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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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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 – April 2015

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Conflux, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2015 by ahwasinisterreads

There is nothing to fear… except the minds of our AHWA writers! Get a piece of it this month with a collection of scary spectre stories from Robert Hood and some good advice from Bethaney Nielsen – Don’t Play with Dead Things! Also, get into some devilish short stories. Enjoy your April edition of Sinister Reads.

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***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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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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PV-HC-Cover FINAL

Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories

Author: Robert Hood

Illustrated by: Nick Stathopoulos

Published by: IFWG Publishing Australia

ISBN no.: 978-1-925148-65-7 (single volume hardback); 978-1-925148-66-4 (Volume 1, trade paperback); 978-1-925148-67-1 (Volume 2, trade paperback).

RRP: AUS$49.99 (inc. postage) / limited edition HC AUS$75 (inc. postage) / trade paperback volume 1: AUS$33.99 (inc. postage). Single volume ebook: AUS$10.99 / trade paperback Vol. 1: AUS$7.80.

Release date: April/May 2015

Available in print HERE .

Peripheral Visions is a unique reference collection that includes all of acclaimed dark fantasy writer Robert Hood’s 44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume. These memorable tales display Hood’s uncanny ability to make the fantastic real, to embrace weirdness and create human characters whose lives – both inner and outer – haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflection on life and death, through disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly apocalypse. Hood’s stories are sure to draw you into a terrifying world that in the end is revealed to be irrefutably our own. Though many of these stories draw on the traditions of the past, they are far from traditional in approach. As you turn each page remember this: not everything here is as it seems. There’s always something more, barely glimpsed, out there on the periphery. In the single volume HC and ebook editions, each section has an evocative, disturbing illustration by noted artist, Nick Stathopoulos, who also designed the covers.

Reviews:

  • “Robert Hood is so good at what he does, he’ll have you believing in ghosts by the end of the first story in this brilliant collection.” – Kaaron Warren
  • “Rob Hood perfects the dread of things that cannot be but are” – World Fantasy Award-winning editor Danel Olson

A Sydney launch is being organised for May/June. There will also be an event at Continuum, Melbourne, in June, at Genrecon, Brisbane, and at Conflux, Canberra in October. Dates etc. to be confirmed.

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Don’t Play With Dead Things

Author: Bethaney Nielsen

Distributor: Dennis Jones & Associates Pty Ltd

ISBN no.: 978-0-9923239-1-2

RRP: AUS$ 3.99, UK£2.11, US$ 2.99

Release date: May 1 2014

Available on Amazon AU, Amazon US, Amazon UKPort Campbell PressGood ReadsBooktopiabol.comJB HiFi ebooksCollins BooksKobogeneral-ebooks.comGoogle Books.

‘Don’t Play With Dead Things’ is a collection of 30 short stories, made up of exactly 100 words, filled with horrow and dark humour, perfect for when the sun goes down. Here you will see why you shouldn’t play with dead things, when:

  • A clown discovers IT’S not so scary…
  • The women show the men who’s boss…
  • Kitchen appliances get even…
  • Toys want to play with YOU…
  • Trick or Treating is not that much fun…
  • Monsters are good-old fashion monsters, and more.

Reviews:

  • I really enjoyed the way these shorts draw you in for a brief moment, steal your breath and then force you to exhale with such force that you feel as if you were punched in the gut (in a good way of course). Nielsen brings the reader face to face with ordinary everyday objects and injects them with raw unforgiving malice. You will never look at your kitchen appliances in the same way again. Kudos. – Craig Furchtenicht (author of Dimebag Bandits)
  • What an excellent collection of short horror stories. I got spooked and shocked by some of the endings. A must read for any horror fan!!!! – Joshua Michael Phillips
  • This is not my usual genre I read but I was shocked and surprised, that I had to keep reading all the short stories. My favourite was “Added Flavour”. Well done to Ms Nielsen for encompassing 30 complete stories with only 100 words each. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because I would have preferred the stories to be longer. I think I would really enjoy reading longer horror stories by this author. – Lorraine Loveit
  • “Don’t Play with Dead Things” surprised me because I was laughing as much as I was shocked. (I may need therapy???) Nielsen has a wonderful ability to get to the point quickly and paint a gruesomely, amazingly vivid picture in your head. If you like shock horror, this is a must in my opinion – a great read! I would certainly recommend to friends and family. – T.G.
  • I usually don’t read short stories because I don’t always believe they give you enough material to get lost in a story and that is my favorite part of reading. That’s why I was skeptical about reading Don’t Play With Dead Things. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Each story stands alone and gives you just enough to give you a hint of what is going on. Bethaney Nielsen uses her sparse words to cleverly broach popular subjects such as vampires and zombie. My favorite story touched on the problem of Facebook obsession that is sweeping our country. Some of the stories are disturbing, particularly the ones involving children but somehow they work. My only criticism of this book is that I wish the stories were longer or that more of them were tied together. There is no thread running through the book that connects the stand alone stories; no “Aha!” moment. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read horror without having to muddle through tons of gore. I like that the stories are creepy but, for the most part, they’re not gross. – Michelle

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Sins of Meals Past

by Matthew J Morrison

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Oil and Bone

by Dan Rabarts

Published in Insert Title Here

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Who Looks Back?

by Kyla Lee Ward

Published in The New Cthulhu Two: More Recent Weird

** Originally printed in Shotguns vs Cthulhu, 2012

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Footprints in Venom

By Robert Hood

Published in Insert Title Here

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Nomination: 2014 Australian Shadows Award: Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction (Novella)

“The Shark God Covenant” by Robert Hood

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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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