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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)

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)

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.

2016 winner y separately published work icon Crow Shine Alan Baxter , Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2016 9554408 2016 selected work short story fantasy

A collection of nineteen short stories, including three previously unpublished works.

2015 winner y separately published work icon Peripheral Visions : The Collected Ghost Stories of Robert Hood (1986 -2015) Robert Hood , Melbourne : IFWG Publishing Inc , 2015 8996581 2015 selected work short story

'Peripheral visions is a unique reference collection that includes all of Robert Hood's 44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume. These memorable tales display Hood's uncanny ability to make the fantastic real, to embrace weirdness and create human characters whose lives - both inner and outer - haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflection on life and death, through disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly apocalypse. Hood's stories are sure to draw you into a terrifying world that in the end is revealed to be irrefutably our own. Though many of these stories draw on the traditions of the past, they are far from traditional in approach. As you turn each page remember this: not everything here is as it seems. There's always something more, barely glimpsed, out there on the periphery.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2014 winner y separately published work icon Last Year, When We Were Young Andrew J. McKiernan , Foster : Satalyte Publishing , 2014 7919770 2014 selected work short story horror

'The debut collection from multi-award nominated author Andrew J McKiernan brings together 14 of his published short stories and novelettes, plus two new tales.

Often defying conventions of genre and style, these stories range from fantasy and steampunk to science fiction and horror, but always with an edge sharper than a razor and darker than a night on Neptune.

'From the darkly hilarious “All the Clowns in Clowntown” to the disturbing story “A Prayer for Lazarus”, the collection pulls no punches. Delving deep into what scares us most, McKiernan’s tales are by turns heartfelt and gut-wrenching.

'Last Year, When We Were Young is a collection of horror and dark fantasy from one of Australia’s best up-and-coming authors that should not be missed.' (Publication summary)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Bone-chime Song and Other Stories Joanne Anderton , FableCroft Publishing , 2013 6359984 2013 selected work short story fantasy science fiction horror

'Enter a world where terrible secrets are hidden in a wind chime’s song.

Where crippled witches build magic from scrap.

And the beautiful dead dance for eternity.

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories collects the finest science fiction and horror short stories from award-winning writer Joanne Anderton. From mechanical spells scavenging a derelict starship to outback zombies and floating gardens of bone, these stories blur the lines between genres. A mix of freakish horror, dark visions of the future and the just plain weird, Anderton’s tales will draw you in – but never let you get comfortable' (publisher website).

2012 winner y separately published work icon Through Splintered Walls : A Twelve Planets Collection Kaaron Warren , Alisa Krasnostein (editor), Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2012 Z1873891 2012 selected work short story horror Through Splintered Walls comprises three short stories, ''Mountain,' 'Creek,' and 'Road' and the novella Sky. The stories are inspired by the beauty, the danger, the cruelty, emptiness, loneliness and perfection of the Australian landscape.
2011 winner y separately published work icon Tales of Sin and Madness Brett McBean , Melbourne : LegumeMan Books , 2011 Z1757689 2011 selected work short story horror An exploration of the dark sides of the human character in twenty-one tales of sin and madness.