I was thrilled to learn the other day that Dreams of Destruction, the latest Lovecraftian action/horror thriller novella in my Ravenous Gods cycle, featuring Captain Max Calder, has been shortlisted for this year’s Australian Shadows Awards. Congratulations to all the other nominees, too!
I’ve been out of the writing scene for a while, as I’ve been toiling away on novels and attempting to forge a life away from the computer, so this was both a surprise and an honour. I’ve had a lot to do with the Australian Shadows Awards over the years (former director and judge), and I have faith in their judging system. This is my third shortlisting (after Shadow Box and the Apocrypha Sequence), but it means more to me because of the category – the Paul Haines Award for Best Long Fiction. I had a lot to do with Paul in his last couple of years, when we were publishing his collection The Last Days of Kali Yuga. It’s fitting that his name will continue on for years to come, associated with the genre and type of fiction for which he was best known.
Thanks to the hard work of the AHWA (Mark) and the judges—Jay, Lee, and Kathy—and especially thanks to David Conyers, who has encouraged my Ravenous Gods stories from day one. Thanks, too, to Rob Hood for his kind words on Facebook, and to Liz for pointing them out.
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