Archive for March, 2011

Tree Sale

The fabulous Angry Robot Books love a celebration and they’ve jumped on the news that ‘Walking the Tree’ is on the Best Novel shortlist of the Ditmar Awards.

They’re running a three day sale, a quid (how much is that in Australian cents?) for an electronic copy!

It’s nice to be loved.

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Ditmar Awards

It’s that time of year! I’m thrilled to announce that my novel ‘Walking the Tree’ has been shortlisted for best novel, and that that cover of ‘Dead Sea Fruit’, by the brilliant Olga Read, has been shortlisted for best artwork!

Press Release below. Congrats to all finalists.

Best Novel

  • Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson (Hachette)
  • Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott (Pan Macmillan)
  • Power and Majesty, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Voyager)
  • Stormlord Rising, Glenda Larke (Voyager)
  • Walking the Tree, Kaaron Warren (Angry Robot Books)

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “Acception”, Tessa Kum (Eneit Press)
  • “All the Clowns in Clowntown”, Andrew J McKiernan (Brimstone Press)
  • “Bleed”, Peter M. Ball (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “Her Gallant Needs”, Paul Haines (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “The Company Articles of Edward Teach”, Thoraiya Dyer (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story

  • “All the Love in the World”, Cat Sparks, Sprawl (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “Bread and Circuses”, Felicity Dowker, Scary Kisses (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • “One Saturday Night With Angel”, Peter M. Ball, Sprawl (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “She Said”, Kirstyn McDermott, Scenes From the Second Storey (Morrigan Books)
  • “The House of Nameless”, Jason Fischer, Writers of the Future XXVI (Galaxy Press)
  • “The February Dragon”, Angela Slatter and Lisa L. Hannett, Scary Kisses (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Collected Work

  • Baggage, edited by Gillian Polack (Eneit Press)
  • Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young (Brimstone Press)
  • Scenes from the Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall (Morrigan Books)
  • Sprawl, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Worlds Next Door, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)

Best Artwork

  • Cover art, The Angaelien Apocalypse/The Company Articles of Edward Teach (Twelfth Planet Press), Dion Hamill
  • Cover art, Australis Imaginarium (FableCroft Publishing), Shaun Tan
  • Cover art, Dead Sea Fruit (Ticonderoga Publications), Olga Read
  • Cover art, Savage Menace and Other Poems of Horror (P’rea Press), Andrew J McKiernan
  • “The Lost Thing” short film (Passion Pictures), Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan

Best Fan Writer

  • Robert Hood, for Undead Backbrain
  • Chuck McKenzie, for work in Horrorscope
  • Alexandra Pierce, for body of work including reviews at Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus
  • Tehani Wessely, for body of work including reviews at Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus

Best Fan Artist

  • Rachel Holkner, for Continuum 6 props
  • Dick Jenssen, for cover art of Interstellar Ramjet Scoop
  • Amanda Rainey, for Swancon 36 logo

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus, edited by Alisa Krasnostein et al.
  • Bad Film Diaries podcast, Grant Watson
  • Galactic Suburbia podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Alex Pierce
  • Terra Incognita podcast, Keith Stevenson
  • The Coode Street podcast, Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
  • The Writer and the Critic podcast, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best Achievement

  • Lisa L. Hannett, cover design for The Girl With No Hands and Other Tales (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Helen Merrick and Andrew Milner, Academic Stream for Aussiecon 4
  • Amanda Rainey, cover design for Scary Kisses (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Kyla Ward, Horror Stream and The Nightmare Ball for Aussiecon 4
  • Grant Watson and Sue Ann Barber, Media Stream for Aussiecon 4
  • Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, Rachel Holkner, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely, Snapshot 2010

Best New Talent

  • Thoraiya Dyer
  • Lisa L. Hannett
  • Patty Jansen
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Pete Kempshall

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Leigh Blackmore, for “Marvels and Horrors: Terry Dowling’s Clowns at Midnight” in 21st Century Gothic (Scarecrow Press)
  • Damien Broderick, for editing Skiffy and Mimesis: More Best of Australian Science Fiction Review (Wildside Press)
  • Ross Murray, for “The Australian Dream Becomes Nightmare – Visions of Suburbia in Australian Science Fiction” in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 44.
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, for “A Modern Woman’s Guide to Classic Who”


The official ballot paper, including postal address information, may be
downloaded as a PDF format file from:


Votes can be sent via email to:


Online voting will be available shortly, at:


Postal ballots will be distributed in the near future.

