July – August 2020

  • In her latest newsletter, award-winning fantasy novelist Tansy Rayner Roberts – who writes cosy crime mysteries under the pen name of Livia Day – is giving away three copies of my novella, The Long Shot, courtesy of Twelfth Planet Press. Entries close at the end of August.
  • Aurealis #133 includes a great review of my award-nominated novel, Body Farm Z. In part, Chris Foster writes, “Melbourne author Deborah Sheldon brings to life the Victorian bushland in this fun, fast and fermenting zombie novel… Highly recommended.”
  • My crime-suspense novella, The Long Shot, is now available to purchase through Twelfth Planet Press. The premise: After witnessing a brutal bashing, can Simone help policeman Mitchell Ross find the culprits and still protect her sister?
  • Pre-orders are available now for the ebook edition of my crime novella, The Long Shot. Twelfth Planet Press is scheduled to publish the title on August 1. (The paperback edition will be available at a later date.)
  • The Australian SF Snapshot Project posts an interview with me.

April – June 2020

  • The Horror Tree is giving away TEN ebook copies of my novel, Devil Dragon (Severed Press), which was nominated for an Australian Shadows Award “Best Novel.” This giveaway will run until June 26.
  • Great news! I’ve won the Australian Shadows Award “Best Edited Work 2019” for Midnight Echo #14, which I guest-edited. Congratulations to the winners and finalists in all categories. The full list can be found here. Thanks to the Australasian Horror Writers Association and to the judges of this year’s Australian Shadows Awards. And a special thanks to the writers and artists who contributed to Midnight Echo #14.
  • Demain Publishing UK releases my sci-fi/horror novelette, Hand to Mouth, in paperback.
  • UK-based Ginger Nuts of Horror posts an interview with myself (editor) and Gerry Huntman (publisher) of the anthology Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, which is open to submissions from Australian authors until 31 August.
  • Wonderful news! My work has been nominated for two Australian Shadows AwardsFigments and Fragments: Dark Stories (IFWG Publishing Australia) in “Best Collected Work 2019” and Midnight Echo #14 (Australasian Horror Writers Association) in “Best Edited Work 2019”. Congratulations to all the nominees and publishers. I wish everyone the best of luck.
  • From the Australasian Horror Writers Association: “The AHWA Mentorship Program submission window opens TODAY (22 May)! This year’s mentor program is almost ready to go! From 22 May – 12 June, applications will be available on the AHWA website, where you can also check out this year’s mentors in prose and screenwriting: Alan Baxter, Heidi Lee Douglas, Paul Mannering, Megan Riakos, Deborah Sheldon, and Kaaron Warren. Get your writing samples ready!”
  • Cover reveal! Twelfth Planet Press is publishing my crime-suspense novella, The Long Shot, later in 2020. The wonderful cover is by Cathy Larsen.
  • Submissions for my anthology, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, are NOW OPEN!
  • Year’s Best Hardcore Horror vol.5 (Red Room Press) is out now! It includes my story “The Tea and Sugar Train”, first published in Dimension6 magazine (Coeur De Lion Publishing).
  • IFWG Publishing Australia has released the cover for my upcoming anthology, Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies. The anthology will comprise stories from Australian writers obtained via commission and open callout. The commissioned writers are the multi-award-winning and bestselling authors Isobelle Carmody, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren and Sean Williams. Submissions will open very soon!
  • A terrific review of my horror novel Body Farm Z from the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer UK: “Perfectly paced, intensely atmospheric, gory in all the right places and with just the right level of blood splatter, and with a real heart that speaks to the amount of time, skill and passion that Sheldon poured into it, Body Farm Z is what the zombie apocalypse genre should aim for…”
  • AntipodeanSF, the online spec-fic magazine that has been showcasing original science-fiction, fantasy and horror stories since 1998, will publish my flash fiction piece, “Shedding”, in its September issue.
  • The Horror Tree is giving away TEN ebook copies of my collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories – winner of the Australian Shadows Award “Best Collected Work”, nominated for an Aurealis Award, long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award. This giveaway will run until April 29th.
  • Storgy Magazine gives my horror/sci-fi novelette Hand To Mouth (Demain Publishing) a great review. Emily Harrison writes “Sheldon had me from the get-go…Hand To Mouth is engrossing…”
  • My novelette, Barralang, pop. 63, is published in Dimension6 issue 19, which is free to download from the publisher, Coeur De Lion Publishing.
  • Aurealis #129 reviews my novelette Hand to Mouth (Demain Publishing). Eugen Bacon writes, “The clever little story unfolds with fascinating twists… a thoroughly enjoyable read.”

