The Aurealis Awards were held in May, and I was thrilled to receive the award for Best Horror Story for my novella “Sky”. I’ve only won one Aurealis Award before, though I’ve been nominated a number of times, so this was a particular thrill.
I spent a second weekend in Sydney at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. I knew Lauren Beukes was in town and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to catch up. Lauren and I published our first novels together, exactly four years ago, with Angry Robot Books. It was wonderful being surrounded by avid readers, and the buzz in the book sales room was heartening indeed.
I’m teaching an online horror fiction course with John Langan, Jeffrey Ford and Gemma Files, to raise money for the Shirley Jackson Awards. I love these awards and what the represent and am very proud to be on the shortlist this year. I’m talking about using history and landscape in your fiction and I plan to discuss the Throw Mama from the Train concept of idea sharing!
I received my copy of Cemetery Dance with my reprint story “The Left Behind”. I’m very fond of this story and love the magazine, so very happy about this one.
Two events happening in September for my friend, the author Anne Ostby, to discuss and promote her novel Town of Love, from Spinifex Press. It’s an important book and Anne is coming all the way from Norway for these events, one in Melbourne, one in Canberra. Anne and I shared an event when we were both in Fiji, because, while we write very different material, we do explore the same themes and have a similar way of approaching our work, and a similar way of absorbing the world around us.
I’m reading Captivated, by Piers Dudgeon, about the du Mauriers and J. M. Barrie. One of the most fascinating books I’ve read, partly because of my adoration for Daphne du Maurier. Once I’m finished I will read every one of her books again. It explores the nature of power and control, and of the ‘secret’ of the du Mauriers which meant that Daphne and her grandfather George could create the fiction they created.