Voting for the Ditmar Award is conducted in accordance with the rules
specified at http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules, and is open to members
of Swancon Thirty Six (including supporting members) and to members of
Dudcon III who were eligible to vote in the 2010 Award. Voting in all
award categories is by the optional preferential system, and each
eligible individual may vote only once. All ballots (including emailed
ballots) should include the name and address of the voter. If you have
questions regarding the ballot or voting procedure, please email

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Aurealis Awards

Here’s the Press Release from SpecFaction. Am thrilled to be on the shortlist!


SpecFaction NSW, organisers of the 2010 Aurealis Awards, are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2010 Aurealis Awards.

Judging Coordinator, Keith Stevenson, said that with approximately 600 entries across the
thirteen categories, the judges had a big task.

“Overall, the judges agreed that the entries had been of a high standard. In a number of the
categories the judges informed us that they had trouble coming down to a shortlist of five with many worthy entries just missing out on being included. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the judges for their time and professionalism in the judging of these awards.”

Winners of the 2010 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Award will be announced at
the Aurealis Awards ceremony, sponsored by Harper Voyager, on the evening of Saturday the 21st of May. Details of the evening and a link to the online booking website are available at http://www.aurealisawards.com

2010 Aurealis Awards – Finalists

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)

Grimsdon, Deborah Abela, Random House
Ranger’s Apprentice #9: Halt’s Peril, John Flanagan, Random House
The Vulture of Sommerset, Stephen M Giles, Pan Macmillan
The Keepers, Lian Tanner, Allen & Unwin
Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull, Jen Storer & Gug Gordon, Aussie Nibbles

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)

Night School, Isobelle Carmody (writer) & Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Penguin Viking
Magpie, Luke Davies (writer) & Inari Kiuru (illustrator), ABC Books (HarperCollins)
The Boy and the Toy, Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator), Penguin Viking
Precious Little, Julie Hunt & Sue Moss (writers) & Gaye Chapman (illustrator), Allen &
The Cloudchasers, David Richardson (writer) & Steven Hunt (illustrator), ABC Books


Inksucker, Aidan Doyle, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft Publishing
One Story, No Refunds, Dirk Flinthart, Shiny #6, Twelfth Planet Press
A Thousand Flowers, Margo Lanagan, Zombies Vs Unicorns, Allen & Unwin
Nine Times, Kaia Landelius & Tansy Rayner Roberts, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft
An Ordinary Boy, Jen White, The Tangled Bank, Tangled Bank Press


Merrow, Ananda Braxton-Smith, black dog books
Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey, Allen & Unwin
The Midnight Zoo, Sonya Hartnett, Penguin
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher, Doug MacLeod, Penguin
Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy Book Two), Scott Westerfeld, Penguin


Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Nicki Greenberg, Allen & Unwin
EEEK!: Weird Australian Tales of Suspense, Jason Paulos et al, Black House Comics
Changing Ways Book 1, Justin Randall, Gestalt Publishing
Five Wounds: An Illustrated Novel, Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett, Allen & Unwin
Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators, Rocky Wood & Glenn Chadbourne,
McFarlane & Co.


The Library of Forgotten Books, Rjurik Davidson, PS Publishing
Under Stones, Bob Franklin, Affirm Press
Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter, Tartarus Press
The Girl With No Hands, Angela Slatter, Ticonderoga Publications
Dead Sea Fruit, Kaaron Warren, Ticonderoga Publications


Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis & Dr Marty
Young, Brimstone Press
Sprawl, edited by Alisa Krasnostein, Twelfth Planet Press
Scenes from the Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall, Morrigan Books
Godlike Machines, edited by Jonathan Strahan, SF Book Club
Wings of Fire, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Marianne S. Jablon, Night Shade Books

HORROR Short Story

Take the Free Tour, Bob Franklin, Under Stones, Affirm Press
Her Gallant Needs, Paul Haines, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press
The Fear, Richard Harland, Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears,
Brimstone Press
Wasting Matilda, Robert Hood, Zombie Apocalypse!, Constable & Robinson Ltd
Lollo, Martin Livings, Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, Apex Publishing


After the World: Gravesend, Jason Fischer, Black House Comics
Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson, Orbit (Hachette)
Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott, Pan Macmillan

FANTASY Short Story

The Duke of Vertumn’s Fingerling, Elizabeth Carroll, Strange Horizons
Yowie, Thoraiya Dyer, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press
The February Dragon, LL Hannett & Angela Slatter, Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications
All the Clowns in Clowntown, Andrew McKiernan, Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s
Darkest Fears, Brimstone Press
Sister, Sister, Angela Slatter, Strange Tales III, Tartarus Press


