Archive for June, 2015

Sinister Reads May 2015

Posted in Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, General Information, New Releases, Sinister Slices, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2015 by ahwasinisterreads

Did someone scream? No? Oh… well, maybe they need to read Russ Watt’s Hamsikker 2 or spend a night alone in a dark room flicking through the pages of the latest Midnight Echo edition. Check them out in the May edition of Sinister Reads.

Follow this and start receiving monthly updates of publications.

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 science fiction, fantasy and horror from Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. No reprints, please. The editors especially enjoy dark, twisted stories; however, they are not looking for stories with gratuitous gore and/or explicit sexual content.

Stories with some connection to Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific 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.

No simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions are OK, but we are unlikely to publish more than two stories by any one author.

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.


 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

Hamsikker 2

Author: Russ Watts

Published by: Severed Press

ISBN no.:  978-1925342048

RRP: GBP 2.99 Kindle / GBP7.87 Paperback

Release date: 10 May 2015

Available in Paperback HERE, or Kindle HERE.

The dead rose quickly, and not everyone with Hamsikker escaped the zombies of Kentucky. In a world infested by the living dead, somehow Hamsikker and his group of survivors found their way to Saint Paul’s, a place offering safe refuge from the marauding dead outside its fragile fences.

But it’s what is inside that is about to turn their world upside down…

Hamsikker and his group are strung along by a seemingly well-intentioned Gabe, but they have to fight and destroy a host of zombies in a desperate bid to survive. Tensions mount as friendships are made and lives destroyed, and as time goes on it becomes clear there can be only one leader of their group. The struggle to get from Kentucky to Thunder Bay will see some fall by the way side as violent encounters with the dead leave Hamsikker struggling to reach his sister. Just who will live may very well depend on Hamsikker being able to defeat the enemy within…


Midnight Echo Issue 11

Editor: Kaaron Warren

Distributor: AHWA

RRP: $AUD 2.99 – Comes in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats. You’ll receive all three when you buy through the website!

Release date: April 2015

Available HERE.

What’s that rap-tap-tapping on your chamber door? It’s not some mocking raven – it’s the seriously unsettling Midnight Echo 11!

Edited by Kaaron Warren, Issue 11 is dedicated to all things sinister. With more than 100 pages of fiction, art, interviews, book releases, comics, and more, you’re in for a disturbing ride.

The Table of Contents:


‘Gardening at Night’ by Vincent G McMackin
‘Uninvited Guests’ by Evan Purcell
‘Accident Report’ by Jarod K Anderson
‘By the Light Unseen’ by  Mark Farrugia
‘The Crying Room’ by Marija Elektra Rodriguez
‘Madeline’ by Claire Fitzpatrick
‘Perfect Little Stitches’ by Deborah Sheldon


‘November Wind’ by Sandy DeLuca
‘In Venice’ by John Grey
‘They’ by Michael Tugendhat
‘Dead Bodies Make Good Cellos’ by A J Huffman
‘The fruit of her hands’ by P S Cottier


From the Vault – ‘The Old Portrait’, written by Jason Franks, illustrated by Leigh Kuilboer, edited by Mark Farrugia

Non-fiction and regular features:

‘Why Sinister’ – Kaaron Warren on her early influences and favourite stories
Celluloid Nightmares – Mark Smith-Briggs talks to Wolf Creek 2 screenwriter Aaron Sterns
‘Writing With The Left Hand’ – P S Cottier discusses the sinister side of poetry
Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)

Special features:

AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition winners  –
‘Sundown’ by Keith Williams
‘What Came Through’ by Stuart Olver

Sinister Slices

Perfect Little Stitches

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Midnight Echo #11 (April 2015)


Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!