Thanks to the drive of David Conyers, a number of us got together on-line to publish a Kindle Edition which showcased pour dark fiction or horror stories. I had the pleasure to be joined with by writers Matthew Tait, Kim Faulks, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Jay Caselberg, David Conyers and Troy Barnes. Greg Chapman illustrated the exquisite cover.
Inside this book you’ll find a taste of some of Australia’s top horror writers.
“The Grief School” by Matthew Tait – as a man of chance, Myles Lacey understood all too well the whims of the universe, and that meant death was a constant in life.
“Harry’s Dead Poodle” by David Kernot – tells us there is more to people than what you see on the outside, like ex-butcher Harry Mills, who is good with a knife.
“Hear No Evil” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings – Blaine wakes in hospital after an accident. Although deaf, only he can hear a distant, desperate scream. What evil will he face when he answers the call?
“The Nightmare Dimension” by David Conyers – modern day mage Gordon McColley might not have sold his soul to the demons of hell, but they still have work for him to do, and he can’t refuse.
“The End of Ever” by Troy Barnes – In a world where nightmares reign, an unlikely group of friends must face the unknown and travel through the sinister heart of Ever in search of a way home. Friendships will be torn apart. Lives will be lost. Will anyone live happy after Ever?
This sampler collection provides links to the various author’s works, personal interviews, and further information on their e-books.
Step inside, and discover the horror lurking in the Land of Oz…
We’ve had a reader review too:
If you are looking for fresh and interesting horror fiction you should do yourself a favour and download this little beauty for free. The Australian Horror Writers Sampler 2013 is a deliciously dark and twisted wander through the work of seven writers. A couple of the authors contained herein I’d heard of but the delight for me was discovering the work of those that I hadn’t and will now in all honesty, seek out, buy and read.
The sampler kicks off with “The Grief School” by Matthew Tait. This twisted tale is about a gambler who, in order to pay off his debts, makes a deal with a very human devil. It’s disturbing and goes off down some very dark paths but is a great read with jet black shades of early Clive Barker shot through its’ veins.
This is then followed by “Harry’s Dead Poodle” by David Kernot. This is another dark and disturbing tale about a man, his love of poodles, a lunchbox and his neighbour. A weird mix but the writing, like the initial story, is raw, in your face and has a great finale. Probably not one to read before dinner though!
The third story is an extract from a novel called “End of Dreams: The immortal Destiny Book One” by Kim Faulks. This one bowled me over. Visceral and brutal, it introduces Edric Hastings “The Woodcutter”, a child serial killer and his date with destiny at the hands of Mercy, a vampire. As an introduction to her work it’s very full on but very, very good. Definitely on my “to read” wish list!
Hear No Evil by Shane Jiraiya Cummings is a great little tale about a man involved in an industrial accident who is disturbed by screams. Again, I am on the hunt for more of Mr. Cummings’ work.
The Nightmare Dimension is another rollicking good novella from David Conyers. Take a pinch of Clive Barker, a drop of Hellblazer, a good glug of quality writing, a handful of magic and demonology and shake vigorously and you have this heady brew of a story. Conyers never fails to impress with the sheer fun that he conveys through his writing.
Empties by Jay Caselberg was another story that I really liked. Hell, I liked them all but this has a more subtle writing style to it that just lingers. The story follows the breakdown of a relationship and the main character’s obsession with people who he sees out and about who just appear empty. It’s not overtly horrific but has this perspective about human behaviour and psychology that just struck a chord with me.
The End of Ever (Part 1) by Troy Barnes has shades of “The Drive In” about it. It is another novel extract where a group of people are transported to somewhere where darkness reigns. A tantalising glimpse is all we get. Another one for the wish list methinks! In fact pretty much everything here is wish list material. This is a great wee freebie to get and a wonderful introduction to a whole new world of horror and darkness.