Midnight Echo Issue 6, the official magazine of the Australian Horror Writers Association, is out. This edition is a themed issue, with all stories being science fiction horror.

Nine stories are set in the far future and taking place in the distant reaches of space. Inside you’ll discover a strange world with a planetary ring forged from organic matter, bizarre aliens cataloguing and collecting humans to populate their idea of paradise, Lovecraftian horrors come to life in the heart of a comet, cybernetic monsters hunting humans in the hull of an abandoned star ship, and paranoid space explorers pushed to their limits at the frontier of an uncharted universe. This issue also includes the 2011 Australian Horror Writers Association’s Flash Fiction and Short Story Award winning entries.

  • “Earthworms” by Cody Goodfellow
  • “Trawling the Void” by Alan Baxter
  • “Out Hunting For Teeth” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Graveyard Orbit” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
  • “Surgeon Scalpelfingers” by Helen Stubbs
  • “Silver-Clean” by Jenny Blackford
  • “The Wanderer in the Darkness” by Andrew J McKiernan
  • “Winds of Nzambi” by David Conyers & David Kernot
  • “Duncan Checks Out” by Nicholas Stella
  • “Dead Low” by Cat Sparks
  • “More Matter, Less Art” by Stephen Dedman
  • “Seeds” by Mark Farrugia

The issue features an in depth interview with Charles Stross, one of the most imaginative and insightful science fiction authors writing today. Stross has been honoured with two Hugo awards and Locus Reader awards, and has published more than a dozen novels, including Saturn’s Children and The Fuller Memorandum. He talks to David Conyers for Midnight Echo about his Lovecrafitan science fiction horror series, The Laundry, and his latest novel, Rule 34.

A second interview is with Chris Moore, world renowned British science fiction artist best known for his striking covers for Orion Publishing’s SF Masterworks series. Insights are gained into Moore’s process for achieving his striking and imaginative art, and the many changes he has been facing in the publishing industry since he began illustrating in the 1970s.

The cover for Midnight Echo 6, ‘Strange Behaviour,’ is a creation of talented UK artist, Paul Drummond, who will be well-known to readers of Interzone and Jupiter for his striking depictions of star ships, futuristic humans and robots. Featured interior illustrators include Steve Gilberts, David Lee Ingersoll, Olivia Kernot and Nathan Wyckoff.

Midnight Echo 6: The Science Fiction Horror Special, has been edited by South Australian trio, David Kernot (editor of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine), Jason Fischer (Writers of the Future winner and Aurealis nominee), and David Conyers (author of The Eye of Infinity, The Spiraling Worm and co-editor of Cthulhu Unbound 3).

Read an interview with the editors: The Editors

Order online for only $1.99: Midnight Echo Issue 6

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