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Shane Jiraiya Cummings Shane Jiraiya Cummings i(A83397 works by)
Born: Established: 1974 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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A co-founder of Brimstone Press, Shadowed Realms and Black: Australian Dark Culture magazine, Shane Jiraiya Cummings has for many years been involved in Australian dark fiction. He was raised in the southern suburbs of Sydney, developing a passion for horror, fantasy ands science fiction, as well as a passion for martial arts. The name Jiraiya was bestowed upon him in his youth by Ninjutsu Grand Master Kazuo Crando Saito. A qualified instructor, Cummings now holds black belts in Iga-Ryu Ninjutsu and Sports Chanbara.

As an author he has had more than of his sixty short stories published in magazines and anthologies in Australia, North America and Europe. A number of these are included in his own collection Shards: Short Shap Stories (q.v.). Among the publications which have published his stories are Borderlands, Aurealis, Antipodean SF and TiconderogaOnline (qq.v.).

Cummings has co-edited the anthologies Robots and Time (q.v.) and Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2006 (q.v.), and written the novel Phoenix and the Darkness Wolves (published by Damnation Books). In addition to the horror genre Cummings has occasionally written science fiction stories.

Cummings' industry involvement has seen him undertake the positions of Vice President of the Australian Horror Writers Association, and Managing Editor of HorrorScope and Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine (q.v.). His career has seen him win two Ditmar Awards, and receive nominations for several other Ditmars, along with Aurealis and Australian Shadows awards.

Cummings has for many years resided in the northern suburbs of Perth (Western Australia) with his partner Angela Challis.

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y separately published work icon Dead of Night : The Best of Midnight Echo Australia : Australian Horror Writers Association , 2016 10876167 2016 anthology short story

'In the dead of night, when everything is still, a scream echoes at its loudest... Dead of Night features the best of Midnight Echo magazine, as selected by Shane Jiraiya Cummings, former Australian Horror Writers Association vice-president and Midnight Echo editor. The anthology features twenty-five stories from issues one to eleven and is a showcase of Australia and New Zealand's darkest imaginations.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner Australian Shadows Award Edited Publication
y separately published work icon Dreams of Destruction Australia : Shane Jiraiya Cummings , 2014 12170983 2014 single work novella horror

'Backed by the savage power of Dreamtime monstrosities and supported by shadowy masters, an Australian cult known as ‘The Reign of Terror’ attempts to detonate a supernatural weapon of mass destruction at a meeting of world leaders in Perth, Western Australia. If successful, their bold plan will devastate the earth. Can mercenary hero Captain Max Calder infiltrate the cult, fend off the yakuza and Lovecraftian horrors, and ultimately bring down the plot from the inside – with one hell of a bang?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2014 winner Australian Shadows Award Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction
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