Year’s Best Aussie list

My ordered copy of Ellen’s Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007 arrived today. I took time out to scour the TOC and Honourable Mentions for the Aussies. It was nice to see two for me this year, plus some for some deserving friends and Brimstone Pressees. As best as I can tell, this is the […]

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Back… sort of

Back. Sort of. Well, not really. It’s a long and continuing story. Thanks to those kind souls who enquired about my absence. For the interested, while my writing this year has been slow and sporadic, the publications continue. Intriguingly (especially for someone perhaps best known for flash fiction), I appear to have drifted into novelette/novella […]

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Alive but spread thin

My name is Shane Jiraiya Cummings and I am not dead. I have, however, been offline for some time, having struggled with illness and other issues. In addition, a considerable slice of my remaining creative juices has been siphoned off into my day job. Many, many things continue to loom over me, so my updating […]

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A career Apex

The dauntless Jason Sizemore, Bram Stoker-nominated editor extraordinaire of the Apex Publications dynasty, has selected me as the Apex featured writer of the month! It’s quite a coup to be the first Aussie* writer to appear as monthly featured writer. Apex Digest is in my opinion the best semi-pro US zine out there and is […]

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The literature of fear

Exploring the literature of fearThere’s a special thrill when you experience something for the first time. For me, it was conducting my first writing workshop (“Short and scary – dark flash fiction”) – with the girls from St. Mary’s school at their creative writing camp down in Jarrahdale. For them, it was that moment, that […]

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Literary tits and arse

I just came across this review of Apex Digest #8 at Pretty Scary.com. It’s not often you see a reviewer tear down an issue of a magazine with this much gusto. As I was reading it, I held my breath, waiting for a new one to be torn over my “Genesis Six”, but it turns […]

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Reviewage, short and sharp

Life has been particularly burdensome of late, but we all carry our own baggage, don’t we? It’s how you cope with adversity that shows your character. That’s how I see it, anyhow. One of the more positive aspects of life lately, aside from an unconditionally supportive partner and family, has been writing. Angela and I […]

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Apex Digest #8

A nice start to the new year… Apex Digest issue #8 has been released today. The issue features a slew of renowned dark fiction/SF short story writers from the US, plus my apocalyptic fantasy/horror story “Genesis Six“.

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