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2012 winner Sky Kaaron Warren , 2012 single work novella horror
— Appears in: Through Splintered Walls : A Twelve Planets Collection 2012; Focus 2012 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2013;

'Zed has been haunted by the disappearance of a teacher who went missing not long after Zed brought the oddest item for 'show and tell' to school. Now 23, Zed decides to take matters into his own hands and goes out to search for answers. His search takes him to the small town of Sky, somewhere north-west of Sydney. It's known for its 'Cat Food Factory'. It is here that he meets a number of very strange individuals and undergoes experiences that will change him forever... and not for the better.'

2011 winner The Past Is a Bridge Best Left Burnt Paul Haines , 2010 single work novella horror
— Appears in: The Last Days of Kali Yuga 2010; Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , November no. 56 2012; The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 2012; (p. 455-483)
'Self-consciously autobiographical, and yet subtly playful in its interrogation of the nature of dream and reality, it is an extraordinary tour de force of a story. Consisting of many short, often apparently unrelated sections which seem to mirror the narrator's confusion, The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt takes us on a journey through past and present times, in New Zealand and Australia.'

Source: Review of The Last Days of Kali Yuga, in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus, [posted: 27/05/2011],
Sighted 17/05/2012
2010 winner y separately published work icon Under Stones Bob Franklin , Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2010 Z1667919 2010 selected work short story horror

'Dip into the world of Bob Franklin's fiction at your own risk. The calm surface belies a swift undertow and snags galore. These are not horror stories in the traditional sense; they are more unsettling than that.

Under Stones are uneasy tales, set in familiar surrounds. They are journeys into the human psyche and powerful critiques of contemporary Australian society. Bob Franklin pokes and prods at human fears and foibles, revealing with forensic glee truths that you might prefer were, well, left under stones.' (From the publisher's website.)

2009 winner y separately published work icon Slights Kaaron Warren , London : Angry Robot , 2009 Z1621190 2009 single work novel horror


'But she brings her victims back to life to demand of them: "WHAT DO YOU SEE?"

'Now she's about to find out for herself...

'After an accident in which her mother dies, Stevie has a near-death experience, and finds herself in a room full of people - everyone she's ever annoyed. They clutch at her, scratch and tear at her. But she finds herself drawn back to this place, again and again, determined to unlock its secrets. Which means she has to die, again and again. And Stevie starts to wonder whether other people see the same room... when they die.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1998 winner y separately published work icon The Resurrected Man Sean Williams , Pymble : HarperCollins , 1998 Z414391 1998 single work novel science fiction crime

The year is 2069. D-mat offers fast, cheap travel, plus the potential to turn humanity into a race of godlike starfarers. But new technology has a dark side - d-mat allows a killer to perpetrate a series of vicious attacks without leaving a victim. Detective Marylin Blaylock is on the case ... a case where the murdered women all resemble her. (Publisher's blurb, back cover).