Freebies for review

In the spirit of this recent slew of reviews for Aussie horror, I’m offering free e-books (PDFs) of my work to anyone interested in writing a review. The freebies (your choice of one or both): Shards (flash fiction collection, illustrated by Andrew J. McKiernan, currently on the Bram Stoker Award preliminary ballot). Phoenix and the […]

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Shards in Black Static

Peter Tennant has set aside a substantial portion of his Case Notes column to review six recent Aussie horror books in issue #15 of the UK’s brilliant Black Static magazine. One of those reviewed books was my debut collection Shards: “There’s no denying that Cummings is vastly superior to most who venture into these [flash […]

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Valentine’s in the land of the dead

Well, it’s the time of the year when love blooms, so to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m making available – for free – a short, romantic tale of love, survival, and brain eating in a world overrun by zombies. “Love in the Land of the Dead” was first published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and was […]

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Shards and the Stokers

I was remiss in mentioning this earlier, but I was stoked (pun intended) to have my debut collection Shards make it onto the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. For the uninitiated, the Stokers are the world’s top honour for horror fiction and they are presented each year by the international Horror Writers Association. […]

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Another awesome review of Shards

Continuing the theme of good fortune and favourable turns that come out of nowhere, Martin Livings has posted an awesome review of Shards on ASif. This is the latest of several recent very kind reviews: “[Shards is] handsome, slick, professional… hell, it’s kind of sexy, to be perfectly frank. Together, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Andrew McKiernan […]

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HWA stuff

Well, some great news has rolled in regarding my membership in the US Horror Writers Association. I’ve been a member for four or five years and have made more than enough pro short story sales (Shadowed Realms, Surreal, Horror Literature Quarterly, shorthorror.com, Dark Wisdom …) but with my recent publication of “Hear No Evil” in […]

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Post-Black Friday roundup

I was going to post an update yesterday (Black Friday), but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Life has been somewhat tumultuous of late, with lots of good stuff (and some not so good stuff) happening. Being the eternal optimist, I like sharing the positives, so in no particular order… Reviews! There’s […]

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13 reasons to buy Shards

Have you bought Shards yet? It’s available at most bookstores and book chains (although not in the abundance of, say, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight), but it should be there nonetheless. If it isn’t, get the salesperson to order it in (Shards is distributed by Scribo Group/Tower books and is available on Titlepage, the bookstore ordering system). […]

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Shards: Damned and Burning

Have you bought Shards yet? If not, and you’re still weighing up whether it’s worth the $17.95 (yeah, it’s pretty damn inexpensive for an indie press book, isn’t it?) … then I have some good news … Coinciding with the release of Shards is the bonus e-chapbook, Shards: Damned and Burning. This e-chapbook contains six […]

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Shards is here!

2009 has been pretty good for me, publishing wise. First there was “The Cutting Room” reprinted in Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume Three (pictured on the right), then “Chasing Jormungand” in ASIM and co-editing Midnight Echo #2 (pictured left). Now, afte three years of development, Shards is finally real! “With Shards, author Shane Jiraiya […]

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On the web: interviews and reviews

It’s been a great nine months as far as interviews are concerned. Black magazine has allowed me to interview celebs like Alice Cooper, Fiona Horne, and Leigh Whannell, and a fine time I had, too! The latest interview I have been privileged to conduct is with paranormal fiction superstar Charlaine Harris. It’s a light-hearted and […]

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Great reviews!

Friday’s session at Swancon went swimmingly. I caught up for drinks with fellow horrorites Martin Livings (and the lovely Izz), Craig Bezant, and Pete Kempshall, shot the breeze with Russell at the signing, had a lively panel on horror writing with Martin, Stephen Dedman, and Sue Isle, and had a few important chats, too. Easter […]

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On the horizon

Shards (April 2009) Shards is dark fiction at its shortest and sharpest. Each shard is an imaginative fragment, broken, sharp, and poised to draw blood. Shards collects my best flash fiction and shorter stories and includes works published in Shadowed Realms, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Apex Digest, Horror Literature Quarterly, Borderlands, Shadow Box, and several […]

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