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 brisk Q&A, although I did get to put to Charlaine a question about Stephen King’s poor opinion of Stephanie Meyer’s writing.

The interview is online at HorrorScope right now.

In a bit of a role reversal, I myself have been interviewed by James Doig in the Studies in Australian Weird Fiction #3. I go into great detail on a great many things – flash fiction, AHWA vs HWA, and the state of Aussie dark fiction in general. There’s also a batch of intriguing interviews from folks like Margo Lanagan, Cat Sparks, and Kim Wilkins.

Also online, Jeff Ritchie at Scary Minds has reviewed Shards and Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume 3 in-depth.

Jeff has plenty of fantastic things to say about Shards and Andrew’s excellently macabre art that accompanies each story, and sums up 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. The collection is a strong statement on the validity of an internet driven writing style and is a must have for any collector of Australian Dark Fiction. If you love dark fiction or have ever wondered what flash fiction is about then Shards should speak to you in language that you will understand.”

Of my story “The Cutting Room” in ADFH3, Jeff says:
“Special mention of an author I’ve read before but not in the short story format. I was aware of Shane Jiraiya Cummings from his excellent article The End of the Line on the demise of Lothian Books in Black magazine Issue 3, and also the outstanding flash collection Shards due shortly from Brimstone Press. Cummings didn’t disappoint with the mortuary tale “The Cutting Room”, proving to be precise in it’s lines and harbouring another twisted concept. Cummings is really getting down to where the metal meets the flesh with this story.”