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2013 winner y 809 Jacob Street Marty Young , Brisbane : Black Beacon Books , 2013 7504742 2013 single work novel horror

'Fourteen year old Byron James wishes he'd never been dragged to Parkton.

'It's a crazy sideshow of a town in the middle of damn nowhere, and he's stranded there. To make matters worse, his two new friends - his only friends - turn out to be class rejects with an unhealthy interest in monsters. They want to discover the truth to the infamous monster house at number 809 Jacob Street.

'Joey Blue is an old bluesman who fell into his songs and couldn’t find his way out again. Now he’s a Gutterbreed, one of the slinking shifting shadows haunting the town’s alleys. When an old dead friend comes begging for help, Joey’s world is torn apart. He is forced to stare down the man he has become in order to rescue the man he once was - and there is only one place he can do that.

'The house on Jacob Street calls to them all, but what will they find when they open its door?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2012 winner y Perfections Kirstyn McDermott , Sydney : Xoum , 2012 Z1915505 2012 single work novel horror

'Two sisters. One wish. Unimaginable consequences. Not all fairytales are for children.

'Antoinette and Jacqueline have little in common beyond a mutual antipathy for their paranoid, domineering mother, a bond which has united them since childhood. In the aftermath of a savage betrayal, Antoinette lands on her sister’s doorstep bearing a suitcase and a broken heart. But Jacqueline, the ambitious would-be manager of a trendy Melbourne art gallery, has her own problems – chasing down a delinquent painter in the sweltering heat of a Brisbane summer. Abandoned, armed with a bottle of vodka and her own grief-spun desires, Antoinette weaves a dark and desperate magic that can never, ever be undone.

'Their lives swiftly unravelling, the two sisters find themselves drawn into a tangle of lies, manipulations and the most terrible of family secrets.'

(Publisher's blurb: Twelfth Planet Press)