2018 in review

Having spent yesterday excavating my desk for the purposes of organisation (resulting in a list of 32 items to do, 8 of which I managed to cross off yesterday eve), I’ve spent the morning crossing 3 more off said list and procrastinating by making this summary list.

It’s almost December so I figure it will help me to remember that I have actually achieved a few things in the last twelve months, even if it’s not as much as my (unreasonable, over-achieving) inner voice would like.

2018 Summary


  • 1 novel: Restoration from Jo Fletcher Books.
  • 5 new short stories: “Honor Thy Mother” in Hark! The Herald Angels Scream; “A Matter of Light” in Gaslight Gothic: Eerie Tales of Sherlock Holmes; “When We Fall We Forget” in Phantoms; “Into the Dreamlands” in The Lovecraft Squad: Dreaming; “Swan Girls” in the paperback edition of Corpselight.
  • 9 short story reprints: “The Little Mermaid, in Passing” in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2018; “No Good Deed” in Best New Horror #29; “Home and Hearth” translated into French for Ténèbres; “Home and Hearth” translated into Chinese in Science Fiction World; “Better Angels” in The Dark; “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls” translated into Chinese in Science Fiction World; “The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter” in Sunspot Jungle; “The October Widow” in The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories; “Let The Words Take You” in Her Dark Voice.

Wrote Introductions for:

Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers (PS Limited edition)

J.S. Breukelaar’s Collision (Meerkat Press)

Simon Dewar’s Suspended in Dusk II (Grey Matter Press)

Paul Kane’s Scary Tales (Things In The Well Press)


Australian Writers Centre (Sydney): Short Story in One Day workshop (x2); Editing and Auditing for Writers masterclass

Australian Writers Centre (Brisbane): Short Story in One Day workshop; Creative Writing #1 Weekend Intensive (x2)

Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre: Short Story Clinic (x2)

New England Writers’ Centre (Tamworth): Creating Believable Speculative Fiction: a Toolkit for Writers workshop

LitReactor: Editing and Auditing for Writers workshop


Bendigo Writers’ Festival


Australian Shadows Award for Best Novel for Corpselight

Nominated for Dublin Literary Prize for Vigil

So, I think that’ll do, writer, that’ll do.

Caveat: it never feels like it’s enough.

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