The following are short stories I had published in 2019 which I offer in consideration for award nominations, including (but not limited to) the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, the Hugo Awards, and the Australian Shadows Awards.
The web form for the SJV awards can be found here.
For Best Collected Work.
“From The Deep” short story in my debut dark fiction collection – Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange
March 2019, SpecFic/Horror — 3800 words
Earthquakes are caused by monsters moving under the earth and a giant squid advances on Wellington. A young boy knows the magic words to keep the city safe, but will his grieving single father believe him?
“Sign Here” in charity anthology Tricksters Treats 3, the 7 Deadly Sins
August 2019, Horror — 700 words
A courier van driver gets more than he bargained for when his road-rage spirals out of control. Written in response to the prompt of “wrath”.
“In the Shadow of the Moon, I Saw You Smile,” published on my author website
November 2019, SpecFic/dark fiction — 2000 words
A mother turns to the ocean and Old Magics to soothe the pain of her young child’s passing, and to help her make sense of the loss.
“Red-Eye,” in Midnight Echo magazine issue #14
December 2019, SpecFic/Horror — 1500 words
A family on vacation meet an unusual stranger, who has an unenviable and essential role to play in their travels. A dark and poignant story which explores our lives as a journey, where things are not quite what they seem.
“Butterfly,” in Breach magazine issue #12
December 2019, Horror — 2000 words
A guilt-ridden father twisted by his grief and faith takes matters into his own hands, with a desperate attempt to improve the life of his chronically ill daughter.