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.

 

 

I’m a few months late seeing this, but just pretend that I posted this in July! But over at her blog, Tess Grantham has posted a lovely review of ‘Monday-child’. She says:

Every now and then I read a short story I love so much that I have to share. C. S. McMullen’s Monday-child is at once creepy and intoxicating….

I devoured every work of McMullen’s subtle style, which builds slowly yet relentlessly to an horrific conclusion and left me wishing for more. 

You can read the full review over at Tess’s blog here. She has some really great sites for new and emerging writers on her resources page as well, so definitely check her site out!

Terry Weyna over at Fantasy Literature, has reviewed September’s issue of Nightmare Magazine, as part of her ‘Horrible Magazine Monday’ series of reviews. She says:

The best story in this issue is C.S. McMullen’s “The Nest,” the first publication for this story. It made my skin crawl, in all the best ways….

The story reminded me of George R.R. Martin’s “Sandkings,” though it is also entirely its own tale. It is very creepy.

When I’m writing horror, there’s nothing nicer than being called ‘creepy’! And ‘Sandkings’ was one of the first things of George’s that I ever read, and remains one of my favourites.

If you haven’t read The Nest yet, check it out for free at Nightmare Magazine here.

Nightmare Magazine - September 2013

I’m very excited to announce that my horror short story ‘The Nest‘ has just been published in September’s issue of Nightmare Magazine, edited by editor-extraordinare John Joeseph Adams.

‘The Nest’ grew out of a brief obsession I had with how I could build an ants nest in an old CRT TV set. While I didn’t end up building the ants nest (it would have taken up half my garage), I ended up with a lot of useless knowledge about ants and their nests in my head, and this short story is the result.

It can be read here for free, and there’s lots of other great horror short stories at Nightmare-Magazine.com as well, if anyone is interested in checking them out.

I’ve just published a guest blog post for the site Reading For Australia, which is a an initiative of the Kids’ Lit Quiz competition. They’ve had some great guest bloggers, and their supporters reads like a list of the best writers working in Australia today, so I was very happy to contribute.

As part of my full-time job at Matchbox Pictures, I helped out on one of the shows that we are producing, Nowhere Boys, a kids show for ABC3. It’s about four mismatched teenage boys who return from a school trip, only to discover that they have come back to an alternate world where they no longer exist because they’d never been born.

The post is aimed at younger readers, and examines some of the main differences between writing for television, and writing a book. It’s available on the Reading For Australia website here.

Work For Free at Pax Australia

Along with my passion for writing, one of my other obsessions is gaming and gaming-culture. (Yes, I am an all-round nerd.)

When I was over in the US a few years ago, I worked as an Enforcer (basically a fancy Penny Arcade term for a volunteer) at PAX Prime, and have always wanted to volunteer at a PAX again. So when PAX Australia was announced, I immediately applied to be an Enforcer at the new Australian version.

Since then, a couple of people have asked me why I would volunteer, and spend half my time at PAX Australia working for free, instead of playing demos and listening to panels.

To try and explain why it’s just as much fun (if not more so) to volunteer as it is to attend, I’ve written an article for Non Fiction Gaming, about Enforcing, Penny Arcade culture and PAX. Go read it here!

They’ve also got some great reviews and give-aways, so don’t forget to Like Non Fiction Gaming on Facebook if you’re into gaming news and culture.