Quadruple threat!

So, the Ditmar Awards have been announced and what do you know, it’s looks to be a strong and varied list! Several of my picks didn’t make the list, but quite a few did, which was heartening to see.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

I’d especially like to shout out to:

  • Russell for picking up three nominations (and a further three for stories he published). Well deserved!
  • Marty for his nod in the Fan Achievement category (and all the hard work he continues to put in behind the scenes for the Australian Horror Writers Association). Onya, mate!
  • Gary for recognition of his sustained campaign of speculative fiction coverage on the ABC.
  • Nathan for breaking through as a well-deserved New Talent nominee after years of toil.
  • The HorrorScope crew!
  • Alexandra, Jonathan, and Alisa for picking up four nominations each.

I was thrilled to see my name crop up four times. While it’s brilliant to see there are a lot of folks out there who value the consistent contribution HorrorScope is making to the Australian spec fic industry, I was especially chuffed that my novelette “Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon” (from Ticonderoga’s Fantastic Wonder Stories) was a finalist in the novella/novelette category.

This is the first time my fiction has been nominated for a Ditmar Award. This, coupled with the recent Aurealis Award nomination for “Yamabushi Kaidan” (again, my first), has been a breakthrough of sorts for me. To date, my reviewing and editing appear to have overshadowed my writing, so it’s fantastic for my fiction to receive a nod in these sort of awards.

The Atheling nomination was also my first. I’m keen to write more detailed reviews and expand my body of critical work, and the The Spiraling Worm review (and the accompanying interviews with David and John) was perhaps my first step in that direction.

Here’s what I’ve been nominated for:

BEST NOVELLA/NOVELETTE
“Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Fantastic Wonder Stories) – read it here or buy it here (go on!).

BEST FAN WRITER
Shane Jiraiya Cummings for HorrorScope.

BEST FANZINE
HorrorScope, edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings et al.

WILLIAM ATHELING JR AWARD
Shane Jiraiya Cummings for review of David Conyers’ & John Sunseri’s “The Spiraling Worm” (HorrorScope)

At last, I’m a quadruple threat! All I need to do is change my surname to ‘Blood’ (‘Shane Jiraiya Blood! – it’s a long story) and my plans for world domination will be complete!

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