January – March 2020

  • My zombie-horror novel, Body Farm Z (Severed Press), is nominated for the Aurealis Award “Best Novel” category. So exciting!
  • Christine Morgan of the Horror Fiction Review gives my collection, Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories, a great review. In part, she writes, “Many of the pieces…[are] evocative, bringing the disquieting feelings across, stirring the mood and emotion, without necessarily needing full resolution, explanation, or answers.”
  • The ARKfest Short Play Festival in Melbourne, Australia, ran over the weekend of March 7 and 8, 2020. Twenty-five plays battled it out for the finals. My monologue “Post hoc ergo propter hoc”, directed by Dexter Bourke of 1812 Theatre and acted by Jacqui Cooke, not only made it to the finals, but won a couple of awards in its heat: Adjudicator’s Award and People’s Choice Award. Congrats to Dexter and Jacqui!
  • Terrific review of my novel, Body Farm Z, on The Dust Lounge blog. In part, writer Tamara Rogers states, “If you’re looking for a zombie thriller in an original setting, where you won’t realise you’ve been holding your breath until the last page turns*, then this is the book for you. *Safety notice: Please remember to breathe while reading. Or read very quickly.”
  • A fabulous five-star review of my novelette, Hand to Mouth (Demain Publishing), from the Horror Tree. In part, Alyson Faye writes, “This is a clever, layered, sophisticated take on marriage, the impact of major life changing injury and how the solution becomes the problem with horrific consequences.”
  • Red Room Press has revealed the cover of Year’s Best Hardcore Horror #5, to be released later in 2020. The editors, Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax, say of my contribution, “From Melbourne, Australia, Deb Sheldon delivers the ultraviolent historical tale ‘The Tea and Sugar Train’. Trust us, this is in no way a tea party…”
  • Wow! What an incredible review of my novelette, Hand to Mouth, by The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer. In part, the review states: “Sheldon…creates a multi-faceted and unforgettable horror story that deserves multiple readings just to appreciate all of its subtleties.”
  • My first ever poem, a sonnet titled “The Sea Will Have”, is published in AntipodeanSF #257. The inspiration was my short story “What the Sea Wants”, first published in SQ Mag and subsequently included in my award-winning collection, Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories (IFWG Australia).
  • The Horror Tree will feature a post every day throughout February to celebrate “Women In Horror Month”. First up is my guest post, “Anxiety: the Horror Writer’s Best Friend”.
  • A great review for my upcoming novelette Hand to Mouth (release date January 31) from Kendall Reviews. In part, Richard Bell writes, “Deborah seems to capture that repressed sense of guilt, paranoia, cathartic release and exasperated hopelessness with aplomb.” The review also includes an in-depth author interview with me.
  • My author interview on the Demain Publishing blog includes the ideas behind my novelette, Hand to Mouth, and its inspiration.
  • My short story “The Tea and Sugar Train”, first published in Dimension6, will be included in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror #5, due for release later in 2020. Year’s Best Hardcore Horror anthology series, published by Red Room Press, showcases the extreme, harder side of horror, featuring stories that break boundaries and trash taboos. (YBHH4 included my story, “Hair and Teeth”, first published by Aurealis.)
  • Pre-orders are available now for my twisted, dark novelette, Hand to Mouth, to be released by Demain Publishing UK on January 31.

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