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Sinister Reads – January/February 2017

Posted in Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Pre-order, Sinister Slices on February 11, 2017 by ahwasinisterreads

Happy New Fear and welcome horror fiends to the first edition of Sinister Reads, the newsletter that celebrates the achievements of our hard-writing Australian Horror Writers Association members. Check out the latest publication milestones below for the January/February period, or even better pick up a copy of their work, remembering to leave a review after the fact! Thanks to those who submitted – we hope to see plenty more in the next edition. Until then, may your writing be horrible!

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did-you-forget-about-me-by-andrew-cull-fb-coverAuthor: Andrew Cull
Title: Did You Forget About Me?
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
ASIN: B01N6J5I13
Price: $USD0.98
Release date: December 20, 2016

When Cam Miller returns to the town he grew up in he’s heading to clear his estranged Father’s farmhouse. He’s also returning to the house he fled 23 years before. There, among the nicotine stained keepsakes and remnants of a broken life, he’ll come face to face with a horror that has waited all those years for his return.

“It’s you he wants.”

If you’re in the US you can grab it here… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6J5I13

If you call the UK home you’ll want to click here… https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N6J5I13

If you’re here in Oz… https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01N6J5I13

Reviews

http://frankmichaelserrington.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/did-you-forget-about-me-by-andrew-cull.html

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wunyami-cover-3Author: J.A. Loggie
Title: Lake Wunyami: Home of Haunted Spirits
Publisher: Self-published
ISBN: 978-9872122- 8-3
Price: $AUD 15.00
Release date: October 2016

Lake Wunyami: Home of Haunted Spirits

Something scary resides in the township of Wunyami and it isn’t the gentle haunted spirits in beautiful Lake Wunyami that for many centuries have whispered encouragement and hope to the local Iindigenous Australians.

The European settlers who built Wunyami township in the early 1800s brought a demon with them and the evil that came with the white men has possessed and corrupted Wunyami

ever since and the scope for devilry is cosmic; a situation that delights the demon.

Inspector Samuel Steadman of the Queensland Police Service has taken long service leave to hunt the killer of his niece and the trail is taking him to Wunyami where something occult

and extremely nasty is waiting for him.

Print On Demand:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Lake-Wunyami- Home-Haunted-Spirits/dp/0987212230/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458255361&sr=1-1&keywords=9780987212238

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lake-wunyami- home-of- haunted-spirits- joy-loggie/1123530877?ean=9780987212238

The Book Depository:

http://www.bookdepository.com/Lake-Wunyami- — Home-of- Haunted-Spirits- Joy-Loggie/9780987212238?ref=grid-view

Booktopia

http://www.booktopia.com.au/lake-wunyami- home-of- haunted-spirits- joy-loggie/prod9780987212238.html

Fishpond (Aussie):

http://www.fishpond.com.au/Books/Lake-Wunyami- Home-of- Haunted-Spirits- Joy-Loggie/9780987212238?rid=1525574088&cat=Books&keywords=9780987212238

The Nile (Aussie):

http://www.thenile.com.au/books/Joy-Loggie/Lake- Wunyami-Home- of-Haunted-Spirits/9780987212238/

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book2Author: Various
Title: The Refuge Collection: Hell To Others!
Illustrator: Various
Publisher: Oz Horror Con
ISBN: 9781370006557
Price: $USD15.00 (45% Discount code is RH79K on Smashwords)
Release date: January 2017

Volumes 4-6 of The Refuge Collection. 18 tales of dark, supernatural and psychological thrillers, terrifying tales of murder, kidnap, mythical creatures and political intrigue. All set in the mysterious town of Refuge, often described as “Heaven to Some, Hell to Others.”

Purchase links:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/694637 or https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01NBWIJLP

Visit www.RefugeCollection.com for more information

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9780994630575Author/s: David Wood and Alan Baxter
Title: Primordial
Publisher: Cohesion Press
ISBN: Kindle – 9780994630575 Epub – 9780994630582 Print – 9780994630445
Price: Kindle/ePub – $USD6.99 Print $USD18.95
Release date: February 23, 2017 UPCOMING RELEASE!

Sometimes, the legends are true.

