October – December 2019
- Since 2014, Coeur de Lion Publishing has produced three issues of Dimension6 per year, featuring some of the very best in Australian speculative fiction. Sadly, 2020 will be the magazine’s last year of publication. My psychological-horror novelette, “Barralang, pop. 63”, will be published in the April issue. I’m proud to be included in this magazine’s swansong.
- A great review of my new collection, Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories (IFWG Publishing Australia), by Books Direct. In part, reviewer Lynda Dickson muses, “It’s nice to read Australian writing that isn’t either historical or all set in the outback.”
- The 14th issue of the Australasian Horror Writers Association’s magazine, Midnight Echo, guest edited by yours truly, is out now! It has a terrific line-up with flash fiction, short stories, original artwork, poetry, a novelette, and the winning entries in last year’s AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competitions.
- The book and movie blog, I Smell Sheep, features my guest blog post, “How to generate short story ideas”.
- I’m interviewed by the All the Ups and Downs book blog as part of the Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories blog tour.
- My dark fantasy story “The Littlest Avian” is published alongside work by L.L. Hanley, Tom Adams and Tabatha Wood in Breach #12, guest edited by Lee Murray.
- The Horror Tree is running a giveaway of my new collection, Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories (IFWG Publishing Australia). Ten digital copies are up for grabs. The giveaway ends in just under a week.
- Over a weekend in March 2020, the ARKfest Short Play Festival will take place in Melbourne’s Yarra Ranges. Up to 30 plays will battle it out in five heats. Included in the program is my play “Post hoc ergo propter hoc”, based on my short story of the same name.
- Things in the Well, an Australian small press that produces horror anthologies and collections, has a new feature on their website. “Voices from the Well” is a series of author interviews. In this installment, Tabatha Wood invites me to talk about the inspiration behind my short story “The Sand,” (published in the 2019 anthology Beside the Seaside: Tales From the Daytripper), what I believe is the best advice for new writers, and which fictional character I’m in love with…
- Out now! IFWG Publishing Australia has released my collection, Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories. The back-cover blurb reads: Brutal. Compelling. Sinister.From wheat farms, roadhouses, caravan parks and beaches to quiet suburban streets and inner-city apartments, award-winning author Deborah Sheldon tells distinctly Australian stories about violence, loss, betrayal and revenge. Figments and Fragments includes three new stories written especially for the collection.
- Exciting news about the horror anthology I’m editing (to be released in 2021 by IFWG Publishing Australia). We now have four A-grade Australian authors commissioned: Isobelle Carmody, Sean Williams, Kaaron Warren, and Jack Dann. (For more information, including the IFWG press release, see my Anthologies page.)
- My guest blog post, “Australian Stories” is posted on Jazzy Book Reviews, which includes a look at my novel Body Farm Z.
- The Dimension6 Annual Collection 2019 is out now! It’s available for 99 cents direct from the publisher, Coeur De Lion Publishing, and soon from Amazon and other online retailers. Edited by Keith Stevenson, this anthology of speculative fiction includes original stories by Cat Sparks, Jason Fischer, Mark Barnes, Aiki Flinthart, David Levell, Peter Ninnes, Chris Barnham, Matan Elul, Michael McGlade, and me.
- Okay, I confess: my spirit animal is the budgerigar… Popular, award-winning UK book blog “Alternative-Read” interviews me, and includes a feature on my novel Body Farm Z.
- A great five-star review from the Horror Tree for my novel, Body Farm Z. In part, reviewer Alyson Faye writes: “This is a zombie thriller which breaks a few of the genre’s tropes… Deborah Sheldon has written a fast moving, entertaining, high-octane adventure ride of a novel.”
- Out now! The erotic horror anthology, Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights (Things in the Well), is available on Amazon and Smashwords. This adult-themed anthology features drabbles (100-word stories) and double-drabbles, a novella from Ramsey Campbell, original artwork and more. My contribution is three saucy drabbles!
- A fabulous review of my award-winning collection, Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories (IFWG Publishing Australia) on Kendall Reviews. In part, reviewer Tabatha Wood writes, “Sheldon managed to peel away at my emotions like she was picking at a scab… If you like your short horror fiction to have a fierce bite, this anthology will definitely not disappoint.”
- My latest novel, Body Farm Z, is starting a month-long blog tour on October 23. If you’re a book blogger with an interest in horror, feel free to sign up for the press kit. There’s no cap on the number of blog stops – in fact, the more the merrier!
- My stage play Post hoc ergo propter hoc – based on my flash fiction piece of the same name – is shortlisted for the ARKfest Short Play Festival 2020. Fingers crossed! The festival will take place in March.
- Unearthed! We’ve just found a review of my award-nominated novel Contrition (IFWG Publishing Australia) in Aurealis #119, released in November 2018. In part, reviewer Eugen Bacon states, “Deborah Sheldon uses well elements of suspense to device a bizarre story of secrets…there are elements of the story that would freeze one up, quicken the heart rate and cause startle if dramatised with the right riff in the gut of a film.”
