My short-story ‘The Other-Faced Lamb’ has been published in Australia’s foremost speculative fiction magazine, Aurealis. 

It was inspired by a couple of things, but mainly a news story I read about pelicans dying by the thousands when their lake ran dry. As I was writing it, I came across a Daily Mail article about a lamb that had been born with a face that looked human, which I thought was just the creepiest thing imaginable, and which became an integral part of the story.

So… if you like strange stories about cults, the Outback and deformed lambs, then this is the story for you! It can be purchased here.

I’m happy to announce that I’m one of the writers that’s just been added to the AWG’s Pathways Program for aspiring Australian screenwriters. To quote the AWG, the aim of Pathways is to “showcase scripts that our experienced members uncover while judging competitions and consider to have high potential for production.”

The full list of new Pathways members can be seen here.

Living Metal, a spec TV pilot that I wrote, has been chosen as one of the shortlisted Top 6 finalists for the Australian Writers’ Guild ‘What Happens Next?’ Competition.

According to the AWG, “241 entrants submitted a synopsis, the first few pages of the script and an explanation of how the story concept could be developed, from which the judges first chose a “long list” of 18, then a shortlist of six entries that had the greatest potential for leaving the audience eager to know ‘What Happens Next?'”

Very, very happy to have got so far, especially seeing as the competition was open to professional AWG accredited writers as well. Huge congratulations to the winners, Rebecca Johnstone and Katie Pollock.

Big thanks to everyone who has read it and given me feedback. Writers are only as good as the people who can tell them “Catherine, you really need to use fewer bloody commas,” and I’m very lucky to have a lot of generous people who have given me their time and opinions!

years-best-fantasy-and-horror-v4-web‘The Nest’ has been chosen for inclusion in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013.

I’ve been reading this anthology series since it started a few years ago, and it always has an excellent range of stories and perspectives from Australian writers. It will be out late November/early December, and it’s got a gorgeous cover as well. Two anthologies for my stories this year, with another one coming out next year for Aurealis – yay!

Buy it from Indie Books Online here (or support your local science-fiction and fantasy retailer). 

Focus2013-Cover-187x300‘The Nest’ has been chosen as part of spec-fic anthology Focus 2013: Highlights of Australian short fiction, edited by Tehani Wessely.

The full table of contents and description is on Fablecroft’s site here (http://wp.me/p1U6WM-B5) but to quote the intro:

“With the framework of annual awards shortlists to inform us, we have drawn together the most critically acclaimed Australian speculative fiction of the year into one volume. Each story appearing here has won or been shortlisted for a prestigious short speculative fiction award. With this book, we showcase the crème de la crème of Australian writing for 2013, accentuated by the marvellous artwork of the multi-award winning Kathleen Jennings.”

The anthology includes stories by some fabulous Aussie writers, such as Kaaron Warren, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Cat Sparks and Joanne Anderton, so I have no idea how I snuck my way into this, but very happy that I did. And my dad’s story, Acts of Chivalry, got a special mention in the intro as well – the writing dynasty continues!

Focus 2013 is officially on sale from October 1st, and is currently available for pre-order at AmazonKobo and Smashwords for US$4.99.

SnaphotLogo2014-e1406442743873I’ve just been interviewed by David McDonald as part of the Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot for 2014. The Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot has taken place four times over the last eight years, and serves as a ‘snapshot’ of the speculative fiction community in Australia.

In my ‘snapshot’, I talk about my approach to writing, the TV show that I’m currently working on and the future of publishing. My interview can be found here, but I recommend reading everyone else’s as well, they’ve interviewed some great people, like Cheryl Morgan and Tansy Rayner-Roberts, among others. Dirk Strasser, one of the co-editors of Aurealis, has just been interviewed here as well, and he said some lovely things about ‘Monday-child’. I believe my dad’s interview will be coming out in a few weeks as well!

Look for the round up on SF Signal when it’s all done. You can find the past Snapshots at the following links: 20052007,  2010 and 2012 as well.

861107_486711101390447_1815870924_oVery excited to announce that ‘The Nest’ has been nominated for an Australian Shadows Award for 2013!

As per their website, the Australian Shadows are the annual literary awards presented by the AHWA and judged on the overall effect – the skill, delivery, and lasting resonance – of horror fiction written or edited by an Australian. The awards are open to submission of any horror fiction published (or anthologies edited) by an Australian/New Zealand/Oceania resident or citizen in the 2013 calendar year.

This is the first year I’ve been nominated, and it’s an absolute honour to be included in such an amazing field. 

The full list of nominees is below – the winners are announced on the 12th of June.

 

For Edited Publication:

MIDNIGHT ECHO 9, BY GEOFF BROWN

A KILLER AMONG DEMONS, BY CRAIG BEZANT

BABY TEETH – BITE SIZED TALES OF TERROR, BY DAN RABARTS AND LEE MURRAY


STAR QUAKE 1, BY SOPHIE YORKSTON

 

For Collected Works:

There was no shortlist this year – the winner will be announced on Thursday.

 

For Short Fiction:

NIP, TUCK, ZIP, PLUCK, BY JOHN PAUL FITCH


FENCE LINES, BY JOANNE ANDERTON

THE NEST, BY C.S. MCMULLEN

CATERPILLARS, BY DEBBIE COWENS

THE DEAD WAY, BY JC HART

 

For the PAUL HAINES SHADOWS AWARD for LONG FICTION:

SOUL KILLER, BY ROBERT HOOD

THE HOME FOR BROKEN DOLLS, BY KIRSTYN MCDERMOTT

THE UNWANTED WOMEN OF SURREY, BY KAARON WARREN

 

For Novel:

UNDEAD KELLY, BY TIMOTHY BOWDEN

TOPSIDERS, BY SCOTT TYSON


809 JACOB STREET, BY MARTY YOUNG

Aurealis Magazine Covers 2013I am thrilled to announce that ‘Monday-Child’ was voted “Best Story of 2013” in the Aurealis Magazine subscriber poll, for the best stories of the previous year! The rest of the results are here, and there are some great stories on the list as well.

Twenty-five of the best all-time Aurealis stories will be published in a “Best of Aurealis” anthology, both in print and as an eBook, from 2013 and from earlier years as well.

I’ve just voted for other stories to be included in the anthology from 2011 and 2012 as well, and out of familial loyalty, I feel that I should mention, that if you vote for Sean McMullen’s story “The First Boat”, then it can be a father/daughter anthology! The survey for the 2011 and 2012 stories can be found at the Aurealis homepage here.

aurealis_57_cover_180_pixels_wideTangent Online (the premiere review site for short genre fiction) has listed my story ‘Monday-Child’ published in the Feb 2013 issue of Aurealis Magazine on their Best of 2013 list! And in a great bit of synchronicity, there are also two stories by my spectacular father Sean McMullen in there as well.

Head on over to their page if you’d like to check out the list in full, and maybe get some picks for the next short fiction you’d like to read: http://www.tangentonline.com/news-mainmenu-158/2318-tangent-online-2013-recommended-reading-list

Nightmare Magazine - September 2013SFRevu has published a very nice review of September’s issue of Nightmare Magazine. Reviewer Sam Tomaino says that The Nest is ‘a very well-told tale’, and ‘one of the best stories I’ve read on this site all year.’

It always gives authors a little buzz to read something nice about their work, especially when being compared to the kind of talented authors that are featured in Nightmare!

The full review is available here.