“The Bone Maiden” a finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards

Some pretty cool news today with the my short story, “The Bone Maiden”, named as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Shadows Awards, short fiction category!

Shadows Awards put Australian writers in the spotlight

I’m sharing nominee space some very cool authors and friends, including Martin Livings, Pandora Hope, Deborah Sheldon and Kaaron Warren.

The Bone Maiden is a dark fairy tale, which was selected by editor Sophie Yorkston for SQ Mag #20 back in May last year.

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You can read The Bone Maiden for free in SQ Mag HERE!

The Shadows Awards are hosted annually by the Australian Horror Writers Association. I was also a judge this year for the graphic novel category.

I urge you all to congratulate and check out the full list of finalists in all the categories because they all deserve to be read! Here’s the official press release:

Australian Shadows Awards

The Australian Horror Writers Association is excited to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2015 Australian Shadows Awards. These works represent the best in Australian and New Zealand horror published in 2015.

The Australian Shadows awards are the only Australian award dedicated solely to the very best in horror fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels and recognise those works that crawl under your skin and linger long after the final pages.

Our volunteer judges have worked tirelessly to work through hundreds of entries and made some tough decisions to narrow it down to the final shortlists. The Association would like to extend our congratulations to those who have made it this far and thank those that who entered works in this year’s awards.

Winners will be announced via a Facebook awards ceremony on Friday, April 22 at 8pm (AEST).

The shortlisted works are

The Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction

In Vaulted Halls Entombed – Alan Baxter

The Haunting of Gillespie House – Darcy Coates

Night Shift – Dirk Flinthart

The Whimper – Robert Hood

Edited Works

Bloodlines – Amanda Pillar

Lighthouses – Cameron Trost

Midnight Echo 11 – Kaaron Warren

Blurring the Line – Marty Young

Collected Works

The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After – Shane Jiraiya Cummings

Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories – Rob Hood

Cherry Crow Children – Deborah Kalin

Short Fiction

The Bone Maiden – Greg Chapman

Eight Seconds – Pandora Hope

El Caballo Muerte – Martin Livings

Perfect Little Stitches – Deborah Sheldon

Mine Intercom – Kaaron Warren

Comics/Graphic Novels

The Road to Golgotha – G.N. Braun & Amanda J Spedding

Troll – Michael Michalandos

The Monster – Ben Rosenthal

Undad – Shane W. Smith

The Rocky Wood Award for Non-fiction and Criticism

Winner to be announced


The Catacombs – Jeremy Bates

The Haunting of Blackwood House – Darcy Coates

The Transgressions Cycle: The Mothers – Mike Jones

The Transgressions Cycle: The Reparation – Mike Jones

The Big Smoke – Jason Nahrung

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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3 Responses to “The Bone Maiden” a finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards

  1. Congrats, Greg! It’s a cracker of a tale, and well-deserved of the nod!

  2. Smoph says:

    Bit late to this post and party, but congratulations on the nomination for The Bone Maiden. I loved this short from the moment I read it.

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