When eccentric billionaire, Ellis Holloway, hires renegade marine biologist, Sam Aston, to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. Something terrible lives beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme, and it’s hungry. As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor’s descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.

“Primordial has everything you’d want from a monster story – great characters, a remote location and a creature with bite! Mixing history and lore with science and action, David Wood and Alan Baxter have penned a thriller that is hard to put down.” – Jeremy Robinson, international bestselling author of Apocalypse Machine and Project Nemesis

“… an intriguing, engaging, and ultimately entertaining tale.” – Dr. Michael Collings

Visit https://cohesionpress.com/ for more information

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rope-ecvr1_optAuthor: Martin Livings
Title: Rope
Publisher: Self-Published
Price: $AUD0.99
Release date: February 7, 2017 NEW RELEASE!

A unique and confronting blend of fiction and fact, Rope is a novella that explores the true history of capital punishment in Fremantle Prison through the eyes of a fictional hangman who witnesses it all, and the rope he created for his job that may well be keeping him alive… but at what cost?
After 44 lives are taken, there is just one more to claim.
Previously published by Dark Prints Press, this is Martin’s first foray into self-publishing.  He subsequently plans to re-release both his novel Carnies and his collection Living With the Dead as soon as he can.

Purchase links:
https://www.amazon.com.au/d/B01N6ZY659/

Reviews:
http://www.thirteenoclock.com.au/rope-by-martin-livings-review/

More information: http://www.martinlivings.com

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Until next time, keep on kicking those writing goals and don’t forget to send in your publication news to sinisterreads@gmail.com for inclusion in Sinister Reads. * Please note that Sinister Reads is a monthly newsletter and your publication submissions should correspond to the particular edition. Questions can be directed to Greg Chapman, Sinister Reads Manager, via media@australianhorror.com

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Sinister Reads – November 2016

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Competitions, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

The Gremlins attacked and we pew pew’d them back into squishy piles of goo! How was YOUR Halloween? Some of our AHWA writers have been busy so check our this month’s Sinister Reads and Sinister Slices. Also, the AHWA Shadow Awards are open so get cracking!  Information below… right down there>>>  No, down!  Scroll! 😛

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AHWA Shadow Awards

Hey creepy kooks, it’s that time again – The Australian Horror Writer’s Association Shadows Awards! Entries are for works first published during the 2016 calendar year, representing the best of the best!

This year we have a fantastic array of judges!

Paul Haines Long Fiction: William Cook, Brett McBean, Lee Pletzers

Edited Works: Dmetri Kakmi, Piper Mejia

Collected Works: Lee Murray, Michael Pryor, Tracie McBride

Short Fiction: David Hoenig, William Cook, Rhiannon Irons, Lucy A. Snyder

Comics/ Graphic Novels: Gareth Macready, Lee Pletzers

Rocky Wood Nonfiction: Piper Mejia, Maree Kimberley, David Kernot

Novels: Louise Zedda-Sampson, Rhiannon Irons, Lee Pletzers

Entries are FREE! We’re looking for the best Australian and New Zealand writers, even if it’s your first publication.

Send your entries my way!

australianshadows@australianhorror.com

Thanks,
Claire Fitzpatrick
AHWA Shadows Awards Coordinator

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Presumed Dead

Author: Rick Kennett

Published by: Cooperative Ink

ISBN no.: 9781536849158

Release date: 3 August 2016

RRP: US $4.03 kindle version, US $12.95 paperback

Available on Amazon.

Marooned a thousand light years from home, alone with ghosts and monsters, the last thing she wanted was rescue.

