Women in (Aussie) horror

Apparently, it is Women in Horror month, so to celebrate this momentous occasion, I urge you to check out the fine work of these talented Aussie authors, editors, and fans who have been known to delve into the dark genre: Joanne Anderton, short story author R. J. Astruc, short story author Keri Arthur, author of […]

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Aussie fan politics

Danny Oz has written a very bloody informative history lesson about the Australian SF natcons, lit and media fandom, and spec fic awards. As someone with a foot in pro and fan camps (the intent is mostly pro, but I’m a genuine horror lit fan, which is where the bulk of my award nominations have […]

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Nominations?

Well, that last post gets a FAIL. It confirms my suspicion that so few people actually read small press short stories – at least amongst the people who stop by this blog. Most of the interest in small press stuff would appear to be my fellow writers wanting to get their own stuff published. Anyway, […]

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Tin Ducks

On the subject of awards, the first of the Aussie SF public nomination awards – Western Australia’s Tin Duck Awards – are now open for people to recommend/nominate works. Last year, I listed everything I thought eligible in the categories I know (the professional fiction ones). This year, I’m going to be more selfish and […]

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Reviews gone sour

Looks like the full moon came late this month. Seems that a bit of madness has hit the internet over authors reacting to reviews. A quick scan of the blogosphere in recent days shows that a US author/editor has been hit with a death threat over writing a pretty tame review. Ticonderoga Online’s latest incarnation […]

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Identity crisis?

I’ve been pondering my role in speculative fiction circles and how I’m perceived by people in the spec fic community. Hence I’ve chucked the poll up above. Please feel free to stop by and add your answer. I’m curious to know! You get bonus points (and gratitude) if you drop by this post and let […]

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Bust?

There’s been a lot of talk about various ‘Golden ages’ in Australian speculative fiction. It’s true that we’ve seen more than a few years in the last two decades filled to the rafters with spec fic projects, big and small. The last five years, especially, looked pretty healthy, probably peaking in 2005 or 2006. But […]

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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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Interviews

I took some time out to check the inbox early last week and found an email inviting me to participate in the 2007 Oz SF Snapshot interviews. “Why not?” I thought, believing it might make an interesting diversion from all that’s happening and maybe help me reconnect with people – so the interview was posted […]

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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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Loose ends

Smoke and Mirrors has been moved to make it more of a news feed for my website. I’ve also removed the Livejournal syndication link (although the Feedburner link remains). Why? It’s a long answer, but essentially, Swancon and the conversations I had there opened my eyes to a few things. The bottom line: Smoke and […]

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Bigger than Ben Hur!

Nicole Murphy is interested in catching up with folks during her visit to Perth, so Angela and I are hosting a BBQ this Saturday for Nicole’s West Aussie SF mates. What started out as a couple of people has ballooned into a pre-Swancon function of Ben Hurian proportions, but it’s a great way to share […]

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Aurealis Awards postscript

I have volunteered to act as the Convenor of the Horror Division of the Aurealis Awards this year. I have volunteered my services to assist the Aurealis Awards director. I have also volunteered to act as a judge this year for the AHWA’s Australian Shadows Award. I’m aware that every horror story I have published […]

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