Sinister Reads – December 2015

Bloody Xmas and a killer New Year! Hope you all played nice (insert maniacal laugh). This month, the anthologies continue with several contributions from Charles Lovecraft. Also, we announce the AHWA Writing Competition for flash fiction and short stories – so sharpen your pencils, fill your pen jar…. or crack your knuckles for an epic keyboard challenge – whatever floats your boat!

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AHWA Competition

 The AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition is open to submissions from January 1 until May 31, 2016. 

We want your best horror story, your very best. This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary. We need tales that frighten, yarns that unsettle us in our comfortable homes. All themes in horror will be accepted, from the supernatural classics (zombies, vampires, ghosts), to psychological roller-coaster rides, to the highly original. No previously published entries will be accepted – all tales must be an original work by the author.
– Cameron Trost, AHWA Competitions Coordinator

There are two categories for submission:

Flash Fiction
Stories up to 1000 words in length. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.

Short Story
Stories with 1001 to 8000 words. The winning author will receive paid publication in Midnight Echo, the magazine of the AHWA, and an engraved plaque.

AHWA members have free entry.
General public: $5 for flash fiction, $10 for short story entries.
Secure payments can be made via Paypal using our Paypal ID:

Writers may submit to one or both categories, but entry is limited to one story per author per category. No simultaneous submissions. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Electronic submissions (attached in WORD or RTF format) should be emailed to:

The email subject should follow the format:
“AHWA Flash Fiction: Story Title by Author” or “AHWA Short Story: Story Title by Author

Include author name, membership number (for members entries), contact details, and story word length in the body of the email. DO NOT include your name or any identifying details in the story file. The competition uses blind judging.

Please edit your manuscripts thoroughly before sending them through to us. Spelling errors and poor grammar isn’t the kind of horror we’re after!

We are pleased to announce our panel of judges for 2016.

1. Joseph Ashley Smith (2015 short story winner)
2. Zoe Downing (2015 flash fiction winner)
3. Lee Murray (award-winning speculative fiction writer, editor, judge)

Competition closes 31st May 2016.
Winners will be announced in late June or early July.

Contact if you have any further questions.

Sinister Reads



Black Wings IV – New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

Editor: S. T. Joshi

Authors: Various including AHWA’s Charles Lovecraft

Published by: PS Publishing

Release Date: 2015

Available here.


Includes poems by Charles Lovecraft:

  • “The Shadow on the Chimney,”
  • “A Connoisseur in Horrors (The Search for Reasons Why),”
  • “A Passer in the Storm,”
  • “What the Red Glare Meant,”
  • “Earlier Grisly Discoveries,”
  • “A Mountain’s Ghastly Fame,”
  • “Formless Phantasms—The Daemon Lurking Fear,”
  • “An Acheron of Multiform Diabolism,”
  • “The Horror in the Eyes,”
  • “A Nether World of Unknown Nightmare,”
  • “The Ineffable Horror of It All—The Mound-Burrows,”
  • “From Pits Remote and Unimaginable,”



Beyond the Cosmic Threshold: An Anthology of Cthulhu Horror

Author: Various including AHWA’s Charles Lovecraft

Published by: Horrified Press

Release Date: 2015

Available here.

Poems by Charles Lovecraft:

  • “Azathoth,”
  • “Nyarlathotep,”
  • “Cthulhu,”
  • “Shub Niggurath,”
  • “Hastur,”
  • “Yog Sothoth,”



1416172080Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies

Author: Various including AHWA’s Charles Lovecraft

Published by: Ulthar Press

Release Date: 2015

Available here.

Poems by Charles Lovecraft:

  •  “House on the Borderland, 1 and 2,”
  • “The Devil Mists, What Do They Hide?”
  • “And the Worried Waters



Spectral Realms #3

Author: Various including AHWA’s Charles Lovecraft

Published by: Hippocampus Press

Release Date: 2015

Available here.

Poems by Charles Lovecraft:

  • “A Shuddery Tale”
  • “Azathoth,”



Lighthouses-cover-thumbLighthouses: An Anthology of Dark Tales

Author: Various AHWA members

Editor: Cameron Trost

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman, cover artist

Published by: Black Beacon Books

ISBN no.: 9781515353812

RRP: $US11.95; $US6.00 Kindle

Release date: November 2015

Available in hardcopy HERE (CreateSpace) and HERE (Amazon), and Kindle HERE.

Black Beacon Books presents an anthology of dark tales about lighthouses and beacons. This unique book offers you, the most daring of readers, fourteen original stories of horror, mystery, suspense, and adventure.

Within these pages lurk monsters from the depths of the seas and the far reaches of the cosmos. There are murders to solve, hauntings to investigate, and loved ones to be rescued. There are tales of hidden treasure, timeless curses, and ancient orders. Seafarers face ferocious storms while families fall apart and lighthouse keepers lose their sanity.
The storm is coming, so batten down the hatches and let Lighthouses guide you into the darkness.

Light House, Dark House Greg Chapman
Scrimshaw Duncan Richardson
Horror at Hollow Head Cameron Trost
Psychopomp Mark McAuliffe
Trepidation Danielle Birch
Cloak of Madness Matthew Wilson
The Cape B. Michael Radburn
The Last Keeper Linda Brucesmith
In Search of Jimmy David Dolan
Into the Light Alice Godwin
The Crystal Lighthouse Sam Muller
To Keep the Lamp Alight Steve Cameron
The Tower B. T. Joy
Will o’ the Wisp Deborah Sheldon


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: 18/09/2015

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

“Milk” by Cameron Trost

Published in The Literary Hatchet #13


Red Sails by Charles Lovecraft

Published in Can I Tell You a Secret?: Live Poets @ Don Bank, 25th Anniversary Anthology


Over the Top and Under the Crumbling Wall by Charles Lovecraft

Published in When Anzac Day Comes Around: 100 Years from Gallipoli Poetry Project



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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