Review

 

I have followed the Cy De Gerch stories for years, generally in Australian science fiction magazines. I’ve always liked the stories of this very young, purpose bred, Martian warrior, and her various travails, both physical and emotional. These stories continue in this novel, which length really gives author Kennett the chance to explore Lieutenant De Gerch’s psyche. It is a Robinson Crusoe-type story, with an unusual stand-in for Friday. There is conflict, adventure and introspection. Kennett is a good writer in both long and short form and deserves a wider audience. – NYC Reader

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Angel’s Song

by Angela J. Maher

Published in Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2016

 

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Crack

by Angela J. Maher

Published in Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2016

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Coralesque

 

by Rebecca Fraser

Published in Killing it Softly: The Best by Women in Horror (Volume 1)

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The Beach

by Claire Fitzpatrick

Published in Under The Bed Magazine, Vol 5, No 1

 

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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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Sinister Reads – July 2016

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Pre-order, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the July 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Holy crap balls, Batman! You are in for such a treat this week. The most amazing Greg Chapman has been busy with the release of his debut novel, Hollow House (check out the super creepy trailer) AND… drum roll please, Mr Chapman has also given us gore gathers our own bag of bits and blood to colour in with morbid magic! That’s right people, it’s an adult colouring book for horror lovers! Also, a massive congratulations for Rue Karney on her WIN – check out her latest Sinister Slice too! Enjoy your July Sinister Reads.

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The Horrible Colouring Book

by Greg Chapman

ISBN no.: 0646958259

RRP: $AUD9.95

Release date: 11 July 2016

Available here.

Greg Chapman is the author of:

TORMENT
THE NOCTUARY
THE LAST NIGHT OF OCTOBER
VAUDEVILLE AND OTHER NIGHTMARES
THE ESCHATOLOGIST
HOLLOW HOUSE (see below)
Greg Chapman is the illustrator on Bullet Ballerina – SST Publications
The Bram Stoker Award® WINNING WITCH HUNTS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE BURNING TIMES – McFarland & Company
ART: http://darkartiste.wordpress.com
Facebook
Twitter

This book is HORRIBLE!

Don’t colour-in to relax, colour-in to give yourself the shivers and stay awake!

24 pages of horrible colouring fun! Vampires! Werewolves! Zombies! And more! Grab your red crayons and stay inside the lines!

“The most fun you can have with colouring pencils without stabbing someone with them.” – Aaron Sterns, Co-writer Wolf Creek 2, author Wolf Creek: Origin. Closet artist.

“Absolutely BRILLIANT! I love it. Beyond being a cool coloring book, it’s a wonderfully witty tribute to the whole genre. Bravo!” – Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author and screenwriter.

 

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unnamedHollow House

by Greg Chapman

Published by: Omnium Gatherum Books

Illustrated by: Greg Chapman (Cover art)

ISBN no.: 978-0692736067

RRP: $USD14.99

Release date: 25/7/16

Available here.

 

No one in Willow Street pays it any notice, not the disgruntled Campbell family next door, not Alice Cowley and her suicidal daughter, or Mr. and Mrs. Markham down the road. Not even Darryl, the loner at number seventy, who is abnormal himself, thinks much about it. It is just the old Kemper House, forgotten and abandoned.

Until it makes itself known.

When the stench of death wafts from Kemper House through Willow Street, and comes to the attention of recent resident and newspaper reporter, Ben Traynor, it starts a chain of horrors that brings Kemper House’s curse into their own homes and leads others direct to its door. Kemper House not only haunts its neighbours, it infects them with an evil that traverses time and reality itself.

Read Reviews here.

For more on Greg’s publications, check out the listing above for The Horrible Colouring Book.

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Butterfly Pie

by Rue Karney

Published in SQ Mag

 

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Congratulations to Rue Karney

Winner for Brother.

Category: Australian Horror Writers Association Short Story contest

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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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Sinister Reads – June 2016

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Back List, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Competitions, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the June 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Really? Half way through already? …. That’s what the Zombie said!  “…head inside a plastic bag.” Ummmm, what else do you need? Check out JA Loggie’s ‘‘Killing Gabba Maggie’ – a promise to murder’ to find out where the entrails are.  If you survive that, check out our wicked Sinister Slices and celebrate our Sinister SUPERSTARS!  Enjoy your June Sinister Reads….

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‘Killing Gabba Maggie’ …a promise to murder

by J.A.Loggie

Published by: J.A. Loggie (with assistance from) Publicious Pty. Ltd

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

RRP: $AUD12.00

Release date: January 2016

Available here.

