Aradale Asylum Haunted Retreat

Aradale Asylum Haunted Retreat

NOTE: Non-creatives can attend, and can just explore and ghost-hunt the whole time.

The Australian Paranormal Society will be there, running paranormal investigations the entire weekend.
Do you have the courage to walk the haunted halls, at night, by yourself?

Once we are there, the gates are locked each night… there is no escape.

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cropped-aradale_ghost_tour.jpgWriters, editors, publishers, artists, photographers, designers, creative types, and paranormal investigators will spend a weekend in southern Australia, tucked away in a large, historical, abandoned asylum that is very haunted, hosted by Geoff Brown and Cohesion Editing and Proofreading. They’ll be blogging and creating based on inspiration from their experiences.

The weekend will be full of writing, creating, exploring, and paranormal investigations.

Also, there will be writing workshops run by the fabulous Kaaron Warren, multi-award-winning author and Australian literary legend.
More Info here:


Publishing Opportunity for Aussies.

SQ Mag, an international speculative fiction with strong Australian management, is currently closed for submissions due to high quality submissions coming in over recent months, COVER SQ Mag Issue 9 smallbut it has opened a pipe for Edition 14, which will be released on 1 May 2014. Of the six releases each year, the 1 May edition is the only one reserved for themes, and in 2014 the topic is ‘Australiana’.

SQ Mag is committed to publishing new talent, as well as representing horror, scifi and fantasy in each edition. We are hoping to get a very strong representation from Australian horror writers, and make this an edition to be remembered.

All the details can be found at SQ Mag’s submission page:

Horror Camp

Oz Horror Con:
Established in 2012, we organise and promote Horror-themed events and aim to bring disparate members of the horror community together.
We have recently published The Book of The Tribes, a coffee-table book as tribute to Clive Barker and the movie Nightbreed, and will be publishing An Australian Horror Story next year.


Our first event was in October 2012 followed by a larger event in January 2013. In August 2013, Director Russell Cherrington flew in from the UK to screen The Cabal Cut- the only screening in the Southern Hemisphere! Our next planned event is Oz Horror Camp in 2014!


So far we have hosted speakers from the Australian Horror Writers Association, The Australian Paranormal Society, many independent horror writers, artists, SFX gurus, and top guns from the Oz Horror Movie scene- Aaron Sterns, Writer of Wolf Creek 2, actors Leslie Simpson (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), and Shane Briant (Picture of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein & The Monster from Hell) and Mark Hartley, Director of Patrick the Movie remake, who interviewed Scream Queen PJ Soles (Carrie, Halloween)

More info from or or Facebook:

The Laudanum Project

The Laudanum Project are a theatrical troupe hailing from Melbourne, Australia. They were founded in 2009 and to date have written and produced three plays:

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

‘The Penny-Toy Man’
(2010-11) Melbourne Fringe Festival

‘Ballad of The Plague Doctor’
Melbourne Fringe Festival, Sandhurst Gaol as part of the Engine Room Season for The Capital Theatre, Bendigo

In addition to the plays they have recorded their own version of Mary Howitt’s 1829 poem ‘The Spider And The Fly’ which appeared along side artist Chloe Neath’s ‘Spider’ artwork at the 2013 Co.Lab exhibition in Bendigo.

A typical Laudanum Project performance consists of intricate and powerful storytelling that takes it’s cues from the masters such as Poe, Dickens and Bradbury. Underneath the seething monologues and poetry sits a dark and unsettling soundscape that serves as a constantly shifting soundtrack which accompanies the entire story from beginning to end. The overall effect is traditionally theatrical yet intensely cinematic as the audience are coaxed into horrific worlds and scenarios that they very often end up painting themselves.

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Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny

Alphonse Cheese-Probert
The Speaker

Mr. Farcquar

‘The Terrible Account Of The St Fiacrius Orphans’

“This liquorice black old school horror tale is so impeccably told that it seriously disturbed Cringe and her plus-one” – Rebecca Cook, Cultural Cringe – Inpress.

‘The Penny-Toy Man’

“This new work by The Laudanum Project is in a genre of its own creating replete with fascinating, unforgettable images. Be warned.” – Liza Dezfouli, Inpress.

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“… The killings are so graphic they make Dexter look like child’s play.” – Amanda
Sherring, Buzzcuts Reviews.

Zombie Steve’s

Zombie Steve’s – “Geek, Culture… Zombies?! Clothing and Gifts for your Apocalypse!”


Zombie Steve’s is a 100% family-owned, Aussie Pop-Culture Shop nestled in the heart of Bendigo Victoria. Looking for a great gift at a great price, some new Geek threads, or even some Pop Culture Graphic Novels? Come and check us out at

At Zombie Steve’s we’re hungry for your business!

Black Beacon Books

Black Beacon Books is an independent publishing house run by Cameron Trost and a team of illustrators and designers who include Greg Chapman and David Schembri. BBBlogo2
All are members of the Australian Horror Writers’ Association and active creators of fiction or art.

The aims of Black Beacon Books are:

·         To bring intriguing and edgy tales of dark fiction to the reading public, particularly works of mystery and suspense, psychological horror, strange fiction / bizarro, urban adventure, social and political satire, dystopian fiction. We want fiction that both entertains and provokes thought

·         To specialise in ebook novellas and both print and ebook short story collections / themed anthologies – this does not mean that we won’t be looking for novels later, but the shorter forms are our priority

·         To empower authors and encourage them to be actively involved in the publishing and marketing process

Black Beacon Books will be launching its range of novellas in 2013 with 809 Jacob Street by the highly-respected horror writer and founding president of the AHWA, Marty Young. This will be a special print and ebook release.

If you are interested in submitting or just want to keep track of what’s happening at BBB, visit our website or get in touch with Cameron Trost:

Website: Black Beacon Books
Facebook: Black Beacon Books
Editor: Cameron Trost, ctrost (at)