In the same week that the Aurealis Awards listed Blood and Dust and Kirstyn’s Perfections as finalists for best horror novel of 2012, lightning has struck twice: both books were announced last night as finalists for the Australian Shadows best horror novel.
This time, the pair is keeping company with Lee Battersby‘s Corpse Rat King.
That short-list of three is overshadowed by the short fiction award finalists — eight of ’em! That’s a long short-list! I blame Kaaron Warren, who has not only three of the four yarns in her Through Splintered Walls collection listed there, but the fourth in long fiction (kind of a middle ground between short and novel) AND the collection itself. Pretty awesome, huh?
Here’s the full list, with winners to be announced on April 12.
Australian Shadows 2012 finalists
Lee Battersby, The Corpse Rat King (Angry Robot)
Kirstyn McDermott, Perfections (Xoum)
Jason Nahrung, Blood and Dust (Xoum)
Daniel I Russell, Critique (Dark Continents)
Robert Hood, Escena de un Asesinato (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)
Kaaron Warren, Sky (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
Felicity Dowker, To Wish on a Clockwork Heart (Bread and Circuses, Ticonderoga Publications)
Jason Fischer, Pigroot Flat (Midnight Echo 8, AHWA)
Martin Livings, Birthday Suit (Living with the Dead, Dark Prints Press)
Andrew J McKiernan, They Don’t Know that We Know What They Know (Midnight Echo 8, AHWA)
Kaaron Warren, Creek (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
Kaaron Warren, Mountain (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
Kaaron Warren, Road (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
Marty Young, A Monstrous Touch (Dangers Untold, Alliteration Ink)
Felicity Dowker, Bread and Circuses (Ticonderoga)
Martin Livings, Living With the Dead (Dark Prints Press)
Kaaron Warren, Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)
Cthulu Unbound 3, eds David Conyers and Brian M Sammons (Permuted Press)
Surviving the End, ed Craig Bezant (Dark Prints Press)
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011, eds. Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)