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Sinister Reads – October 2015

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Hope you all had a scaaaaaary Halloween… and by that, I mean, I hope you scared the %@#$ out of as many people as possible! Haha. What a variety of Tricks… I mean Treats, we have for you this month! The Red King – The Jabberwocky Book Part 1 by Russell Proctor is MY kind of bed time story! This is Alice and Dorothy like you’ve never seen them before. And here comes The Sixsmiths by Jason Franks – 2 volumes to tantalise and horrify. A family of suburban Satanists? Where was this stuff when I was a kid? Plus, you can still get your copy of AHWA’s In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep: An Anthology of Australian Horror.

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Sinister Reads

october 2015

The Red King – The Jabberwocky Book Part 1

Author: Russell Proctor

Published by: Permuted Press

ASIN no.: B00U9VD3UE

RRP: $5.49US

Release date: 24 March 2015

Available from Amazon and Smashwords.

There is nothing deadlier than a little girl’s dreams. Alice Liddell had adventures in Wonderland many years ago. Now she is grown-up, married and living a respectable life in Edwardian London. But her dreams have come back to haunt her.

A serial killer stalks the streets. Children and adults are being brutally murdered and drained of blood. The Red King is on a quest for revenge against the seven-year-old girl who humiliated him years ago.  Alice joins forces with Dorothy Gale, who had adventures of her own in a land called Oz. Together they hunt the Red King before he can enslave the world.

But Alice discovers that the Red King’s rampage may be all her own fault– fighting her own dreams isn’t easy.

The Red King is the first of Alice’s adventures concerning the mysterious Jabberwocky Book she discovered in Looking-Glass Land, a book that holds the key to the survival of four linked worlds.


unnamedThe Sixsmiths vol.01 (new edition)

Author: Jason Franks

Illustrated by: J. Marc Schmidt

Published by: Caliber Comics

ISBN: 978-1942351184

RRP: $16.99 USD

Release date: October 9, 2015

Available HERE.

The Sixsmiths are a family of suburban Satanists who’ve fallen prey to the global recession. Now their life is in turmoil: Ralf needs to find a new job; the twins, Cain and Lilith, need to survive the public school system; and Annie needs to keep them all sane and under budget. Meanwhile, their estranged elder daughter Jezabelle is having her own crisis of faith. Will the Devil rise to smite their enemies, or will he damn them with hellfire and wrath.


  • “One of the breakthrough graphic novels coming from a new age of Australian comics.” – Julie Ditrich (Elf-Fin, Hyfus & Tilaweed)
  • “…a fun read that doesn’t take itself too serious and is trying to show how no matter what religion we happen to follow, we all are pretty much the same underneath.” – Ain’t It Cool News.


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The Sixsmiths vol.02

Author: Jason Franks

Illustrated by: Dean Rankine, Bruce Mutard, Jase Harper, Sacha Bryning, Sarah Howell, Anton McKay, Aly Faye, Gregory MacKay, Trevor Wood, Luke Pickett, Jan Scherpenhuizen, Tim McEwen, Bobby N, Ed Siemienkowicz, and Jason Franks

Published by: Caliber Comics

ISBN: 978-1942351191

RRP: $16.99 USD

Release date: October 9, 2015

Available HERE.

The Sixsmiths are a family of suburban Satanists recovering from the global recession. Their eldest daughter, Jezabelle, has returned to the fold with a frightening amount of zeal. Meanwhile, recently converted Dennis O’Dowell finds that adapting a new faith has not made him as cool as he had hoped.

But when the church burns down, the whole community is embroiled in a crisis. What hidden enemy has brought them low? Or is the Dark Lord punishing them for their weakness?


  • “Hilarious, profane, and even moving, the Sixsmiths is a book you should be reading. Or Lucifer will reap your soul.” – Justin Jordan, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode.


unnamed (1)In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep: An Anthology of Australian Horror

Author: Various AHWA members

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman, cover artist

Published by: Australian Horror Writers’ Association

ISBN no.: 1508670382

RRP: $9.95 USD special release price until the 31st of October

Release date: 18/09/2915

Available HERE.

Inaugural Showcase Anthology from the Australian Horror Writers’ Association:

The River Slurry Rue Karney
Triage Jason Nahrung
Upon the Dead Oceans Marty Young
Beast Natalie Satakovski
The Grinning Tide Stuart Olver
Our Last Meal J. Ashley Smith
Veronica’s Dogs Cameron Trost
Bullets Joanne Anderton
Saviour Mark McAuliffe
The Hunt Mark Smith-Briggs
The Monster in the Woods Kathryn Hore
Road Trip Anthony Ferguson
Bloodlust Steve Cameron
Elffingern Dan Rabarts

In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep is an anthology like no other. The tales herein will take you on a weird and terrifying journey. You will set out on a road trip and find yourself trapped in the arid Australian outback where a little girl and her grandfather struggle to survive. There are isolated farmhouses threatened by bushfires and bullets, and rainforests teeming with bloodthirsty bugs. The cities are full of trouble too. The murky waters of the Brisbane River hide spiteful spirits and the suburbs are infested with insane inhabitants masquerading as ordinary human beings. Then, you will leave Australia, departing from Melbourne, to hunt down vampiric gangsters in Southeast Asia, before sailing future seas and visiting realms.

This inaugural showcase anthology features the work of just a handful of the many talented and darkly imaginative authors who make up the Australian Horror Writers’ Association. If you are unfamiliar with Australian horror, let this book be just the first step on a long voyage of discovery.

In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep is the debut showcase anthology from the Australian Horror Writers’ Association and features fourteen terrifying tales from some of the country’s most talented writers of dark fiction.

Sinister Slices

Of the Colour Turmeric, Climbing on Fingertips

by Gerry Huntman

Published in Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: 2014 (Ticonderoga Publishing)


No Rest For The Wicked

by John Paul Fitch

Published in The Spectral Times.


Variety Night

by Russell Proctor

Published in “Masks” Edited by Dean M. Drinkel – Black Shuck Books

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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