Tor UK Pre-empt Rjurik Davidson’s Fantasy Novels

From the Pan Macmillan website:

Julie Crisp, Editorial Director at Tor UK, has acquired UK rights in two novels by Australian author Rjurik Davidson pre-emptively, from the rights department at Tor Books in New York.

The first is titled Unwrapped Sky, and will be published in spring 2014.  Here are the author’s thoughts on the world he has created:

“Caeli-Amur: a city torn by contradiction. A city of languorous philosopher-assassins and magnificent creatures from ancient myth: minotaurs and sirens. Three Houses rule over an oppressed citizenry stirring into revolt. The ruins of Caeli-Amur’s sister city lie submerged beneath the sea nearby, while the remains of strange advanced technology lie hidden in the tunnels beneath the city itself.

“These combinations fascinate me, for Caeli-Amur stands on the borders between antiquity and modernity, between Ancient Rome and St Petersburg of the early 1900s, between the classical and the avant-garde. The stories that might be told in Caeli-Amur intrigue me, draw me in. The unhappy middle-manager, whose life is a disappointment, the ageing philosopher-assassin, no longer able to ply his trade, the captured Siren who yearns to return to her island, the your seditionist eager to ride on the wave of change that is coming. In Caeli-Amur histories collide and the sparks thrown off can – at least for me – dazzle and intrigue.”

Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer and Associate Editor of Overland magazine. He has written short stories, essays, screenplays and reviews. His short collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, was recently released by PS Publishing. His work has been published in Postscripts, Years Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volumes One, Two and Four, Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2006, SciFiction, Aurealis, Borderlands and elsewhere. He has been short-listed for the Ditmar Award for Best Short Story three times, the Aurealis Award once and won the Ditmar award for Best New Talent in 2005.

Julie Crisp commented: “I’m thrilled to have acquired these novels by an up and coming voice in speculative fiction. Unwrapped Sky blew me away with its fresh voice, involved imagination and original storyline. The world building was stunning and I think genre fans are going to completely love this author’s writing”.

Agent John Jarrold sold World rights in this book and its sequel to Jim Frenkel at Tor.

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror TOC announced

From the website of Ticonderoga Publications:

We’re really happy to be able to announce the final line-up of the third volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled 34 fantastic stories and poems first published in 2012, from New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers.

SuperNOVA member Talie Helene has helped put together a marvellous list of stories, including one by Jason Nahrung which came through SuperNOVA critique group. Congratulations to everyone on the TOC!

  • Joanne Anderton, “Tied To The Waste”, Tales Of Talisman
  • R.J. Astruc, “The Cook of Pearl House, A Malay Sailor by the Name of Maurice”, Dark Edifice 2
  • Lee Battersby, “Comfort Ghost”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56
  • Alan Baxter, “Tiny Lives”, Daily Science Fiction
  • Jenny Blackford, “A Moveable Feast”, Bloodstones
  • Eddy Burger, “The Witch’s Wardrobe”, Dark Edifice 3
  • Isobelle Carmody, “The Stone Witch”, Under My Hat
  • Jay Caselberg, “Beautiful”, The Washington Pastime
  • Stephen Dedman, “The Fall”, Exotic Gothic 4, Postscripts
  • Felicity Dowker, “To Wish On A Clockwork Heart”, Bread And Circuses
  • Terry Dowling, “Nightside Eye”, Cemetary Dance
  • Tom Dullemond, “Population Management”, Danse Macabre
  • Thoraiya Dyer, “Sleeping Beauty”, Epilogue
  • Will Elliot, “Hungry Man”, The One That Got Away
  • Jason Fischer, “Pigroot Flat”, Midnight Echo 8
  • Dirk Flinthart, “The Bull In Winter”, Bloodstones
  • Lisa L. Hannett, “Sweet Subtleties”, Clarkesworld
  • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Bella Beaufort Goes To War”, Midnight And Moonshine
  • Narrelle M. Harris, “Stalemate”, Showtime
  • Kathleen Jennings, “Kindling”, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear
  • Gary Kemble, “Saturday Night at the Milkbar”, Midnight Echo 7
  • Margo Lanagan, “Crow And Caper, Caper And Crow”, Under My Hat
  • Martin Livings, “You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet”, Living With The Dead
  • Penelope Love, “A Small Bad Thing”, Bloodstones
  • Andrew J. McKiernan, “Torch Song”, From Stage Door Shadows
  • Karen Maric, “Anvil Of The Sun”, Aurealis
  • Faith Mudge, “Oracle’s Tower”, To Spin A Darker Stair
  • Nicole Murphy, “The Black Star Killer”, Damnation And Dames
  • Jason Nahrung, “The Last Boat To Eden”, Surviving The End
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, “What Books Survive”, Epilogue
  • Angela Slatter, “Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”, This Is Horror Webzine
  • Anna Tambour, “The Dog Who Wished He’d Never Heard Of Lovecraft”, Lovecraft Zine
  • Kyla Ward, “The Loquacious Cadaver”, The Lion And The Aardvark: Aesop’s Modern Fables
  • Kaaron Warren, “River Of Memory”, Zombies Vs. Robots

