Who could say no to Mad Max meets True Blood? Me neither! So, say yes to Jason Nahrung’s Blood and Dust/The Big Smoke. Writers, don’t forget to submit your stories for At The Edge – it’s your last chance! Check it all out in the June edition of Sinister Reads.
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***LAST 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.
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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.
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Blood and Dust / The Big Smoke
Author: Jason Nahrung
Published by: Clan Destine Press
ISBN no.: (PB) 978-0-9942619-2-2 / (PB) 978-0-9942619-4-6
RRP: AUD $27
Release date: 7 June 2015
When Queensland mechanic Kevin Matheson gets caught in a battle between two warring gangs of vampires, his life is changed forever.
It’s Mad Max meets True Blood when Kevin joins the outback vampires before taking his fight to the streets of Brisbane to seek revenge. He has a score to settle with Mira, the sadistic killer who tore his life apart.
For Mira’s bodyguard, Reece, worn out and fading a little more each day, the present is all he has and he’s determined to protect his vampire mistress.
At the intersection of loyalty and vengeance, both men face the question: who are they willing to sacrifice to win the war?
Midnight Echo Issue 11
Editor: Kaaron Warren
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
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)
AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition winners –
‘Sundown’ by Keith Williams
‘What Came Through’ by Stuart Olver
Cursebreaker: The Mutalibeen and the Memphite Mummies
by Kyla Lee Ward
Published in Hear Me Roar: 17 Tales of Real Women and Unreal Worlds, ed. Liz Grzyb, Ticonderoga Publications, 2015
A Red Mist
by Martin Livings
Published in Bloodlines