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Deborah Sheldon

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I'm an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. I write short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum of horror, crime and noir. Some of my titles include the novels "Body Farm Z", "Contrition" and "Devil Dragon"; the novellas "Thylacines" and "The Long Shot"; and collections "Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories", and the award-winning "Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories" (Australian Shadows “Best Collected Work 2017”).
My short fiction has appeared in many well-respected magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, SQ Mag, Dimension6 and Midnight Echo. My fiction has also been shortlisted for numerous Australian Shadows Awards and Aurealis Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award, and included in various "
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Deborah Sheldon I'm so glad you enjoyed Contrition! Thanks for your wonderful review (I've posted it on my website). Regarding a sequel to Contrition, I envisaged the…moreI'm so glad you enjoyed Contrition! Thanks for your wonderful review (I've posted it on my website). Regarding a sequel to Contrition, I envisaged the story as a stand-alone, but if enough readers expressed an interest, I would certainly consider exploring the story further. I have a great fondness for the characters!(less)
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Devil Dragon

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Thylacines

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Ronnie and Rita

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Body Farm Z

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Dark Waters

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Contrition

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"***I want to start by saying that initially, I rated this book 4 stars. In actual terms, my rating is a 4.5, unchanged, but I had wanted to write out why I wasn't giving it 5 stars. In honesty, I couldn't put it into words. I'm not exactly a fan of z" Read more of this review »
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I'm a sucker for settings and this anthology feels so very British with such places as the moors, villages, London town, and the English seaside. Thematically, expect traditional horror staples including folklore, witchcraft and Gothic mansions. Ther ...more
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"I am a sucker for Gothic supernatural horror stories, whether set in ruined houses, castles or here, as in Belle Vue, a lunatic asylum (with a church and crypt added on) -so with a happy anticipatory shiver of delight I settled in with my cuppa and m" Read more of this review »
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As the fourth story of six that London agreed to write for Cosmopolitan Magazine, "Shorty Dreams" is showing that London is scraping the bottom of the barrel for short story ideas. London relies on the spin of a roulette " Read more of this review »
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Wonderful stuff! Joe Hill certainly knows how to write flawless sentences; I kept pausing to reread and admire his prose. There are so many gems in this collection... "Best New Horror" is flat-out terrifying, while "My Father's Mask" is perhaps the c ...more
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Silly rather than satirical. At times, it felt like Chuck was mocking me for being stupid enough to keep reading. A big disappointment after the epic brilliance of Fight Club. [2.5 stars]
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