HorrorScope stuff

HorrorScope has been going great guns in 2008! We may not be the darlings of the awards set (the tremendously overworked Rob Hood the deserving exception in that regard), but it’s tremendously satisfying to be doing the hard yards and putting the runs on the board (to mix my sporting metaphors).

The big milestone is HorrorScope reaching its first 100,000 readers. I never thought we’d reach so many people in such a relatively short time! As I said on HorrorScope, thanks for the loyal readers – and especially thanks to the hard-working editors who form the backbone of HorrorScope. HorrorScope is not a one-man show, it is a co-op based on consensus and a spirit of camraderie. I feel the team have a shared desire to promote Australian dark fiction that is infectious, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

For writers and fans of horror from the 90s, I’ve conducted an informative and entertaining interview on HorrorScope featuring Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond. This dynamic duo is the first team at the helm of the Australian Horror Writers Association‘s Midnight Echo e-zine and are a wealth of info on horror over the last two decades. You can read the interview here.

The new additions to the HorrorScope team are really adding to the output, too! In March, we set a new record of 73 posts. It all bodes very well for Aussie horror, in my book.

Keep an eye on HorrorScope over the next week or so for some more intriguing bits and bobs.

PS. Congratulations to Terry Dowling for winning this year’s Australian Shadows Award! Congratulations also to the nominees and honourable mentions – I very much enjoyed reading your work as one of the judges. I’ll be continuing on as an Australian Shadows judge again this year, and it should be fun!