I’ve had short stories published in print magazines, ezines and anthologies, including:
A Guest for Dinner – The Sky Falls Down: an anthology of loss, Ginninderra Press, May 2019.
Hair and Teeth – Year’s Best Hardcore Horror #4, April 2019.
The Sand – Beside the Seaside: Tales from the Daytripper, Things in the Well, March 2019.
Stagecoach from Castlemaine – DeadCades: the Infernal Decimation, October 2018.
Entombed – AntipodeanSF #243, October 2018.
For Weirdless Days and Weary Nights – Breach #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 Teeth – Aurealis #113, Chimaera Publications, August 2018.
A Faithful Companion – Killing 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 fury – Perfect 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 down – Anemone Enemy anthology, Oscillate Wildly Press, July 2017.
Across the white desert – March 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 rider – Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow Magazine anthology, December 2016.
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 place – Polestar Writers’ Journal #30, May 2016: http://tonihildebrand.wix.com/-facebook
Post hoc ergo propter hoc – Allegory Magazine #29, May 2016
Counting the steps from one through five – 100 Lightnings flash fiction anthology, Paroxysm Press, March 2016: http://www.amazon.com/100-Lightnings-Sean-Williams/dp/1876502185/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457414977&sr=8-1&keywords=9781876502188
What the sea wants – SQ Mag #25, March 2016: http://sqmag.com/2016/02/29/edition-25-what-the-sea-wants-by-deborah-sheldon/ Nominated for a 2016 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Fiction.
A faithful companion – Tincture Journal #13, February 2016: http://tincture-journal.com/2016/02/13/issue-thirteen-table-of-contents/
Blue light taxi (reprint) – guest post on the popular blog of writer Seumas Gallacher, February 2016: https://seumasgallacher.com/2016/02/16/from-another-of-my-new-scribbling-pals-from-australia-authoress-deborah-sheldon/
Across the white desert – Aurealis #87, February 2016: https://aurealis.com.au/store/aurealis-87/
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”. http://www.tangentonline.com/e-market-monthly-reviewsmenu-265/aurealis-sf/3056-aurealis-87-february-2016
Will o’ the wisp – Lighthouses: an anthology of dark tales, Black Beacon Books, November 2015: http://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com.au/p/lighthouses.html
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: http://www.australianhorror.com/index.php?view=191
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 women – Pulp Modern #9: Dangerous Women, July 2015:
We have what you want (play script) – Gargouille #2, June 2015: http://www.gargouille.com.au/store/
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: https://aquietcourage.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/family-album/
Perfect little stitches – Midnight 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: http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2015/magazine23.php
Pinterest page for Midnight Echo #11, designed by editor Kaaron Warren: https://www.pinterest.com/kaaronwarren/sinister/
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 fatigue – One Page Literary Magazine, April 2015
Crazy Town is a happy place – Tincture Journal #8, December 2014: http://tincture-journal.com/contributors/
Fair-Haired Boy – The Day Death Wore Boots, UK Alfie Dog anthology, including international authors, October 2014. http://alfiedog.com/products-page/alan-cadman/the-day-death-wore-boots-a-collection-of-ghost-stories/
Flashpoint – Crime Factory #16, October 2014. http://www.thecrimefactory.com/2014/10/crime-factory-issue-16-out-now/
Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary – Canterbury Anthology #21, October 2014.
Broken things – Regime #4, August 2014
Fortune teller – Shotgun Honey, July 2014.
Closed for renovations – Polestar Writers’ Journal #25, October 2013.
His father’s words – Tamba #52, June 2013.
Ducklings – Tincture Journal, issue #2, winter 2013. http://tincture-journal.com/contributors/
Basket trap – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013. http://alfiedog.com/fiction/?s=Basket+trap/
Griselda Gosh – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013. http://alfiedog.com/fiction/stories/deborah-sheldon/griselda-gosh-deborah-sheldon/
Cash cow – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013. http://alfiedog.com/fiction/?s=cash+cow/
Fair-haired boy – (reprint) Alfie Dog UK, April 2013. http://alfiedog.com/fiction/stories/deborah-sheldon/fair-haired-boy-deborah-sheldon/
Farm hands – (reprint) Hard Labour anthology, Crime Factory, October 2012. http://www.thecrimefactory.com/2012/10/new-book-crime-factory-hard-labour-available-for-purchase/ Review by ‘Book’d Out’ http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/review-hard-labour-edited-by-cameron-ashley-andrew-nette-and-liam-jose/
One grand plan – Crime Factory #10, May 2012. http://www.thecrimefactory.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Crime-Factory-Ten.pdf
Garland Cove – The One That Got Away, crime-fiction anthology by Dark Prints Press, March 2012. http://www.darkprintspress.com.au/books_totga.html
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: http://www.abilitymaine.org/breath/w11c.html
Beach house – Australian Reader, December 2010
Man with a suitcase – The Fringe Magazine, December 2010: http://thefringemagazine.blogspot.com/2010/12/fiction-man-with-suitcase-by-deborah.html
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RBMPy_gxu4
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
Baggage – Sketch, 2010 edition
We have what you want – Polestar 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 hands – Island, 30th anniversary issue, Spring 2009
Waiting for the huntsman – Eclecticism E-zine, July 2009
Paramour – receives ‘highly commended’ in the Positive Words Short Story Competition, June 2009
Getting and giving – Prima Storia, April 2009
Party animals – Positive Words, April 2009
Counting the steps from one through five – Cottonmouth, February 2009 http://cottonmouth.org.au/zines/cm-zine-09-february-web.pdf
The birthday present – Prima Storia, February 2009
The sequined shirt – Australian Reader, February 2009
A mother-to-be has a sad story – FreeXpresSion, February 2009
First and last words – Eclecticism E-zine, February 2009
Burnover – Positive Words, January 2009
Fair-haired boy – page seventeen annual, November 2008
Road rage – FreeXpresSion, October 2008
Risk of recurrence – Southern Ocean Review, July 2008
The Caldwell case – Australian Reader, April 2007
Parrots and pelicans – Polestar Writers’ Journal, December 2006
300 degree days – Quadrant, November 2005
The Tea and Sugar Train – Dimension6, the speculative fiction magazine by Coeur de Lion Publishing, 2019.