In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2012 and a list of highly recommended stories.

The editors will shortly begin reading for the fourth volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 is scheduled for publication in July 2013 and can be pre-ordered at The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.

2012 Chronos Award Nominees and Ballot

From the website:

The Continuum Foundation is proud to announce the ballot for the Chronos Awards for excellence in Victorian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in 2012.

Congratulations to all nominees, and it’s lovely to see a number of SuperNOVA members appearing on the ballot. You can find details on how to vote by following this link, and scrolling all the way to the bottom.

Best Long Fiction

Bread and Circuses by Felicity Dowker (Ticonderoga Publications)

Salvage by Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)

Walking Shadows by Narrelle M. Harris (Clan Destine Press)

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011 edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)

Dyson’s Drop by Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)

No Award

Best Short Fiction

“Five Ways to Start a War” by Sue Bursztynski in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)

“The Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung in Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)

“Nematalien” by LynC in The Narratorium, edited by David Grigg

“Fireflies” by Steve Cameron in Epilogue (FableCroft Publishing)

“The D_d” by Adam Browne in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)

No Award

Best Fan Writer

Alexandra Pierce

Jason Nahrung

Nalini Haynes

Bruce Gillespie

Grant Watson

Steve Cameron

No Award

Best Fan Written Work

Reviewing New Who series by David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely

No Award

Best Fan Artist

Dick Jenssen

No Award

Best Fan Artwork

“The Entellechy” by Dick Jenssen, cover art for Interstellar Ramjet Scoop for ANZAPA 267 edited by Bill Wright

No Award

Best Fan Publication

Dark Matter Fanzine (, by Nalini Hayes

SF Commentary, ( edited by Bruce Gillespie

Viewing Clutter, DVD and Blu-ray reviews blog (, by George Ivanoff

No Award

Best Achievement

Continuum 8: Craftonomicon (51st Australian National SF Convention) Program by Julia Svaganovic, Emma Hespa Mann, and Caitlin Noble

“Snapshot 2012″ by Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright

No Award

Best Artwork

The award for Best Artwork is not being presented due to insufficient nominations being received.

Australian Shadows Awards 2012 Winners

From the AHWA website:

The Australian Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2012 Australian Shadows Awards. The Shadows are awarded to the stories and collections that best typify the horror genre, delivering a sense of ‘creeping dread’, leaving the reader with chills and a reluctance to turn out the light.

Congratulations to the Winners, selected by a panel of judges, each an authority on the horror genre.

And, a special congratulations to SuperNOVA member, Kirstyn McDermott, who takes home one of these!



