Welcome, new visitors!

Hi! If you’ve been brought to my website by today’s KBoards promotion – or for any other reason – welcome! I hope you enjoy reading my new book, The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After. It’s a heartfelt, personal project for me, with stories that cover a decade of my writing career, so settle in […]

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The reason why there is a Funnel-web Spider on my desk

Continuing my series on discussing the stories in The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, today I talk about the story behind “The Garden Shed Pact” – and specifically, why there is a Funnel-web Spider on my writing desk. Who doesn’t hate spiders? Okay, don’t answer that … maybe I’m the freak, but spiders are […]

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The secret history of Ian

My collection, The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, features my most notable non-flash dark fiction. It spans a decade of my work, so there are plenty of notable tales in it. In the collection, I explain the history behind, and motivation for, my stories, so to give you a glimpse, I wanted to blog […]

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KBoards promotion

Over the coming few months, I’ll be experimenting with ways to increase my ebook sales. Although I only have collections, novellas, and anthologies out there in the wild (as opposed to novels, which makes it a little harder), I have several books, which constitutes a small but growing backlist. To kickstart proceedings, my new, major […]

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Our Wings are Burning

On the crest of fire Our wings are burning To the wind’s anthem All is lost but hope I’ve been using the Black Box audio CD as my writing soundtrack recently. It’s an awesome selection of atmospheric Australian rock and goth, and I’ll always be thankful to Talie Helene for putting that soundtrack together. A […]

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New Year, renewed focus

Happy New Year to you and yours. I enjoyed the Christmas break immensely, and now that January is upon us, I have plenty of exciting stuff on the go. Stuff! Happening! Hooray! I haven’t made any new year resolutions, but my life has been quietly building to the point where I’m keen to throw myself […]

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The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally published my career retrospective collection, The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After. Here’s the official blurb: Thirteen spine-tingling stories of darkness and desolation from Australia’s award-winning master of the macabre, Shane Jiraiya Cummings. The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After is Cummings at his fear-inducing best: […]

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2014 Year of the Horse predictions

I’m a Tiger in the the Chinese Zodiac, and 2013 – the Year of the Snake – was an unspectacular year for me. It was solid work-wise and relationship-wise, but not so much creatively, financially, or spiritually. However, in a few weeks, the Year of the Horse kicks in, and the Horse and the Tiger […]

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2010: reflecting on the year that was

Ok, so I’m posting this out of order, but I thought it important for my first blog post this year to be about looking forward with a steely gaze and having the sparkle of hope in one’s eye. This post is about reflection. I always find the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day to […]

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