June 13, 2014

Australian Shadows Winners - 2014

Congratulations to all the Australian Shadows winners! 

Novel: 809 Jacob Street - Marty Young

Edited Publication: Baby Teeth – Bite Sized Tales Of Terror - Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray

Collected Works: The Bone Chime Song & Other Stories - Joanne Anderton

Short Story: Caterpillars - Debbie Cowens

Paul Haines Shadows Award for Long Fiction: The Unwanted Women Of Surrey - Kaaron Warren

June 11, 2014

Topsiders - Review from Horror After Dark

Just received this amazing review from Paul at Horror After Dark

He had these words to say:

When you review books for a blog every so often you put your hand up for something suspecting it won’t really be all that good, but the author has taken the time to submit it for review, so it’s rude not to give it a try, and besides if you want to keep your name on the reviewing roster you better take one for the team every once in a while… Such was my sentiments as I picked up Scott Tyson’s debut novel Topsiders. It didn’t hurt he was a fellow Aussie, but the blurb gives away very little, and the cover art didn’t really grab me, so I kind of shrugged my way into it, thinking at least it wasn’t very long.
A day or so later, I’d completed my one hundred and eighty degree turn and was wishing there was a whole lot more of Topsidersto go round.
I was quickly drawn into Tyson’s world of a family staying with their well-to-do friends for a holiday, and soon stumbling into something that they never could have imagined. Tyson takes his time establishing his characters in the first half of the short novel – which makes it much easier to empathise with them when they’re put in harm’s way – paying particular attention to 14 year old Matthew and his less than courageous father, Bill. Matthew has a real thing for the slightly older daughter of the other family, Claire, but has to vie for her attention with his older brother, Guy. Meanwhile (in what amounts to a welcome twist on a familiar genre trope) the parents of the kids are getting themselves neck deep in a mess that Bill has qualms about from moment one, but against his better judgment, goes along with …
And that’s about all the plot rehashing anyone should need. Part of the beauty of Topsiders is the way in which Tyson builds the tension in sure-footed, deliberate steps, but without showing his hand too early. Wondering what the menace is within the house adds a creep factor that considerably aids the read, until said menace is let off its chain and proceeds to carve through the characters in a fashion that should please most who enjoy a bit of bloodshed. Technically, the writing is crisp, assured and the dialogue has a realistic edge to it that assists in bringing the characters to life.
In terms of areas for improvement, one set of characters has a marriage that is so caustic it’s a wonder paint wasn’t stripped from every wall they happened past, with one half of said couple especially vindictive and nasty. This read as a bit over the top and could have been scaled back to seem less melodramatic.
Regardless of this, Topsiders is highly recommended to those who enjoy short, easy to read and gripping horror novels, and should especially appeal to fans pining after early Richard Laymon  (even if the word “rump” barely gets a mention here).
4 Abdominal Wounds for Topsiders.

June 9, 2014

Australian Shadows Awards - 2014

The shortlist for the Australian Shadows awards was announced last week, and I'm proud to say my debut novel, Topsiders, was chosen as one of three in the novel category. 

Here are the finalists:

Undead Kelly, by Timothy Bowden

Topsiders, by Scott Tyson

809 Jacob Street, by Marty Young

Other categories included:

The Paul Haines Long Fiction Award:

Soul Killer, by Robert Hood

The Home For Broken Dolls, by Kirstyn McDermott

The Unwanted Women Of Surrey, by Kaaron Warren

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

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 & Lee Murray

Star Quake 1, by Sophie Yorkston

To be included in any of these lists is quite an honour, and I congratulate all of the finalists. 

The winners will be announced this Thursday 12th June @ 9PM.