On Saturday 31st October 1998 a sex-worker died in the inner Brisbane suburb of  Woolloongabba with her head inside a plastic bag. The media surmised that Halloween had activated a switch in a warped psyche but events are seldom what they seem in this smoke and mirror tale of murder and madness and the body count continued to rise. During the next ten months five more working girls die a breathless death and the name Bagman appears in the media but the murders may be the work of a new crime cartel that is intent on controlling the recently legalised sex-trade in the river city.

A CD filled with stolen cartel data falls into the hands of private investigator Mac McNab as he watches River Fire pyrotechnics at Southbank Parklands with his young grandson Paul.

Mac hides the CD before he is murdered by the cartel and days later the cartel kidnaps seven years old Paul who is soon rescued by Mac’s colleagues but the shadowy Bagman does exist and the serial killer is obsessed with single mother Cassie McNab and her son Paul. Murder and madness rise to a crescendo on Halloween night 1999 when Cassie is drugged and wakes in a bed beside a mummified corpse wearing green pyjamas.

 

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The brightest place

by Deborah Sheldon

Published in Polestar Writers’ Journal #30

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The Corkscrew and the Void

by Cameron Trost

Published in Morbid Metamorphosis

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Atrocity Exhibition

by Jason Nahrung

Published in 100 Lightnings (Paroxysm Press)

 

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Congratulations to Deborah Sheldon

Highly commended for Angel hair.

Category: Short story, Australian Horror Writers Association Competition 2016

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Congratulations to Kat Clay

Longlisted for novella Double Exposure

Category: Adult Novels, 2016 Davitt Awards

 

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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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Sinister Reads – April 2016

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Competition, Competitions, Critique Group Update, Fear, General Information, Horror, Market Hive Update, New Releases, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Special announcment, Submissions, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Competition, Writing Submissions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2016 by ahwasinisterreads

Welcome all, to the April 2016 edition of Sinister Reads. Indie authors, time to step it UP with Up & Up Media calling for your submissions! Check out our Sinister Superstar, Bernie Rutkay – Winner, Winner, Zombie Dinner! And Matthew R. Davis has been busy serving up some Sinister Slices. Also, there is still time to enter the AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition… Get crackin’!

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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.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: ahwa@australianhorror.com

ENTRY DETAILS
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: ctrost@hotmail.com

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!

JUDGES
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 ctrost@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

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Call for Submissions!

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Up & Up Media – Aussie Author Bonanza.

Up & Up Media are seeking INDIE authors to submit their work to an exciting new project to launch both Aussie authors and the company.

“Our big idea is to be what indie punk rock labels were for garage bands back in the day, but for indie writers of today. The garage bands of the literary world. We want to be the ones who nuture Nirvana’s first novel, Green Day’s first short story book, and we’re trying to get NoFX to drop their Zine through us… You get the picture, right?

“It’s grassroots, it’s exciting, and we don’t have no rules round these parts, so it’s whatever goes… “

THE BOOK

The book will be fiction stories, mostly Sci-fi/Fantasy, and will hopefully contain upwards of 30 stories. At the conclusion of each story will be a page about the author, telling the reader what they’re about, what other stuff they have out or are working on, and where to find them.

STORY GUIDLINES

  • Word count: Approx 2,000 words. If you go over, that’s okay though. We aren’t strict.

  • Payment: 7c Per Word, up to $100, for stories that will be published.

  • Theme: No particular theme, we want Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror, Or just plain Fiction. We aim to entertain our readers, give them something to think about, and showcase talent. We’re after stories that haven’t just been spilt out of a pen, but that the author is proud of. Remember, this is a spotlight to hopefully bring new readers into your fanbase and explore your other works.

For submission guidelines, go to http://www.upandupmedia.com.au/submissions.

 

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The Heart of the Mission

by Matthew R. Davis

Published in The Refuge Collection series

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Pianissimo Possibile

by Matthew R. Davis

Published in Haunted by the Past

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Imago

by Matthew R. Davis

Published in Quick Shivers About Bugs, The Daily Nightmare

 

 

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Sinister Superstars
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Bernie Rutkay
 – WINNER 
of The Trifecta Award for a script that cleverly incorporates the three prompts for The Importance of Fresh Breath.

