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World Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The World Fantasy Awards Shortlist has been announced, and I’m proud to say that my novella Sky, from Through Splintered Walls, is on it. Stunning!

I’m now trying to figure out if I can make it to Brighton for the World Fantasy Convention.

Life Achievement Winners

Susan Cooper
Tanith Lee


  • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz; Doubleday)
  • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
  • Crandolin, Anna Tambour (Chômu)
  • Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson (Grove; Corvus)


  • “Hand of Glory”, Laird Barron (The Book of Cthulhu II)
  • “Let Maps to Others”, K.J. Parker (Subterranean Summer ’12)
  • The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon)
  • “The Skull”, Lucius Shepard (The Dragon Griaule)
  • “Sky”, Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls)

Short Story

  • “The Telling”, Gregory Norman Bossert (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 11/29/12)
  • “A Natural History of Autumn”, Jeffrey Ford (F&SF 7-8/12)
  • “The Castle That Jack Built”, Emily Gilman (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/26/12)
  • “Breaking the Frame”, Kat Howard (Lightspeed 8/12)
  • “Swift, Brutal Retaliation”, Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)


  • Epic: Legends of Fantasy, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Tachyon)
  • Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, Eduardo Jiménez Mayo & Chris N. Brown, eds. (Small Beer)
  • Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver, ed. (Solaris)
  • Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, Danel Olson, ed. (PS Publishing)
  • Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Random House)


  • At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson (Small Beer)
  • Where Furnaces Burn, Joel Lane (PS Publishing)
  • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth and Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands, Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
  • Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
  • Jagannath, Karin Tidbeck (Cheeky Frawg)


  • Vincent Chong
  • Didier Graffet and Dave Senior
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • J.K. Potter
  • Chris Roberts

Special Award—Professional

  • Peter Crowther & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
  • Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven (Weidenfeld & Nicholson; Harper) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Adam Mills, Ann VanderMeer, & Jeff VanderMeer for the Weird Fiction Review website
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi for ChiZine Publications
  • William K. Schafer for Subterranean Press

Special Award—Non-professional

  • Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • L. Timmel Duchamp for Aqueduct Press
  • S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2 (PS Publishing)
  • Charles A. Tan for Bibliophile Stalker blog
  • Jerad Walters for Centipede Press
  • Joseph Wrzos for Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration (Centipede Press)

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My contributor’s copies have arrived for two books. The covers of both are brilliant!


The Lowest Heaven

Pandemonium Press (the amazing Jared Shurin and Anne C Perry)

The Lowest Heaven



Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press, edited by Joe S. Pulver)


The Grimscribe's Puppets













How gorgeous is this cover for The Gate Theory? Cohesion Press’s Geoff Brown is the designer.




Finally, I hope those of you in Canberra or nearby will be about to join me and my dear friend, Norwegian writer Anne Ostby, for an event at the Paperchain bookstore.

Spinifex Press and Paperchain Bookstore invite you to join Anne Ostby, author of Town of Love, and Kaaron Warren in conversation about women, confinement, and inspiration.

Friday September 6
5.45 for 6.00pm

Telephone 6295 6723 or
email info@paperchainbookstore.com.au

The Town of Love exposes the hidden dark side of India: a workforce of trafficked girls and women forced to offer their bodies for sale to feed their families. It is a legacy of prostitution, a tradition handed down from one generation to the next. But can Tamanna break free and create a new life for herself and her daughter? This breathtaking novel explores the possibilities of empowering women to change their situation as well as highlighting the obstacles they face in a society resistant to change.

Anne Ostby is a Norwegian writer of books for adults and young people who previously worked as a journalist. She is a guest at the 2013 Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Shirley Jackson Award winner Kaaron Warren has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Fiji. She has seven books in print, including the multi-award winning Slights and Through Splintered Walls. You can find her at kaaronwarren.wordpress.com and she Tweets @KaaronWarren

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