Perfections – Kirstyn McDermott   


Sky – Kaaron Warren


Birthday Suit – Martin Livings


Surviving the End – Craig Bezant


Through Splintered Walls – Kaaron Warren

2013 Tin Duck Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Tin Ducks, the Western Australian science fiction achievement awards. Amongst the winners was SuperNOVA member, Talie Helene.

Best WA Professional Long Written Work

WINNER (TIE): Paradox Resolution by Adrian Bedford

WINNER (TIE): Shadowfell by Juliet Marrilier

Daughter of Hope by Joanna Fay

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Hunt for the Star by Dane Richter

Best WA Professional Short Written Work

WINNER: “Jack Gorman is Dead” – Sarah Lee Parker

“Pearl Red: The Hunt of the Unicorn” – Joanna Fay

“La Belle Dame” – Satima Flavel

“The Skin of the World” – Stephanie Gunn

“Birthday Suit” – Martin Livings

Best WA Professional Production

WINNER: The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 – Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (editors), Ticonderoga Publications

Bread and Circuses – Felicity Dowker, Ticonderoga Publications

Damnation and Dames – Liz Grzyb and Amanda Pillar (editors), Ticonderoga Publications

Twelve Planets Series – Alisa Kraznostein (editor), Twelfth Planet Press

Midnight and Moonshine – Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter, Ticonderoga Publications

The 400-Million Year Itch – Steven Utley, Ticonderoga Publications
Best WA Fan Written Work

WINNER: Body of work – Elaine Kemp

A Star Crystal – Danny Daines – Drhoz

Platform Thing blog – Kandace Mavrick and Paul McLaughlan

The Wolverina blog – Zoe Wadsworth
Best WA Art Work

WINNER: Stargate – Queer Feminist Housing Collective

Pretty Rock Pictures – Stephanie Bateman-Graham

KSP Mini-Con publicity poster – Toby Coulstock

Sherlock Box – Nancy Lorenz

Covers, Twelve Planets Series – Amanda Rainey

The Gentlemanly Escort Cube – Lisa Rye
Best WA Fan Production

WINNER: Swancon 2013 Launch Video – Tom Eitelhuber, Andy Hahn and Andrew Sharp

Reviews at The Specusphere – Satima Flavell (editor)

Video game reviews at XXP Youtube Channel – Muse_shake, Ribqueen, Arinellen and Ithika

The Dark Room Youtube Game – John Robertson

Swancon 2012: DoomCon – 2012 Convention Committee

The Best Horror of the Year Honourable Mentions Announced

Leading anthologist Ellen Datlow has announced  the Honorable Mentions that will appear in print at the back of The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five. Great to see some Aussies make the cut, including SuperNOVA’s own Jason Nahrung.