Category: Stranger With My Face Film Festival Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge 2016

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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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Sinister Reads – September 2015

Posted in Authors, Awards Announcements, Bloodthirsty Blogs, Book Launches, Books, Fear, General Information, Horror, New Releases, Pre-order, Short stories, Sinister Slices, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2015 by ahwasinisterreads

So many reads this month… and here is an exciting one to start us off – In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep: An Anthology of Australian Horror. This is a must have for any horror fan with a selection of tales from our very own AHWA members. Congratulations to all! Get it at the special introductory price before Halloween (check it out below). While you are at it, get your teeth into Mike Jones’ The Transgressions Cycle, never sleep again after reading Sleep With One Eye Open: Ghost by Beau Johnston, and snack on the morsels of Carole Nomarhas’ The Fading. Enjoy!

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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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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.

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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

Available 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

Available 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.

unnamedCOMING SOON: The Reparation

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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Sleep With One Eye Open: Ghost

Author: Beau Johnston

Published by: Beau Johnston

ISBN no.: 978-0994427618

RRP: $9.99 US

Release date: September 4, 2015

Available form Amazon (e-book and paperback), iTunes, Kobo, Book Depository, Angus and Robertson (e-book and paperback), Kinokuniya Australia.

With cunning, courage and good luck, John survived the horror of the zombie outbreak in Sydney.

He fled the city with little more than the clothes on his back, hoping to outrun the savage horde of ghouls that annihilated Sydney’s population of four and a half million people. His perilous journey north covered several hundred kilometres of hostile territory, arriving at the outskirts of Coomba Park, the tiny lakeside settlement where he grew up. His family were missing,

but he found clues to their location. As he continued his journey to Gloucester, he quickly discovered it is impossible to outrun an enemy that doesn’t need sleep. He found his family in time to warn them of the horde of flesh-eating ghouls that would soon arrive on their doorstep. Under the cover of darkness they successfully escaped the ravenous pack of fiends that swarmed through the town.

Taking refuge on an abandoned rural property outside the remote village of Nowendoc, the group must evade enemies, both living and undead, as they try to establish a new life for themselves. Struggling to survive with limited supplies, John and his family realise they can’t hide forever. Everything they do increases their chances of being discovered. The sleepy country town of Gloucester might be small, but it is just as treacherous as Sydney. Marauding zombies and other survivors create a dangerous environment that can quickly turn lethal; ensnaring the unwary and the unlucky.

While searching for supplies in the abandoned homes and businesses of Gloucester, John rapidly learns his presence isn’t welcome. He doesn’t know who these people are or understand their motives; but they are determined to make his life hell. Join John as he tries to remain one step ahead of this new enemy.

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unnamed (4)The Fading

Author: Carole Nomarhas

Available form Amazon USA, Amazon Australia, and Amazon UK.

Eleven darkly-twisted tales of fantasy and horror, magic and superstition. Venture into a place where the veil between worlds is wafer-thin, where the dead join the living and the sun never sets. Drive a road of dust and bones that may never end and may take you places you do not wish to go… Visit a picture-perfect house, in a picture-perfect village, where there is a very special box. Sit for a while on the front porch, and wait for the end of the world, unless something more terrifying comes calling first…

Carole Nomarhas delivers a unique blend of dread and intrigue in short stories that cross genres and lead the reader down paths that were once the familiar haunts of horror and fantasy readers alike. With a delicate brush she paints vivid worlds where serial killers dwell, and digs up past wrong-deeds with dire consequences. Each story is a delicately-woven tapestry of nightmare places and nightmare beings, ordinary folk in extraordinary situations.

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Denying the Thrill

by Gerry Huntman

Published in Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups)

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unnamedCongratulations to Mike Jones. In the midst of the monthly releases of his The Transgressions Cycle (3 Book Series), the first book, ‘The Mothers’ has been named by iBooks as it’s Best of the Month!  ‘The Mothers’ has been enjoying it’s time on the iBooks front page in the company of the likes of Lee Child and Jonathan Franzen.

“Very gratifying to see the iBooks editors choose a Horror novel to sit in this set.” – Mike Jones

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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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unnamedMadman Across The Water

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

unnamed (1)The Mothers

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.

unnamedThe Reparation

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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