2017 Australian Shadows Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2017 Australian Shadows Awards were announced May 9, 2018. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”

Best Novel

Best Short Fiction

  • “Outside a Drifter”, Lisa L. Hannett (Looming Low Volume 1)
  • “The Hand Walker”, Rue Karney (Pacific Monsters)
  • “The Circle Line”, Martin Livings (Between the Tracks)
  • “The Banksia Boys”, Matthew J Morrison (Andromeda Spaceways 3/17)
  • “The Little Mermaid, in Passing”, Angela Slatter (The Review of Australian Fiction 4/17)
  • “The Big Reveal”, David Stevens (Kaleidotrope Winter ’17)

Best Collected Works

Best Edited Work

Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction

  • “Ismail’s Expulsion”, Brian Craddock (Between the Tracks)
  • Hope and Walker, Andrew Cull (Vermillion2One)
  • “This Impossible Gift”, Matthew R. Davis (Midnight Echo 12/17)
  • “No Good Deed”, Angela Slatter (New Fears)
  • “Furtherest”, Kaaron Warren (Dark Screams Volume 7)
  • “Eden in the End”, Ashlee Scheuerman (Dark Moon Digest 10/17)

Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism

  • “101 Weird Writers #46 – Ryūnosuke Akutagawa”, Kat Clay (Weird Fiction Review 5/17)
  • Literary Serial Killer Fiction: The Evolution of a Genre, William Cook (Victoria University Press)
  • The Body Horror Book, Claire Fitzpatrick, ed. (Oscillate Wildly)
  • “‘It Follows’ is the millennial STD parable of our time”, Maria Lewis (SBS 9/17)
  • “A Shared Ambition: Horror Writers in Horror Fiction”, Kyla Lee Ward (Midnight Echo 12/17)

There were no nominees in the Comics/Graphic Novels category this year. Winners will be announced on June 9, 2018 during Continuum XIV in Melbourne Australia.

For more information, see the AHWA website.

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