The Silence of Medair, Andrea K Höst, self-published
Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson, Orbit (Hachette)
Stormlord Rising, Glenda Larke, HarperVoyager (HarperCollins)
Heart’s Blood, Juliet Marillier, Pan Macmillan
Power and Majesty, Tansy Rayner Roberts, HarperVoyager (HarperCollins)


The Heart of a Mouse, K.J. Bishop, Subterranean Online (Winter 2010)
The Angaelian Apocalypse, Matthew Chrulew, The Company Articles Of Edward Teach/The
Angaelian Apocalypse, Twelfth Planet Press
Border Crossing, Penelope Love, Belong, Ticonderoga Publications
Interloper, Ian McHugh, Asimovs (Jan 2011)
Relentless Adaptations, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press


Song of Scarabaeous, Sara Creasy, EOS Books
Mirror Space, Marianne de Pierres, Orbit (Hachette)
Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres, Orbit (Hachette)

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Gilgamesh Press is pleased to announce that its long-awaited Ishtar collection is on track for release in November 2011!

The talent-packed anthology now has a gorgeous cover to match the stellar content!


Powerful, sexy, and very, very deadly.

The 5 Loves of Ishtar
Kaaron Warren

Follow the path that the goddess Ishtar takes through the eyes of her most devoted worshippers, her washerwomen. Sharokin, Atur, Ninlil, Shamiran, Ninevah and Ashurina share in their goddess’ loves, losses and triumphs, as kingdoms rise and fall in the Land of Rivers.

And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living
Deborah Biancotti

In modern-day Sydney, male prostitutes are dying. Their bones have turned to paste and their bodies are jelly. As Detective Adrienne Garner investigates the deaths, she finds rumours of strange cults and old gods whose powers threaten her city and, ultimately, her world.

The Sleeping and the Dead
Cat Sparks

Dr. Anna remembers little of her life before the war, merely traces of the man she used to love. When three desperate travellers rekindle slumbering memories, she begins a search that takes her to Hell and beyond. A search for love and, ultimately, enlightenment.


Edited by Amanda Pillar & K.V. Taylor.


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Inifinitas Bookshop

Infinitas Bookshop in Parramatta is a wonderful source of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror books. They run events (I’ve never been to one, but hear good reports) signings and writers’ groups.

They also have a newsletter, and the most recent one has Len Newland reviewing Walking the Tree.

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Ellen Datlow has offered to send the two Ditmar-eligible story from the antholgy Haunted Legends to interested readers.

My story ‘ That Girl’, and Stephen Dedman’s “For Those in Peril on the Sea.”

Email Ellen Datlow for a reading copy.

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Harry Markov, at Pornokitsch, on Dead Sea Fruit.

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News and Reviews

At Bad Reputation, Maura McHugh talks about five female writers she admires, and I’m honoured to make her list. Others are Gemma Files, Sarah Langan, Sarah Pinborough and Mira Grant.

Pendragon Press have announced the anthology ‘Visions Fading Fast’, edited by Gary McMahon.  Six novellas. Mine is called “The History Thief” and it freaked me out when I was writing it. The other authors are Reggie Oliver, Joel Lane, Paul Meloy and Nathan Ballingrud.

Nathan will also appear in ‘Teeth‘, Ellen Datlow’s new anthology from Harper Collins. My story “The List of Definite Endings” will appear in the book.  E.C. Myers cut together two excellent interviews for the book. Check out part two to see me being evil.

The Datlow and Mamatas anthology ‘Haunted Legends‘ continues to receive excellent reviews. The School Library Journal called my story a masterpiece, so I’m happy with that!

I’m judging both the short fiction award for Australian Shadows and the Australian Horror Writers’ Association fiction competition, the last along with Lee Battersby and Stephen Dedman.  You have to be a member to enter the competition. I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far.

Shroud Magazine ‘s Carson Buckingham gave a fantastic review to ‘Slights.

Gill at SFBook Reviews gave an indepth and excellent review of ‘Walking the Tree’.

Tim Pratt at Locus talked about my short story collection ‘Dead Sea Fruit’ in a very positive review.

Colin Steele at the Canberra Times did the same.

That’s all for now! I’ve been researching the moth effect for a story I’m working on, and with the help of friends on Facebook and elsewhere, tracked down a story I read long ago. Called “The Cocoon, by John B.L. Goodwin, it is a highly disturbing, brilliantly written story.



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