Women in (Aussie) horror

Apparently, it is Women in Horror month, so to celebrate this momentous occasion, I urge you to check out the fine work of these talented Aussie authors, editors, and fans who have been known to delve into the dark genre:

  • Joanne Anderton, short story author
  • R. J. Astruc, short story author
  • Keri Arthur, author of the Riley Jensen novels
  • Romana Baoti, editor, Severed Press
  • Juliet Bathory, coordinator, Sinister Reads
  • Lyn Battersby, award-winning short story author
  • Deborah Biancotti, award-winning author of A Book of Endings
  • H. M. Brown, award-winning author of Red Queen
  • Angela Challis, award-winning editor, Brimstone Press
  • Felicity Dowker, award-winning short story author
  • Liz Grzyb, editor, Ticonderoga Publications
  • Stephanie Gunn, short story author
  • Narelle M. Harris, author of The Opposite of Life
  • Deborah Kalin, author of Shadow Queen
  • Sharyn Lilley, editor, Eneit Press
  • Crisetta MacLeod, short story author
  • Kirstyn McDermott, award-winning short story author and imminent novelist
  • Tracey O’Hara, author of the Dark Brethren novels
  • Josephine Pennicott, award-winning author of the Circle of Nine novels
  • Amanda Pillar, editor, Morrigan Books
  • Natalie J. E. Potts, short story author
  • Vivienne Read, columnist, Black Magazine/HorrorScope
  • Miranda Siemienowicz, short story author
  • Lucy Sussex, award-winning author of The Scarlet Rider
  • Kyla Ward, short story author
  • Kaaron Warren, award-winning author of Slights
  • Kim Wilkins, award-winning author of The Infernal
I’m too lazy to link them all, but this allows you to enjoy the wonders of Google! I’d urge you to seek out their books and stories (quite a few are available for free online!) and actually get some appreciation out of Women in Horror month.
I’m not omniscient, so if you think there are any talented women in Aussie horror that I’ve missed, feel free to leave a comment.


  1. You’ve got everyone I interviewed for Women In Horror month except Gillian Polack. I’m curious as to why you’ve missed her out. I thought “Life Through Cellophane” really delved into the human side of horror that Kaaron Warren like so much. Not to mention it has a mirror so malevolent I still don’t trust the ones I own after reading about it.

  2. Shane Jiraiya Cummings says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Coincidentally, Gillian and I have been discussing this very issue. Part of the omission was what I perceived Gillian’s intent with her writing was (i.e. not to inspire fear) but another part was my perception of her work and place as an author. Plus, I haven’t read Life Through Cellophane, so given what Gillian said about it, I would probably have included her in this list had I read it.