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Sinister Reads July 2015

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Back List, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Book Signings, Books, Competition, Competitions, Conflux, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, Market Hive Update, New Releases, Pre-order, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2015 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome, horror lovers! Mike Jones is going to be out and about – don’t miss your chance to meet with him during festival season (keep an eye on here for further updates). In the mean-time, why not pre-order his Transgressions Cycle series? While you are at it, check out the other great publications this month! It’s all in the July edition of Sinister Reads.

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Mike Jones, author of the Transgressions Cycle (see below) will be appearing at Byron Bay, Brisbane and Melbourne Writers Festivals Aug-Sept (details for Melb and Bris are embargoed until the festival programs are released. Brisbane program is released 25th July, Melb 24th July).

BYRON BAY WRITERS FESTIVAL

6th-8th August. Mike Jones appearing with Marc Fennel speaking about ‘Narrative Futures’. PLUS panel session on ‘Screen Adaptations’ with screenwriter Andrew Knight.

MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL

30th August. Mike Jones appearing with Kelly Link speaking on the topic of ‘The New Gothic’. 11:30am ACMI Cube, Federation Square.

BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL

3rd-4th September. Mike Jones speaking at Story+ on writing across platforms. PLUS delivering master-class on ‘Supernatural, Gothic & Horror Storytelling: Writing high concept dark genre’.

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Sinister Reminders
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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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 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) 

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Author: Caroline Angel

Published by: Staccato Publishing

ISBN no.: 978-1512288544

RRP: $16.99 US

Release date: 12th May 2015

Available at AmazonBook Depository, and Good Reads.

Following a curse several generations ago, a monster now inhabits the woods near a local town. Simon watched his friends get taken when he was just a child, and has spent has whole life searching for a way to rid his family of the deadly legacy that haunts them.

Battling his crippling fears and mental instability he must race against time to stop the creature as it takes innocent people, one after the other, tearing them to pieces, or even worse, leaving them as walking, broken corpses.

A creepy, suspensful saga of family, horror, and mystery, this is one story sure to leave you frightened of the woods at night, fog, and all things tall and slender!

Reviews:

  •  What an awesome read! Had me from the prologue. This is a suspenseful, creepy tale of the Internet legend of the slenderman, her told in a new light and with new facets. I was shocked, frightened, intrigued and completely taken in, I could not stop reading this book until I was at the last page.
  • Like another reviewer on here I, too, would like a sequel (anyone know if the author is writing one?)
  • I used to say Stephen King was my favorite horror writer, I can’t say that anymore! Caroline Angel has taken that spot!
  • Worth every single one of my five stars. Now I just have to figure out how to sleep tonight without nightmares!
  • I absolutely adored this story. It definitely had me turning the pages. Never having heard of the Slenderman before reading this, had me dying to find out more. This was a great introduction in the urban legend!
  • Great plot, everything was pieced together quite well. It was detailed but not overly so. I felt the fear the children, the parents, and the townsfolk had. This book let you feel the emotions and the terror from within. This is a story you might not want to read late at night with the lights off.
  • For a debut novel by this author, it was a good choice. I am waiting for whatever she throws out next.

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The Transgressions Cycle (3 Book Series)

Author: Mike Jones

Published by: Simon & Schuster

ISBN no.: 9781925030938

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RRP: AUD$3.99

Release dates: 31 August

Currently available for pre-order HERE.

1880. Rosanna is an impoverished woman fleeing debts she can’t pay in decrepit industrialised England. When she steals passage to Australia by deceiving a widowed mother and child out of their ticket, she finds herself incarcerated in quarantine on a rocky island off the coast of Tasmania. Here Rosanna uncovers the island’s dark secret – a possessed Warden deceiving migrant mothers and stealing the souls of their children with a demonic photograph camera. Unable to escape the island, Rosanna must make amends for her past transgressions and delve deep into the dark tunnels of the island’s catacombs, struggling to reconnect the ghosts of the mothers to their children before its too late.

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Scrimshaw Marionette

RRP: AUD$5.99

Release dates: 31 September

Currently available for pre-order HERE.

1931. Blaming himself for the drowning death of his wife, William flees the hardship of depression-era Sydney with his young daughter, Rosa. Battling his addictions and his sanity, William travels far south and finds work on a remote island whaling station. But when Rosa finds a small scrimshaw marionette doll under the wharf, a restless spirit awakens to puppeteer the living and drag them into the sea. Grappling with his sanity and reason, William must confront the truth of the past, becoming lost in the island’s memories, and struggle to put the marionette ghost to rest to save his daughter and himself.

