2020 Australian Shadows Awards Finalists

The Australasian Horror Writers Association announced the shortlists for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards today.

The juried award is given in eight categories for work by an Australasian author that has horror/dark fiction content either as a focal point or an integral element of the work, and the intent of the work must be to disturb or inspire fear in the reader. Eligible genres/sub-genres include horror, dark fiction, dark fantasy, and paranormal fiction.

The winners will be announced in an online Awards Ceremony on Friday June 11, starting at 8.30pm AEST via the official AHWA Facebook page, and simultaneously on Twitter via @AustHorror.

The 2020 Australian Shadows Awards finalists are:


  • Deadway by KS Nikakis (Journey: Seeking the Sacred, Spirit and Soul in the Australian Wilderness, SOV Media)
  • This Soundless Murk by Hester J Rook (The Future Fire)
  • The King of Eyes by PS Cottier (Monstrous, Interactive Press)
  • Mouthing Off by PS Cottier (Monstrous, Interactive Press)
  • The Tongueless Dead by Leigh Blackmore (Spectral Realms 13)


  • Exploration of Menstruation in Horror and Dark Fiction by Tabatha Wood
  • Queer Vampires in Modern Cinema by Tabatha Wood
  • Cthulu in California by Emmet O’Cuana
  • What Makes Good Horror by Tim Hawken
  • Phantasmagoria and the Earliest Forms of Horror Storytelling by Maria Lewis
  • Sandalwood and Jade: The Weird and Fantastic Verse of Lin Carter by Leigh Blackmore


  • Hellblazer: Rise and Fall, by Tom Taylor & Darick Robertson (DC Comics)
  • DCeased: Unkillables, by Tom Taylor & Karl Mostert (DC Comics)
  • The Mycelium Complex, by Daniel Reed
  • Redback Armageddon, by Nathan Grixti  (Self-published)
  • Undad Volume Three, by: Katie Walsh-Smith, Miranda Richardson, Big Tim Stiles, Ryan Lindsay, Shane W Smith / Illustrators: Mitchell Collins, Simon Robins (Self-published)


  • Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, (ed. Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn, Omnium Gatherum)
  • Hadithi & the State of Black Speculative Fiction (ed. Eugen Bacon and Milton Davis, Luna Press Publishing)
  • Midnight Echo issue 15, (ed. Lee Murray, AHWA)
  • Black Dogs, Black Tales – Where the Dogs Don’t Die, (ed. Tabatha Wood and Cassie Hart, Things in the Well)
  • Trickster’s Treats 4 – Coming, Buried or Not! (ed. Louise Zedda-Sampson and Geneve Flynn, Things in The Well)


  • The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners by Angela Slatter (PS Publishing)
  • Behind the Midnight Blinds by Marty Young (Things in the Well)
  • Red New Day by Angela Slatter (Brain Jar Press)
  • Bleak Precision by Greg Chapman (Self-published)
  • Grotesque by Lee Murray (Things in the Well)


  • “Vision Thing” by Matthew R Davis (Black Dogs, Black Tales ed. Tabatha Wood & Cassie Hart, Things in the Well)
  • “Let Shadows Slip Through” by Kali Napier (New Gothic Review 2, pub. Ian McMahon)
  • “Brumation” by Anthony Ferguson (Midnight Echo Issue 15, ed. Lee Murray, AHWA)
  • “The Bone Fairy” by Martin Livings (Midnight Echo Issue 15, ed. Lee Murray, AHWA)
  • “Hideous Armature” by Joanne Anderton (Midnight Echo Issue 15, ed. Lee Murray, AHWA)
  • “Needles” by Kali Napier (The Dark #62, pub. Sean Wallace)


  • “New Wine” by Angela Slatter (Cursed, Titan Books)
  • “By Touch and By Glance” by Lisa L Hannett (Songs for Dark Seasons, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • The Attic Tragedy by Joseph Ashley-Smith (Meerkat Press)
  • “Barralang, pop. 63” by Deborah Sheldon (Dimension6 #19, Coeur De Lion Publishing)
  • “Kua Hinga Te Kauri” by Dan Rabarts (Outback Horrors Down Under, ed Steve Dillon, Things in the Well Press)


  • The Crying Forest by Venero Armanno (IFWG Publishing, Australia)
  • Gutterbreed by Marty Young (Eclectic Trio)
  • Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings (Picador)
  • Deception Pass by Matthew Tait (Dark Crib)

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]

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