Shane Jiraiya Cummings
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About Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Shane Jiraiya Cummings has been acknowledged as "one of Australia's leading voices in dark fantasy". Shane is the author of the forthcoming Yokai Wars series (Circle of Tears, Clockwork Legion, and Blight of the Underworld) and the dark fiction books The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, Shards, the Apocrypha Sequence (Deviance, Divinity, Insanity, and Inferno), and the Ravenous Gods cycle (Requiem for the Burning God and Dreams of Destruction). He has won the Australian Shadows Award and two Ditmar Awards, and he has been nominated for more than twenty other major awards, including Spain's Premios Ignotus.
Shane is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and former Vice President of the Australian Horror Writers Association. When he is not writing, Shane is an editor and journalist by day. By night (and on weekends), he can be found indulging in hobbies such as playing the guitar, photography, sword fighting, and testing the limits of his cruiser motorcycle.
In his youth, Shane was trained in the deadly arts of the ninja, and the name Jiraiya (lit. "Young Thunder", after the legendary ninja Jiraiya) was bestowed upon him by his sensei.
Shane was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He lived for many years in Perth, Western Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, but he has returned to his old home town to revisit the ghosts of his past.
More information on Shane (including his free fiction) can be found online at www.jiraiya.com.au.
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Issue #12 features over 50,000 words of the finest horror from Australia and New Zealand, including fiction and non-fiction. This issue showcases the winners of the 2015 and 2016 AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competitions.
Table of Contents:
Tradition ~ Martin Livings
The Christmas Before Night ~ Neil Cladingboel
When All Goes Cold ~ David Schembri
Oh Christmas Tree ~ Jason Nahrung
Christmas Spirit ~ Chris Mason
Ever Near To Us ~ Bernie Rutkay
I’ll Be Home For Christmas ~ Greg Chapman
The Gift ~ Mark Smith-Briggs
Three Doors Down ~ Cameron Trost
Hairy Plopper and the Half-Blood Pudding ~ Keith Williams When This You See, Think Of Me ~ Deborah Sheldon
A Christmas Carillon ~ Joy Loggie
Christmas Past ~ Anthony Ferguson
Do Not Open This Gift ~ Chris Ferdinands
Propeller ~ C S Hughes
Feeding The Fire ~ Barb Ettridge
All I Want ~ Angela J Maher
Grandmother Rina ~ Geneve Flynn
Strange How Potent Cheap Music Can Be ~ Rob Barden Santa’s Slay ~ Louise Zedda-Sampson
Home For Christmas ~ Trevor Cleland
The Carol Singer At The Back ~ Rebecca Fraser Christmas Morning ~ Steve Paulsen
Alone ~ Steve Herczeg
The Thought That Counts ~ Christopher Pulo
Roland’s Merry Christmas ~ Gerry Huntman
Bitterness Of Brugmansia ~ Helen Stubbs
Old Man Christmas ~ Andy Cull
Christmas Presence ~ Matthew R Davis
Yellagonga ~ Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Rescue By Santa ~ Noel Osualdini
A Hellish Christmas ~ Onyx D’Castro-Noack
A Christmas Retribution ~ Silvia Brown
Ghosts Of Christmases Past ~ Darren Gore
The Daughter Of Clay ~ Shaun Taylor
Three Little Words ~ Steve Dillon
The Covenant Guarantee ~ Adam Bertram
Living With Loss ~ Alan Baxter
In A Perfect World ~ Michael Claudius
Deck The Walls ~ Claire Fitzpatrick
The Apocrypha Sequence is a series of dark fantasy collections with interwoven themes and interconnected stories from Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Australia's master of the macabre. The four volumes are:
Deviance: Darkness within the human heart. Set foot inside the morgue at Stratton Memorial Hospital, a place where the scales of life and death have tipped in the wrong direction, and wander the city beyond, where fantasies of sex, drugs, and violence can become frighteningly real. Redemption may be found under a scalpel, in an alley, or sometimes, by embracing the darkest corner of the soul.
Divinity: The hubris and fallibility of the gods. Mysterious powers pull humanity's puppet strings, and although these deities may seem wise and benevolent, glimpse through the illusion at their true natures. Imagine the story of Moses and the exodus of the Jews from the perspective of an Egyptian commander who has lost everything to the ten deadly plagues. Can solace be obtained from a religious manifestation that appears only to mock? And in a world of shifting moral values, who is to say the Antichrist isn't just a decent guy dealing with his own issues?
Insanity: The human mind pushed to breaking point. What if every man you'd ever met was named Ian? What if the stress of an unrelenting routine intruded while you were stopped at an intersection? Insanity is a darkness that can envelop you before you're even aware of it. Sometimes, it begins with an itch, sometimes, a mysterious invitation. Regardless of the catalyst, it never ends well.
Inferno: The invasion of Australia by legendary monstrosities and its apocalyptic aftermath. With the Kraken's rise off the shores of Western Australia, an age of monsters is ushered in. When wits and heroics fail, a secret cabal of guardians will take drastic, devastating measures to protect everything they know and love. In the aftermath, when everything has turned to ash, hope will find a way.
The Apocrypha Sequence was a finalist for the Australian Shadows Award!
The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After is Cummings at his fear-inducing best: from the seductively erotic autopsy of “The Cutting Room” and the insanity of “Ian” through to the post-apocalyptic tragedy of “Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves”.
Imagine a secret from the future that could affect creation itself – a secret so dark, demonic powers would do anything to learn it. Ride a train across the Outback as it descends into a bloodbath. Be entranced by a song that threatens to tear reality apart. Listen for screams only a deaf man can hear ...