- From the Horror Tree, a wonderful five-star review of my forthcoming collection Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories (IFWG Publishing Australia). In part, reviewer Alyson Faye writes, “Deborah Sheldon is adept at drawing you in, writing fast, furious dialogue, making you smell and taste the landscape and the characters’ sweat, taking you on a journey with the lost, the displaced, the broken, the runaways, the misfits and the mad, who populate the pages.” The review also includes a mini-interview with me.
- Dimension6 is Coeur De Lion Publishing‘s free and DRM-free electronic magazine of Australian speculative fiction. Issue 18 includes my short story, “The Tea and Sugar Train”, plus stories by Michael McGlade and Aiki Flinthart. Download the issue for free direct from the publisher.
- The AHWA has released the cover for Midnight Echo 14, and isn’t it a beauty! Thanks, Greg Chapman.
- My guest blog post for the Horror Tree, “10 Most Hated Zombie Clichés”, includes a giveaway of my latest horror novel: Body Farm Z (Severed Press). Ten digital copies are up for grabs. The giveaway ends October 20.
July – September 2019
- The Australasian Horror Writers Association has revealed the table of contents for the upcoming 14th issue of the AHWA’s magazine, Midnight Echo, guest edited by yours truly. I believe it’s a terrific lineup. The issue includes flash fiction, short stories, original artwork, poetry and a novelette. ME 14 also includes the winning entries in last year’s AHWA Flash Fiction & Short Story Competitions.
- Very cool! As part of its “Video Refresh” series, the Horror Tree revisits its 2018 interview with me. Excerpted from my chat with interviewer, Alyson Faye, the video highlights my start in fiction and my love of horror. (Video by JD Blackrose.) Thanks to everyone at the Horror Tree!
- My short story, “The Littlest Avian”, will be in Breach #14, edited by Lee Murray and due for release late November.
- My short story “Hair and Teeth” (Aurealis #113) has made it into Ellen Datlow’s “Recommended List for 2019” in Best Horror of the Year vol.11.
My first foray into poetry has been accepted for publication. Very pleased! AntipodeanSF, the online spec-fic magazine that has been showcasing original science-fiction, fantasy and horror stories since 1998, plans to publish my sonnet, “The Sea Will Have”, in February 2020.
- I’ve successfully pitched my anthology idea to IFWG Publishing Australia! From the press release on their website:”IFWG is excited to announce the signing of Deborah Sheldon’s editing services for a premium horror anthology to be published in 2021. It will consist of four commissioned short fiction pieces by A-grade Australian authors, and the remainder will be populated with stories from a callout to Australian horror fiction writers in 2020. The cover art, design, and illustrations that will be included in the anthology, will be commissioned from Australian artists.”
- Tony Eames of NFReads interviews me about creativity, writer’s block, and my latest releases: the horror novel Body Farm Z (Severed Press) and the collection Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories (IFWG Publishing Australia).
- Exciting news! Iconic Australian publisher, Severed Press, has released my latest horror novel, Body Farm Z. The back-cover blurb:To solve murders, you must understand the process of decomposition. Australia’s newest body farm, the Victorian Taphonomic Experimental Research Institute, is hidden in bushland some four hours’ drive from Melbourne. Scattered across its 150 acres are human donor cadavers and pig carcasses arranged to mimic some of the ways in which police might find murder victims: exposed to the elements, buried in a shallow grave, wrapped in tarpaulin. Forensic scientists and graduate students meticulously track each stage of putrefaction. Today, Detective Rick Evans of the Homicide Squad is at VITERI for the re-creation of one of his cold cases. A human donor will be locked inside a car. But the donor has other ideas… So begins a facility-wide outbreak of the reanimated dead.
Aurealis #123 includes a terrific review of my award-winning collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories. In part, Megan Kelly writes, “The book is a skilfully disjointed read that provides endless variety… Perfect Little Stitches exudes terror and trepidation. It is an ideal collection for horror fans looking for a rapid fright.”
IFWG Publishing Australia has opened pre-orders for the paperback edition of my collection, Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories. The discounted price: anywhere in Australia, UK, NZ, Canada and US for AUS$19.95 inc. shipping. Offer closes October 15.
- The Aussie small press, Things in the Well, has published many stories that went on to win various prestigious awards. I’m pleased to announce that three of my drabbles (100-word stories) have been accepted for the upcoming Guilty Pleasures anthology, due for release later this year. The anthology will also include a story from Ramsey Campbell.
- IFWG Publishing Australia has released the cover for my upcoming collection, Figments and Fragments: dark stories. Design and artwork is by Keely van Order. The collection will be released on 18 November 2019.
- The AntipodeanSF Radio Show, hosted by the editor of AntipodeanSF magazine, Ion Newcombe, selects the best in speculative flash fiction with stories often narrated by the authors themselves. The episode “Al-Biruni” includes my flash fiction piece “Entombed” – narrated by yours truly! – and “A Perfect Plan” by Gary Escourt, narrated by Marg Essex.