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DECAY 16 coverDECAY is Australia’s leading horror anthology comic-book/magazine, for Mature readers. Each issue contains a collection of short one-off stories covering the A to Z of horror. So far 16 issues of DECAY have been published in three and a half years, since issue #1 was launched in March 2010.

DECAY Magazine is a showcase of the incredible talent Australia has to offer, giving creators a place to show off their wares. No other publication offers such diversity and creativity, with such high production standards. There have been over 100 creators contributing so far, from every corner of Australia (all listed on the “Creators” page of the DARK OZ website), plus a few international guests too.

DECAY is a superb mix of horror stories. Some issues have themes running throughout, such as: “Christmas”, “Cthulhu”, and the “End of the World”. Issue #17 will be an “Ozploitation” issue and #18 will be a “Retro Sci-Fi” special (the first PG rated issue of DECAY). Issues 17 & 18 will be launched over two BIG weekends of Oz Comic-Con at Perth and Adelaide in March/April 2014.

DECAY artist Dave Follett won the 2012 Stanley Award for Australia’s best ‘comic book artist’ for his work in DECAY: a short 2-page story titled “Strange Appetite” which ran in issue #9. Written by DECAY creator Darren Koziol, Dave interpreted the story in his own unique way and highly deserved the award.

Many of Australia’s top creators have worked for DECAY. But DECAY also gives new talent a place to get their work published. DECAY has DARK OZ cover logoalways been a mix of professional and independent underground talent. Originally an all B&W title, it now contains 40% colour in 52 pages per issue, published at the large A4 magazine format.

DARK OZ is the publishing name behind DECAY. DARK OZ has produced a number of other comics but DECAY is its flagship title.

DARK OZ is always looking for more talented writers and artists to contribute to future issues.

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SQ Magazine

COVER SQ Mag Issue 9 smallSQ Mag is an international speculative fiction ezine, which publishes the best of its fiction in an annual print and ebook anthology. They currently publish fiction on a two-monthly basis: 1st of January, March, May, July, September, and November each year. They strive to present the highest standard in horror, fantasy and science fiction.
They are also committed to:

• Publishing exclusively original speculative fiction
• Publishing in each edition all genres of speculative fiction
• Publishing in each edition new writers
• Publishing periodic theme editions
• Publishing each story in the idiom of the English language it was submitted in.

The ezine is a token paying market with the intention to grow to semi-pro/pro. Its current business model is to make the zine available for free to readers (online, and mailout of PRC and EPUB formats), with income sourced from donations, merchandizing, advertising, and profits from the annual anthology.
SQ Mag has had great success, given its new kid on the block status—it has moved to Token payment in little over a year, it has had a special Women in Speculative Fiction edition that has attracted acclaim, and it has published work by leading speculative fiction writers: Jay Lake, Cat Rambo, Gary McMahon, John Claude Smith, Tonia Brown, Daniel I Russell, Cat Sparks, Daniel Pearlman, Emma Newman, and many more.
SQ Mag has a strong association with Australia—the Managing Publisher, Editor-In-Chief, and one of the two regular book reviewers, are all Australian. It is no coincidence that quality Australian fiction has been published in the zine, and it is SQ Mag’s intention to continue this relationship.

SQ Mag can be found at: http://www.sqmag.com
Facebook: SQ Mag
Twitter: SQ_Mag
Editor: Sophie Yorkston
Signing up for its Newsletter will enable receipt of each edition of the zine in ebook format.

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