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Subcategory of Australian Shadows Award
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  • This category, for a single author collection, was first presented in 2012 for the 2011 Shadows Awards.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2021

Also finalist: Seeds from Aotearoa author Tabatha Wood.
winner y separately published work icon Tool Tales Kaaron Warren , Ellen Datlow (illustrator), Gold Coast : IFWG Publishing Inc , 2021 21018457 2021 selected work short story

'Multi-award winning creators Ellen Datlow and Kaaron Warren teamed up on Facebook a few years ago when Ellen posted photos of antique tools and Kaaron wrote microfiction pieces to accompany them, without either of them knowing what the tools were for.

'This chapbook collects and preserves their playful interaction for readers to enjoy.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners & Other Stories Angela Slatter , Harrogate : PS Publishing , 2020 18687707 2020 selected work short story

'Welcome to The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners and Other Stories.

'Slatter’s work has been described by the legendary Ramsey Campbell as “enviably original, and told in prose as stylish as it’s precise. Not just disturbing but often touching, her work enriches and revives the tale of terror.”

'From the fierce changeling children of ‘Finnegan’s Field’ to shades of old gods in ‘Egyptian Revival’, from the Lovecraftian echoes of ‘Lavinia’s Wood’ to a new kind of Victorian sleuth in ‘Ripper’, and from the re-imagined fairy tale of ‘The Little Mermaid, in Passing’ to the tender terror of ‘Neither Time nor Tears’, the stories in this collection spring from dragons’ teeth scattered on the field of story.

'The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners and Other Stories collects twelve reprints and two new unpublished tales, with an Introduction by Kim Newman.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon Served Cold Alan Baxter , Chicago : Grey Matter Press , 2019 18133310 2019 selected work short story horror fantasy

'Collected together for the first time ever, these sixteen provocative and intensely chilling tales by multi-award-winning-author Alan Baxter venture into the depths of the darkest and most shadowy places where unspeakable horrors are the predators and we the willing prey.

'Prepare for an always terrifying, frequently heartbreaking journey in multiple stages, each piece echoing Baxter's unique voice that effortlessly blends horror, fantasy and the weird, cementing his place as a modern master of the dark fantastique, and resulting in an unforgettable volume of fiction.'  (Publication summary)

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon A Primer to Kaaron Warren Eric J. Guignard (editor), Los Angeles : Dark Moon Books , 2018 15286609 2018 selected work short story autobiography bibliography

'Australian author Kaaron Warren is widely recognized as one of the leading writers today of speculative and dark short fiction. She's published four novels, multiple novellas, and well over one hundred heart-rending tales of horror, science fiction, and beautiful fantasy, and is the first author ever to simultaneously win all three of Australia's top speculative fiction writing awards (Ditmar, Shadows, and Aurealis awards for The Grief Hole).

'Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to her work, the second in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover--or learn more of--the distinct voice of Kaaron Warren, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

'Included within these pages are:

- Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book
- Author interview
- Complete bibliography
- Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)
- ... and more!

Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Kaaron Warren.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2017

winner y separately published work icon Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories Deborah Sheldon , Melbourne : IFWG Publishing Inc , 2017 12047430 2017 selected work short story

'A collection of twenty-one dark fantasy and horror stories by Deborah Sheldon.

Mysterious. Creepy. Disturbing. Including:

- A funeral director, who steals body parts for cash, takes delivery of an unusual corpse.

- The crew of a nineteenth-century fishing boat encounters an unknown but irresistible danger.

- A dog-sledder on a secret mission in Antarctica fights for his life against the monsters that have fuelled his every nightmare since the Vietnam war.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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