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One of Australia's leading horror fiction anthologists, Angela Challis has edited several ground-breaking anthologies including the critically-acclaimed Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 'year's best' series (q.v.). In 2004 she and Shane Jiraiya Cummings founded Brimstone Press, a small press which has since established a strong track record of publishing these genres. Challis' involvement in publishing has also seen her take on a variety of roles and positions, including Editor-in-Chief of Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine, Eye of Fire e-zine, and Shadowed Realms online magazine. A number of her edited publications have been nominated for Australia's genre fiction awards, and in 2009 she was awarded the Ditmar Award (Australian Science Fiction Award) for her achievements in establishing Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine. A founding committee member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, Challis was re-elected to the AHWA Committee as Membership Officer in 2009.

In addition to her publishing activities Challis is also a founding Director of both The Ascension Group and Wisdom Within, organisations dedicated to unravelling the human psyche and the mysteries of the greater universe. Her interest in attempting to understand the tangled inner workings of the mind has seen her extensively involved in human services, dealing with traumatised and marginalised youth from Perth and surrounding areas. In this respect she holds qualifications in Youth Work, and Community Services.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2009 winner Ditmar Awards Professional Achievement For Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine and Brimstone Press.
2007 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Professional Achievement Nominated for establishing Brimstone Press as a mass market publisher.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Macabre : A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears Western Australia : Brimstone Press , 2010 Z1710906 2010 anthology short story horror 'Explore Australia's dark literature past, present, and future all in one landmark anthology! From the very earliest colonial ghost stories through to grim tales of modern life, Macabre will take you on a journey through the dark heart of Australian horror. With classic stories from Australia's masters of horror alongside the best of the new era, Macabre is set to be the finest dark fiction anthology ever produced in Australia.' (Source: Publisher's website http://www.brimstonepress.com.au/)
2010 winner Australian Shadows Award Edited Publication
2010 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Anthology Division
2010 finalist Bram Stoker Awards Superior Achievement in an Anthology
y separately published work icon Shadowed Realms 2004 Woodvale : Brimstone Press , 2004-2006 Z1249460 2004 periodical science fiction fantasy horror (11 issues)

During its brief lifespan, Shadowed Realms was the only professional online magazine dedicated to flash fiction in Australia. Published by Brimstone Press and edited by Angela Challis, the magazine specialised in dark speculative fiction, especially supernatural or psychological tales. New issues were published online every two months, with each issue comprising five to eight flash stories. Recognised by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American (SFWA) magazine, Shadowed Realms published authors such as Poppy Z. Brite, Richard Harland (q.v.), Robert Hood (q.v.), Terry Dowling (q.v.), and Kirstyn McDermott (q.v.). Lee Battersby's (q.v.) story 'Pater Familias' (issue 3) was the first electronic/flash-fiction story to win the Aurealis Award.

The magazine released two special issues during its run. The first was issue 6: the Continuum 3 convention and the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) launch issue. This featured Continuum 3 guests Poppy Z. Brite and Richard Harland, along with Robert Hood, Terry Dowling, and the winners of the inaugural AHWA flash fiction competition. The second special issue was issue 9 (the 'Redback' themed issue), featuring nine prominent female horror/speculative fiction writers, including K J Bishop (q.v.), Kaaron Warren (q.v.), Deborah Biancotti (q.v.), and Kirstyn McDermott.

The last issue to be published was issue 11 (October 2006).

2006 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Collected Work
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