Ditmar Awards 2010 – Shane’s online goodies

We’ve reached the end of the Ditmar Award posts (finally! some of you say), but I’ll go out with something of a bang.

Ditmar nominations are open until July 23. From now until then, I will be making three of my most significant works of 2009 available as FREE DOWNLOADS.

Yes, that’s right, you can download my work for free for Ditmar Award consideration until July 23.

These works are:

Collected Work (and Best Artwork for Andrew’s illustrations)

Shards (Brimstone Press)

Almost forty short, sharp tales – all illustrated by Andrew J. McKiernan

Described by bestselling author Jonathan Maberry as “a guided tour of the darkest backroads of the imagination … wonderfully moody and creepy” and ScaryMinds’ Jeff Ritchie thusly: “Shane Jiraiya Cummings with Shards shows he is not only a master of the flash fiction style of writing but has pretty much written the definitive statement on how it should work.”

Shards is my debut collection and represents the best of my flash fiction drawn from pro and semi-pro markets such as Shadowed Realms, Dark Wisdom, Horror Literature Quarterly, ASIM, Borderlands, and Shadow Box. Several of the stories therein are award nominees or honourable mentions in Year’s Best anthologies. This collection is the real deal and well worth your attention!


Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves (Damnation Books)

My best work of fiction published to date, Phoenix is the quintessential Australian post-apocalyptic dark fantasy story.

Stephen M. Irwin said of Phoenix: “Robert E. Howard meets Cormac McCarthy? Lovecraft meets London? Imagine no longer; Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves weaves its own unique magic, binding ancient sorcery and modern apocalypse together on the plains of Western Australia.”

Want to read a story that’s crosses the mythology around bushfires with Stephen King’s The Gunslinger. This is it. Enjoy!

Short Story

Chasing Jormungand (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #38)

What can I say about this story? It’s my first published humorous SF story. It was written at Clarion South. It’s written in second person perspective. Best of all, it’s about rival groups of scientist chasing yawns through Sydney’s subways. Yes, scientists chasing yawns.

You’ll never guess how the protagonist defuses the situation when it turns life threatening. For all its perceived silliness, this is, in fact, a finely crafted story.

Read it and I bet you won’t be able to resist yawning!

So that’s it from me. Here is the business end of things.

1. Any active member of fandom can nominate works (odds are if you’re reading this, you’re good. AHWA members, your membership should be sufficient).

2. Full Ditmar Award rules and categories are here.

3. Nominations can be made via this online form.

4. Nominations close July 23.

Good luck and happy nominating!