Short stories


I’ve had short stories published in print magazines, ezines and anthologies, including:

A Guest for DinnerThe Sky Falls Down: an anthology of loss, Ginninderra Press, May 2019.

Hair and Teeth Year’s Best Hardcore Horror #4, April 2019.

The SandBeside the Seaside: Tales from the Daytripper, Things in the Well, March 2019.

For Weirdless Days and Weary Nights – published in Breach #8 (September 2018), is shortlisted for the 2018 Aurealis Award “Best Young Adult Short Story”. See the full list of nominees here.

Stagecoach from Castlemaine – DeadCades: the Infernal Decimation, October 2018.

EntombedAntipodeanSF #243, October 2018.

For Weirdless Days and Weary NightsBreach #8, September 2018.

Angel Hair and Species Endangered (both included in my award-winning collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories), make Ellen Datlow’s Honourable Mentions List 2017 for Best Horror of The Year volume 10, September 2018.

Hair and TeethAurealis #113, Chimaera Publications, August 2018.

Angel Hair – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017. Shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards for Best Horror Short Story 2017.

A Faithful CompanionKilling It Softly 2 anthology, Digital Fiction Publishing Corp, November 2017.

Novelette: The Again-Walkers – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

Nocturnal furyPerfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

The sundowners – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

Sarah Jane runs away with the circus – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

Stagecoach from Castlemaine – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

A haunting in suburbia – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

Species endangered – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

Delirium of negation – Perfect Little Stitches and other stories, IFWG Publishing Australia, September 2017.

Cast downAnemone Enemy anthology, Oscillate Wildly Press, July 2017.

Across the white desertMarch to the Grave, Deadman’s Tome, May 2017.

Perfect Little Stitches – The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2015, Ticonderoga Publications, April 2017.

What the sea wants – shortlisted for Best Short Fiction 2016 in the Australian Shadows Awards, March 2017.

Bull riderDozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow Magazine anthology, December 2016.

When this you see, think of meHell’s Bells: stories of festive fear by members of the Australian Horror Writer’s Association, December 2016. Also available in print format.

Perfect little stitches – December 2016, the Australian Horror Writers Association releases Dead of Night: The Best of Midnight Echo anthology, edited by former AHWA vice-president and Midnight Echo editor, Shane Jiraiya Cummings.

Angel hair – Highly Commended in the Australian Horror Writers Association’s Short Story Competition, June 2016. Comment from the AHWA judges, Lee Murray, Zoe Downing, and Joseph Ashley-Smith: ‘Angel Hair was highly commended. A classically structured tale in which spider numbers suddenly blossom in the aftermath of a flood, its potential to be real meant the story stayed with each of us long after we’d finished reading it. Visually beautiful, the story’s key strength lay in its portrayal of the quiet and inescapable horror of being smothered.’

The brightest placePolestar Writers’ Journal #30, May 2016:

Post hoc ergo propter hocAllegory Magazine #29, May 2016

Counting the steps from one through five100 Lightnings flash fiction anthology, Paroxysm Press, March 2016:

What the sea wantsSQ Mag #25, March 2016: Nominated for a 2016 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Fiction.

A faithful companionTincture Journal #13, February 2016:

Blue light taxi (reprint) – guest post on the popular blog of writer Seumas Gallacher, February 2016:

Across the white desertAurealis #87, February 2016:

Excerpt of a review from Tangent, February 2016: “High stakes and realistic dialogue create a strong sensation of endangerment, which holds the reader from page one to the end. The snow, gore, and monsters suggest that the author might be a big admirer of the Lovecraftian mythos. True or not, Deborah Sheldon has done an excellent job”.

Will o’ the wispLighthouses: an anthology of dark tales, Black Beacon Books, November 2015:

The Australian Shadows Awards recognise the best in published Australian and New Zealand horror. The nominations for Best Edited Works 2015 include Lighthouses: an anthology of dark tales (which published my story, ‘Will o’ the wisp’). More information about the awards here:

Excerpt of an Amazon reader review, December 2015: “Deborah Sheldon’s Will O’ The Wisp … digs up the still festering bones of the old folk tales from which ‘fairy tales’ emerged, and gives them a new suit of loose, bloody flesh.” – B. Marshall

Excerpt of a Goodreads/Amazon review, December 2015: ‘Will O’ The Wisp … is a fable full of atmosphere, strong and vivid characters and an ending that will truly shock you. What more do we want from a horror tale?’ – Greg

In the company of womenPulp Modern #9: Dangerous Women, July 2015:

We have what you want (play script)Gargouille #2, June 2015:

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc – given an Honourable Mention in the 2015 Australian Horror Writers Association Flash Fiction awards, April 2015

Family album A Quiet Courage magazine, April 2015:

Perfect little stitchesMidnight Echo #11, April 2015

Excerpt of SCARY MINDS REVIEW, April 2015: “Perfect Little Stitches for [me] was the best piece of prose writing in the magazine, including the 2014 AHWA winners. Author Deborah Sheldon has it working on multiple levels, a purely supernatural piece or a downright horror excursion. One of those stories that leaves things with the reader [not] knowing where it might go, excellent achievement with a couple of well received jump scares…” Full review here:

Pinterest page for Midnight Echo #11, designed by editor Kaaron Warren:

The Australian Shadows Awards represent the best in published Australian and New Zealand horror. In April 2016, ‘Perfect Little Stitches’ is nominated for Best Short Story for 2015, alongside fiction by Kaaron Warren, Martin Livings, Greg Chapman, and Pandora Hope.

The Australian Shadows Awards nominations for Best Edited Works also include Midnight Echo #11, which published my story, ‘Perfect Little Stitches’.

Muscle fatigueOne Page Literary Magazine, April 2015

Crazy Town is a happy placeTincture Journal #8, December 2014:

Fair-Haired BoyThe Day Death Wore Boots, UK Alfie Dog anthology, including international authors, October 2014.

FlashpointCrime Factory #16, October 2014.

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuaryCanterbury Anthology #21, October 2014.

Broken thingsRegime #4, August 2014

Fortune tellerShotgun Honey, July 2014.

Closed for renovationsPolestar Writers’ Journal #25, October 2013.

His father’s wordsTamba #52, June 2013.

Ducklings – Tincture Journal, issue #2, winter 2013.

Basket trap – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013.

Griselda Gosh – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013.

Cash cow – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013.

Fair-haired boy – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013.

Farm hands – (reprint) Hard Labour anthology, Crime Factory, October 2012. Review by ‘Book’d Out’

One grand planCrime Factory #10, May 2012.

Garland CoveThe One That Got Away, crime-fiction anthology by Dark Prints Press, March 2012.

White powder – dotdotdash #8, ‘Gambit’, December 2011.

Basket trap Page Seventeen #9, November 2011. Shortlisted for the 2011 Page Seventeen Short Story Competition

A guest for dinner[untitled] #4, May 2011

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary Polestar Writers’ Journal #21, March 2011

Bull rider – (reprint) Breath & Shadow vol.8 no.1, January 2011:

Beach house – Australian Reader, December 2010

Man with a suitcase – The Fringe Magazine, December 2010:

Blue light taxi – Tamba, December 2010

Rooftop – Queen Vic Knives, December 2010

Goodnight – Positive Words, December 2010

First and last words – (reprint) An Eclectic Slice of Life, print anthology by Eclecticism E-zine, November 2010.  An Eclectic Slice of Life was nominated for a Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (or ‘Tin Duck’) award for Best WA Professional Production. Click here to view a beautiful YouTube video of the anthology

Griselda Gosh Eclecticism E-zine #14, Oct/Nov 2010.

We have what you want – (reprint) Children Churches and Daddies #211, August 2010

Free lunch – Short & Twisted 2010 anthology, June 2010

Lopping and removal in three parts – (reprint) CellStories, May 2010

BaggageSketch, 2010 edition

We have what you wantPolestar Writers’ Journal #19, Dec 2009/Jan 2010

Fair-haired boy – (reprint) Skive Magazine, December 2009, which includes an author interview with me on my upcoming collection, All the little things that we lose

Flight path – pendulum, November 2009

Farm handsIsland, 30th anniversary issue, Spring 2009

Waiting for the huntsmanEclecticism E-zine, July 2009

Paramour – receives ‘highly commended’ in the Positive Words Short Story Competition, June 2009

Getting and givingPrima Storia, April 2009

Party animalsPositive Words, April 2009

Counting the steps from one through fiveCottonmouth, February 2009

The birthday presentPrima Storia, February 2009

The sequined shirtAustralian Reader, February 2009

A mother-to-be has a sad storyFreeXpresSion, February 2009

First and last wordsEclecticism E-zine, February 2009

BurnoverPositive Words, January 2009

Fair-haired boypage seventeen annual, November 2008

Road rageFreeXpresSion, October 2008

Risk of recurrenceSouthern Ocean Review, July 2008

The Caldwell caseAustralian Reader, April 2007

Parrots and pelicansPolestar Writers’ Journal, December 2006

300 degree daysQuadrant, November 2005



The Tea and Sugar Train – Dimension6, the speculative fiction magazine by Coeur de Lion Publishing, 2019.