Monday, February 28, 2011

Australian Shadow Awards Announced

As you know, I've not been online very much in the last few months due to physical restrictions, so I was somewhat blown away when I received a phone call from Alan Baxter of Blade Red Press fame, and author of the excellent books Magesign and Realmshift, to give me the excellent news that Dark Pages Volume 1 had made the short list for this years Australian Shadow Awards!

I don't expect to win, but then I wasn't expecting to be nominated either - but I should have been as I was given an opportunity to work with very talented authors, the best copy editor bar none, and a very supportive and encouraging publishing house.

Perhaps now would be a good time to click on the link in the sidebar to buy a copy of the award nominated anthology!

Here’s the full list of finalists:


* Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott (Picador Australia)

* The Girl With No Hands by Angela Slatter (Ticonderoga Publications)

* Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healy (Allen & Unwin)

* Under Stones by Bob Franklin (Affirm Press)

* Bleed by Peter M. Ball (Twelfth Planet Press)


* Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis & Marty Young (Brimstone Press)

* Scenes From The Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall (Morrigan Books)

* Dark Pages 1, edited by Brenton Tomlinson (Blade Red Press)

* Scary Kisses, edited by Liz Gryzb (Ticonderoga Publications)

* Midnight Echo #4, edited by Lee Battersby (AHWA)


* “Bread and Circuses” by Felicity Dowker (Scary Kisses)

* “Brisneyland by Night” by Angela Slatter (Sprawl)

* “She Said” by Kirstyn McDermott (Scenes from the Second Storey)

* “All The Clowns In Clowntown” by Andrew J. McKiernan (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)

* “Dream Machine” by David Conyers (Scenes from the Second Storey)

Congratulations to all the nominees.

Winners to be announced on April 15th.


  1. I saw that just the other day! Congratulations, well deserved, sir.

  2. Congrats! I was thrilled to see your name on the list (and happy to be part of Dark Pages)

  3. Thanks guys - it was a definite pick me from the dumps I've been in for the past few months.

  4. Congrats! A most deserving nomination.