Cosby establishes through beguiling prose a sense of approaching atonement for a sin undeclared or unconsciously committed and in some way address the ubiquitous injustices that plague our everyday lives.
The Next Terrace and Playing Tag, the opening tales in M R Cosby’s marvelous first effort, deal with such fateful entwinements and a slowly revealed encounter within seemingly innocuous surrounds – a grandparents’ home, a National Trust property. Seduced, the reader climbs on board the ‘ghost train’ and the fun begins.
Necessary Procedure captured me immediately and had me reading at a frenetic pace to know the mystery of Banner’s strange imprisonment. It reminded me of an excellent Hammer House of Horror or Twilight Zone script; the description of the odd internment was effectively lurid and conjured all manner of disquieted reactions in this reader. I thought the denouement simply marvelous. The same can be said about In Transit, a thoroughly engaging tale that prognosticates something dark about a journey’s end. Both are marvelous tales that draw one into a world where the habitual fabric of time and space are gradually worn down and a new veil lifted.
The moment I became convinced that there was something nasty at the back of Unit 6 I was hooked. Again I loved the presiding movement towards the throbbing dark heart of the tale.
The Source of the Lea is a sweet, haunting story about a life spent in limbo. Again, it echoes the corrosive lives and loves that pervade our world and attack us; the guilt that pushes us towards the shadows.
The dark Lovecraftian horror that deliciously weaves its spell and gibes and gnaws at the protagonist in La Tarasque is simply brilliant. Definitely one of my favourites here.
In conclusion, these are powerful, energetically written tales that are some of the finest I’ve read in the genre of dark fiction. The language is wonderfully imaginative and instantly thrusts the reader into caliginous realms of slowly revealed decay. A must-read!
– P. J. Hodge, Freaky Folk Tales
Author: Andrew J McKiernan
Publisher: Satalyte Publishing
ISBN no.: 978-0-9925095-2-1 (Paperback) / 978-0-9925095-3-8 (eBook)
RRP: $29.99 AUD (Paperback) / $5.99 AUD (eBook)
Release date: 28th June 2014
Last Year, When We Were Young: the debut collection of dark fiction from multi-award nominated author, Andrew J McKiernan, brings together 16 tales (14 previously published and 2 unique to the collection) that defy conventions of genre and style, and every one with an edge sharper than a razor and darker than a night on Neptune. From the darkly hilarious “All the Clowns in Clowntown” to the heart-breaking and disturbing title story, this collection of dark fiction pulls no punches.
“A troubling collection of weird and twisted tales. Sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying; always clever, always disturbing. Highly entertaining!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO
“McKiernan’s stories are hauntingly dark, evocatively written and viscerally compelling. With little regard for genre boundaries, McKiernan creates utterly convincing characters who will take you on a journey through fully realised worlds, and every journey is more than worth it.” – Alan Baxter, author of Bound and Realmshift
“These clever, compelling stories explore the dark edges of human existence. Utilising deceptive, often colloquial prose and an array of startling imagery, McKiernan has staked his own claim in a dark corner of imaginative fiction. Start reading him now; this guy will go far.” – Gary McMahon, author of The Concrete Grove
“McKiernan is a magician. He performs magic tricks in every story, spinning us around, making us believe one thing before showing us we were wrong all along. His stories are pure magic, staying with you like an echo long after reading.” – Kaaron Warren, author of Slights & Walking the Tree
Of Gold and Dust
by Michelle E. Goldsmith
Published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 60
The Climbing Tree
by Michelle E. Goldsmith
Published in Use Only as Directed (Peggy Bright Books)
This, the last scene through her eye.
by Hamish Ross
Published in Darker Times Anthology VI
by S. G. Larner
Published in Equilibrium Overturned