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RRP: AUD$5.99

Release dates: 31 October 2015

Currently available for pre-order HERE.

1952. When Christopher, an ambitious but troubled Anglican priest, takes over the inner city parish of St Agnes, he encounters the mysterious ghost of a girl named Amaranth whose soul lives beneath the cemetery ground.  As restoration is undertaken on the old church, the headstones removed to make way, a dark past is brought to the surface; a story of corruption and murder that Christopher’s predecessors had kept hidden. To unearth the truth of Amaranth and her terrible death, the priest will have to confront what he fears most.

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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:

Literature:

‘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

Poetry:

‘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

Comic:

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

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Author:  Lynette McClenaghan

Published by: Lynette McClenaghan

ISBN no.: 978-0-9875408-6-7 (kindle); 978-0-9875408-7-8 (epub)

RRP: AUD $4.99

Release date: March 31, 2015

Available HERE. Read an excerpt HERE.

How does clever and imaginative Samantha turn mean, wicked and dangerous? Horror sweeps in unleashing an entity that stirs hidden currents causing the Morrison family to implode, placing each member in danger. Samantha’s life is threatened from an unlikely source that wields an uncanny power over her and her family.

Soon the influence of this seemingly benign object and the power it wields over the child escalates conflict and mayhem which threatens Samantha and her family. And this is just the beginning of the horror that descends on them. Can the spell be broken?

Reviews:

  • The book is well paced, for a slow burning, slowly rising tension. Some revelations appear early,and some of the characters keep their experience secret longer than may have been expected, but these are minor issues, for which there are reasons. They are easily overlooked as the brisk pace sweeps you along and the pages keep turning. I was more than happy to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the ride, which is EXACTLY what a smart, interesting and most importantly nerve shredding horror, should deliver.  Above all though, when all the supernatural elements are stripped away, you are left with a far more chilling horror that will remain long after the lights are turned back on: The ease with which a child can find herself in danger, the ease with which trust can betrayed, and the consequences of a few seconds of distraction will echo around and make your nights sleepless long after you finish the book. Flaws do not get in the way of the story, or of the chills.

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The Leucrotta

by Kyla Lee Ward

Published in Gods, Memes and Monsters: a 21st Century Bestiary, ed. Heather J. Woods, Stone Skin Press, 2015.

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In the Company of Women

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Pulp Modern #9 – theme of ‘Dangerous Women’

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Sinister Superstars
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Congratulations to J Ashley Smith!

AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition: Short Story category WINNER

J. Ashley Smith for On The Line

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Sinister Reads – November 2014

Posted in Awards Announcements, Back List, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Book Signings, General Information, New Releases, Pre-order, Sinister Slices, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by ahwasinisterreads

November was the month of tasty morsels. Come, try some for yourself with Unearthly Fables from the diabolical David Schembri and Friends of the Dead and Other Stories from the jugular tearing James Doig. Enjoy and share Sinister Reads with your family – make them fear for your sanity!

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Sinister Reminders
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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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 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)
 

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Unearthly Fables 

Author: David Schembri

Illustrator: David Schembri

Publisher: David Schembri Studios and The Writing Show

ISBN no.: 978-0-9860304-3-7 (print)

ISBN no.: 978-0-9860304-9-9 (kindle)

RRP:  $9.99 (AUD) print  – $4.99 (AUD) kindle

Release date: 25-10-2014

Available from ReadingsAmazon, and Book Depository.

Within these parchments lie places hidden from the world. Where demons dance, hope is forsaken and fear is relished. Enter at your own risk . . .

 

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SAVE1588 (1) (1)Friends of the Dead and Other Stories

Author: James Doig

Illustrator: Paul Lowe

Publisher: Sarob Press

ISBN no.: 972-2-9549017-1-8

RRP: £30 or US$60 postage paid

Release date: January 2015

Available here.

Sarob Press is delighted to present the first collection of supernatural stories by James Doig. Most of these stories involve archives and manuscripts (unsurprisingly James works for the National Archives of Australia) and some of the particularly Jamesian outings first saw publication in Ghosts & Scholars magazine and in Ash-Tree Press publications. In these ten spooky stories the author invites the reader into eerie ghostly worlds of darkness, long shadows and subtle chills.

Essential ghostly reading for those cold, dark winter nights ~ roaring log fire optional of course. The previously published stories have been extensively revised and re-written especially for this collection.

Order your copy NOW to avoid disappointment.

