Sinister Reads – March 2016

Welcome all, to the March 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. As expected, we have an abundance of delicious deadlies this month with a healthy dose of Sinister Shorts.  Pick up your copy of Greg Chapmans’ post-apocalyptic, The Eschatologist, and forever fear Kelpie passage once you read J.A.Loggie’s, The Devil in the Bay. Also, there is still time to enter the AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition… Get crackin’!

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Sinister Events

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 This is Australia’s leading unpublished horror fiction competition and our winning entries are always imaginative, engaging, well-written, and bloody scary.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.ENTRY FEE
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

escoloThe Eschatologist

Author: Greg Chapman

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman

Published by: Voodoo Press

ISBN no.: 978-9995756109

RRP: $USD9.99

Release date: February 1, 2016

Available HERE.

David Brewer is trying to keep his family alive in a world torn asunder by a Biblical apocalypse. Yet there is salvation, in the guise of a stranger who offers survivors sanctuary. All they have to do is declare their faith in God’s final – and bloody – plan.


  • “Madness and murder and miracles all abound in The Eschatologist. Reminiscent of Barker’s early work, the end of the world has never been so bleak.” – Tim Marquitz, author of The Demon Squad
  • “Greg Chapman introduces us to the enigmatic figure of Amos in a post-apocalyptic landscape every bit as evocative as King’s Midworld. Here, the domestic aspect is strong … as a small family of memorable characters battles the blasted landscape and a prophet. A great premise all rendered in Chapman’s signature prose.” – Matthew Tait, author of Davey Ribbon.




The Devil in the Bay

Author: J.A.Loggie

Published by: J.A. Loggie

ISBN no.: 978-0-9872122-7-6

RRP: Aud$15.00

Available online.

This devilish tale opens in 2009 on a speck of land in Moreton Bay and ends in a fire-gutted church in South Brisbane. The islands in scenic Moreton Bay are popular holiday destinations right on Brisbane’s doorstep but there is one speck of land close to the mainland that does not appear on any tourist map; free settlers from Scotland in the 1800s gave tiny Clootie Isle their name for the Devil and they named an inlet on the islet the Kelpie Passage as a warning that water-demons haunted the inlet…the Devil takes care of his own.

Sinister Shorts

Sins of the Father

by Anthony Ferguson

Published in Darkness Abound (anthology)


A Rip in Time

by Anthony Ferguson

Published in Out of the Gutter online


Will o’ the wisp

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Lighthouses: an anthology of dark tales through Black Beacon Books


Across the white desert

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Aurealis #87


A faithful companion

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Tincture Journal #13


An Incident at Prnjavor

by Gerry Huntman

Published in The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Vol 1 (ed R Stephenson)

** FREE download!


The Stone of Sacrifice

by Kyla Lee Ward

Published in Spectral Realms #4, ed. S. T. Joshi, Hippocampus Press.


A Voice Through the Fence

by Athol Henry

Published in The Ghostly Stingybark

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) 


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