David Conyers has become the first Australian to have his Cthulhu novel published in the United States by Chaosium Inc. The Cthulhu Mythos was made famous by horror author H P Lovecraft.
The Spiralling Worm is a series of interlinked stories of two government agents fighting the cosmic horros and alien monsters that Lovecraft created. David said, "One aspect of The Spiralling Worm that I'm proud of is that my protagonist, Major Harrison Peel, is a Royal Australian Army intelligence Officer, transposed into a gloal setting. Chaosium were very suppostive of keeping him as an Australian character, when they could so easily adapted him as an American character."
David has been making a name for himself recently with his science fiction and horror writing, being nominated for Aurealis and Ditmar awards. A recent science fiction story has been nominated for the Irish Aeon Awards.
Hachette Australia recently announced that Bernadette Foley had been appointed the Publisher of the new Orbit Australia science fiction and fantasy imprint. At this stage it appears that Hachette Australia’s policy remains that all manuscript submissions must be submitted via a literary agent.
Read Tim Holman, Publishing Director, on Orbit in Australia. Tim is based in Orbit's New York offices. He is responsible for the imprint worldwide.
Will Elliot’s Aurealis Award winning novel, The Pilo Family Circus (ABC Books), and Terry Dowling’s Basic Black collection (Cemetery Dance Publications) have made the International Horror Guild Awards Short List to be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in New York on 1 November.