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Sinister Reads – September 2015

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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.

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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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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 – 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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