Australian Shadows Award 2012 Finalists

AHWASo I go off to Melbourne for a weekend of D&D and podcasting and while I’m away the finalists for the Australian Shadows Award are announced. Most wonderfully, Perfections managed to land a berth in the Novel category — up against Lee Battersby and some guy name Nahrung. Yep, me and Jason, together again on an awards short list. This could get interesting …

Congratulations to one and all, but especially to the remarkable Kaaron Warren who managed an impressive five finalist spots — one for her Twelve Planets collection, Through Splintered Walls, and one for each of the four stories contained within it. Very well deserved!

The Australian Shadows Award will be announced on 12 April and the full short list is as follows:


  • Lee Battersby, The Corpse Rat King (Angry Robot)
  • Kirstyn McDermott, Perfections (Xoum)
  • Jason Nahrung, Blood and Dust (Xoum)


  • Daniel I Russell, “Critique” (Dark Continents)
  • Robert Hood, “Escena de un Asesinato” (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)
  • Kaaron Warren, “Sky” (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)


  • Felicity Dowker, “To Wish on a Clockwork Heart” (Bread and Circuses, Ticonderoga Publications)Jason Fischer, Pigroot Flat (Midnight Echo 8, AHWA)
  • Martin Livings, “Birthday Suit” (Living with the Dead, Dark Prints Press)
  • Andrew J McKiernan, “They Don’t Know that We Know What They Know” (Midnight Echo 8, AHWA)
  • Kaaron Warren, “Creek” (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Kaaron Warren, “Mountain” (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Kaaron Warren, “Road” (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Marty Young, “A Monstrous Touch” (Dangers Untold, Alliteration Ink)


  • Felicity Dowker, Bread and Circuses (Ticonderoga)
  • Martin Livings, Living With the Dead (Dark Prints Press)
  • Kaaron Warren, Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)


  • Cthulu Unbound 3, eds David Conyers and Brian M Sammons (Permuted Press)
  • Surviving the End, ed Craig Bezant (Dark Prints Press)
  • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011, eds. Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)


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