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2010 Judging Panel

Craig Bezant is the co-founder of Dark Prints Press and editor of the Eclecticism E-zine, which is archived on the National Library of Australia's Pandora Archive and was nominated for 2008 and 2009 Tin Duck Awards. He is also an Associate Editor and reviewer for HorrorScope, for which he was nominated for a 2009 Ditmar Award (Best Fan Writer).

Stephanie Gunn is a writer of dark fantasy, reviewer for HorrorScope, and sometime scientist. She has published several works of short fiction and is currently at work on a novel. Stephanie has been nominated for two Ditmar Awards (Best Fan Writer).

Jeff Ritchie has turned a background in film and literature criticism to the dark side, specialising in the horror genre as practiced Down Under. Currently, he spends his time writing computing software, publishing reviews at various Southern websites, primarily ScaryMinds, and staying on top of the flood of new dark genre material being released. Jeff is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association and lives on the Central Coast of NSW with his wife, son, and two insane Jack Russell terriers.


2010 Guest Judges

Chuck McKenzie (Long Fiction) is an Australian speculative author, reviewer, and zombie obsessive, not necessarily in that order. He is the Keeper of the Dead (Editor) of zombie fiction review site NecroScope, and he spends far too much time reading dark fiction, so it's nice that he's found a useful outlet for that, isn't it?

Kaaron Warren (Short Fiction): Kaaron's short story collection The Grinding House (CSFG Publishing) won the ACT Writers' and Publishers' Fiction Award and two Ditmar Awards. Her collection Dead Sea Fruit will be published by Ticonderoga Books and be available at Worldcon. Her critically acclaimed novel Slights (Angry Robot Books) was nominated for an Aurealis Award, made the preliminary ballot for the Stoker Awards, is shortlisted for the Ned Kelly First Novel Award and won the Australian Shadows Award. Kaaron's most recent short stories appear in Datlow and Windling's Teeth, Datlow and Mamatas' Haunted Legends, Sprawl from Twelfth Planet Press, and Baggage from Eneit Press.

Rocky Wood (Edited Publication) is the author of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished and Stephen King: The Non-Fiction, both of which received the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award nomination for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction. A freelance writer for over 30 years, he is the Chairman of the Horror Writers Association's Board, a proud member of the AHWA, and has spoken at numerous conventions including Continuum 3 & 4, Conflux 3 and the World Horror Convention (2008). His latest work is Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators, a graphic novel. He lives in Melbourne and is an ardent rugby, cricket, Association football and baseball fan.


2010 Awards Director

Shane Jiraiya Cummings is the Vice President of the Australian Horror Writers Association, has won two Ditmar Awards, and he has edited several anthologies and magazines including Shadow Box, Black Box, Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine, and Midnight Echo #2. He is also the founder and Managing Editor of HorrorScope. As an author, Shane has had more than sixty short stories published in Australia, USA, and Europe. His most recent releases are the flash fiction collection Shards (Brimstone Press) and the novella Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves (Damnation Books).

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