Australian Shadows Awards: With Bonus! Shirley Jackson Awards

Last week, the shortlists for this year’s Australian Shadows Awards were announced, and I’m delighted to see that my story ‘Outside, A Drifter’ is on the list for best short fiction! What’s even cooler, though, is that my work is in such great company — including excellent writers like Margo Lanagan, Kaaron Warren, and my…… Continue reading Australian Shadows Awards: With Bonus! Shirley Jackson Awards

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Mermaids in the mail!

Got home today to find this beauty awaiting me: My story ‘Forever, Miss Tapekwa County’ appears in this lovely volume (edited by Paula Guran). Allow me a little happy dance as I come to terms with the fact that my work is in an anthology with all of the awesome authors listed on the cover…… Continue reading Mermaids in the mail!

Planet the Twelfth!

Exciting news: today, Twelfth Planet Press announced the forthcoming publication of Baggage, a book I’m co-writing with Angela Slatter, which will be the final volume in TPP’s excellent series of short story collections, the Twelve Planets. What Are the Twelve Planets? The Twelve Planets are twelve boutique collections by some of Australia’s finest short story…… Continue reading Planet the Twelfth!

Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten

In this month’s column for This Is Horror, I showcase nine of Australia’s best women writers of horror and dark fiction. So much amazing writing happening in Australian speculative fiction, in short stories and longer works alike. I could’ve gone on for ages, but I think the post would’ve buckled under the weight of all…… Continue reading Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012

Finally, I can announce that I’ve got TWO stories in the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene. HOORAY!! It’s wonderful to see so many great authors in the ToC, which has just been released today: Joanne Anderton, “Tied To The Waste”, Tales Of Talisman R.J.Astruc, “The Cook…… Continue reading Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012

On Angst and Fear and Envy…

For the past week, Alan Baxter has been posting an excellent bunch of interviews on his website, in a series he’s calling “The Ongoing Angst of Successful Writers”. So far he’s interviewed Kaaron Warren, Angela Slatter, Joanne Anderton and Trudi Canavan (and there’s still Margo Lanagan to come!) Yesterday it was my turn to answer…… Continue reading On Angst and Fear and Envy…

Horror Visuals and Their Place in Fiction

Artwork, horror stories, the reading experience — these are all aspects of creativity that I think about a lot, and generally adore. So it’s a great pleasure to have Harry Markov stop by on his blog tour to talk about these very things! Along with Lawrence Santoro and Tony C. Smith, Harry has edited the…… Continue reading Horror Visuals and Their Place in Fiction

Unquotable Quotes

As we struggle to the end of all the required ‘stuff’ required to get a book out into the world, we thought we’d share some of our less-than-successful requests for cover quotes. Note: none of this may have happened. George R.R. Martin: Who the FUCK are these people? Neil Gaiman: If I ever find this…… Continue reading Unquotable Quotes

Continuum 8 Program

The Continuum 8 program is up, and I’m delighted to be part of some awesome panels and reading sessions. If you’re in Melbourne for the long weekend and are up for some Natcon excitement, swing past the Rydges on Swanston — Friday’s admission is a mere gold coin donation! Bargain! In case any of you…… Continue reading Continuum 8 Program