Stories: “Malware*” “Wolferton Hall” “The Kindness of Strangers” “Mathrafal” “Threads” “The Wild Hunt” “The Land Where Fairies Linger*” “Out of the West” “The Dead Heart” “Friends of the Dead” *previously unpublished. With an introduction by the author.

Bound in wibalin (fine linen style), Foil Blocked to spine, Full Colour Dust-Jacket, 16pp Section Sewn Binding, Head & Tailbands & Coloured Endpapers. Full colour wrap jacket art by Paul Lowe.
Publication currently scheduled for mid January 2015.

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Sinister Reads – October 2014

Posted in Awards Announcements, Back List, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Book Signings, General Information, New Releases, Pre-order, Sinister Slices, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2014 by ahwasinisterreads

Hope you all had a wicked Halloween! This month, Sinister Reads presents Disquiet – an anthology of unsettling fiction and poetry to curl your eyebrows from Antipodean authors edited by Tracie McBride. Enjoy and share Sinister Reads with your friends… and enemies – if you dare!

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Sinister Reminders
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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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Story Critiques

Multi-award winning editors Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray are offering story critiques for interested writers, with funds raised going to the FFANZ fund for 2015. Dan was the FFANZ delegate for 2014, and attended Continuum X in Melbourne. Next year’s fund will pay for an Australian fan to travel to New Zealand and attend the NZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Reconnaissance, in Rotorua over Easter weekend. Between them, Dan and Lee have won a total of five Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one Australian Shadows Award, and have placed in international short story competitions, including the SQ Mag Short Story Contest 2013 and the AHWA/Melbourne Zombie Con Short Story Contest 2013. A critique for a story of up to 3000 words is $50, while a critique of a story up to 6000 words is $100. Alternatively, they will review your opening novel chapters, up to 6000 words, for $100. This will be an in-depth review and line edit, with a follow-up email to discuss the story or chapters in more detail if required. To enquire about this, please email Dan Rabarts at rabarts@gmail.com

 

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Cohesion Press!

www.cohesionpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/CohesionPress

We are a small press based in Australia.

Our concept is to publish within a new paradigm, in that we plan to release anthologies that are mostly filled by solicited authors, yet we will still open a few spots for general submissions.

Cohesion will be also be publishing novels and novellas by solicited authors, yet we will, at certain specified times, open to general submissions.

More details on our anthology submissions page.

For more information on upcoming submission themes and periods, check out our submissions pages.

Cohesion Press will be publishing world-wide, in both print and e-book formats, and also plan to venture into the limited edition hardback format.

We employ professional editors, artists, and proofreaders.

We will not do your work any injustice.

We are here to stay.

Geoff Brown – Editor-in-chief

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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)
 

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Disquiet – Anthology

Editor: Tracie McBride

Author: Various

Publisher: Creativia Publishing

ISBN no.: 978-9526823003

RRP: US$10.99

Release date: September 11, 2014

Available here.

Unsettling fiction and poetry to curl your eyebrows from Antipodean authors.

An artist’s muse does more than merely inspire…
An idyllic country retreat harbors diabolical dangers…
A simple railway station shopkeeper has a peculiar and sinister talent…
A dolphin-watching tour takes a surreal turn…

These and many other short stories and poems from 17 Antipodean authors will disturb and unsettle. Featuring a foreword from internationally bestselling fantasy author Ian Irvine.

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Sinister Reads – September 2014

Posted in Awards Announcements, Back List, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Book Signings, General Information, New Releases, Pre-order, Sinister Slices, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2014 by ahwasinisterreads

Ready for another month of night terrors? Check out Greg Chapman’s short story collection in “Vaudeville and Other Nightmares”. Get your blood pumping with Alan Baxter’s trilogy: “Alex Caine” is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches with an unnatural secret weapon… Before you go, why not nominate for FFANZ (more inside). Enjoy and share Sinister Reads with your friends.

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FFANZ Nominations will open in October 

Care for a trip to New Zealand at Easter next year? Nominations will be opening in October for the 2015 FFANZ race (Fan Fund of Australian and New Zealand), and we will be looking for an Australian fan of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror to attend our NatCon, Reconnaissance, in Rotorua. The fund contributes towards flights and accommodation, and the successful candidate will be welcomed with open arms, sit on panels and be made a fuss of while they’re there. If you’re interested and would like more details, please contact Dan Rabarts at rabarts@gmail.com.

