Australian Shadows Awards shortlist announced

Dark PagesThe 2010 shortlists for Australia’s premier dark fiction awards, The Australian Shadows Awards, have been announced. First off, I’m incredibly proud to have the Dark Pages anthology among those finalists. While the book is really the baby of editor Brenton Tomlinson and the contributing authors, it was published by my small outfit, Blade Red Press, and the original concept was my own. I also had a fair hand all the way along the process, including the nuts and bolts of typesetting, cover design and production, as well as a vote in the final selection of stories after Brenton had created a shortlist from over 250 submissions. For Blade Red’s first anthology to be nominated for an Australian Shadows Award is just fantastic.

I’m also very pleased to see some good friends and fantastic works shortlisted in the three categories. 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)

I don’t envy the judges selecting winners from that lot. Massive congratulations to everyone involved. The winners will be announced on April 15th.


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