Horror in Oz

It’s awards season again, with the Australian Shadows Award--this year in the form of a handmade, delightfully gruesome replica human skull from local company Nightshade FX, engraved with the winner’s name and the logo of the AHWA--were presented on Friday, April 12.

The award for the Novel went to Kirstyn McDermott’s Perfections*; also shortlisted were Lee Battersby’s The Corpse-Rat King* and Jason Nahrung’s Blood and Dust. Kaaron Warren picked up two of the skulls, for Long Fiction and Collected Work ("Sky"* and Through Splintered Walls*, respectively), with three short stories ("Mountain," "Road," and "Creek") shortlisted for the Short Fiction Award. Craig Bezant’s Surviving the End received the Edited Publication Award, and Martin Livings won the Short Fiction Award for "Birthday Suit."

Martin’s collection, Living with the Dead, was also shortlisted, and Felicity Dowker was nominated for her collection Bread and Circuses and her short story "To Wish on a Clockwork Heart." Shortlisted for Long Fiction were Daniel I. Russell’s

"Critique" and Robert Hood’s "Escena de un Asesinato"; the longer shortlist for short fiction also featured stories by Jason Fischer, Andrew J. McKiernan, and Marty Young. David Conyers and Brian M. SammonsCthulhu Unbound and Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb’s The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011* were nominated for Edited Publication. The judges were Jenny Blackford, Gerry Huntman, B. Michael Radburn, Steve Gerlach, Greg Chapman, and Stephen Clark.

The nominees for the Horror Novel category of the Aurealis Awards, which will be presented on May 18, are Kirstyn McDermott’s Perfections*, Jason Nahrung’s Salvage* and Blood and Dust, and Jason FranksBloody Waters. Shortlisted for Horror Short Story are "Sanaa’s Army"* by Joanne Anderton, "Elyora" by Jodi Cleghorn, "To Wish Upon a Clockwork Heart" by Felicity Dowker, "Escena de un Asesinato" by Robert Hood, and "Sky" by Kaaron Warren.

The Ditmar Awards, voted on by members of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention, will be presented on April 27. Works with an asterisk in the lists above this are also shortlisted for Ditmars. A full list of nominees can be seen at http://conflux.org.au/2013/03/27/ditmar-awards-voting-now-open/.

The stories have already been chosen for The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012; watch this space for further news.