– Dan Rabarts

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Sinister Reminders
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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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Story Critiques

Multi-award winning editors Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray are offering story critiques for interested writers, with funds raised going to the FFANZ fund for 2015. Dan was the FFANZ delegate for 2014, and attended Continuum X in Melbourne. Next year’s fund will pay for an Australian fan to travel to New Zealand and attend the NZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Reconnaissance, in Rotorua over Easter weekend. Between them, Dan and Lee have won a total of five Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one Australian Shadows Award, and have placed in international short story competitions, including the SQ Mag Short Story Contest 2013 and the AHWA/Melbourne Zombie Con Short Story Contest 2013. A critique for a story of up to 3000 words is $50, while a critique of a story up to 6000 words is $100. Alternatively, they will review your opening novel chapters, up to 6000 words, for $100. This will be an in-depth review and line edit, with a follow-up email to discuss the story or chapters in more detail if required. To enquire about this, please email Dan Rabarts at rabarts@gmail.com

 

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Vaudeville and Other Nightmares

Author: Greg Chapman

Illustrator: Greg Chapman

Publisher: Black Beacon Books

ISBN no.:  978-1500712068

RRP: $USD12.50 + postage and handling

Release date: September 19, 2014

Available here and from Black Beacon Books.

Vaudeville and Other Nightmares is a collection of 24 dark visions by Central Queensland author and artist, Greg Chapman. The stories will take you into the deepest recesses of the psyche and introduce to abominations only hell would welcome.

Reviews:

““Vaudeville and Other Nightmares is a murderer’s row of horror stories.” – James Chambers, author of The Engines of Sacrifice and Three Chords of Chaos

“Greg Chapman is a new voice in horror and brings fresh angles to our genre, which too often recycles unoriginal stories.” – Rocky Wood, Bram Stoker Award (R) winning author of Stephen King: A Literary Companion

This collection should provide a feast for gourmets of horror who appreciate an artfully crafted, disturbing tale.” – Lisa Morton, multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased

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Bound, Alex Caine #1

Author: Alan Baxter

Publisher: HarperVoyager

ISBN no.:   978 0 7322 9910 1 (paperback) ISBN: 978 1 4607 0286 4 (ebook)

RRP:  $24.99 print/ $1.99 ebook (for now!)

Release date: July 2014

Blurb, reviews, and buy HERE

 

Obsidian-cover

Obsidian, Alex Caine #2

Author: Alan Baxter

Publisher: HarperVoyager

ISBN no.:  9781460702871 ebook

RRP: : $4.99 ebook (for now!)

Release date: August 2014

Blurb, reviews, and buy HERE

 

Abduction-cover

Abduction, Alex Caine #3

Author: Alan Baxter

Publisher: HarperVoyager

ISBN no.: 9781460702888 ebook

RRP: $4.99 ebook (for now!)

Release date: September 2014

Blurb, reviews, and buy HERE

 

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Conflux Announcement

Posted in Auction, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Signings, Competition, Competitions, Conflux, General Information, Special announcment, Writing Competition with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2014 by ahwasinisterreads

Special announcement!! CONFLUX SCARY STORY COMP AND BOOK AUCTION

The Australian Horror Writers Association is hosting an open mic short story competition at Conflux 2014. The comp will be held at 7pm on Friday 3 October following the opening ceremony.

We’re looking for horror stories up to 500 words or a maximum of two minutes in length. Entry is by gold coin and all funds raised will go to the AHWA.

Winners will be chosen by Kaaron Warren, Rob Hood and the discerning audience.

Great prizes, including  a framed 1950s lobby card of the zombie classic, THE CREATURE WITH THE ATMIC  BRAIN, and boxed DVD sets of THE NIGHT STALKER and THE HAMMER HORROR  COLLECTION.

The comp will be  followed by a book auction, including signed and rare books, with all proceeds  going to the AHWA.

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Sinister Reads – August 2014

Posted in Awards Announcements, Back List, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Book Signings, General Information, New Releases, Pre-order, Sinister Slices with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2014 by ahwasinisterreads

If you are looking for a bundle of horrifying reads, dive on in! This month we present you with SQ Magazine’s annual anthology, 3 works from Lynette McClenaghan and a tasty bunch of Sinister Slices. Enjoy. Stay a while. Come back for more… but always share with your friends (and victims).

