The winners of the Australian Shadows Awards for this year have been announced. They are:

Long Fiction winner:
Under Stones by Bob Franklin (Affirm Press)

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

Short Fiction winner:
She Said by Kirstyn McDermott (Scenes from the Second Storey)

These are all very worthy winners and I’m honoured to count each of these people among my friends. The Australian spec fic community is great and I couldn’t be happier for Bob, Angela, Marty and Kirstyn (not to mention all the incredible authors that contributed to Macabre to make it the incredible achievement it is).

You might remember that I reviewed Scenes from the Second Storey a while back and picked Kirstyn’s story as one of my favourites. I haven’t read Macabre yet, but it’s on the pile and the Table Of Contents is just amazing. I did a signing with Bob Franklin at Halloween last year and grabbed a copy of Under Stones then. I haven’t finished that yet, but every story in it that I have read has been excellent.

You may also remember that Dark Pages, the anthology published by my micro publishing outfit, Blade Red Press, was also nominated for a Shadows award. Clearly Macabre beat us to the win, but guest judge Rocky Wood had this to say about Dark Pages.

Dark Pages 1 (and let’s hope there are more) is a treat – a collection of dark fiction ranging outside the horror genre (including science fiction) and including authors from outside Down Under. Marty Young’s neat little “Clip Notes” has the classic Twilight Zone feel to it and is but one example of what makes this anthology a deeply satisfying read.

That’s just great – and good to see Marty get another shout out. It’s interesting that many of the people nominated in one category were also featured in another. We really do have some serious talent in this country.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. All the details and judges reports can be found here.