With personal afterwords from the author that provide insights into each story, and powerful narratives that explore love, loss, and redemption in the darkest of circumstances, The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After is one of the most significant collections of Australian horror ever published.
His private eyes went head-to-head with the horrors of the Lovecraftian mindscape. Their weapons
were fist cuffs, .45s, wise-cracks and harsh language. On occasions they got knocked down by a
tentacle or two, but they got back up again, bruised and battered perhaps, and they kept on fighting.
They were the first Cthulhu Detectives…
In July 2014, C.J. Henderson tragically lost his battle with cancer, but his influence has not dwindled,
and many writers today have followed in his tradition. Cthulhu Detective brings together 12 tales of
the new occult investigators written by many of today’s best known Cthulhu Mythos authors. Spies,
soldiers, private eyes, bounty-hunters, thieves, adventurers and police officers, all taking on the
monsters and madmen in an uncaring universe.
Cthulhu Detective features fiction from C.J. Henderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, David Conyers, Shane
Jiraiya Cummings, Cody Goodfellow, David Kernot, William Meikle, Konstantine Paradias, Robert M.
Price, Peter Rawlik, Brian M. Sammons, Ron Shiflet, and Jeffrey Thomas, with an introduction from
Robert M. Price. All earns from this anthology go to support C.J.’s family.
Included in this collection is a never before published C.J. novella, “The Temporal Deception” co-
written with David Conyers.
WINNER OF THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN SHADOWS AWARD!
Gateway Drug. It leads to more dangerous things.
Features "Hounds of Love, "Sung Li," and other tales from the pages of Cemetery Dance, The Book of All Flesh, and more, along with the afterword "One Sick Puppy." Bonus contributions from British horror master Tim Lebbon and mult-award-winning Australian dark fantasy writer Shane Jiraiya Cummings. DRM-free.
Scott Nicholson is author of 13 novels, including The Red Church, Disintegration, As I Die Lying, Speed Dating with the Dead, Forever Never Ends, Drummer Boy, and The Skull Ring, as well as the novellas Transparent Lovers, Crime Beat, and Burial to Follow. His collections include Curtains, Ashes, Flowers, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Head Cases. He's also created the children's book If I Were Your Monster and the comics Dirt and Grave Conditions.
Midnight Echo magazine is released in a limited print edition and in digital format (epub, mobi, and PDF), and contains more than 100 pages of horror (or dark) fiction, poetry, art, comics, book releases, and more! Visit us at www.midnightechomagazine.com
Nine stories are set in the far future and taking place in the distant reaches of space. Inside you’ll discover a strange world with a planetary ring forged from organic matter, bizarre aliens cataloguing and collecting humans to populate their idea of paradise, Lovecraftian horrors come to life in the heart of a comet, cybernetic monsters hunting humans in the hull of an abandoned star ship, and paranoid space explorers pushed to their limits at the frontier of an uncharted universe. This issue also includes the 2011 Australian Horror Writers Association’s Flash Fiction and Short Story Award winning entries.
“Earthworms” by Cody Goodfellow
“Trawling the Void” by Alan Baxter
“Out Hunting For Teeth” by Joanne Anderton
“Graveyard Orbit” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
“Surgeon Scalpelfingers” by Helen Stubbs
“Silver-Clean” by Jenny Blackford
“The Wanderer in the Darkness” by Andrew J McKiernan
“Winds of Nzambi” by David Conyers & David Kernot
“Duncan Checks Out” by Nicholas Stella
“Dead Low” by Cat Sparks
“More Matter, Less Art” by Stephen Dedman
“Seeds” by Mark Farrugia
The issue features an in depth interview with Charles Stross, one of the most imaginative and insightful science fiction authors writing today. Stross has been honoured with two Hugo awards and Locus Reader awards, and has published more than a dozen novels, including Saturn’s Children and The Fuller Memorandum. He talks to David Conyers for Midnight Echo about his Lovecrafitan science fiction horror series, The Laundry, and his latest novel, Rule 34.
A second interview is with Chris Moore, world renowned British science fiction artist best known for his striking covers for Orion Publishing’s SF Masterworks series. Insights are gained into Moore’s process for achieving his striking and imaginative art, and the many changes he has been facing in the publishing industry since he began illustrating in the 1970s.
The cover for Midnight Echo 6, ‘Strange Behaviour’, is a creation of talented UK artist, Paul Drummond, who will be well-known to readers of Interzone and Jupiter for his striking depictions of star ships, futuristic humans and robots. Featured interior illustrators include Steve Gilberts, David Lee Ingersoll, Olivia Kernot and Nathan Wyckoff.
Midnight Echo 6: The Science Fiction Horror Special, has been edited by South Australian trio, David Kernot (editor of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine), Jason Fischer (Writers of the Future winner and Aurealis nominee), and David Conyers (author of The Eye of Infinity, The Spiraling Worm and co-editor of Cthulhu Unbound 3).
The Mist Ninja follows on from The Smoke Dragon and continues the Adventures of Yamabushi Kaidan.
Macabre features 38 stories from Australian literary legends such as Henry Lawson, Barbara Baynton, Marcus Clarke, David Unaipon, Mary Fortune, and A. Bertram Chandler; modern masters such as Terry Dowling, Kaaron Warren, and Sean Williams; and the 21st century's brightest new horror stars: Stephen M. Irwin, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Paul Haines, Richard Harland, David Conyers, and Will Elliott.
Macabre: A Journey through Australia's Darkest Fears is the winner of the 2010 Australian Shadows Award, and it was nominated for the 2010 Bram Stoker Award!
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