Spanish joy – a Premios Ignotus nomination!

Today’s random piece of joy comes in the form of an unexpected award nomination. I love it when that happens! Last year, my story “The Cutting Room” (aka “The Autopsy Room”) was translated into Spanish and published in the excellent “anthology of contemporary terror” Paura 4 (Bibliopolis, Spain). As it turns out, this story was […]

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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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Podcast at last!

My story “The Cutting Room” is available over at Pseudopod in all its blood-drenched glory. It’s been given life by Damaris Mannering, who does a splendid job as the creepy corpse sex-kitten. Now you really want to listen to it, right? (and for anyone interested, the word you may not immediately understand is “diener”) Comments […]

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Contracts and subs

I’ve been off the short story subs roundabout for much of last year, but in the last few months, I’ve been determined to rectify this. I’ve had two subs rejected for fair reasons (off target subject and a rights issue), and another yesterday rejected (in part) because it was a little offensive. Not bad for […]

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Positivity

On re-reading my Swancon post, I think I was running the risk of being a whiner (sleep deprivation definitely plays tricks on the mind), so it’s time to dwell on some very positive things that have happened lately. 1. A number of my stories, along with those from a few other members of the Australian […]

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Swancon and Tin Ducks

I’ll be attending Swancon but on the Sunday only. The two set events I have in the diary are being a panellist on the ‘Horror: The state of the art’ at noon (the only horror specific panel on the program, but that’s cool, it’s a foothold in SF-ville) and attending the Ditmar/Tin Duck Awards ceremony […]

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Applauding the best and darkest

I have finally completed my duties as an Australian Shadows Award judge. Today, the Australian Horror Writers Association released the list of finalists and honourable mentions. Congratulations to the well-deserved nominees! Our judges reports are also online and worth the read for anyone interested in the horror field from 2007. I enjoyed judging for the […]

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The two Cutting Rooms

These are the two faces of The Cutting Room.The left book is in Spanish.The right book is in English.Both can be ordered now! Incidentally, the title of my story in Spanish has been changed to “The room of Autopsies”. Disturbing, huh?

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Fiction summary

Aurealis Awards judging has been occupying much of my time lately, which is not surprising given the looming deadline. Reading over the horror fiction for the year has put me in a reflective mood. I haven’t written anything for what seems like an eternity but the publications have ticked over this year, including some recent […]

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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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