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Sinister Happenings
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Story Critiques

Multi-award winning editors Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray are offering story critiques for interested writers, with funds raised going to the FFANZ fund for 2015. Dan was the FFANZ delegate for 2014, and attended Continuum X in Melbourne. Next year’s fund will pay for an Australian fan to travel to New Zealand and attend the NZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Reconnaissance, in Rotorua over Easter weekend. Between them, Dan and Lee have won a total of five Sir Julius Vogel Awards, one Australian Shadows Award, and have placed in international short story competitions, including the SQ Mag Short Story Contest 2013 and the AHWA/Melbourne Zombie Con Short Story Contest 2013. A critique for a story of up to 3000 words is $50, while a critique of a story up to 6000 words is $100. Alternatively, they will review your opening novel chapters, up to 6000 words, for $100. This will be an in-depth review and line edit, with a follow-up email to discuss the story or chapters in more detail if required. To enquire about this, please email Dan Rabarts at rabarts@gmail.com

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Vaudeville and Other Nightmares launch 

Central Queensland Author and Artist Greg Chapman’s debut collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares, will be published by Black Beacon Books on September 19, just in time for Halloween. It features 21 tales including his third novella, Vaudeville, in print for the first time, and a follow up short story to his critically acclaimed novella, The Noctuary. Black Beacon Books will host an online launch on Facebook with signed copies of Chapman’s novellas and original artwork to be on offer as part of a competition.
Details: http://www.blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com

 

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Sinister Reminders
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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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SQ-BEST-CoverStar Quake 2 – Anthology

Authors:Includes Robert Datson

Editor: Sophie Yorkston

Publisher: IFWG Publishing Australia

ISBN no.:  978-1-925148-37-4

RRP: AU$17.99

Release date: August 2014

Available from IFWG, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

 

IFWG Publishing’s e-zine SQ Mag offers up the best of 2013 with their annual anthology. Star Quake pays homage to all the major genres of speculative fiction with work from writers all over the world.

17 stories are featured, including original fiction by Tonia Brown, Emma Newman, Cat Rambo and Cat Sparks.

Table of Contents

  • A Man and His Parasite by Cat Rambo
  • Fairest Fowl by J.B. Rockwell
  • Born Again by Nu Yang
  • Chinaman’s Bluff by Cat Sparks
  • Flagman by Jim Lee
  • Shoe Shine by Robert Datson
  • Surface Stars by Hanson Hovell Holladay
  • Intangible by A.A. Garrison
  • The Visiphorical Art by Michelle Ann King
  • Digging in the Deep by Tonia Brown
  • Digital Reflections by Kevin Rainak
  • Cattails by A.P. Sessler
  • Strike Day by Marie DesJardin
  • Tea in the Secret Garden by Emma Newman
  • Faye’s Diner by J.T. Seate
  • The Poet and the Lily by Julia August
  • Endangered Species X by Guy Prevost

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otwbmediareleaseOn the Wind’s Breath

Author: Lynette McClenaghan

Publisher: Palmer Higgs

ISBN no.:  978-0-9875408-3-6 (kindle); 978-0-9875408-2-9 (epub)

RRP:  Aust$4.99

Release date: July 31, 2013

Available here.

 

Freak storms or is the weather out to get you?

Martin, a celebrity photographer, and his wife Vanessa, take a holiday in Black Mountain to reignite their relationship. When they become swept up in the death and destruction inflicted by violent weather, Vanessa is convinced that the storms are malevolent, and supernatural in origin. Martin dismisses her fears as fantasy and becomes increasingly more obsessed with photographing the events unfolding around them, placing both their lives at risk.

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Drew’s Party

Author: Lynette McClenaghan

Publisher: Palmer Higgs

ISBN no.:  978-0-9875408-1-2 (kindle); 978-0-9875408-0-5 (epub)

RRP:  Aust$3.99

Release date: May 1, 2013

Available here.

 

Drew is a self-obsessed socialite.

At her opulent twenty-fifth birthday party she is confronted by an unpleasant surprise. She learns that she has unwittingly become subject to an ancient family curse.

Can Drew escape the fate that awaits her?

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In Jeopardy

Author: Lynette McClenaghan

Publisher: Palmer Higgs

ISBN no.:  978-0-9875408-5-0 (kindle); 978-0-9875408-4-3 (epub)

RRP:  Aust$4.99

Release date: April 1, 2014

Available here.

 

Set in Melbourne, In Jeopardy is a dark, dirty-realist tale of psychological drama and betrayal depicting Christine’s crisis. Other characters pulled into her world reveal that their lives are also struck by disruption, drama and loss threatening their sense of self. How do they navigate the chaos and randomness of modern day life? How do they respond to uncomfortable truths about themselves?