Barron, Laird “A Strange Form of Life,” ,” Dark Faith: Invocations.
Barron, Laird “DT,” A Season In Carcosa.
Barron, Laird “Hand of Glory,” (novella) The Book Of Cthulhu II.
Bell, Peter “A Midsummer’s Ramble in the Carpathians,” (novella) Strange Ephiphanies.
Bestwick, Simon “the Churn,” Black Static 27
Brownworth, Victoria A. “Ordinary Mayhem,” (novella) Night Shadows.
Campbell, Ramsey “The Moons,” The Devil’s Coattails: More Dispatches.
Chaon, Dan “How We Escaped Our Certain Fate,” 21st Century Dead.
Clark, Simon “The Shakespeare Curse,” Terror Tales of the Cotswolds.
Coleman, Emma “Home,” Dark Currents.
Demory, Sean “The Ballad of the Wayfaring Strange & the Dead Man’s Whore,” kindle
Dowling, Terry “Nightside Eye,” Cemetery Dance #66.
Ford, Jeffrey “Blood Drive,” After.
Ford, Jeffrey “The Wish Head,” Crackpot Palace.
Gaiman, Neil “Click-Clack the Rattlebag,” Audible.
Grabinski, Stefan “On the Hill of Roses,” On the Hill of Roses.
Hempel, Amy “A Full-Service Shelter,” Tin House 52.
Ingold, Jon “Cracks” Black Static 28.
Johnstone, Carole “The Pest House,” Black Static 28.
Jones, Stephen Graham “After the People Lights Have Gone Off,” Phantasmagorium
Jones, Stephen Graham “Notes From the Apocalypse,” Weird Tales #359.
King, Stephen and Hill, Joe “In the Tall Grass,” Esquire June/July/August.
Langan, John “Bloom,” Black Wings II.
Lansdale, Joe R. “The Tall Grass,” Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations.
Leslie, V.H. “Skein and Bone,” Black Static 31.
Link, Kelly “Two Houses,” Shadow Show.
Littlefield, Sophie “Jimmy’s Legacy,” Cemetery Dance #66.
Littlewood, Alison “In the Quiet and in the Dark,” Terror Tales of the Cotswolds.
Littlewood, Alison “The Swarm,” The Screaming Book of Horror.
Livings, Martin “Birthday Suit,” Living with the Dead
Marshall, Helen “Blessed,” Hair Side, Flesh Side.
McDougall, Sophia “Bells Ringing Under the Sea,” Dark Currents.
McMahon, Gary “Cinder Images,” Darker Minds.
Moore, Alison “Small Animals,” Nightjar Press Chapbook.
Morris, Mark “Biters,” 21st Century Dead.
Nahrung, Jason “The Last Boat to Eden,” Surviving the End.
O’Driscoll, Mike “Eyepennies,” chapbook.
Oliver, Reggie “Charm,” Terror Tales of the Cotswolds.
Ruby, Jacob “The Little Things,” Black Static 27.
Russell, Karen “Reeling for the Empire,” Tin House 54.
Ryan, Alan Peter “Amazonas,” Cemetery Dance Chapbook.
Ryan, Carrie “After the Cure,” After.
Sedia, Ekaterina “A Handsome Fellow,” Asimov’s Science Fiction Oct/Nov.
Sharma, Priya “Pearl, Bourbon Penn 4.
Shearman, Robert “Bedtime Stories for Yasmin,” Shadows & Tall Trees 4.
Shearman, Robert “Blue Crayon, Yellow Crayon,” Remember Why You Fear Me.
Tem, Steve Rasnic “Saguaro Night,” Ugly Behavior.
Thomas, Lee “The Hollow is Filled With Beautiful Monsters,” Night Shadows.
Warren, Kaaron “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club,” Exotic Gothic 4.

Midnight Echo #9 ToC Announced

The AHWA has posted the table of contents for their latest issue, Midnight Echo #9: Myths and Legends. It’s a great line up, including poetry from SuperNOVA member Talie Helene


  • “Changeling” by Jonathan Maberry
  • “Black Train Blues” by James A Moore
  • “Black Peter” by Martin Livings
  • “The Road” by Amanda J Spedding
  • “Coffee Rings” by Kristin Dearborn
  • “The Wee Folk” by JG Faherty
  • “From the Forebears” by Steven Gepp
  • “Little Boy, Little Girl, Lost in the Woods” by Mark Patrick Lynch
  • “The Fathomed Wreck to See” by Alan Baxter


  • “ganesh” by Talie Helene


  • Allure of the Ancients; The Key to His Kingdom – story by Mark Farrugia, illustrations by Greg Chapman

Special Features

  • The Mythology of Mid-World by Robin Furth (non-fiction)
  • Russian Field of Mysteries by Tony Vilgotsky (non-fiction)
  • An Interview with Jonathan Maberry
  • An Interview with Mel Gannon

Regular Features

  • A Word from the AHWA President – Geoff Brown
  • Tartarus – Danny Lovecraft (poetry column)
  • Pix and Panels – Mark Farrugia (comic column)
  • Black Roads, Dark Highways #4 – Andrew McKiernan (column)
  • Sinister Reads (all the latest releases from AHWA members)