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Sinister Reads – November 2016

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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Sinister Happenings

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!


Claire Fitzpatrick
AHWA Shadows Awards Coordinator

Sinister Reads

cover Presumed Dead.jpg

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.



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

Sinister Slices

Angel’s Song

by Angela J. Maher

Published in Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2016




by Angela J. Maher

Published in Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2016




by Rebecca Fraser

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


The Beach

by Claire Fitzpatrick

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


Sinister Reminders

AHWA Members Critique Groups

Don’t forget about out short story critique group and the writer’s workshop that is open to all members of the AHWA.  That’s right – novels, novellas, short stories – all are invited to participate.  Membership to both groups is open to members of the AHWA by invitation only.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these two groups, you need to join the AHWA today, and check out all the other exciting opportunities, you as an author, are currently missing out on.  There are tips on writing, how to get published, competitions, group forums and so much more.

Check out the Australian Horror Writer’s Association web-site today and become a member.


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Geoff Brown Dip. PWE
Editor-in-Chief – Cohesion Press
Editor/Columnist/Reviewer – This is Horror (UK) 


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Conflux Announcement


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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