As character’s lives converge and diverge their separation and connectedness is revealed. Uncanny synchronicities heighten the precarious nature of the situation Christine is forced to face when Richard throws her out of his life.

Betrayal is a key theme and source of disturbance. Romance serves as a complication, but softens the novel’s pervasive grim tone. In Jeopardy is a dark tale and mood piece depicting the world as a forbidding place and touches of the supernatural enhance the story’s sense of randomness.

Even acts of kindness are eerie and warn that an individual’s life is on a knife’s edge, courting disaster and tragedy. Stories within stories mirror Christine’s plight.

Review:

  • Christine, the main protagonist of In Jeopardy, is cruelly ejected from her husband Richard’s life as the serial womanizer decides to permanently replace her with a new, more glamorous partner. On one level Christine must cope with her changed circumstances and her struggle to gain a fair settlement. More significantly, this event precipitates a series of crises in her life. She must come to terms with the obliteration of her identity as Richard’s wife and struggle to create a new identity out of the wreckage of her marriage and her dislocation from almost everything, except her work as a nurse, that has sustained her. Christine’s life is further complicated by her renewed relationships with her brother, returned from England, and her sister, married and living in Perth. Christine often seems powerless, drifting from situation to situation, yet throughout the novel she retains an elusive but discernible strength, particularly to face up to the harsh realities and confusion of her life. Christine’s story is paralleled by that of her bother, Julian, who reveals that he, too, has undergone some recent challenging experiences. His story, and that of his friend Lucy, embody similar struggles to Christine’s; although their stories share some common elements, each character deals with these in different ways and to different ends. In Jeopardy is quite a mood piece. The atmosphere is bleak – here the world is chaotic and unpredictable, often hostile. What emerges from this world of dark, dirty realism is hope, and faith in the capacity of some people to be decent, humane and compassionate. The battle to bring about meaningful change in oneself is compellingly portrayed.

 

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The Shoe Shine

by Robert Datson

Published in Star Quake 2

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The Deluge

by Gerry Huntman

Published in Black Beacon’s Subtropical Suspense

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Banned Girl

by S. G. Larner

Published in Fictionvale Episode 4

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S is for Silence

by Pete Aldin

Published in A is for Apocalypse, also available at GoodReads.

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Sinister Reads – July 2014

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A little behind the eight ball this month, but here it is, the July 2014 issue. Enjoy and don’t forget to tell your friends 🙂

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Sinister Reminders
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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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The Ocean King

Author: Russ Watts

Publisher: Severed Press

ISBN no.:  1925047911

RRP:  USD$10.76 / USD$4.69 eBook

Release date: 02 JUL 2014

Available here.

Don O’Reilly is a retired Navy SEAL living out his years in a cramped apartment in downtown San Diego. This was not how he planned his life to be. Without family or recognition for his service, he drinks to forget. There is no end to the recurring nightmares he suffers and all the military training in the world could not prepare him for what is about to come.

A terrifying creature is discovered in the Pacific Ocean, far from land, and almost dead. It is unrecognisable, a distant cousin of the dinosaurs, with razor-sharp teeth and a frightening agility in the water. Brought back to be studied at the Wild Seas Park, San Diego, owner Zola Bertoni has other ideas. This one of a kind magnificent monster could bring in millions.

The whole world wants a piece of the Kaiju, and it’s about to get it.

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Subtropical Suspense – Anthology

Authors: Helen Stubbs and Alice Godwin (and others)

Editor: Cameron Trost

Illustrator: Cover by Greg Chapman

Publisher: Black Beacon Books

ISBN no.:  9781497596429

RRP: $19.95 AUD

Release date: 19th of July, 2014

Available here.

 

Sixteen tales of mystery and suspense set in the subtropical city of Brisbane, Australia. In this anthology, you will hunt murderers, catch thieves, and survive floods, thunderstorms, and maniacal neighbours. If you have ever lived in or been to Brisbane, or you just enjoy sultry tales from subtropical climes, this anthology of gripping fiction is for you. Find a spot on a verandah or under a leafy Moreton Bay fig tree and enjoy Subtropical Suspense.

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Oil & Bone

by Dan Rabarts

Published on http://fablecroft.com.au/ (Due for release October 2014)

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A Place for Everyone

by Rue Karney

Published in Hauntings (anthology) by Hic Dragones

 

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Sinister Superstars
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Australian Shadows Awards: Best Edited Work WINNER

Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray for  Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror  (Paper Road Press 2013)

Congratulations to Dan and Lee on this great win!

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