The Shadows are awarded to the stories and collections that best typify the horror genre, delivering a sense of ‘creeping dread’, leaving the reader with chills and a reluctance to turn out the light.Now let's have a look at the shortlist. Links go to my reviews where they exist.
The Corpse Rat King – Lee Battersby
Perfections – Kirstyn McDermott
Blood and Dust – Jason Nahrung
As I mentioned when I was talking about the Aurealis shortlist, Perfections and Blood and Dust are on my TBR and to buy lists respectively. I think I'll have to try to get around to reading them before all these awards are announced. Or, well, after if not.
Critique – Daniel I Russell
Escena de un Asesinato – Robert Hood
Sky – Kaaron Warren
"To Wish on a Clockwork Heart" – Felicity Dowker
"Pigroot Flat" – Jason Fischer
"Birthday Suit" – Martin Livings
"They Don’t Know That We Know What They Know" – Andrew J McKiernan
"Creek" – Kaaron Warren
"Mountain" – Kaaron Warren
"Road" – Kaaron Warren
"A Monstrous Touch" – Marty Young
Bread and Circuses – Felicity Dowker
Living with the Dead – Martin Livings
Through Splintered Walls - Kaaron Warren
Surviving the End – Craig Bezant
Cthulu Unbound 3 – David Conyers (co-edited Brian M. Sammons)
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011 - Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene
I like that all four pieces of fiction in Through Splintered Walls and the collection itself made it onto the shortlists. I haven't read anything else on the lists, unfortunately, although I've read older stories by some of those authors. The nice thing about awards shortlists, of course, is the fiction they add to your TBR.