Trickster’s Treats shortlisted for a Shadows Award

2020 Shadows Awards finalists

I was absolutely stoked on Tuesday to discover that Trickster’s Treats: Coming, Buried or Not!  is one of the titles in the list of finalists in the Australasian Horror Writers Association Shadows Awards edited works category. Trickster’s Treats: Coming, Buried or Not! was edited by myself and Geneve Flynn and published by Steve Dillon at Things in the Well. It is indeed an honour to be shortlisted for an award and thanks must be given to the publisher, Steve Dillon, for trusting Geneve and I to produce the fourth instalment in his series of Trickster Halloween flash fiction horror books. Kudos to all the authors as well – it’s your words that have made this happen. 

Congrats also to the other shortlistees, and the ones that didn’t make the list. There was some really great work in this category this year, which makes its an extra honour that Trickster’s Treats is included. It’s also super to be sharing the list with so many horror folk whose work I admire. Thanks to the AHWA committee and judging team. 

The full listing of finalists can be found here, on the AHWA blog, Sinister Reads:

The authors

I’ve interviewed many of the authors in my ‘Author Spotlight’ series if you’d like to read more about the contributors to this fine anthology. Here is the Trickster’s Treats #4 TOC, and and where applicable, the links to the author interviews:

In a Cave Wall by Dominick Cancilla
Requiem Aeternam by R S Pyne
Bury My Heart, Somewhere Deep by Ian A Bain
Burying the Well on the Wings of a Crow by Herb Kauderer
The Crows of Las Cruces by Kurt Newton
The Box Born Wraith by Kevin David Anderson
The Toddling by Kurt Newton
The Raving by Sheri Vandermolen
Pythia Speaks by Jenny Blackford
Frostfire by Aline Boucher Kaplan
Drowning by Liam Hogan
Digging Up the Past by Chris Mason
Till Death Do Us Part by Kellie Nissen
Digging Up the Dead by Edward Ahern
Buzzing by Lynn White

A Guilty Conscience Needs No Accuser by Fiona Jones
A Light for the Grave by Aristo Couvaras
Whole by Andrew Cull
The Little Helper by Kali Napier
The Garden by Kurt Newton
Tender Age in Bloom by Matthew R. Davis
To Leaven His Bones by Amanda Crum
The Witch Tree by Alyson Faye
Jimmy’s Boys by Laura E Goodin
An Afterlife of Stone by Jenny Blackford
Shaft by Kev Harrison
The House Whisperer by Robert Kibble
Playlist by Stephanie Ellis
There is No Such Thing as Dead by Lucy Ann Fiorini
Dead Set by Steve Dillon
Sleeping with the Dead by Alicia Hilton
A Streetcar Named Lugosi by Mike Sheedy

Creature Features

Once Trickster’s Treats #4 was published, Geneve Flynn wrote a series of three creature features to tie in with some of stories and highlight the variety of monster tales. It was a brilliant way to promote the individual authors as well as share some of Geneve’s monster knowledge. If you get a chance, have a look at Geneve’s posts here: