News

April – June 2019

  • Midnight Echo is the magazine of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. I’m honoured to be guest editor of issue 14. From the AHWA website: “Midnight Echo 14 is upon us and the AHWA is proud to announce that Deb Sheldon is onboard to guest edit this representative of all things good about Australasian horror writing. Deb’s themed issued of Things Are Not As They Seem will open to submissions from July 30 to August 31 and she is seeking only the best for this edition of Midnight Echo.” Submission information can be found here.
  • The Australasian Horror Writers Association Mentorship Program opens for applications on June 10. The program provides the opportunity to work closely with highly qualified mentors on an approved project. Successful applicants will be matched for a three-month period of one-on-one development and guidance. This year’s mentors are Alan Baxter, Paul Mannering, Robert N. Stephenson, Kaaron Warren, and myself. Applications close June 24 at midnight.
  • The Sky Falls Down: An Anthology of Loss includes my story, “A Guest for Dinner”. Co-editors of the book, Terry Whitebeach and Gina Mercer, want to provide the 89 contributors with a fee for their work and have set up a crowd funding initiative to raise the money. Can you help? All monies raised will go directly to authors in the form of fees and copies of the book.
  • Exciting news! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed a contract with Severed Press to publish my latest horror novel. More information shortly.
  • My work is shortlisted for two categories in the Australian Shadows Awards. Contrition is nominated for Best Novel, and Thylacines for the Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominated writers and editors!
  • My guest essay, “Why I write horror”, is posted on Kendall Reviews.
  • Year’s Best Hardcore Horror #4, which includes my story “Hair and Teeth”, is out now. The anthology is also available in paperback.
  • Alyson Faye of the Horror Tree gives my noir-horror novel Contrition a five-star review. “This is a pacy, exciting read with strong horror content and some gruesome scenes which are well written but not for the faint-hearted reader…”

January – March 2019

  • Christine Morgan of the Horror Fiction Review gives my noir-horror novel Contrition five-stars.
  • Lesley-Ann of the Housewife of Horror blog gives my noir-horror novel Contrition a five-star review.
  • The paperback edition of Beside the Seaside: Tales from the Daytripper, which includes my story “The Sand”, is now available for pre-order. The anthology is scheduled for release in April.
  • The ebook edition of Year’s Best Hardcore Horror #4, which includes my story “Hair and Teeth”, is now available for pre-order. The official release date is April 16th.
  • My short story “For Weirdless Days and Weary Nights”, published in Breach #8, is shortlisted for the Aurealis Award “Best Young Adult Short Story”. See the full list of nominees here.
  • In honour of Women In Horror Month, the Horror Tree is featuring guest blog posts from female horror writers. My contribution is “The Invisible Woman”.
  • Great news! Twelfth Planet Press has accepted my romance-suspense novella, The Long Shot, for publication. (Release date TBC.)
  • Author Clare Rhoden interviews me about career highlights, my award-winning collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, current projects, and my latest release, the noir-horror novel Contrition (IFWG Publishing Australia).
  • Year’s Best Hardcore Horror #4 is due for release in April 2019. It includes my story “Hair and Teeth”, first published in Aurealis #113. For the cover reveal and full TOC, click here.
  • My short story “The Sand” has been accepted for the upcoming Things in the Well horror anthology Beside the Seaside – Tales from the Daytripper. Things in the Well, the publishing arm of Oz Horror Con, releases themed anthologies, single-author collections and flash fiction magazines.
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