Sinister Reads – September 2014

Ready for another month of night terrors? Check out Greg Chapman’s short story collection in “Vaudeville and Other Nightmares”. Get your blood pumping with Alan Baxter’s trilogy: “Alex Caine” is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches with an unnatural secret weapon… Before you go, why not nominate for FFANZ (more inside). Enjoy and share Sinister Reads with your friends.

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Sinister Happenings

FFANZ Nominations will open in October 

Care for a trip to New Zealand at Easter next year? Nominations will be opening in October for the 2015 FFANZ race (Fan Fund of Australian and New Zealand), and we will be looking for an Australian fan of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror to attend our NatCon, Reconnaissance, in Rotorua. The fund contributes towards flights and accommodation, and the successful candidate will be welcomed with open arms, sit on panels and be made a fuss of while they’re there. If you’re interested and would like more details, please contact Dan Rabarts at

– Dan Rabarts

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.


Story Critiques

Multi-award winning editors Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray are offering story critiques for interested writers, with funds raised going to the FFANZ fund for 2015. Dan was the FFANZ delegate for 2014, and attended Continuum X in Melbourne. Next year’s fund will pay for an Australian fan to travel to New Zealand and attend the NZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Reconnaissance, in Rotorua over Easter weekend. Between them, Dan and Lee have won a total of five Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one Australian Shadows Award, and have placed in international short story competitions, including the SQ Mag Short Story Contest 2013 and the AHWA/Melbourne Zombie Con Short Story Contest 2013. A critique for a story of up to 3000 words is $50, while a critique of a story up to 6000 words is $100. Alternatively, they will review your opening novel chapters, up to 6000 words, for $100. This will be an in-depth review and line edit, with a follow-up email to discuss the story or chapters in more detail if required. To enquire about this, please email Dan Rabarts at


Sinister Reads

Vaudeville and Other Nightmares

Author: Greg Chapman

Illustrator: Greg Chapman

Publisher: Black Beacon Books

ISBN no.:  978-1500712068

RRP: $USD12.50 + postage and handling

Release date: September 19, 2014

Available here and from Black Beacon Books.

Vaudeville and Other Nightmares is a collection of 24 dark visions by Central Queensland author and artist, Greg Chapman. The stories will take you into the deepest recesses of the psyche and introduce to abominations only hell would welcome.


““Vaudeville and Other Nightmares is a murderer’s row of horror stories.” – James Chambers, author of The Engines of Sacrifice and Three Chords of Chaos

“Greg Chapman is a new voice in horror and brings fresh angles to our genre, which too often recycles unoriginal stories.” – Rocky Wood, Bram Stoker Award (R) winning author of Stephen King: A Literary Companion

This collection should provide a feast for gourmets of horror who appreciate an artfully crafted, disturbing tale.” – Lisa Morton, multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased


Bound, Alex Caine #1

Author: Alan Baxter

Publisher: HarperVoyager

ISBN no.:   978 0 7322 9910 1 (paperback) ISBN: 978 1 4607 0286 4 (ebook)

RRP:  $24.99 print/ $1.99 ebook (for now!)

Release date: July 2014

Blurb, reviews, and buy HERE



Obsidian, Alex Caine #2

Author: Alan Baxter

Publisher: HarperVoyager

ISBN no.:  9781460702871 ebook

RRP: : $4.99 ebook (for now!)

Release date: August 2014

Blurb, reviews, and buy HERE



Abduction, Alex Caine #3

Author: Alan Baxter

Publisher: HarperVoyager

ISBN no.: 9781460702888 ebook

RRP: $4.99 ebook (for now!)

Release date: September 2014

Blurb, reviews, and buy HERE



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