2020 Australian Shadows Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. 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.”


  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG)
  • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Picador)
  • Deception Pass, Matthew Tait (Dark Crib)
  • Gutterbreed, Marty Young (Eclectic Trio)

Short Fiction

  • “Hideous Armature”, Joanne Anderton (Midnight Echo #15)
  • “Vision Thing”, Matthew R Davis (Black Dogs, Black Tales)
  • “Brumation”, Anthony Ferguson (Midnight Echo #15)
  • “The Bone Fairy”, Martin Livings (Midnight Echo #15)
  • “Let Shadows Slip Through”, Kali Napier (New Gothic Review #2)
  • “Needles”, Kali Napier (The Dark 7/20)

Collected Works

  • Bleak Precision, Greg Chapman (self-published)
  • Grotesque, Lee Murray (Things in the Well)
  • The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners, Angela Slatter (PS)
  • Red New Day, Angela Slatter (Brain Jar)
  • Behind the Midnight Blinds, Marty Young (Things in the Well)

Edited Works

  • Hadithi & the State of Black Speculative Fiction, Eugen Bacon & Milton Davis, eds. (Luna)
  • Midnight Echo #15, Lee Murray, ed.
  • Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, Lee Murray & Geneve Flynn, eds. (Omnium Gatherum)
  • Black Dogs, Black Tales: Where the Dogs Don’t Die, Tabatha Wood & Cassie Hart, eds. (Things in the Well)
  • Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not!, Louise Zedda-Sampson & Geneve Flynn, eds. (Things in The Well)

Long Fiction

  • The Attic Tragedy, J. Ashley-Smith (Meerkat)
  • “By Touch and By Glance”, Lisa L. Hannett (Songs for Dark Seasons)
  • “Kua Hinga Te Kauri”, Dan Rabarts (Outback Horrors Down Under)
  • “Barralang, pop. 63”, Deborah Sheldon (Dimension6 #19)
  • “New Wine”, Angela Slatter (Cursed)


  • “The Tongueless Dead”, Leigh Blackmore (Spectral Realms Summer ’20)
  • “The King of Eyes”, PS Cottier (Monstrous)
  • “Mouthing Off”, PS Cottier (Monstrous)
  • “Deadway”, K.S. Nikakis (Journey: Seeking the Sacred, Spirit and Soul in the Australian Wilderness)
  • “This Soundless Murk”, Hester J. Rook (The Future Fire #54)


  • “Sandalwood and Jade: The Weird and Fantastic Verse of Lin Carter”, Leigh Blackmore (Dead Reckonings Fall ’20)
  • “What Makes Good Horror?”, Tim Hawken (Aurealis #128)
  • “Phantasmagoria and the Earliest Forms of Horror Storytelling”, Maria Lewis (ACMI 1/1/21)
  • “Cthulhu in California: The Writing of Michael Shea”, Emmet O’Cuana (Aurealis #135)
  • “An Exploration of Menstruation in Horror and Dark Fiction”, Tabatha Wood (Horror Tree 2/6/20)
  • “Queer Vampires in Modern Cinema”, Tabatha Wood (Divination Hollow Reviews 6/20)

Graphic Novel

  • Redback Armageddon, Nathan Grixti (self-published)
  • The Mycelium Complex, Daniel Reed (https://themyceliumcomplex.wordpress.com/)
  • Hellblazer: Rise and Fall, Tom Taylor & Darick Robertson (DC)
  • DCeased: Unkillables, Tom Taylor & Karl Mostert (DC)
  • Undad: Volume Three, Katie Walsh-Smith, Miranda Richardson, Big Tim Stiles, Ryan K Lindsay, Shane W Smith, Karissa Moloney, Matias Lazaro, Anna Foubert, Mitchell Collins & Simon Robins (Deeper Meanings)

Winners will be announced in an online ceremony on June 11, 2021. For more information, see the AHWA announcement.

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