Sinister Reads – March 2015

Hope you are all enjoying your Easter long-weekend… and what is a long weekend without something dangerous to read? Pick up David J Delaney’s murder suspense novel, The Vanishing. Check out the latest issue of Heater for a short by J. Ashley Smith (writing as Nathan Gould)! Plus, writer’s get writing – Paper Road Press are calling for submissions!

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Sinister Happenings

***Call for Submissions***

At The Edge
Editors: Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
Publisher*: Paper Road Press (Wellington, NZ)
Release date: Subs open April 3rd through July 31st

At the Edge, an anthology of stories about the edge of civilisation, the fringe of reason, the border of physical reality, by writers from the edges of the earth.

What we’re looking for:

Original speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror) from New Zealand and Australian authors, no reprints please. We especially love dark and twisted stories so horror is encouraged, but gratuitous gore and explicit sexual content is not. Zombie tales, probably not. Stories with some connection to New Zealand or Australia are preferred, as are stories which celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.

Interpret the theme of At The Edge however you like. So long as we can pick up the thread, we’ll be happy.

What we’re paying:

Remuneration is via two fixed rates; for stories between 3000-4999 words the payment is NZ$30 plus a print copy of the anthology. For stories over 5000 words, we will pay NZ$50 plus a print copy of the anthology. There is no word limit, you can write as many words as you want, but the maximum payment is NZ$50 plus a print copy of the book. Stories over 10,000 words are unlikely to make the cut.

Payment is for first worldwide publishing rights (digital and print), exclusive for one year. We reserve the right to run a crowdfunding event in order to extend the print run, but contributing authors will receive this payment regardless of whether the campaign is successful or not.

For more details and to submit your work, click HERE.

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.


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Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 

Sinister Reads

The VanishingThe Vanishing

Author:   David J Delaney

Illustrator: Johnny Digges of Digges Creative

Publisher: Self Published, edited by Jennifer Collins

ISBN no.: 1508932638

RRP: $0.99 USD, $1.28 AUD

Release date: March 11, 2015

Available HERE.

Detective Dean Cornell is investigating the murder of a young woman when he and his partner stumble across a second brutal murder. Hunting for the killer through the streets of Sydney he discovers another young girl has vanished, leaving a distraught father holding onto whatever hope he can.

Dean and the detectives of Sydney homicide desperately try to unfold the mystery of the dead and the missing.

Can they find the killer before another life is lost

About the Author:

  • “David J Delaney mixes suspense and emotion to put you on the edge of your seat. You’ll have a blast reading his books.” – J. Thorn, author of The Portal Arcane trilogy
  • “Good luck putting down one of David’s books. He’ll have you biting your nails and turning pages for hours.”
    – Zach Bohannon, Amazon Top 100 Author of the Empty Bodies series
  • “David has the ability to grab hold of you with his voice and never let go. The sense of place he firmly puts you in is remarkable, evoking every sense, every feeling of that moment. As a fan of David’s work I know when I begin to read one of his stories I’ll be reading late into the night, because putting it down isn’t an option. If you’re interested in a great read, you cannot go wrong with anything written by this talented author. I, for one, can’t wait for his next story, and the next, and the next…” – Sue Coletta, Crime Writer

Read reviews HERE.

Sinister Slices

To the Music we Hear

by J. Ashley Smith (writing as Nathan Gould)

Published in Heater


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