Happy dancing here in the shadow of Wendouree Tor with the word that both Salvage and Blood and Dust are finalists for the Aurealis Awards’ best horror novel of 2012, AND Kirstyn’s Perfections is also in the running! Yes, we’re going head to head!
This is my first short-listing in the AAs — The Darkness Within was highly commended in a year when there was no short-list — so it’s a hell of a thrill to have two, quite disparate titles listed.
The fourth book in the finalists’ list is by fellow Victorian Jason Franks, who I met earlier this year at Oz Horror Con. He’s very cool and very passionate about his craft, so I’m looking forward to tracking down his Bloody Waters — it’s his first novel, following some well-received graphic novels. Nice, eh?
Indeed, the Aurealis finalists make for an excellent recommended reading list.
Another thrill is to see other writers by my publishers Xoum and Twelfth Planet Press making an impression on the lists.
And check out the science fiction novel section — SIX titles in a category usually a bit light on, and offering a whole lot of variety.
Interesting, too, to see self-published works making the short-lists, and the number of multiple nominations — Margo Lanagan, Jonathan Strahan, Jo Anderton and Kaaron Warren in the thick of it, amongst others. Wow, it’s a quality field all over. Congratulations, y’all!
The awards will be presented in Sydney on May 18.
Aurealis Awards finalists 2012
FANTASY SHORT STORY
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY
HORROR SHORT STORY
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY
CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)
CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)
ILLUSTRATED BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL